Shelf Life of Soap Making Oils

Recommended room storage temperatures: 65° to 75°F or cooler (air conditioned room is ideal). You can further extend the life of oils by refrigerating them, and also by transfering oils to smaller containers as oils are used to minimize “head space.” — North Country Soap Making Library

Oil Shelf Life
Apricot Kernel 6 months to 1 year
Avocado up to 1 year
Canola 6 months to 1 year
Castor up to 1 year
Cocoa Butter 1 year plus
Coconut 1 year plus
Corn 6 months to 1 year
Emu 1 year
Grapeseed 3 months to 1 year
Jojoba indefinite
Neem up to 1 year
Olive 1 year
Peanut 6 months to 1 year
Safflower 1 year
Sesame 6 months to 1 year
Shea Butter 1 year
Soybean 3 months to 1 year
Sunflower 3 months to 1 year
Sweet Almond 6 months to 1 year
Walnut less than 3 months

A reminder — The usual disclaimers apply. The recipes in this library reflect the individual contributors' own methods of soapmaking and are written in their own words. We cannot personally guarantee the success or results of any of the recipes included in this library.