Our products are not preserved with chemical substances such as parabens or phenoxyethanol. Instead, we use vitamin E & essential oils in the creams. All ingredients used in our formulations are of natural origin with as minimal processing as possible. Our products have a shelf life of a minimum of 6 months unopened, and 2-3 months from opening. Most products will be usable for longer, however their quality may deteriorate. To avoid disappointment, please start using your products as soon as possible after purchase and keep them away from sun or heat. Please avoid stocking up - just like with fresh food, you are best buying only what you are likely to use within a few months. Keep all Body Butters out of sunlight, any excessive heat would melt it. However it will solidify once back in regular room temperature.