How to know when your face oil has gone bad

Just as we often drink ‘corked’ wines, many of us are using oxidised Facial Oils that are not quite at their best.

Here’s how to tell when your Facial Oil has gone rancid…

Why you need to look after your Oil

Facial Oils carry higher price tags than most Moisturisers as they contain higher levels of actives, and therefore tend to deliver quicker results.

However, organic Facial Oils can be very fragile, oxidising after minimal contact with air and sunlight.

As a result, many of us may be using Facial Oils that are no longer active, and so have far less skin benefits than we think.

The best way to ensure your oil is at its best is to keep an eye on the following characteristics:


Rancid oils are best spotted by their aroma, which is usually musty and sour on the nose – a bit like old butter!


Oils can lose their depth of colour as they oxidise. A good Rosehip oil, for example, should be a vibrant orange – which indicates the presence of lots of skin-protecting carotenoids!

A good Rosehip Oil, for example, should be a vibrant orange – which indicates the presence of lots of skin-protecting carotenoids.

Fat profiles

Oils rich in polyunsaturated fats are incredibly popular Facials Oils, as they feel light and velvety on the skin.

Polyunsaturated fats are, however, much more prone to oxidisation. So be sure to keep a close eye on oils such as Borage, Hemp and Safflower.

How to keep your Oil at its best

Make your beauty investment worthwhile by maximising the life of your Oil.

Keep it in a cool place, out of direct sunlight (ideally in its original box), and avoid leaving unsealed for prolonged periods of time.

At Pai, we give you a little helping hand by adding 100% natural Vitamin E (from sunflower) to our bestselling Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.

This antioxidant prolongs the life of the oil, as well as protecting the skin from damaging environmental forces like UV rays and pollution.

We also endeavour to use CO2 extracts over Cold Pressed extracts when it comes to particularly fragile oils such as Rosehip. As no oxygen is present during the extraction process, CO2 extracts remain at their best for 18 months, compared to the 3-6 months lifespan of Cold Pressed extracts.

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