Gabella Naturals products are handcrafted in small batches and are formulated using raw naturals and organic ingredients. Products containing natural active molecules free of toxic preservative, have a shelf life of 15 months (body balms have 18 months) when left unopened. Natural products contain active and alive molecules, powerful nourishment for skin and whole body, and therefore are delicate and treated with care. Natural fermented plant sugars are used to block mold and bacteria growth which extends the shelf life but our products are intended to be used in the same way we approach the organic foods we put in our bodies. Ideally every product should be stored in a cool, dark place away from heat and direct sunlight. For optimum potency products should be used within 3-9 months after opening, hands should be cleaned prior to using, and lids should be closed tightly after use.