May 30, 2014
Thanks to a special request from Michelle, here's a list of my favorite EO tools and accessories, from bottles to witch hazel everything on this list helps me live my best EO life! Essential oils are amazing but like any well stocked kitchen, the right tools can make EO use a lot more convenient and even fun. Over the years I've learned to rely on a few accessories that have helped me create a lifestyle of health and wellness at home and, on the go. Most are very affordable and a few might require some budgeting but all of my choices are tried and true, simple and organic.
GLASS JARS I prefer glass when it comes to storing or using essential oils. I keep a large supply for all the Dreamy Sleep Salve and All Purpose Healing Salve that I share. I use 1, 2 and 4 oz glass jars
GLASS BOTTLES I keep a dozen of three sizes: - 5/8 drams which are perfect for sharing samples - 5ml bottles for my purse pak (I never leave home without it!) - 15ml bottles for serums or blends.
ROLLER BOTTLES I prefer glass roller bottles and keep a dozen or more on hand. Inevitably, someone in my family runs out or I need to share a blend or blog about one! Rollers are a MUST for us, they make EO use so much easier and kinda fun too! My grand kids LOVE being given their own roller bottle of diluted essential oils to use. Teach them young, it's amazing how quickly they learn to love EOs and how intuitive they become about what they need whether they realize it or not. It's fun to watch the process! I use both 5ml and 10ml rollers.
SPRAY BOTTLES I use glass spray bottles if the blend will be touching my skin. If I'm making a DIY cleaning solution, I use a plastic spray bottle. My favorite sizes are 1, 2 and 4 oz for healing blends or deodorant.
DROPPERS Probably my most used tool and technically, I should refer to them as eye droppers. I put them directly on my essential oil bottles - just the oils I use the most often. They give you better control than the drip orifices that come standard on an essential oil bottle. Trust me, you'll love the control droppers will give you! Lucky us, Spark Naturals now carries both sizes of eye droppers too!! I purchase two sizes: droppers that fit 15ml bottles and droppers that fit 5ml bottles.
I march to a different drummer here, I like combining my EOs with the most nutrient packed carrier oils I can find. Here's a list of my faves!
NAKED SALVE Naked Salve is simply my All Purpose Healing Salve base that you can add your own oils to for a single application. It's full of goodness too! Organic everything, so pure you can eat it if, you use all organic ingredients!
ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (this is what I use) - the only other source of lauric acid this side of breast milk. The beneficial properties of a high quality coconut oil are immense so shop your coconut oil wisely and you'll have a beautiful partnership that will only enhance your pure essential oils.
FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL FCO is coconut oil in a liquid state and works well for blends you'll use in a roller bottle or a spray bottle protocol. Note: FCO has the fat spun out it - valuable nutrients reside in the fat.
ORGANIC EMU OIL Emu oil contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 – Omega 9 is the major fatty acid and responsible for quick transport of bioactive compounds into the skin and deep penetration. It’s overall composition is very close to our own skin’s fatty acid composition which makes emu oil a fantastic carrier oil.
WITCH HAZEL Alcohol-free witch hazel is a favorite of mine! I use it for the All Purpose Healing Stick and for bug repellent blends. It won't emulsify the oils but a simple shake before using will blend the two nicely. Traditionally a toner, this is another carrier that your skin will appreciate.
The Mirage continues to be my favorite diffuser for it's LONG running time - up to 10 hours! When your budget allows, you may want several diffusers in your home. Essential oils make sense as air purifiers and refreshers because they actually cleanse the air by altering the structure of the molecules creating the odor. A diffuser is an invaluable home health device and nothing will prove that statement faster than when you see for yourself how a diffuser can improve mood, sleep, chest congestion, allergies and keep the household or even hospital room clear of airborne pathogens. I hope you find this list helpful! I would have LOVED a list like this back in the day, the beginner stage of my EO Life might have been a little easier and I would have saved a lot of $$ in shipping!
May 10, 2017
I am relatively new to EO’s, and am slowly converting my spouse (the biggest skeptic) and am finding that while he scoffs at everything else, the diffuser is his automatic turn too. It was well worth the money that I spent on it, and kept my family healthy all winter long and nothing progressed much beyond the sniffle point. and I love roller bottles, originally bought only 24, now I wish that I bought 100’s. LOVE those things. Thanks for your blog, Love it, and I share it with all who are interested.
i went to sparks naturals and did not see the eye droppers as a seperate item. is that something new that is coming??? i would really love to be able to buy both sizes seperatel as i could then reuse my old eo bottles much more efficiently.
i loved your blog and i love Love LOVE your current website, i highly recommend it to anyone who asks me about essential oils.
I fixed the emu, link hopefully it’s working now. In the meantime, this a direct link to Amazon and what I use: http://goo.gl/n8y7zi
What brand of emu oil do you buy?
I’m fairly new to EOs as well and love the Spark products (oils and accessories) that I’ve ordered thus far but I LOVE this list and will be adding to my supplies. I love Spark’s pure oils with fair pricing and shipping. Now I need to get my journaling started for all the things I’m learning. Love your blog? I find my spare time being spent here going back through all of your posts to soak up information, since I just found you a couple of months ago via Jillee. :)
Oh my gosh thank you Kat, so appreciate your kind note! The answer is easy re: your aged EOs, smell them. All EOs but citrus have a long life span if stored in dark bottles and kept from direct sunlight.
Hi Rebecca, THANK you for this listing! I have collected and used EOs throughout my life and started reading Prevention mag when it wasn’t vogue WAY back when I was 20 something! lol Im back with a vengence with going vegetarian, EOs homeopatic and changing my lifestyle now that I can and have retired. You are on my sidebar! Love getting your emails with so much useful information. Again, a BIG THANK YOU for all you do! I so enjoy reading your blog on a daily basis. You are a treasure and wealth of excellent informative information for everyone!
Love the discounts as well with Spark. When I am able, I will be putting in a large order! One question, I have so many EOs all various brands, How does one tell if they are still “good” as I am talking years here but they have been stored in vintage dark containers, glass bottles and metal box, in my room for safe keeping, thanks Kat =^.^=
Emu oil is intriguing! I’ve always used Grapeseed oil for EO’s and cooking. Do you know how it would compare? Should I convert or use up and then convert? :-)
Yes, the droppers are sold in packs of 5 for $2.50. Heck of deal and in my opinion, even if you think you won’t need that many you probably will :) Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and for sharing CW!
The colorful labels on the blue salve jars are professionally printed. The white labels for salve sampler or any custom blend I might be blogging about are done on www.avery.com :)
One more question…
Labels?? What program-how do you make all these GREAT labels for your jars? Now I’m not at all that creative…but would love to top my jars with a cute label.
Thanks for ALL you do!!
Have you tried the metal roller tops? You can get them from Young Living and they fit regular EO bottles (mine are doTerra, mostly). They are a little more expensive but they allow you to use your empty EO bottles and they roll really smoothly and do not fall apart when the oil starts to destroy them. Love them!
Thanks so much for whipping this up so quickly!!
God says ask and you shall receive :)
Thank you for this great info Rebecca!!!! :)
Hi, I’m fairly new to this and stubbled upon your website (which I love) through Pinterest! I just ordered through Spark Naturals the essential 4 pack to start off with and the FCO as well. My question is, should I have ordered a roller or spray bottle since I will be using them for topical application? Thank you!
Thank you Jean :)
Jean first of all, are you filling your diffusers to the water line? Also, do you live in a hot, dry climate? Those two factors could play a part in shorter diffuser time.
I’m not sure if you can answer this or not. I just bought two Mirage diffusers. What determines how long they dispense oil for? Both of mine last about 4 hours (I am using a different blend in each one). I love your site and you have convinced me to try Spark Naturals over other EO. Just got my first order.
I haven’t tried the Emu Oil you link to here but I have tried a couple different ones and discovered there is definitely a difference in them, just like Coconut Oil and EO’s I guess, as I’m sure you well know. So I just wanted to let you know about one I found that I think is a really good quality one, in case you want to check it out. I’m adding a link to their website (hopefully I do it right and it works, ;) ). http://www.allaboutemu.com/
Ah! I’ve posted the recipe for anti-age salve in a blog post called ‘all purpose healing blends’on the website! Happy to know you’re enjoying it :)
Sorry about the missed spelling——-I didn’t proof read!!!!!!!!
Rebecca- I would like to have the recipe for the Anti-Aging Salve. I order a packet from you containing 4 Salves and one of them was Anti-Aging Salve. I love It !!!!! And so do my daughters(all 4) ……I follow your Blog but I gurss I must have missed it when you posted it. Will you repost it or email it to me? Thanks
Roller bottles and spray bottles make essential oil use much more convenient but it would depend on the use. I always have both on hand!
What brand of alcohol free Witch Hazel do you use? I am having a hard time finding it locally and will need to order it. Thank you for your blog, I love reading it and learning from it.
I sincerely enjoy reading your recipes and am amazed at how easy mixing EO’s is. I especially was happy about the clove bud oil on the bottoms of my feet for the Macdeg. I visit several times a day and learn something new every day.
I am interested in what a day in the life of an EO user is like.
Again I really enjoy your posts and hope to mix and sell my own within my church.
I have been playing with making my creams with coconut oil, Shea butter, etc. However, it is still too thick. I wanted to make a cream that would be a bit more “liquidy”. Do you have any good recipes for that?
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