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Drip or Drop? There is a Difference!

November 11, 2013 18 Comments

Drip or Drop? There is a Difference!

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EO Basics!
A quick FYI post to show you that there is indeed a difference between dripping and dropping when making blends.   Either method is fine, just be consistent with one or the other.  However, one of these methods is preferred over the other, I'll show you why...
Have you ever made blends and ended up scratching your head because the level of oil in your bottle is different every time?  The drip/drop choice might be why.  When blending, use a glass dropper with every oil for consistency.  As you can see in the photo, there's generally a 50% difference between dripping and dropping.
 
Dripping
straight from the bottle's drip orifice will give you a larger, less consistent recipe.
{We've all had the frustration of watching EOs drip too fast or too slow from the bottle...argh!}
 
Dropping
using a glass dropper will give you a truer recipe (CW recipes).
by the way...
It's not necessary to put a dropper on every bottle of EO you own, wash droppers and bottles in hot, soapy water between use!
 
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18 Responses

Pam
Pam

May 10, 2017

While I’m not so sure about the “pipettes” drop factor, curious to know if you use them? And if so, which ones?

I know there are different sizes as well. I’ve seen “micro pipettes” somewhere, and I would imagine it doesn’t produce a “true drop”… savvy?

Plus, how on earth would you clean them? Probably just toss ‘em… ya think? I’m too frugal to do that, so I think I’ll just stick with the glass droppers <3

One more thing, the orifice reducers really ‘stink’ in my opinion. I do have another brand of EO’s that have an awesome reducer. You can literally hold the bottle upside down and the oil doesn’t “pour” out, it produces drop by drop. You still have to be pretty quick at your last drop tho.

Do you think SN will ever re-design their orifice reducers … ?

Luv your posts …

Much Peace,

Pam

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Charlene, diffusing the flu shot blend is a good idea for prevention and cleaning up any unwanted airborne pathogens. Diffusing several times a day is suitable for both prevention and treating, if you’re in a large home with main living areas over 1000 sq ft you might want to consider 2 diffusers for those rooms. No rafter hanging necessary Charlene – the vapor won’t rise too much higher than where the diffuser sits :)

Anna Williamson
Anna Williamson

May 10, 2017

I’ve been meaning to ask for a post on this very question! How do you avoid wasting your EOs if you’re using just a couple droppers for your recipes? What’s the best method of cleaning these droppers to prevent future contamination? How many droppers/what sizes do you own/use on a regular basis? Those of us just getting started want to conserve every precious drop of oil! I’m also curious how you store your EOs? Where? Kitchen, bath, office/laboratory? If you’ve done a post on these subjects, please let us know! Thanks for all your help and wonderful advice!

Susie Q
Susie Q

May 10, 2017

What they said :)

gwsevt
gwsevt

May 10, 2017

Pam, it has been my experience that when using an orifice top holding it upside down actually slows or prevents the oils from coming out. If you hold it at an angle you will usually get drops faster and easier. That said however, there is definitely a difference in the thickness of oils and some form drops much faster than others. But either way playing with the angle has always helped me control the rate of drops.

Rebecca, how do you store your droppers after washing them? I am constantly having a problem with;
a) having enough clean/dry droppers when I need them
b) worrying about cross contamination (probably me being neurotic)
c) feeling I have found the rite soap and rinsing it well enough so it doesn’t become part of my mix
d) drying everything well enough and fast enough

and finally I worry I’m loosing and wasting precious EO when I use a dropper for a few drops and then clean it to use for another. I have also often wondered about Pam’s question concerning different sizes. Droppers come in several sizes but I don’t know how or if that effects the drop size or volume, any impute? Again I may just be being way too neurotic or cautious about following recipes and all. I have to say I have relaxed a lot when it comes to these concerns and learned to go with the variations each person creates for themselves when using EO’s and blends. But I am always anxious to hear peoples thoughts on these things and feel especially lucky to be able to tap your knowledge and experience.

Thank you for writing about some of these “basics”. I think they are so often overlooked and forgotten by people who have been around EO’s for a while (like so many things in life we start to take the knowledge for granted) but so often basic questions we all have when starting to explore EO’s.

I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for all you do here. You have created a safe and informational environment to spread the word and introduce the world of essential oils as well as share for everyone. There is always more to learn, which is a big part of the draw and you facilitate that for all. Thank you.

Charlene
Charlene

May 10, 2017

Well, while you are sharing the basics, perhaps you can answer this basic question for me. I have a recipe (from OGT) for a “flu shot”. If I wanted to diffuse it into a room what are your recommendations? How much & how often for prevention? The same Q for if symptoms are present. What of diffusing into a room—what size room? Not sure if my large room will need 2 diffusers. Also does the diffusion rise to the ceiling? I have vaulted ceilings and do not want to hang from the rafters in order to benefit. Although I must admit that when I am sick I am willing to try anything.

girlsmama
girlsmama

May 10, 2017

Do you have a source for droppers? Or do you just buy the bottles and droppers from Spark? I am new to this adventure and loving the results so far. Also, is there a basic “how to use EO” book you’d recommend? Many thanks!

Reydine
Reydine

May 10, 2017

I use syringes that I purchased on Aroma Tools (I think) they have one that shows drops so you can put in the drops you need without having to do it drop by drop but only problem I have found with the syringe is that the oil will make the drop markings go away so I have learned not to put the syringe all the way down into the oil or you the handy dandy syringe adapter and then your syringe never goes into the bottle and you can tip the bottle upside down and draw the oil up. Hope this all makes since.

Angela Breedon
Angela Breedon

May 10, 2017

Just curious, what do you do with your empty EO bottles? I reuse some for blends, but I have more than I can reuse. I will recycle them once I decide to get rid of them, but I hate the thought of getting rid of that many!!

gwsevt
gwsevt

May 10, 2017

Thanks for the response. But the thing I most wanted to know is do you have a particular way of storing and or drying your washed droppers? Other than the ones you leave in those oils you use all the time. Also the different size droppers and volume?
Thanks

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

First of all if you don’t feel you have enough droppers, keep enough on hand for your needs. Personally, for EOs that I use often like Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Frankincense etc. I keep droppers on these full time. This I’ve found over the years works best for me. EO use is personal and individual, you’ll find your own comfort zone with each passing day, try not to be too intimidated by your oils. Cross contamination shouldn’t be a worry if your tools are clean – remember almost every PURE oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, they sanitize almost everything they touch. When I clean my droppers or bottles, I use an organic dish soap and very hot water.

Don’t over think the process, EOs are straight forward tools for us to use accordingly – they’re forgiving and for the most part, readily accepted by our bodies, this should put you at ease :) If a blend is off by one or two drops, the blend will still be viable.

Thanks for your feedback to remember to basics – I will definitely keep that in mind!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I have used droppers in my most used EOs for years with no deterioration. However, resinous EOs like Frankincense and especially Myrrh can corrode the bulbs faster than others. Again, for the EOs I go thru quickly, I’ve had no issues with droppers.

Teresa
Teresa

May 10, 2017

I was always told to never leave a dropper in an eo bottle because the oil will deteriorate the rubber bulb and cause contamination to the oil. True or false?

Claire
Claire

May 10, 2017

Hi Pam, just wanted to tell you that Amazon sells the pipettes in bulk. I just ordered 100 of them for $4.75 with free shipping. I like to take a fine sharpie and write the name of the oil on it so that I can reuse it without mixing it with other oils. I have the glass “stain” droppers, but I really dislike having to wash and try to dry them. :p

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Thanks for your question! Dropper bottles are available on the Spark Naturals website and very soon, you’ll be able to purchase individual droppers :)

Melida
Melida

May 10, 2017

Thank you Rebecca! Getting the stoppers off has been an issue for me. I don’t want to spill the entire bottle and as much as I love my oils, prying the lid off with my fingers has resulted in oils under my nails. Not a horrible thing – unless you forget and rub your eyes later _ True story. This tip made rereading this article worth it.

Rebecca Butler
Rebecca Butler

May 10, 2017

Use the lid of the bottle to help pry the stopper out. Unscrew it and sit it on top and then pull it off to the side.. The grooves in the lid grab the edge of the stopper and pry it out..

Deborah
Deborah

May 10, 2017

Hi….I’m pretty new to us I g oils. I made up one of your recipes last night and gave up trying to get the stopper out of the oil bottle so I could use a dropper. It would have been easier to make the mix with a dropper though. So my question is how does one remove the plastic stopper in that EO bottle? Thanks so much.

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