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Drip or Drop? There is a Difference!

November 11, 201318 Comments

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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.
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!}
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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May 10, 2017 at 11:32am

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,



May 10, 2017 at 11:32am

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

May 10, 2017 at 11:32am

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

May 10, 2017 at 11:32am

What they said :)


May 10, 2017 at 11:32am

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.

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