12 Must-Have Tools and Accessories for Essential Oil Lovers

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

12 Must-Have Tools and Accessories for Essential Oil Lovers

You have already spent a lot of money to grow your collection of essential oils. Now, you can’t wait to try making your own blends and other DIY recipes to share with your family and friends. In order to do that, it is also equally important that you are equipped with the right tools and accessories so that you can better enjoy your essential oil journey.

Here are the essential oil tools and accessories that you will need to get started.

1. Carrier Oils

We already know the fact that one should not use undiluted essential oils for topical application. Due to this, you need to use carrier oils to dilute essential oils to a safe level. If you’re making your own essential oil blends, then it is recommended to use lightweight carrier oils with neutral scents (e.g. fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil).

2. Rollerball Bottle Opener

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I remember those days when my fingernails are all chipped from trying to remove rollerball bottle caps. This little opener tool is truly indispensable as it can easily remove rollerball caps of all sizes, even orifice reducer caps. They are available in either plastic or metal variants (the metal ones are sturdier).

3. Glass Rollerball Bottles

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The most exciting part about aromatherapy is creating your own essential oil blends for therapeutic purposes. That is why I always have stocks of glass rollerball bottles in my DIY arsenal. I usually buy 5ml and 10ml amber or cobalt-blue glass rollerball bottles. My special preference is ones that have metal roller balls rather than plastic (metal roller balls are colder to the touch when applied on skin).

4. Essential Oil Bottle Cleaning Brush

It hurts my heart to throw away my empty essential oil bottles so I normally clean them up so I can reuse them on future DIY projects. The perfect tool for this task is a cleaning brush (in various sizes) for essential oil bottles.

5. Mini Funnels

If you’re buying essential oils in bulk sizes to save money or to sell them in smaller quantities, then mini funnels make it a lot easier and mess-free to transfer oils into smaller bottles.

6. Pipettes

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If you happened to buy an essential oil bottle that doesn’t have a dripulator (orifice reducer), then you can use a pipette in placed of dripulator so you can still measure your essential oils in drops. I prefer to use disposable plastic pipettes. It is never a good idea to reuse plastic pipettes as pure essential oils will eventually break the plastic over time. I also make sure to use a separate pipette for each essential oil to avoid cross-contamination.

7. Essential Oil Organizer

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Even though essential oil bottles are small, it is still a good idea to organize them for ease of access. The most popular one is a wooden storage box that has multiple slots for each essential oil bottle. Each slot can hold 5ml, 10ml and 15ml essential oil bottles.

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If you are always on-the-go, it is nice to buy a travel-sized essential oil hard case pouch so you can bring your most commonly used essential oil vials and roller blends with you.

8. Glass Stirring Rod and Glass Beakers

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Image Credit: Beautynbottles (Shopee)

Undiluted essential oils can cause plastic materials to melt. I learned this the hard way when I used plastic medicine cups to pre-measure my essential oils (not yet diluted in carrier oil) and to my horror the plastic cups just melted! Due to this incident, I decided to invest on good quality glass stirring rod and glass beakers (of various sizes) that are made from borosilicate glass (e.g. same material used in Pyrex).  Glass materials are highly suitable for stirring and blending essential oils since they are heat and chemical resistant. Also, it is a lot easier to remove oil residue from glass materials compared to plastics.

9. Protective Gloves and Safety Goggles

When working with essential oils, it is very important to protect our skin and eyes from accidental spills which can cause chemical burns. You do this by wearing protective gloves and safety goggles when handling essential oils.

10. Sticker Labels

To easily identify your own essential oil roller blends, place sticker either on top of the lid or on the body of the rollerball bottles. Make sure to use both waterproof and oil-proof sticker labels.

11. Essential Oil Diffusers

The most popular method of using essential oils is to diffuse them (release them into the air). There are different types and sizes of essential oil diffusers available in the market. Aside from the common table top essential oil air diffusers, there are also what we called “wearable” (e.g. necklace diffuser) and “portable” (e.g. USB-powered car diffuser) diffusers.

12. Notebook

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I find it really helpful to own a dedicated notebook where I can record all of my essential oil blend and other DIY recipes. It’s like an essential oil diary. Nothing can be more frustrating when you can’t recreate the perfect blend that you have previously formulated. If you want to be fancier, you can even buy a journal specially designed to track essential oil inventory, recipes and notes. One example I saw on the Internet (which I’m not sure if already available in the Philippines) is the Plant Therapy Organizer and Journal. It even has an essential oil dilution chart included for quick reference during blending.

How about you? What are your favorite tools and accessories related to essential oils? Share them on the comment section below.

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