Ready to dive into essential oils? You’ll need these top 20 must-have essential oil accessories and supplies on hand to start making your own DIY products.
Are you just getting started with essential oils? It’s exciting isn’t it? Yet, there’s so much to learn and figure out. I know. I’ve been there too. That’s why I have my free essential oils email course to teach you the basics on essential oils and much more. Sign up for my email course here and get a copy of my e-book 10 Beauty Hacks from Your Kitchen.
Once you learn the basics, you’ll want to dive in an start using your oils. And I’m here to help you with that too. I’ve got my top 20 list of essential oil accessories you need to get started.
Which Essential Oils Are A Must Have?
Before starting on the accessories, it’s good to know which essential oils are, well…. essential. This can certainly vary with personal taste. But some really popular oils are:
- Lavender essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Chamomile essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
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20 Must-Have Essential Oil Accessories and Supplies
The key to getting started with essential oils is a good reference book. You’ll want something to help guide you through uses, dilution ratios, etc. This one is my favorite – Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide.
You may have gotten a diffuser with your essential oils kit. You may want to get one for every room. That’s what I did. I also got this car diffuser to use when I’m on the go. It’s so pretty and so easy to use. Just add essential oils to the pads and put the car diffuser in your vent.
Aside from a car diffuser, I also carry a travel case with my top 10 essential oils. I always have a mini travel case filled with small vials of oils (about 2 ml bottles). This case is about as big as my wallet, and I store it in my purse since it’s so compact. I use it when I’m running errands, out with my family, and everyday use. In fact, I like to make a mini first aid essential oils kit. I also like to add Dragon Time, Peace & Calming, and Stress Away.
You can also get this larger travel case, which holds 10 bottles of oils (5 ml or 15 ml) or roller ball blends. I find that I can even fit 12 in there if I put a couple in sideways. This is what I use for trips longer than 2-3 days, so I’m never without my oils. I do take this case as my carry-on for flights and have never had any problems.
Storage box or shelf
I like to store my essential oils in a storage box in my kitchen. I can reach for them easily whenever I need them, and it’s a great conversation piece when guests come over. I inevitably end up talking about essential oils with others. I really like this one. It holds 87 bottles – and you can mix 15 ml, 5 ml, roller ball bottles, etc.
Essential oil key tool
This is one of the best accessories I’ve ever seen – the essential oil tool key. It’s a tool to remove the roller ball top or plastic orifice on essential oil bottles. One set comes with 3 tools, so you can keep one and give the other 2 away or put them on a travel bag or carrying case. I’ve used this tool, and it’s been a lifesaver for my nails. I don’t struggle to remove those bottle tops anymore.
Glass container bottles
Believe me, once you start using essential oils you’ll start making homemade products. One of my favorite supplies to have on hand are glass roller bottles. I use these 10 ml bottles with a roller ball top to make my own blends – such as my DIY calming kids blend and my homemade perfume. I also make blends for friends and family and use these bottles to share with them. And I always have my DIY calming kids blend in my purse to use on the go.
I like to get glass roller and dropper bottles in different sizes to make a bunch of DIY beauty and skin care products.
Lip balm containers
Make your own DIY lip balm in these inexpensive lip balm containers to give at the holidays, kids’ birthdays, hostess gifts, teacher gifts, welcome gifts, etc. I make my own for less than $0.25 per container – and that includes the prices of the container itself. You can also make a homemade salve or homemade diaper balm to store in a diaper bag – or even to give as a baby shower gift.
One personal care product I was reluctant to give up was my deodorant. It took me a long time to perfect this recipe – but believe me, it was worth the wait. This DIY deodorant recipe is amazing. I use these deodorant containers (which are the perfect travel size) to make batches of deodorant for my whole family.
Glass spray bottles
I also like these larger spray bottles (16 oz) to make my own cleaners to use in my house. The glass is surprisingly sturdy (and I have tile floors).
When you get started with essential oils, you’ll need to add a few carrier oils to your collection. Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils and distribute them to a wide surface area like the back. I love to use coconut oil for my kids. I personally use almond oil and jojoba oil for my face and body. Avocado oil and is a great option too.
I use organic beeswax to make lip balm and diaper balm. I even add a little beeswax to my deodorant to make the consistency more like a solid.
Organic shea butter is a great addition – especially when making balms and creams that are ultra moisturizing.
Measuring cups and spoons
As you start making your own homemade beauty and personal care products, you’ll really need a separate set of measuring cups and measuring spoons from what you already have in your kitchen. Beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil can be a little tough to take off, and it’s so much easier just to have a separate set.
It’s easy to make your own soaps, lotion bars, and even essential-oil infused treats with silicone molds. I keep a few different sizes and shapes on hand, and use them as needed.
Wool dryer balls
One of my laundry essentials are these wool dryer balls. They help to cut down on drying time and reduce wrinkles. I add a couple of drops of essential oils to one of the balls before each dryer load to infuse a fresh scent.
And the last, but certainly not least, essential oil must-have accessory to add to your oily collection is a diffuser necklace. I personally wear my diffuser necklace daily so I can inhale my oils all day long. The lockets on the necklaces open to reveal a disc (usually leather or felt). Just add a couple of drops of essential oils and voila – your personal diffuser on the go. You can replace those discs (like these felt discs) every 3-4 months.
Top Tips For Essential Oils
- Look for a trusted producer that makes pure oils without anything added. You’re more likely to have an allergic reaction to oils that have other ingredients. Not all extras are bad. Some added vegetable oil may be normal for certain more expensive essential oils.
- Just because it’s from a plant doesn’t mean it’s safe to rub on your skin, or breathe, or eat, even if it’s “pure.” Natural substances can be irritating, toxic, or cause allergic reactions. Like anything else you put on your skin, it’s best to test a little bit on a small area and see how your skin responds.
- In general, don’t keep your essential oils more than 3 years. Older oils are more likely to be spoiled because of exposure to oxygen.
- Your doctor can make sure it’s safe for you and rule out any side effects, like affecting your prescriptions.
More Essential Oil Ideas
- 30 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes
- Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils
- The Essential Home: A Quick Start Guide to DIY with Essential Oils
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