Basic Foundation Recipes for Aromatherapy Products

So often we will look for just the right recipe for what we want to make. If we want a linen spray, we look for a linen spray recipe. If we want a hand lotion, we look for a hand lotion recipe. Look no further. In this post you will be able to find basic recipes to which you will add your own essential oils for whatever purpose you have determined.


There are also several courses on the internet where you can learn much, much more about making your own butters, balms, and other products.  I can recommend the courses at the School for Aromatic Studies and at the Aromahead Institute, as I have taken and enjoyed such courses at both of these online schools.

Note: I will be adding to this post over time. Come back and look for new recipes next time you need to create something unique.

Making a stock blend

For many of the products we want to use, we need only a couple of drops of essential oil.  How do you get just 3 drops, when you have 4 ingredients?  Or how can you use a phytotoxic oil or blend for a child where you need less than one drop? The answer is to make a stock blend.


You will need an empty 5ml colored glass essential oil bottle with an orifice reducer. Blend your essential oils in the 5ml bottle, then cap it with the orifice reducer. When you need to use this blend, you can use drops of the blended essential oils instead of having to blend the oils drop-by-drop in your product.


This is a great way to make blends to use in a diffuser. Make a stock bottle, then refresh the diffuser from the stock bottle instead of reaching for the 2-3 bottles you used to make your lovely room freshener.



For cases where you need less than a drop, there are several ways to approach this. These two examples give you approximately 0.25%-0.3%.


1) Put 1 drop of essential oil in a 15-20ml container and fill the rest with a carrier oil. Mix well.  You can then pour from this container into the roller ball or other smaller container to use as needed. Or, put 1 drop of essential oil with 15-20ml of lotion in a lotion dispensing bottle.


2) A second method is a serial dilution:

Dilute your essential oil blend first to 1% by putting 1 drop of your blend into a 5ml glass bottle and then filling that bottle with 5ml of a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Pour about 1/2 of this (2.5-3ml) bottle into a rollerball bottle, which you then fill completely with fractionated coconut oil.


In both cases, you can use what is left of your original dilution to either further dilute, or use for another purpose.



Most rollerball bottles have a 9-10ml volume. All you need to do is know the dilution of the essential oil you are going to use, put in the requisite number of drops, top off with a fixed oil, and you're done.


The fixed oil you choose can be any of so many choices. Two that I use regularly are fractionated coconut oil (FCO) and jojoba wax. Both have indefinite shelf lives and are easy to acquire.


I use FCO when I want something that is mostly to dilute the essential oils, which are the real reason I am making the rollerball. It is relatively inexpensive, making it great for the rollerballs you are just using all the time. I use jojoba wax, especially jojoba wax that has been infused with vanilla or neroli, when I want to make something special, such as a perfume roller bottle.


Most dilutions will be 1-3%. For 1%, use 2 drops essential oil, for 2%, use 4 drops, and for 3%, use 6 drops. Because you can only use a few drops, if often helps to first make a stock bottle blend, then use drops from that bottle, instead of blending in the rollerball bottle.

Bath Products

Bath Salts

You will find many recipes that mix the essential oil directly with the bath salts, then put them in the bath. Salt does not emulsify the essential oil in water, so this method allows the essential oil to come in direct contact with your skin, in effect, "neat" or 100% concentration essential oil.


There are a couple of ways to take care of this problem.

For every 1/2 cup of bath salt:

  • Mix 5 drops of essential oil first with 1-2 teaspoons of a fixed oil (jojoba wax, FCO, virgin coconut oil, etc.), then mix into the bath salt.
    • The downside to this is that the oil will leave a ring in the bathtub and the bathtub floor will be slippery.
  • Mix 5 drops of essential oil with 1-2 teaspoons of a shampoo or liquid Castile soap, then mix into the bath salt
    • This will give you a bit of a bubble bath. You can certainly use more soap or shampoo for more bubbles!
    • This option is less slippery and less messy than the fixed oil option.

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