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Hosting an essential oil party is a great way to get several essential oil lovers together and share fun ideas and recipes for things to make with essential oils.
Company reps often set up essential oil parties to demonstrate their brand products, but you don’t need to be a rep or affiliate to do this. Just about anybody can host a ‘Make and Take’ party.
It’s a particularly great idea to host such a party a few months before a major gift-giving holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s so much more fund to make your DIY gifts with others instead of by yourself. Also, you get to learn a lot of exciting new ideas and recipes too.
Of course, hosting an essential oil ‘Make and Take Party’ can get expensive if you buy all the supplies yourself. One way to make this fun without breaking the bank is to host a ‘Bring Your Own’ essential oil party, where everyone brings their own essential oils supplies. At the end of the party, everyone gets to take home their creations.
The ‘Bring Your Own’ and ‘Make and Take’ combines two fantastic ideas that are guaranteed to be a huge hit.
I’ve put together some easy essential oil party ideas to get you started. Remember, these are not set in stone. Pick and choose whichever ideas work for you and host your own unique Essential Oil Make and Take Party.
When it comes to essential oil party ideas, two of the most important aspects are what you’ll need and what you’re going to make. Let’s start with things you’ll need.
Basic Supplies for Your Essential Oil Party
1- Set of Essential Oils in a Variety of Scents
I highly recommend buying this set of Top 32 Essential Oils from Plant Therapy. Since you will be making a variety of spa and skincare items, I cannot stress the importance of using the highest quality essential oils. Plant Therapy essential oils are 100% pure organic. Besides, you get free shipping across the United States and if your order crosses a certain amount you get some great discounts too. With the Top 32 Essential Oils Set, you get a nice variety of the most popular oils that you can use for all of your projects and at a good price too.
Plant Therapy’s Top 14 Essential Oil Set is a great alternative if you are hosting a smaller party and looking for a set with fewer essential oils.
You’ll also find a few budget options here from different brands – Best Essential Oil Sets That Offer Great Value For Money
You can, of course, buy individual 10ml bottles of essential oils but this can work out to be much more expensive.
2 – Dark Colored Glass Roll-On Bottles
Perfumes with essential oils are another hugely popular and easy-to-make item with essential oils. If you plan on including this as one of your essential oil party ideas – and you should – you will need dark-colored glass roll-on bottles. These Glass Roll-On Bottles by Vivaplex are the most highly rated on Amazon. You can get them in cobalt or amber color.
3 – Dark-Colored Glass Spray Bottles with Mist and Stream Settings
These bottles are versatile and can be used for several DIY items, from room sprays to cleaners. I love these 16oz Amber Glass Spray Bottles by Vivaplex. They come with a regular black cover that you can use when carrying the bottle or when placing it in a gift basket and the trigger spray can be attached later.
Two bottles are never enough though. If you need a set with more bottles, this may be a better option – set of six 16oz Amber Glass Spray Bottles by Sally’s Organics.
4 – Fine Mist Spray Glass Bottles
You’ll need a few fine mist spray bottles for your homemade perfumes and room sprays. These 2 oz Fine Mist Spray Bottles from Vivaplex are great for the purpose. You can buy them in sets of 6 and 12 and either in amber or blue. Vivaplex is a reputed brand and has a wide range of dark-colored glass bottles with and without sprays for all your essential oil DIY projects.
If you want even smaller-sized bottles, these 1/2 oz Cobalt Blue Glass Fine Mist Spray Bottles are an excellent option.
The Bottle Depot has an interesting set of 2 oz Black Glass Bottles With Spray. You very rarely see these types of bottles in black, which makes them quite unusual. The frosted finish gives the bottles a nice festive look. This is a great set if you are making essential oil items to give away as gifts. The Bottle Depot also has these fine mist spray bottles in Frosted Amber, Clear Amber, and Clear Cobalt Blue.
5 – Amber 2oz Round Glass Jars with Inner Liners and Black Lids
These round glass jars are perfect for packing your skin creams and balms. As with the other types of dark-colored glass containers, my favorite brand is Vivaplex. The glass is thick and dark-colored so the essential oils in the products are well protected. The black lids add an extra layer of protection.
Vivaplex Amber 2 oz Round Glass Jars are available in sets of 12 or 15.
6 – At Least One Book with Essential Oil Recipes
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Worwood is a great book to have on hand for your essential oil party. it includes 800 Natural, Nontoxic & Fragrant recipes using essential oils.
It’s my go-to essential oil reference book and one I always have handy when working on making essential oil items for myself or to give away as gifts.
7 – Plenty of Small Dark-Colored Glass Bottles
Experimenting with creating different diffuser blends is one of the easiest and most enjoyable of all essential oil party ideas. All you need to do to do is combine a few drops of different essential oils into one of these small dark-colored glass bottles to create any blend you like.
If this is your first time creating blends, I would suggest starting with a few time-tested recipes from the book mentioned above. Alternatively, you can find plenty of blend recipes on my site.
I particularly like this set of 24, Cobalt Blue, 2 ml (5/8 Dram) Glass Bottles, with Orifice Reducers and Black Caps.
8 – Epsoak Epsom Salts
Homemade bath salts with essential oils are one of the easiest gifts you can make. One 19 lb packet of Epsoak Epsom Salts is sufficient to make several jars of bath salts.
Get the recipe and instructions for making your own Homemade Bath Salts with Essential Oils and Rose Scented Bath Salts With Rose Petals. The rose-scented bath salts have dried rose petals in each bottle. The finished product looks absolutely gorgeous and has been a great hit with everyone I’ve gifted it to.
9 – Carrier Oils
Carrier oils are absolutely necessary when you are making skincare products with essential oils. Carrier oils do double duty of diluting the essential oil and making them safer to use topically, while also slowing down the evaporation of the essential oils so they last longer.
Jojoba, Fractionated Coconut, and Almond are the best carrier oils for making essential oil-based skincare products. In addition to acting as a suitable base for diluting essential oils, they also have nourishing and moisturizing properties that make them beneficial for the skin. As always, when buying products to use on your skin, always buy the best quality you can afford.
Plant Therapy offers the largest variety of carrier oils. Their carrier oils are high quality and reasonably priced, which is always a great combination. You don’t need to buy several bottles of carrier oils. Just two should do. Choose two from Jojoba, Fractionated Coconut, Almond, or Grapeseed. That should be enough for all your essential oil DIY projects.
10 – Vivaplex, Cobalt Blue, Glass Bottle Set
This is a fantastic set if you are throwing a smaller essential oil party and need just a few supplies. The Vivaplex Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle Set includes a variety of glass bottles – 4 roll-on bottles and a mix of large and small bottles with and without sprays plus accessories. That’s everything you need if you’re planning on making just a few essential oil gifts.
11 – Essential Oil Labels
You’ll need labels to identify the different products everyone has made at your essential oil party. With this set of 120 Prism Ovals + 120 Round Stickers by Rivertree Life, you’ll have enough labels for bottles of all sizes. The labels are colorful and add a nice decorative touch to the bottles. The labels are made from poly waterproof material so they will stay looking good too.
11 – Vinyl Disposable Gloves
Wearing gloves is a must when handling essential oils. Essential oils are very strong and can cause irritation or even mild burns if they come in direct contact with the skin.
One box of Clear Powder Free Vinyl Disposable Plastic Gloves, Medium size should suffice.
12 – Dilution Chart Magnet
An essential oil dilution chart comes in super handy when you are working on essential oil DIY projects. It minimizes the potential for inaccurate calculations so you are not adding too much or too little of any ingredient. Too much of certain ingredients can have adverse effects and too little can be ineffective. With an essential oil dilution chart, you’ll get it right every time.
Plant Therapy’s Essential Oils Dilution Chart Magnet is the most convenient dilution chart available. The magnetic backing keeps this Essential Oils Dilution Chart right where you need it so you don’t waste time looking for it every time you are working on homemade products. The charge is easy to read and understand, and the guidelines are simple to follow. Believe me, you’ll wonder how you managed without it before.
The KidsSafe Essential Oils Dilution Chart Magnet is a handy reference when you’re working with KidsSafe oils. It’s a good idea to use only KidsSafe essential oils when you’re making products for kids or your kids are ‘helping’ you with your DIY projects.
In addition, you will also need these items:
Beeswax Pearls if you plan to make candles or lip balm.
Clean, glass liquid droppers – these calibrated droppers from TecUnite are excellent for measuring precise amounts of essential oils.
A few gallons of distilled water
Note About Buying Glass Containers for Your Essential Oil Party
Essential oils deteriorate with exposure to light. Dark-colored glass containers help prevent this premature deterioration.
While you can buy glass bottles from any brand as long as they are dark-colored, I highly recommend using bottles marketed by Vivaplex. Not only do they make the highest quality bottles but you can buy them in a wide range of styles, sizes, and quantities depending on your requirements.
Scroll through the Vivaplex Store on Amazon, check out their range of products, and choose the styles and sets you need.
How to Set Up Your Essential Oil Party
Ask all invitees to bring their own essential oil collection to share. Writing each person’s name on small round sticker labels which are adhered to the bottoms of the bottles of oil will help in identifying which bottle belongs to each one. If the labels slip off, wrap them around some gold twine and tie the twine around the neck of each bottle.
If most of the party guests are new to essential oils, start the party with a brief talk explaining how essential oils work and which ones are typically used for specific purposes.
It’s also helpful to arrange the oils categorically. You can group them together based on their aroma families.
So your groupings could look like this:
- Essential oils that belong to the Floral aroma family – Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang
- Essential oils that belong to the Citrus aroma family – Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Blood Orange
- Essential oils that belong to the Herbaceous aroma family – Oregano, Thyme, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil
- Essential oils that belong to the Spicy aroma family – Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Cardamom
- Essential oils that belong to the Woody aroma family – Sandalwood, Fir, Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper
- Essential oils that belong to the Camphoraceous aroma family – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree
- Essential oils that belong to the Resinous aroma family – Frankincense, Myrrh,
- Essential oils that belong to the Earthy aroma family – Patchouli, Vetiver, Valerian, Angelica Root
Read more about Essential Oils & Their Aroma Families.
Essential Oil Party Ideas: Things to Make
If your group seems to need guidance, start everyone off by handing out simple recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients. Bath salts, massage oils, hair tonics, and basic blends are the easiest things to make with essential oils.
So each guest might receive a recipe to make the following:
Rose-Scented Bath Salts with Rose Petals – looks absolutely gorgeous and makes a great gift!
Get Your Party Going!
After guests arrive and you’ve spent some time catching up with everyone over coffee and cake, it’s time to start mixing, stirring, blending and packing!
Start by creating blends. This is the easiest and least messy project. Each person can create their own choice of blends, whether for themselves or to give away as gifts. Choose from any one of these Diffuser Blend Recipes.
Once the blending segment is completed, you can start creating your other products, depending on what you had planned. There’s no limit as to how many or how few products you should create at an Essential Oil Party. It all depends on how much time you have available and your budget. Whether you choose to make just two or three items or more, it’s a fun way to get together and get creative making aromatic self-care products for yourself or to give them away as gifts.
Your turn now! Have you hosted or attended an Essential Oil Make & Take Party? What products did you’ll create? Share your experience in the comments below so we can get a few new ideas too!
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.