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 this Top 32 Essential Oil Set, you get a nice variety of the most popular oils that you can use for all of your projects. 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.
4 – Fine Mist Spray Glass Bottles
You’ll need a few fine mist spray bottles for your homemade perfumes and room sprays. Vivaplex has 2 oz Fine Mist Spray Bottles in Amber and Cobalt, which are great for the purpose.
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.
You can buy Vivaplex Amber 2 oz Round Glass Jars 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 with 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 for Homemade Bath Salts with Essential Oils.
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. You can choose any carrier oil but the most commonly used are jojoba, coconut, olive, and sweet almond.
If you want to buy just one bottle of carrier oil, I recommend this 16 oz bottle of Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil. With more than 6,200 glowing reviews just on Amazon, you know you can’t go wrong with this. The low price point for this quantity is an additional bonus.
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. This is what is included in this Vivaplex Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle Set – 16oz (x2), 8oz (x2) with Trigger Sprayers. 4oz (x4), 2oz (x4) with Fine Mist Sprayers, 10 ml Stainless steel Roller Bottles (x4) – Plus Accessories. That’s everything you need to make a few essential oil gifts but only in smaller quantities.
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.
In addition, you will also need these items:
Clean, sterile eye droppers
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 wide range of styles, sizes, and quantities depending on your requirements.
Scroll through the Vivaplex page on Amazon, check out their range of products and choose the styles and sets you need.
How to Set Up Your Essential Oil Party
Everybody brings their 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 your labels slip off, you can try wrapping them around some gold twine and tying around the neck of each bottle.
If most of the party guests are new to essential oils, you can open the event 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, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Essential oils that belong to the citrus aroma family – Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine
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:
After guests arrive, mingle and enjoy some refreshments for a bit, you can begin the essential oil blending segment. Each person takes a few of their empty EO bottles and places a small amount of carrier oil in each, to fill about halfway. Pick and choose from the available oils to make blends. Cap tightly and label.
So if someone wants to make a calming blend, she might drop in some coconut carrier oil along with about 20 drops lavender, 20 drops rose and 20 drops chamomile.
Once the blending segment is completed, you can show your guests how to make body or massage oils using a simple recipe that includes a carrier oil added to a stainless steel bottle with squirt top, and about 60 drops of essential oil.
Next, share the simple basics of making a homemade room spray, cleaning spray or hair tonic. All that’s really needed is enough distilled water to fill an 8-oz. bottle, about 30 drops of essential oils, and a 1/4 teaspoon of witch hazel.
Guests can also add a Tablespoon or 2 of vinegar, or a few teaspoons of castile soap, if they’d like to boost the cleaning power of their spray bottle mixes once they return home.
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.