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Learn How To Dilute Your Essential Oils

Every authentic Real Oil product is packed with astonishing natural power. It takes an entire acre of lavender plants, for instance, to extract just 12 pounds of essential oil. This kind of concentration gives you access to and control over the amount of natural constituents you choose to apply to your skin … but you do actually need to control it.


Best for children 2 to 10 and those with sensitive skin


for 15 ml bottle

4 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil.


for 10 ml bottle

3 drops of essential oil in a 10ml roll-on bottle, topped with carrier oil.

Best for adults with normal skin


for 15 ml bottle

13 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil.


for 10 ml bottle

9 drops of essential oil in a 10ml roll-on bottle, topped with carrier oil.

Best for short-term, targeted application for adults


for 15 ml bottle

22 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil.


for 10 ml bottle

15 drops of essential oil in a 10ml roll-on bottle, topped with carrier oil.


Why Dilute
My Essential Oils?

Skin can’t always handle the high concentrations that essential oils offer. You might run into problems like irritation, phototoxicity (citrus oils reacting to sunlight and causing blisters), and topical allergies. To use essential oils safely and effectively you need to dilute them. This is good news for you -- adding essential oil to a carrier oil makes it easier to spread over large areas and more efficiently carries the aromatherapy benefits. Plus, your bottle will last way longer than you might expect.


When Should I Dilute?

There are some instances when you should use essential oils “neat,” at full potency -- such as in a diffuser, through an inhaler, or in some cleaning applications. In addition, a few Real Oil products are sold pre-diluted, so you don’t have to worry about mixing them at all. (This includes our ready-to-apply roll-ons). But all of our other singles and blends are sold neat. These products are really strong and require dilution before using them on the skin.

We recommend a 3% dilution for most topical purposes. Some circumstances require a more gentle dilution, such as when you apply oil to small children, pregnant or nursing women, or on those with sensitive skin. On occasion you may want to use a stronger concentration to get specific results, but keep the area small, and keep the use short-term.


How Do I Dilute?

Fortunately for the math-challenged, it isn’t hard. All you need to do is add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil such as Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, or Rosehip, and mix well. For a 3% dilution, do either of the following:

Put 4 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon (5ml) of carrier oil and mix. To scale that up, add 12 drop of essential oil to one tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil.
OR
Open a new, empty 10ml roll-on bottle. Add 9 drops of your favorite essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil. Snapon the lid and gently shake.

What Else Do
I Need to Know?

Some essential oils are considered “hot.” Cinnamon, mint, clove, and others have spicy qualities that can affect your skin. Use a lower dilution when mixing with these oils.

You could take a shortcut and add a few drops of essential oil to a lotion, hand sanitizer, aloe vera, body soap, shampoo, or conditioner. For household cleaning blends, you can use water instead of a carrier oil, but this isn’t recommended for applying to the skin, since they separate.

Real Oil products are a powerful aid in your quest for a healthy and natural home. Don’t be scared to experiment, but do your research and err on the side of safety as you learn about these amazing tools.