Checklist: Tools for a Basic Aromatherapy Blending Kit


As you enter the exciting world of essential oils and aromatherapy, you’ll soon discover it can be:
a. overwhelming (“what do I buy first?”) and;
b. expensive (“what can wait and what do I need now?”)

To simplify your life and help you avoid purchases you don’t need immediately, I’ve put together a basic list from which you can make the following items:

  • Massage Oil
  • Body and Face Cream
  • Salt Scrub
  • Hand soap
  • Aromatic Room Spray
  • Nasal Inhaler
  • Cleaning Spray

Note #1:  The dilutions for making the above items can be found in my blog post Blending Guidelines and Dilutions.
Note #2:  Everything in #1, #2 and #3 can be purchased with a discount code for subscribers of my weekly newsletter, A Dose of Aromatic Wisdom.  The codes are given in every issue, but if you are a subscriber or an AWI student and need it, please email me here:

I recommend you print out this list and check off the items off as you purchase them.


1. Essential Oils

Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
German Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
Roman Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus
Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi
Lavender  – Lavandula angustifolia
Lemon – Citrus limon
Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus
Orange – Citrus sinensis
Peppermint – Mentha piperita
Rosemary ct camphor – Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor
Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia
Scotch Pine – Pinus sylvestris
Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata
Note: My friend Karen Holmes had this suggestion: To start with a more modest investment in essential oils, purchase them in smaller bottles, like 5ml.  OR begin with half the oils listed – he most costly will be the Chamomiles, the Frankincense, the Ylang Ylang. You can also start with one citrus…but you’ll want MORE soon, I promise!).

2. Carriers – Carriers are the foundation of most blends and are used to dilute the essential oils so they can be applied to the skin.

Jojoba Oil – 16 oz
Trauma Oil – 4 oz
Unscented (natural) Lotion – 8 oz
Pink Himalayan Salt – 16 oz
Liquid Castile Soap – 16 oz

3. Containers - you’ll need a few bottles and jar in which to store your blend.  I’ve listed the item with a photo below. ‘Cause I love pictures.
Amber glass bottles with orifice reducer and cap.  5ml, 10 ml or 15 ml. 
Amber Glass Bottles w/ Orifice Reducer
2 oz glass jars with lids for lotions.
Glass Jar w/ White Cap - 2 oz

2 oz PET plastic jars with lids.  A better choice for blends designed to be used in the shower or tub, like salt scrubs or for travel.
PET Plastic Containers w/ Lid

Plastic Spray Bottle – 2 oz or 4 oz
PET Plastic Spray Bottles
Blank Nasal Inhaler – I suggest to start with a pack of 10. They come in a variety of colors.
Aromatherapy Nasal Inhaler (Multi)

5. Glassware for mixing Glass stir rods – makes blending in creams effortless.  Easy to clean.
Glass Stir Rods

Glass beakers or measuring cups – Beakers can be expensive, but I found some affordable ones on Amazon.

6. Aromatherapy Recipe Book – I highly recommend the recently published Essential Living: Recipes for Home and Health, available on Amazon in softback or kindle version. You’ll find 60 recipes along with directions for creating each product.

7. Miscellaneous

  • Labels and pens – for labeling your blend with the date it was made, ingredients, a clever name for the blend or anything else you want to remember.  If you are blending for yourself and family, you can buy labels inexpensively at any supply store; mailing label sizes work well.  If you want labels that are more professional or in a wide variety of sizes and colors, try  If you are printing on your labels, get the weatherproof to avoid smearing the ink.
  • Towels or paper towels for spills
  • A Notebook for recording your recipes, and a pen

8. A Place to Keep it All Together – If you don’t have a storage area where you can store your aromatherapy tools, you can buy one.  If you need  to move the storage box to work near a sink, get one on wheels.  These are sold in all the “box” stores (Walmart, Target, etc and Amazon).







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what items are on YOUR blending table!

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