03 January 2018

How to Make Essential Oil Roller Bottles

There are several ways to use essential oils, but my favorite way is with an essential oil roller bottle.  While I really like my diffuser, sometimes I don't want the scent all through the house.  Or maybe I want to take my oils with me.  Roller bottles are easy to make, easy to use, and work very well for my family.

Since rollerballs are inexpensive, you can have several of them for different oil blends.  I even use them for cuticle cream and lip gloss as well as for essential oils.

Essential oils need to be diluted before you can use them, and this makes it easy.  In just a few minutes, you can make an already diluted blend to use later.  

I like roller balls because they don't make a mess when you apply the oil.  I can just grab the bottle, apply it, and go.  I even have a carrying case to take my oils with me so I always have them.

Since roller bottles are so easy and inexpensive to make, I can keep my favorite oils at home and at the office without buying more oils.  This has really come in handy for me when I've needed my calming or focusing oil when I've been at the office.  

How to Make Essential Oil Roller Bottles

Before we get started, I want to remind you all that I'm not a doctor.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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How Do Essential Oil Roller Bottles Work?

An essential oil rollerball is simply essential oils combined with a carrier oil in a small bottle with a roller on the end.  The small bottle is easy to make, easy to apply, and easy to take with you.  

You get the benefits of essential oils through inhalation as well as through your skin.  Your skin is permeable to fat soluble substances, and essential oils are, well, oils, so they can be absorbed through your skin.  

Essential oil molecules are small, so they can enter the body through your epidermis and travel to your capillaries into your bloodstream.  

Where Do I Use an Essential Oil Rollerball?

Generally, you want to use them on your pulse points because the blood vessels are closer to your skin so you can absorb more oils.  You can also absorb more oil due to the increased blood flow and the warmth of the area.  

The most popular places to use a rollerball are:
  • neck
  • wrists 
  • behind the ears
  • bottoms of feet
  • temples
  • chest
  • back
  • belly

Do not ever apply essential oils inside your ears, near your eyes, or on mucous membranes because it can cause irritation.

Essential oils can irritate some people.  It's always best to test each new oil in a small amount before you use it.  Always dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it.  

Some essential oils are more irritating than others.  These include:
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Camphor
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Fir Needle
  • Tagetes
  • Pine
  • Spruce

Less is more when it comes to essential oils.  You do not need to use a lot of oils.  They are potent, so you can use a small amount and get great results.

Best Essential Oils to Use in a Roller Bottle

Well, that depends.  I generally keep a few specialty blends on hand.  I buy all of my oils at Bolek's Crafts.  They don't have online ordering, but you can call to place an order.  I am loving Vetiver lately because it's said to be calming.

The owner makes several EO blends, so I use those rather than create my own.  I diffuse them and use them in my roller bottles.

How to Make an Essential Oil Rollerball

Making your own rollerballs with custom blends is easy.

This is for adults only.  I do not use oils directly on my littles, and my oldest is over 6 feet tall and the size of an adult so I feel more comfortable with him using oils.


Add 10 drops of essential oils per 5mL you want to make.  So if you have a 10mL bottle, use 20 drops.  

You can use a single essential oil or a blend of several oils.  You can create the blend directly in the bottle while you make it, or you can use a bottle of already blended oils.  


Fill the bottle with a carrier oil.  It's easiest to use a small funnel so you don't spill your oil.  

Leave a little bit of space at the top to put the roller back on.


Place the cap back on the bottle.  Shake well.

Essential oils have a very long, almost indefinite shelf life, but carrier oils do not.  This roller bottle will only last as long as the carrier oil will.  Most carrier oils last for 1-2 years, but some oxidize quickly and only last 6 months.  

Which Carrier Oils to Use

You can use most carrier oils except for coconut oil because it's firm at room temperature.  Keep in mind the the viscosity of the carrier oil will affect how much of the oil is absorbed.  Grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil will penetrate the skin easier than avocado oil or olive oil because they are lighter oils.

Personally, I like to use fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil.  I've used jojoba oil before because I love that oil, especially on my hands.  

Rosehip seed oil also works well because it absorbs quickly.  

Sweet almond oil is a gentle oil, so it's a good choice.  It's a great all purpose oil to have on hand, too.  If you can only have one oil, this is the one to have.  

Storing Your Roller Bottles

After you see how easy roller bottles are to make and use, you'll probably want to make several of them.  Be sure to label them so you don't get them mixed up.  I don't have a pretty labeling system, but I'm working on that.  

I store mine in an acrylic organizer so they stand up straight and don't spill.  

When I'm on the go, I keep mine in a little purse.  This works great for traveling because you never know what you'll need on a trip!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.