10 ways to re-purpose essential oil bottles

10 ways to re-purpose essential oil bottles

If you’ve dabbled in essential oils enough sooner or later you’ll ask yourself the same question we all do after a while…”What can I do with all these old bottles?”

You don’t want to throw them away, they’re way too cute to do that.   Besides, there has to be SOME way to re-purpose them.   Good news…There is!! The easy way to re-purpose the bottles is to use them for more essential oils.


  • Diversify your collection:  You can never have enough of your favorite oils.  For some it’s Frankincense, for others it’s Citrus Fresh, for me it’s Lavender.  In my purse, at work, at home you are sure to find a lavender bottle filled with a 50/50 solution of lavender and oil (fractionated coconut oil works well).  Now I never have to be without this incredible diverse oil.
  • Epsom Salts: Fill a lidded container with Epsom Salt.  Take your mostly empty oil bottle and shove them deep down into the salt.  Cover container and let sit for a few days.  Now you’ve a wonderfully aromatic bath salt blend!  See this post for more bath salt ideas.
  • Travel kit: Don’t risk losing your collection when you travel.  Pack a travel bag with your essential oil favorites.
  • Impromtu class: You never know when you’ll have an opportunity to share oils with someone who is interested.  Keep a set of Premium Starter Kit oils in your car.
  • Blends: Creating your own blends to suit your needs is a wonderful way to use essential oils boaroma-glidex450ttles.  For  topical blends Young Living sells aroma fitment roller ball tops just like the one that came in your Premium Starter Kit.  A few drops of this, a few of that, add a bit of oil and POOF you’ve a wonderful blend to suit your needs!


When making blends, use an oil bottle that comprises part of the blend you are making.  Do not, for instance, use a bottle for cinnamon bark (a HOT oil) when making a topical blend.  Ouch!  Therefore, cleaning essential oil bottles is sometimes necessary but is also trickier than you thought.


Essential oils are potent and some are very thick and viscous.  Straight soap and water will not be enough to erase the scent of the oils completely.  Neither will boiling.  And really thick oils such as Myrrh may be a total loss.  What you need is a SOLVENT such as high proof vodka.

  • Use every last drop in whatever blends you are making!
  • Clean the bottles as well as you can with soap and water.
  • Remove the label as you would any other label.  If it’s too sticky use some lemon or lime to clean the outside.
  • Fill the bottle with vodka and let sit overnight.  Throw the cap, top and orifice reducer in there as well.
  • In the morning rinse and let dry.  Repeat if necessary.  Use vodka over and over, but don’t drink 🙂
  • Voila!  Now you have a bottle that you can use for ANY blend without fear.

And now you are ready for another use…

  • Share, share, share: Have a friend that is not quite sure about essential oils?  Grab an empty bottle and share with them!  Now that you have clean bottles share 10 or 15 drops of Thieves, Purification, lemon – whatever!
  • Mini flower vase:  Glue some twine on an empty bottle and when your child picks weeds and hands them to you, root and all, you’ll have a place to put them
  • Storing small odds and ends:  I wear a lot of dangle earrings and the backs are always getting hard and yellow so I’m sure to have lots of spares.  The 15 ml bottle is PERFECT to store them.  And just think, if there’s some scent left in the bottle your earrings will act as perfume.  How cool!
  • Christmas Lights: I’ve heard of someone using empty bottles for tree lights.   Place each light inside a bottle and string on a mantle.  I MUST try that this year!

Have some other fun uses for empty essential oil bottles?  Let me know in the comments!

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Disclaimer: I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and I am not endorsed by the Young Living Corporation. None of what I talk about on this site has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools based on my own personal experiences.


  1. Great! I have difficulty cleaning the bottles….. I do not have Vodka you mentioned. I hope Alcohol works as well. I love the bath salt idea as I do bath with sea salt at times…. Sounds good! Thank you for the share.


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