Bottles for Essential Oils

Essential oils come in different types of bottles, including the following: 

  • Roller: Roll-on bottles contain a rollerball in the lid. It is ideal for distributing the oil directly on certain areas of your body, such as the neck, nape, or temples. 
  • Dram: These small vials are the most common bottles for essential oils. Dram bottles have droppers that allow you to take small, exact amounts of the oil. 
  • Euro: This type of bottle uses a dropper or orifice reducer, enabling you to control the amount of oil that comes out with precision.
  • Boston round: This amber-colored cylindrical bottle is a standard choice for essential oils. You can find these bottles with droppers, reducers, or sprayers.

Glass Bottles

Glass is one of the most popular essential oil bottles because it is impermeable to volatile compounds. Given its inert nature, the glass will not deteriorate no matter how long the essential oils stay inside. 

Additionally, glass is acid and corrosion-resistant and can also be effectively sterilized making it safe for use.

Although essential oils smell great, they are highly potent. That’s why it is important that the glass bottle is paired with an airtight lid. Exposure of the oils to air can cause oxidation, resulting in changes to their chemical composition. 

When not in use, make sure that the lid of the glass bottle is tightly closed. This will prevent oxidation, weakened aroma, reduced potency, and shorter useful life. 

Plastic Bottles

Unlike glass, plastic bottles can be affected by essential oils over time. Plastic contains chemicals that can seep into the oil and change its composition. 

Damage and deterioration are common problems of plastic bottles that hold essential oils. The compounds in pure essential oils can corrode the plastic and destroy the packaging. 

But this is not always the case for “diluted” essential oils. Plastic, specifically PET or fluorinated PE or PP containers, store diluted essential oils without any issues. These oils can come in the form of personal care products, like lotions. 

Fluorination may be a viable option for essential oils that are not considered oxygen sensitive. It involves creating a barrier between the plastic container and essential oils to prevent degradation of the package and fill. 


Exposure to sunlight can cause UV damage, quickening the degradation of essential oils. The photooxidation process can also make the oils less potent, reducing their therapeutic effects. To prevent the effects of UV light, store essential oils in bottles made of colored glass, such as amber or cobalt. 

Amber glass bottles are known to have UV-resistant properties, creating the perfect barrier to keep the oils fresh and effective. They also stay cool better than materials like plastic or metal.

Consider storing your essential oils bottles in a wooden box, to further shield them from sunlight. You should also keep them cool and dry as moisture can damage the oils’ quality. 

How To Clean Essential Oil Bottles

Below are the steps for cleaning and getting the scent out of your empty essential oil bottles.

  1. Peel off the label, if the bottle has one
  2. Remove the rollerball, dropper, or plastic spill guard
  3. Soak the bottle in a sink or basin filled with warm, soapy water
  4. Fill the bottle with baking soda to remove the remaining scent
  5. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight to absorb the oil fully 
  6. Rinse the bottle and let it air dry

What To Do With Empty Essential Oil Bottles

There are plenty of things you can do with empty essential oil bottles. Here are some ideas for reusing them. 

DIY Custom Blends

Try making a DIY custom blend using the last few drops of your favorite oil. Store your creation in an empty essential oil bottle, and add it to your diffuser for a unique aroma. 


Turn your empty essential oil bottle into little bud vases. Trim one or two flowers and place them in the bottle with water. You will have a unique centerpiece that creates a light scent. 

Carrier Oils

Use the empty bottle and fill it with a carrier oil of your choice. The bottle turns into a portable carrier oil holder that comes in handy when you are on the go. 

Scented Salts

You can make scented salts when you want some fresh fragrance around your home. Place some Epsom salt in a clean, empty bottle. Then, add a few drops of any scent you like and shake well. Open the cap and inhale when you need a whiff of a refreshing scent. 

Travel Essentials Kit

Use your empty bottles to hold your travel essentials. Cosmetics and toiletries, like serum, hair oil, or powder, can fit easily in small bottles, freeing up much-needed space in your carry-on.

If you have many toiletries or a collection of carrier oils, it is essential to label your bottles. Make sure that they will be easy to read and free from smudging or peeling. 

At EO BANDZ, we offer reusable and washable essential oil labels that are guaranteed to last. Our silicone bands are recyclable, smudge-proof, oil-proof, water-proof, and anti-slip. 

Use our BANDZ for your labeling needs, such as DIY products, general scents, or personal beauty items. Visit our shop to see our collection