Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles

Easy Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles, plus FAQ

One of the best ways to enjoy your essential oils is in a roll-on. It fits everywhere, no matter how small the place. A headache or feeling down, too much stress and pressure at work, digestive problems? Not to worry! The right essential oil recipes for roller bottles can help you in almost all situations.

In this post, you’ll be reading about:

  • A very comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about rollerballs. How to use them, how to store them, what they are, how do you make one yourself, etc? Learn everything you need to know about these simple and easy to use recipients for your therapeutic remedies.
  • Some great essential oil recipes for your roll-on bottles. I’ve taken the three main topics of interest these days and fill them with blend recipes. You’ll find them in the beauty, well-being and health categories. Take a look and pick the one you need.


What is a Roller Bottle and How Do You Use One? Benefits & Uses (FAQ)


This section is meant to help you understand everything about roller bottles. They’re very popular among aromatherapists, certified or not. Let’s see what makes them so and how you too could make as many as you like.


1) What is a roller bottle?

A roller bottle is a glass bottle of various colors, with a tight rollerball insert at the top. This rollerball insert is all that counts. It makes the application of the content inside the bottle, a lot easier and faster. It is also very secure and prevents spilling, by accident or otherwise.


An essential oil rollerball bottle is the perfect storage recipient for Aromatherapy blends. These blends will always have some sort of therapeutic benefit.


2) What are the benefits of using a roll-on for my Aromatherapy blends?

There are many benefits to making your blends in roll-on bottles. They:


  • Can be carried very easily in a purse, travel bag, car, pockets, etc.
  • Are more practical. You can take one single rollerball bottle with you, instead of 5 or 6 essential oil bottles.
  • Are always at hand.
  • Offer total control over the type of blend you make and the benefits you get out of it.
  • Make great massage oils.
  • Can store all sorts of natural remedies that you may need on a daily basis.
  • Can replace your usual hand cream.
  • Can be used as lip gloss for very dry and chapped lips, especially in the winter.
  • Are great at diffusing your favorite essential oils when you’re not around a diffuser.
  • Make great oil-based perfumes.


Essential oil roll-on recipes can help you with pretty much anything. They’re super easy to use whenever you feel like a little pick-me-up or to relieve some pain.


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles


3) What is the best type of roller bottle I should use?

The best type of rollerball bottle you can use for your therapeutic blends should:


  • Be large enough to contain all the necessary ingredients or to last you as long as you want it to last. The best part about roller bottles is that they come in many different sizes. You can find roll-on bottles at 5 ml (1 /6 ), 10 ml (1 /3 Oz.) and 30ml (1 Oz.). The most common ones are the 10 ml bottles. If you get bored with blends pretty quickly, you can go with the smallest. It may last between a week or a month. The 10 ml roll-on ensures you use fresh new blends regularly, without having to make them too often.


  • Be dark colored, to preserve the blend in perfect condition. Essential oils, but some carriers too, are sensitive to light, air, and temperature. A dark colored bottle prevents early oxidation/rancidity. The best essential oil roller bottles are either amber colored or dark blue. The transparent ones can be used too, as long as they’re kept in a dark place.


That’s pretty much all you need to look for when you buy a rollerball bottle. The ball itself can be plastic or metal, it doesn’t make much difference. But, metal rollerball inserts feel a bit smoother on the skin.


4) What is the best carrier oil for essential oils?

Essential oils are very concentrated plant extracts. Because of this, they can irritate or sensitize the skin, if they’re applied pure. Plus, it would take too much oil to fill your bottles. It is possible, however, to simply transfer the contents of an essential oil into a 10 ml roller bottle.


To save some money and to be absolutely safe, professionals recommend mixing essential oils with carriers. Carrier oils are also known as vegetable oils. They are true oils, fatty and greasy that spread well on a larger skin area.


They are also cheaper and come in larger amounts. This is very helpful in making many rollerball essential oil recipes.


The best carrier oils to use in your roll-ons are those with a faint or neutral scent. You don’t want the carrier to lend its own aroma to the blend. Some may seem quite smelly for some. For example, you have Olive oil or Hemp oil, with their own strong aroma.


The best carrier oils for essential oils are:

  • Sweet Almond
  • Macadamia
  • Hazelnut
  • Jojoba
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Etc.


These oils will still have a faint nutty scent, but not enough to affect the essential oil blend. Coconut is also very nice, but it smells characteristic. It is a matter of preference here; I like to add a bit of the coconut scent to my blends.


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Carrier Oils)
Macadamia nuts


5) How do you mix essential oils for a roller bottle?

When you’re a beginner, knowing how to make an essential oil roll-on recipe is huge. It usually brings a lot of satisfaction and happiness. The good news is that it’s super easy to make your own aroma roll-on blend.


Mixing essential oils for a roller bottle can be done straight in the bottle. Simply add the aromatic oil first, then the carrier.


Here’s how to make essential oil roller recipes:


  • Wash the roller bottle with medical alcohol and let it dry.
  • Add the amount of essential oil needed, drop by drop.
  • Complete with a carrier oil.
  • Push the rollerball insert until it snaps shut.
  • Screw the cap on and give the blend a good shake.
  • Use as desired, wherever needed.


6) How many drops of essential oil do I put in a roller bottle?

Now you have the steps to guide you towards making your own DIY rollerball recipes. The question is, how many drops of essential oil do I put in a roller bottle, right?


The answer depends on what you’ll be using the blend for. If it’s going to be a perfume, you can make it more concentrated. You can add between 1 – 2 ml of essential oil per 10 ml roll-on bottle.


If the recipe is for face skin care, you can add 5 – 10 drops of essential oils per 10 ml roll-on bottle.


If the recipe is for therapeutic purpose, you can add 10 – 20 drops of essential oils per 10 ml roll-on bottle.


Many sources use a lot more than that, but you should go slowly at first. You might find out it was too much or too less, in which case you can make a better blend next time.


Too much aromatic oil in general may cause headaches or nausea, irritation, etc. Make sure you sit in a well-ventilated place after using your blend.


7) How many drops are in a 10 ml bottle of essential oil?

Most essential oils are very light and watery. This consistency makes for about 30 drops per ml, thus there should be about 300 drops in a 10ml bottle.


Other essential oils are thicker, in which case the number of drops can vary between 20 – 25 drops. These aren’t exact measurements, of course. But in my experience, the number of drops per ml was quite accurate.


8) How do I store my rollerball essential oil recipe?

As I told you, aromatic oils are sensitive to light, especially UV rays. That is why you need dark colored bottles for your carry-on recipes. They are also sensitive to air and temperature.


Heat speeds up the evaporation rate (how fast they evaporate). A rollerball bottle is tightly sealed, so it shouldn’t be a problem.


Aromatherapy blends must be kept in cool, dark places. Wherever you keep them, make sure they’re stored properly. This way, your oils will have the best effect for a long time. If they oxidize, their beneficial effects become useless.


9) How do I use my essential oil rollerball recipe? What is the best place to apply an Aromatherapy roll-on recipe?

If it weren’t easy, rollerball bottles wouldn’t have been so popular. Depending on what you want to use the blend for, you can apply it on:


  • Face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Neck and cleavage.
  • On the aching muscles and joints, with gentle massage movements.
  • On the stomach area and massage with clockwise movements.
  • On pulse points, for a continuous diffusion. This is great for perfumes, stress relief, and anxiety. The pulse points are great for all emotional needs (focus, mood, energy, etc.)
  • The back of the head and temples, for headaches.
  • Along the sinuses and on the nostrils, the chest and solar plexus, for respiratory problems.
  • The bottoms of the feet, for small children especially. To boost the immune system, promote sleep, etc.


The oils absorb well, almost everywhere on the skin. However, thinner skin areas will do the job faster and in a much more concentrated way. They won’t get to evaporate so fast as they would with a slower absorption.


Aromatherapy Roll-on Recipes


10) What precautions should I take when using essential oil rollers?

The most important precaution to take is when you make the blend recipe. Otherwise, the roller bottle itself is very safe to use.



  • Make sure you apply small to moderate amounts of the blend on the skin. It only absorbs what it needs, the excess will simply give you an oily look.
  • Test for allergies every new essential oil you get. Mix a drop of EO with a drop of a carrier and apply on the inside of the forearm. If nothing happens within a day, you’re good to make blends with it.
  • Choose your essential oils wisely. Make sure you seek medical advice first if you have diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, etc.
  • Avoid using therapeutic blends on kids and babies without a doctor’s approval.
  • Make sure you use only pure, 100% natural aromatic essences. It’s very easy these days to adulterate these oils. It’s best to buy from sources you’ve first researched, tried and trust.


11) What are other ways of using Aromatherapy oils?

Rollerball blends aren’t the only way to use these aromatic essences. They can be used in homemade creams and lotions, shampoos and other personal care items. Essential oils can be used in soap and candle-making too.


They can be used to make cleaning solutions for a refreshed and green home. Want to know how to make an essential oil spray for your carpets, for example? It’s also easy. You need some distilled water, baking soda, and essential oils.


You’ll have to mix the baking soda with the oils and then add them to the water. Use a spray bottle (plastic or glass) and give it a good shake before each use. I have a full list of recipes, with the necessary ingredients and steps, right here.


Thanks to their volatile nature, essential oils can also be diffused. Some of the best aroma diffusers are nebulizers. They use the latest technology to diffuse the oil molecules in their pure state, without any water added. They can also cover very large areas.


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Beauty, Well-Being & Health)


Now you know everything there is to know about essential oil rollerball bottles. You know how to use them and how to make them. You know about their many benefits and uses too.


That being the case, I propose you go through all the following recipes and blends. Pick one and let the roll-on fun!


Let’s recap a bit:

  • 1 ml of watery essential oil = 30 drops.
  • 1 ml of thicker essential oil = 20 – 25 drops.
  • You can use the oil dropper or a pipette to count the drops.
  • Depending on the purpose, the amount of essential oil used may vary from 5 drops to 2 ml.
  • The carrier oil needs to be as neutral smelling as possible.
  • The rollerball bottle needs to be dark colored, for when you take them with you. They can be transparent, if the blend stays at home, in a dark and cool place.


I will start with roller bottle recipes for beauty, and then go on with well-being and health. I find this way easier to find what you’re interested in.


1) Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Beauty)


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Beauty)


Anti-Aging Essential Oil Roller Blend (30 ml – 1 Oz)

You’ll need:

  • Macadamia oil: ½ Oz
  • Argan oil: ½ Oz
  • Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
  • Rose essential oil: 5 drops


Give the blend a good shake before each use. This roll-on blend can be applied to the face, neck, and cleavage. Use upward massage movements and apply on a clean, moist skin. Apply every time the skin feels tight or as you’ve always done, in your routine.


Age (Brown) Spots Serum Roll-on Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Macadamia oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil: 4 drops
  • Vetiver essential oil: 4 drops


Apply locally or on the whole complexion, as is the case for more mature skin types. Cinnamon oil is known to have skin whitening effects.


Anti-Acne Essential Oil Rollerball Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Carrier oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil: 5 drops
  • Lemon essential oil: 5 drops


The carrier oil in this recipe should be the right one for your skin type (oily or combination). Some are non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog pores. Others, however, may cause more pimples.


Scars Remedy Rollerball Essential Oil Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Cistus essential oil: 3 drops
  • Rose Geranium essential oil: 3 drops
  • Lavender essential oil: 3 drops
  • Macadamia oil


Apply a small amount to the affected areas, once a day or every other day. Make sure the skin is a bit wet when you apply the blend. All these aromatic oils are great for scars, whether they’re new or old.



2) Rollerball Essential Oil Recipes for Well-Being


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Well-Being)


Homemade Serenity essential oil roller blend (30ml)

You’ll need:

  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Sweet Marjoram essential oil: 8 drops
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
  • Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops


Shake well before each use and apply on all pulse points (temples, back of the ears, wrists, etc.). If possible, lay down for 10 minutes and inhale deeply. This blend is meant to bring you peace and serenity in moments of stress or crisis.


ZEN Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
  • Neroli essential oil: 5 drops
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil: 3 drops
  • Jojoba oil


Apply on your wrists and back of the hands and inhale deeply. It’ll uplift your mood and help calm down emotions and nerves.


Calm Children (3+ years) Roll-on Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Roman Chamomile essential oil: 2 drops
  • Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
  • Sweet Almond oil


Shake the blend well and apply on the bottoms of the agitated child.


Physical and Mental Fatigue Roller Blend (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Rosewood essential oil: 2 drops
  • Petitgrain essential oil: 2 drops
  • Pine essential oil: 2 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil: 2 drops
  • Jojoba oil


Apply along the spine and the lower back, as well as on the inside of your wrists. Massage gently and inhale deeply, while taking a few minutes off. You can do so 3 times a day, for a week or two.


Essential Oil Perfume Rollerball Blend Recipe (30ml)

You’ll need:

  • Ambrette seed oil: 10 drops
  • Osmanthus absolute: 10 drops
  • Vanilla absolute: 10 drops
  • Jojoba oil


You can first mix the absolutes and see if you like the intensity of the perfume. You can add more or dilute the intensity before adding it to the roll-on and the Jojoba oil.


Panic Attack Essential Oil Roll-on Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Mandarin essential oil: 15 drops
  • Jojoba oil


Apply a few drops on the inside of your wrists and inhale deeply when the panic hits.



3) Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Health)


Essential Oil Recipes for Roller Bottles (Health)


Better Sleep Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Melissa essential oil: 5 drops
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
  • Sweet Almond oil


Apply on the temples, back of the neck and wrists, half an hour before going to bed.


Aromatherapy Headache Rollerball Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Peppermint essential oil: 5 drops
  • Clary Sage essential oil: 10 drops
  • Macadamia oil


Apply on the back of the neck, temples, and chest. Inhale deeply and relax for a few minutes. Take a breath of fresh air to speed up the relief.


Curb Hunger During Weight Loss Roll-on Recipe (30 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Bergamot essential oil: 10 drops
  • Cardamom essential oil: 10 drops
  • Grapefruit essential oil: 10 drops
  • Sweet Almond oil


Apply on pulse points when hunger hits and keep yourself busy for 20 minutes. The sensation (if it’s not real hunger) will pass.


Hot Flashes Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Clary Sage essential oil: 5 drops
  • Sage essential oil: 3 drops
  • Neroli essential oil: 2 drops


Give it a good shake and apply a moderate amount on the solar plexus and the stomach area.


Muscle Pain Relief Essential Oil Roll-on Blend (10 ml)

You’ll need:

  • Ravintsara essential oil: 5 drops
  • Wintergreen essential oil: 5 drops
  • Tamanu oil


Apply on the aching muscles and massage very gently, 2 – 3 times a day, until the pain passes.

Muscle pain can also be soothed with a few ready-made roll-on blends. One of the popular ones on the market today is Deep Blue, from doTERRA.


This doTERRA essential oil rollerball recipe contains oils like Wintergreen, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang and Osmanthus among others. Deep Blue can help with cramps and other muscle aches, but it can also help with joint pain. You can read more about it here.



Aromatherapy doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s true, the more you know about essential oils, the better. It’ll probably be some time until you get to know their chemistry and interactions well.


Thankfully, you have these nice little roll-on bottles to use for easy blends. You can use colored bottles to make it more fun. You can also label them nicely if you like to keep more blends. The point is that there are lots of nice recipients available and many fun essential oil recipes for roller bottles to try.

Which blend drew your attention? Do you already have a favorite recipe for your rollerball bottle?


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