Essential Oil Dilution Chart

As we mentioned last week, essential oils are powerful natural compounds. They are highly concentrated in their raw form which provides purity and flexibility when you choose to use them. Proper dilution of essential oils is often the biggest key to having a safe and responsible experience. There are several different ways to dilute PURELY™ essential oils so you enjoy the greatest benefits possible and the following post will tell you how to do it.

Essential oil dropping into water, ripples, diluting essential oils, carrier oils, dilution chart

The first thing to consider with dilution is the saturation or strength you are trying to achieve. This is determined by who will be using the final product and their sensitivity to essential oils. The following describes the three main categories of saturation.

1% Dilution
This is a suggested level for children over the age of six, elderly adults, and people with sensitive skin.

2% Dilution
This is considered a basic level for adults and the target for most situations including daily use.

5% Dilution
This level is for short-term, targeted relief for a specific condition.

While 10% – and even 25% – dilutions are possible, we strongly recommend that you consult your physician before using saturations that high for any issues that might warrant that strong of an application. The same advice applies for children under the age of six and for women who are pregnant or nursing – please talk with your medical professional about appropriate essential oil use and strength before using them.


Now that you know how strong the final product needs to be, the other thing to consider is, “How much are you making?” Essential oils can be diluted in the palm of your hand for a quick application. You might choose to mix an entire bottle of your favorite essential oil and carrier oil. Maybe you are doing a DIY project with its own unique size. Regardless of the substance you are mixing, the correct amount of essential oil to add is determined by how much finished product you have.

The following chart shows how many drops of essential oil are needed to achieve the different saturation levels for various sizes of finished product.

PURELY Essential Oil Dilution Chart, drops of essential oil to achieve different saturation levels for various sizes of finished product

Download a printable copy of PURELY’s Dilution Chart for offline use.


What can I mix with essential oils?

One of the amazing benefits of essential oils is that they can be used to enhance countless other substances. They can be diluted in water, other natural oils, lotions, soaps, beauty products, the list goes on and on. They all follow the same formula of saturation and size.

The most common dilution of essential oils is with a carrier oil for topical application. Carrier oils are made from natural seed and vegetable oils to aid absorption and provide their own moisturizing benefits to your skin. They also help avoid irritation and sensitivity that can be caused by essential oils. Carrier oils can be as simple as fractionated coconut oil or can themselves be a blend of nourishing oils.

PURELY’s Immerse carrier oil is one such blend. It features grapeseed oil, jojoba seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, and camellia seed oil to create an ultra-fine carrier delicate enough for your face but still powerful enough for the rest of your body. PURELY™ also offers several other products that make great carriers for blending with essential oil. They include:

  • Argan Oil
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Original Goat Milk Lotion
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

PURELY Carrier Oils, Immerse, Argan Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Original Goat Milk Lotion, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

Please Remember:

  • Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin. Topical applications should be diluted with a carrier oil before application.
  • Essential oils should be one of the last ingredients mixed to ensure proper saturation for the finished size of the product.
  • When blending multiple essential oils, every drop adds to the total saturation. Be sure to count the total number of drops overall to achieve the correct saturation level.
  • Start with a lower saturation level and test a small patch of skin for sensitivity before increasing saturation and coverage area.
  • Have fun trying new blends and new carrier oils to find the best solution and experience for you!

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