Essential Oil Dilution Rate Guide

by Bella Martinez June 23, 2017

Essential Oil Dilution Rate Guide

With this simple dilution-rate chart, applying essential oils topically is now easy, effective and, most importantly, safe. For a higher dilution rate or a recipe calling for more than one ounce of carrier oil, easily convert by multiplying the amounts given. We hope you enjoy!

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Edens Garden

December 6, 2023 at 11:26 am

Hi Susan! A good rule of thumb is to start with a 3% dilution rate or 6 drops of essential oil in a 10 ml roll-on. Fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil. If you find you need a stronger dosage, move up to a 5% dilution or 10 drops of essential oil in a 10 ml roll-on. Again, fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil.

Susan McCollum

December 6, 2023 at 10:29 am

I recently purchased a few blends and want to put them in roller bottles. Not sure which dilution is right for each oil blend. I have Aches & Pains, Inflammation and Head a saurus that I want to apply topically. How do I decide which dilution to try.

Edens Garden

March 7, 2023 at 9:56 am

Hi Jean! Lotion and body cream are both great diluents for essential oil. Following the dilution rate guide above, you would use the same proportions but with lotion instead of a carrier oil.

You can learn more about carrier oils here:


March 7, 2023 at 9:48 am

You mention using a “carrier” oil and adding the essential oils to it. What is a carrier oil, and would there be an alternative, such as some kind of lotion or body cream I could use instead. I just don’t care for oily rubs and would prefer to use a lotion type rub.

Edens Garden

August 24, 2021 at 8:34 am

Hi Patricia! Unless there are specific skincare needs or desired characteristics of the oil you’re trying to achieve, you can blend the carrier oil in any proportions you’d like. You could try equal parts Argan, Rosehip and Jojoba and perhaps a teaspoon or so of Vitamin E because this oil is so thick.

Patricia Lattuca

August 24, 2021 at 8:26 am

Hello, I am looking to create a great face carrier oil base consisting of Argan, Jojoba, Rosehip and vitamin E. A blending that I will add my EO’s too. Can you help me plan the ratios for the carrier oil blend?



June 23, 2021 at 10:03 am

Thank you so much ! That’s very helping to know :)

Edens Garden

January 7, 2021 at 11:32 am

Mary-Anne, we’re always happy to help! 😊


January 7, 2021 at 10:55 am

Thank you for all the information supplied for a newbie!