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Our List of Thick Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Our List of Thick Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Maybe you’ve experienced it before. The anticipation of an oil you’ve heard so much praise about finally arrives at your door. You eagerly tip the bottle to experience the magic within. Nothing happens. So you wait a bit. Maybe shake the bottle and stare at the dropper. Nothing. You think, “My goodness. There is something wrong with my oil!” Fear not, oil lovers. What you have in your hand is most likely an oil with a high viscosity.

Resins, roots, and absolutes tend to produce oil with a larger molecular structure. This makes them less volatile and hence, more aromatic over longer periods of time due to slow evaporation. It also means they are a little more difficult to work with. Basically, the thicker the oil, the more patience you will need to practice.  

To better prepare you for your future purchases, we have compiled a list of our oils that may require some coaxing out of the bottle. It’s important to remember that essential oils can vary from batch to batch, so some oils may switch between these two categories.

Thick Oils (particularlyviscous, like honey)

Medium-Thick Oils (depending on temperature, only moderate patience is required)

If patience is not your forte, feel free to try out a few simple hacks to speed up the extraction of these oils from the bottle.

  • Roll the bottle between your palms at an upside-down angle until adequately warmed.
  • With the bottle at a 45-degree angle, squeeze the entirety of the bottle with your palm to both warm the bottle and apply pressure.
  • Remove the euro dropper, and usedisposable pipettes to get the appropriate amount of drops.
  • Replace the cap with a glass dropper cap, but be careful not to expose the rubber to oil too often. You can find some onAmazon.
  • Gently warm the bottle by  placing it in a small cup with a bit of warm water. Then set the small cup into a larger container of hot water.
  • Use a toothpick to dip into the thick oil and transport small amounts of oil at a time through drips.
  • Stick a toothpick or needle into the dropper to widen the hole.

When removing the euro dropper, be sure to wear gloves or use a paper towel to avoid getting essential oils on your fingers or contaminating the opening. Are there any other tricks that you have tried with success? Let us know in the comments!


Grab The Essentials Here:

Amyris Essential Oil from $ 7.95
Amyris Essential Oil
Buddha Wood Essential Oil from $ 17.95
Buddha Wood Essential Oil
Rose Bulgarian Absolute from $ 19.95
Rose Bulgarian Absolute
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Valerian Essential Oil from $ 18.95
Valerian Essential Oil
Blue Cypress Essential Oil from $ 12.95
Blue Cypress Essential Oil


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9 Responses

Edens Garden

April 22, 2019

Hi Rose! Here is a recipe from Copaiba’s product page – Add the following to a 2 ounce bottle: 10 drops of Copaiba, 5 drops of Peppermint and 5 drops of Frankincense (Serrata), then fill with Avocado oil.

You could also combine Copaiba with oils from this blog – https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/the-best-essential-oils-for-swelling

Rose Hascall

April 22, 2019

I am considering buying Copaiba oil for my husband’s back pain. I need “recipes” for roller bottle use, please.

Edens Garden

February 11, 2019

Hi Corrie! That’s a great idea. Thank you for the tip :)

Corrie Lavina Knight

February 11, 2019

When removing the euro dropper on any bottle of essential oil, I use a small, flat, rectangular tool that was designed for this purpose. It has a variety of sizes in notches to remove the stopper (which also works for removing the rollerball tops from the diluted rollers), plus some circular holes to assist you in replacing rollerballs on the pre-diluted or DIY roller blends. This tool is, in my opinion, a must-have for every oil enthusiast! Enter the search term “essential oil keychain tool” into your preferred internet browser to pull up photos and buying options.

Rebecca Moeller

February 11, 2019

Why have I never thought of removing the euro dropper!? Thank you!

Edens Garden

January 24, 2019

That is an excellent tip, Estelle. Thank you for sharing!

Estelle B.

January 21, 2019

I buy and use glass squeeze-top droppers for 10ml bottles after removing the euro-dropper from the 10ml bottles of thick oils. Perfect solution!

Stacie Strain

October 08, 2018

Am I SO glad I came across these tips, I have been trying to use Vetiver for several days and was just about to contact EG to see about a return because I was convinced something wasn’t right with it! Thank you for the tips now maybe I can give the Vetiver a try!! :)

karin sorensen

August 17, 2018

goodness me! thank you for those tips. i have most of the honey like oils and my patience is often tried. especially with Vetiver and Amyris. i’ll give your tricks a whirl for sure.


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