The Ultimate Guide to Reusing Your Empty Essential Oil Bottles

If you have been using essential oils for a little while now, chances are that you have a stash of empty bottles … that you just can’t seem to part with for some reason.

Well, if you’ve held on to them, you’re in luck. In this guide we have many ways that you can reuse those bottles that aren’t only practical but some are outright fun!

Some of these uses you may want to remove the label from your bottle and / or clean the bottle. Removing the label can be done with soap and water and removing all oil residue from the bottle can be done by using a solvent (soap and water will not remove the oil residue). To learn more, you can read our article on how to clean your empty essential oil bottle.

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  1. Turn it into a spray bottle
  2. Turn it into a roller bottle
  3. Turn it into a dropper bottle
  4. Turn it into an inhaler
  5. Turn it into a sample bottle
  6. Turn it into a vase
  7. Turn it into a reed diffuser
  8. Use it to hold carrier oils
  9. Use it to hold custom blends
  10. Create cotton ball diffusers
  11. Create flavored table salt
  12. Create scented bath salts
  13. Create flavored toothpicks
  14. Create decorative lights
  15. Create holiday decorations or ornaments

Turn it into a spray bottle

Purchase a 15 ml spray top fitment for the bottle and you then have a 15 ml sprayer to hold your custom spray blends.

Turn it into a roller bottle

With a 15 ml roller ball fitment, you can turn your empty bottle into an awesome roller bottle. Just add your drops of essential oil, your carrier oil and start rolling away!

Turn it into a dropper bottle

Purchase a 15 ml glass dropper fitment for the bottle and you then have a 15 ml dropper bottle!

Epsom salt inhaler

Fill your empty bottle with epsom salt, put a few more drops in the bottle and replace the cap, leaving the orifice reducer off. Keep it on hand to use it as an inhaler! Simply take the cap off and inhale. Remember to replace the cap after use. Once the scent is getting light, just add a few more drops to refresh. For a different scent, remove the salt, clean the bottle, and re-add with new sale and your new blend.

Turn it into a sample bottle

Another great use for empty essential oil bottles is using them for sample bottles to share. Simply put the oils (or blends) that you’re wanting to share in the bottle and pass along to help someone out.

Turn it into a mini vase

Take your empty bottle and remove the cap and orifice reducer. Trim a couple smaller flowers and place them in the bottle with a little bit of water. Not only will you enjoy a light scent but you will also have a unique little centerpiece.

Turn the bottle into a reed diffuser bottle

Remove the cap and orifice reducer and add in your oil blends. Add a few reed diffuser sticks (may need to trim them down) and start reed diffusing!

Hold your carrier oils

Use it to hold a carrier oil. You can fill the empty bottle with your carrier oil of choice and keep it on hand for a portable carrier oil holder for when you need to dilute and you’re out on the go.

Hold your custom blends

Pre make any custom oil blends that you like. Then when you’re ready, you can add your custom blend to your essential oil recipe (or diffuser) - rather than having to have the individual oils on hand and blend them each time.

Cotton ball diffuser

When you have gotten all of the oil out of the bottle that you can, stuff a cotton ball into the empty bottle and replace the cap. Let it sit in there for 24-hours and then remove the cotton ball. You may need to use tweezers to get the cotton ball out. Then place the cotton ball in an area that needs a little refreshing. It should last for a day or two.

Create flavored table salt

Have you ever used flavor infused table salt? Well, here is a perfect way to do that with oils that are from herbs or have flavoring that would aid in any recipe. Simply add some table salt to the bottle and then shake it around to get all of the remaining oils. Dump this out into another container and let it fully dry. Then you can place it back into the bottle and use it when needed or transfer it to another container to use when you are cooking!

Create scented bath salts

Place some epsom salt into a larger container. Bury your empty bottle (or bottles) in the epsom salt (be sure you have removed the cap and orifice reducer). Cover this and let it sit for 24-48 hours. Reopen the container and remove the bottles and you are left with scented epsom salt ready for your next bath!

Crate flavored toothpicks with them

Place some epsom salt into a larger container. Bury your empty bottle (or bottles) in the epsom salt (be sure you have removed the cap and orifice reducer). Cover this and let it sit for 24-48 hours. Reopen the container and remove the bottles and you are left with scented epsom salt ready for your next bath!

Turn them into decorative lights

Place some epsom salt into a larger container. Bury your empty bottle (or bottles) in the epsom salt (be sure you have removed the cap and orifice reducer). Cover this and let it sit for 24-48 hours. Reopen the container and remove the bottles and you are left with scented epsom salt ready for your next bath!

Make holiday decorations and/or ornaments with them

If you’re on the crafty side, there are many different craft options to turn these into interesting holiday decorations or ornaments.