How to DIY with Essential Oils – Part 1: Rollers

Happy Monday, friends! I’m so glad that you’re here! Since there are so many topical uses for essential oils, I thought it would be FUN to start a small series on how to DIY with essential oils. Today’s post (Part 1) will be dedicated to creating rollers.

What do you need to know before you begin?

First, lets talk about dilution. Many oils are safe to apply directly to the skin without being diluted. According to Young Livings site, you do not need to dilute the following oils, except for the most sensitive skin: Lavender, Copaiba, Frankincense, and Stress Away. However, you do need to dilute Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, Citrus Fresh, Raven, DiGize, and Panaway. Always check the label to be sure! The label will specify how much to dilute as some oils require more dilution than others. 

* UPDATE! I found a Young Living “Dilution Calculator” online that takes all the guess work out of how many drops of essential oils you should add to your rollers! Just plug in your Young Living essential oil, age of user, and roller ml size! Viola!

What are carrier oils? 

Carrier oils are vegetable oils used to dilute essential oils to ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable and do not cause skin irritation. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. Carrier oils also provide more efficient use of essentials oils (i.e. lubricating skin for massaging / rolling applications); helping essential oils go farther since carrier oils do not absorb as quickly as essential oils.

Carrier oils are vegetable oils such as: almond, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, olive, and V-6. The following are NOT carrier oils: butter, margarine, petroleum jelly, and vegetable shortening.


Which carrier oil works best for my skin type? 


Personally, I use fractionated coconut oil, which you can buy HERE off of Amazon.

What kind of containers do I need for my DIY rollers?

It is best to use dark containers made of glass or earthenware, rather than clear or plastic ones. The darker the storage conditions, the longer your oil will maintain its original chemistry and quality. Also, plastic particles can leach into the oil and then into the skin once applied. If you are making rollers, always buy rollers with a steel or glass roller ball too, no plastic!

Here is what I use in my home, which I also buy off of Amazon: Rollers

To label my rollers, I also use THIS label maker. You guessed it, Amazon!


  1. Add desired amount of oil drops to the bottle.
  2. Fill with carrier oil of your choice.

Thats it! Easy as 1-2!

I’ll leave you off with some roller blend “recipes” that you can create using your PSK! You’ll notice that they do not have number of drops specified, as it all depends on how much dilution that oil and your skin may require. (Check the labels!)


I hope this was helpful! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

Happy oiling 🙂



Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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