Drops & Dilutions

Drops & Dilution Guidelines

1% Dilution = 5 to 6 drops of essential per ounce of carrier (lotion, oil, butter, etc)
2% Dilution = 10 to 12 drops per ounce...
3% Dilution = 15 to 18 drops per ounce ...

... and so on up to 10 percent blends.

Neat (undiluted) application of essential oils on a regular basis is not recommended as it may cause sensitization and skin irritation.

What Percentage Should I Use?

1% is used for sensitive skin, young people, old people, anyone with a compromised immune system, or just to be safe in case the person you are blending for is "Scent-sitive".

2% is used for every day use in lotions, body oils, room or body sprays, and baths.

3% - 10% for acute situations where you will only be using the blend on a small area of the body and/or for no longer than 2 weeks, such as remedy blends for headaches, sprains and bruises, nausea, cold and flu chest rubs, and so on. Reserve these high dilution blends for specific cases.

*Please be aware that some essential oils are extremely skin sensitizing and should not be applied beyond the maximum dilution percentages. Consult a certified aromatherapist or a reputable source such as Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition, by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for proper safety information on any oil for which you are unfamiliar. 


Pompeii Organics highly recommends consulting with your doctor as well as a certified aromatherapist if you want to use essential oils and hydrosols to address a chronic or acute medical illness. To locate a certified aromatherapist, visit the National Association of Holistic Aromatherpists and find your state's chapter.

All information on Pompeii Organics website is informative in nature and not to be construed as medical advice. We are not doctors or medical professionals. We are passionate about aromatherapy and all things healthy and natural. We also believe strongly in the safe use of essential oils.