We offer many essential oil recipes to our readers and we frequently get asked how to label essential oil bottles correctly. It can be simple. This is our step by step process of essential oil label application.
This tutorial is for applying printable labels with contact paper. While there are other methods you could use, this is the best method we have found to keep our labels stuck in place, keep them water resistant and easily remove them after the bottle is empty so you can make something else.
The contact paper we use has worked great, it sticks good to glass bottles and can be removed when bottle is empty. It lasts a long time too because we only use a small piece each time. Another plus is that it has a grid on the back which makes cutting out small pieces easier.
First thing you need to do is figure out what you are going to make, what bottle and what label. We offer many printable recipes with labels, as well as blank labels so you can them with any recipe you make. Here is a list of our printables, click on links to get access to each:
How To Apply Printable Essential Oil Bottle Labels:
Once you know what you are making you need to print up the label. I like to print my labels on regular paper but you could use card stock or label paper.
Both are other options if you prefer. I find the thicker card stock is not as pliable making it harder to stay on a rounded bottle. The problem with just using label paper only is that if it gets wet or moist, the label will get ruined, so it is still best to use this method and apply a layer of contact paper over it.
You can see the picture tutorial below, here is the detailed step by step tutorial on how to label essential oil bottles with printable labels.
Step 1: Cut out label you printed for desired recipe, if blank label be sure to write recipe name on label.
Step 2: Cut out a piece of contact paper that is large enough to cover over the label but will still fit on your bottle. The contact paper also makes the bottle label water resistant.
Step 3: Peel off back of contact paper, this can be challenging but if you use your fingernail on the edge corner to slide between the contact paper and the paper backing you can get it to separate easier. Remove backing completely being careful to not touch the back on anything or handle it too much with fingers.
Step 4: Attach cut out label to sticky side of contact paper, try to get it straight and in the middle. Practice makes perfect, do your best and over time you will get better.
Step 5: Line up sticker onto bottle sticking only center top and bottom until it is lined up, then wrap around rest of bottle.
Step 6: Smooth the sticker label out using your fingertips to rub over it, push out any bubbles and creases. You can remove and reapply if label is REALLY crooked, usually I can reattempt once and still maintain stickiness on the back.
All done - Enjoy your recipe!
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