Buying essential oils can get expensive, that is for sure. It can be especially difficult if you are on a strict budget. Here we highlight thirty inexpensive essential oils that you can build your collection with on a limited budget.
These are really great aromatherapy oils too, oils that are filled with so many therapeutic qualities. While we all have to watch our bottom line, these budget-friendly essential oils are worth looking into.
You also have to remember that your new, pure essential oils will be replacing some things like over the counter remedies, cleaning products, and beauty products if you make homemade recipes from them.
Tips for Buying Essential Oils on a Budget
1. Don't Overbuy
- When I first started using essential oils, I remember buying a huge collection, a big bundle because that was the "best deal". In hindsight, it actually hindered my essential oil growth by buying so many oils at one time.
- I had many oils that collected dust and expired because I just had too many bottles and I was still finding my way with essential oils at the time. The use of essential oils was still foreign and I was overwhelmed.
2. Essential Oils Expire
- I was also told they don't expire, so it was OK to buy such a big collection. If you have heard this too, that essential oils do not expire, it is simply not true.
- Essential oils do get old and expire. When? It depends on what oil it is as to how long it will last, as well as other factors. Factors like how it is stored, when it was opened, how much oil is in the bottle, etc.
- So, I am not here to encourage you to buy a huge set or to even sell you a huge set, you can relax :)
3. Buy Fewer Bottles at One Time
- I am actually encouraging you to purchase 1-3 oils at a time so you can actually spend some time learning all about each oil, get comfortable using each oil, and find out how YOU react to the oil.
- I find it so beautiful now to buy an oil and then really get to know that oil. I like to see how I respond to it, what I think of the aroma, and how it can support my well being.
4. Buy the Right Bottle Size
- I am also not encouraging you to buy the biggest bottle. If it is a new oil to you, it is best to get the small bottle to try. I know it is hard to resist the discount on the larger bottle, but if you do not like it, the money will be wasted anyway, right?
- Budget wise, if it is an oil you know and love, like lavender oil or peppermint oil, of course you should buy the bigger bottle. But if it is an oil you know nothing about, say palmarosa, start small, like a 5 ml or 10 ml bottle.
5. Make a Wishlist
- Got your eye on rose oil, frankincense, sandalwood, or another costly oil? Create a wishlist for any expensive essential oils you want to add to your collection.
- Ask for wishlist oils as gifts, or start an oily savings fund. It may take time but these oils are worth the wait. In the meantime, try an oil substitute in its place.
A little on how I came up with this list of affordable essential oils.
I researched several essential oil brands and found all these oils consistently were the lowest priced oils. These cheapest essential oils are also fairly common oils that any aromatherapist or DIYer would love to have, no off the wall oils that you will never use.
Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils
I included the botanical name, as well as a link to where you can buy these low-cost essential oils if interested.
At the bottom of the page, you can get a FREE PRINTABLE CHECKLIST to download and print out.
1. Balsam Fir - Abies balsamea, Buy Here
2. Cajeput - Melaleuca cajuput, Buy Here
4. Cinnamon Leaf - Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Buy Here
5. Citronella - Cymbopogon winterianus, Buy Here
6. Clove Bud - Eugenia caryophyllata, Buy Here
7. Copaiba - Copaifera officinalis, Buy Here
8. Cypress - Cupressus sempervirens, Buy Here
10. Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare, Buy Here
11. Grapefruit - Citrus paradisi, Buy Here
12. Juniper Berry - Juniperus communis, Buy Here
15. Lemongrass - Cymbopogon flexuosus, Buy Here
17. Mandarin - Citrus reticulata, Buy Here
18. May Chang (Litsea) - Litsea cubeba, Buy Here
19. Niaouli - Melaleuca quinquenervia, Buy Here
20. Nutmeg - Myristica fragrans, Buy Here
22. Palmarosa - Cymbopogon martinii, Buy Here
23. Patchouli - Pogostemon cablin, Buy Here
24. Peppermint - Mentha piperita, Buy Here
25. Petitgrain - Citrus aurantium, Buy Here
26. Pine (Scots Pine) - Pinus sylvestris, Buy Here
27. Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis, Buy Here
28. Spearmint - Mentha spicata, Buy Here
29. Tangerine - Citrus reticulata, Buy Here
30. Tea Tree Oil - Melaleuca alternifolia, Buy Here
How to Use Essential Oils Frugally
An easy way to save money when you use essential oils is to always dilute your oils with a carrier oil first before applying them topically to the skin. One drop of oil can go a long way when diluted. You can apply it to a larger area of the body and you can avoid skin irritations.
Aromatherapy oils are highly concentrated, using carrier oils does not weaken their power, it actually gives them more time to absorb and slows down the evaporation process for your precious oils.
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