Organizing Essential Oils and Other Make Your Own Ingredients

by Merissa on September 12, 2014

in Organization 101

Organizing Essential Oils - Little House Living

Organizing Essential Oils and Other Make Your Own Ingredients

A few months ago, not long after we moved into our farmhouse, I noticed a few little yellow dots on the floor in the bathroom. Upon closer inspection I realized they were some of my beeswax pastilles. I figured they must have just fallen out of the bags when I had gotten them out last, so I cleaned them up and moved on. The next day, there were more on the floor and this time I hadn't had my ingredients for my homemade things out recently. A little further searching led me to what I thought was a rather surprising conclusion.

Apparently, mice like beeswax.

After the beeswax all over the floor incidents, I was determined to clean up my ingredients and make a special place for them in the house. My essential oils had been stored in a small tote and they kept falling over and leaking. It wasn't a good solution. And, I obviously needed to get the rest of the ingredients up and away. Who knows what else a hungry mouse will chew on!

With the farmhouse being so small, it's hard for me to find a central location for all of my things, so I have a few different storage places instead. Essential Oils are stored in the kitchen where there is room for them to be upright, and carrier oils and other ingredients are stored in the bathroom linen closet so they can be a in a cool, dark area. Here's how everything is stored and neatly put away!

Organizing Essential Oils

For my essential oils, I like to store them in a kitchen drawer. They are easy to access and they still stay in a cool, dark place. I purchased this Bamboo Drawer Organizer. I like it because all of the sections are adjustable so I can make them smaller or larger depending on what I need room for. In this drawer I store my essential oils (upright!) and small, loose containers that I use for homemade things. I also have a few extra oil bottles, droppers, and lids for homemade concentrates.

Organizing Essential Oils

The other items for making my homemade goods got their own shelf in the bathroom linen closet; way up off the ground. I have a few different tubs that I use to store these items so they can also sit upright and of course, like I the ground. 😉

Organizing Essential Oils

I picked these little totes up at the dollar store. I like that they have tall sides and they are perfect for storing larger bottles that need to stay upright (such as carrier oils, soaps, etc.). I also use them to store bags of add-in items such as special sea salts, bentonite clay, and special waxes. I prefer these containers without lids so the items can sit upright.

Organizing Essential Oils

I use this larger tub for storing large containers (such as deodorant tubes, lip balm tubes, etc) and for storing beeswax, since I tend to have a lot of it at one time.

These ideas are simple, but they keep all of my ingredients and oils organized, off the ground, and in cool places to maximize storage length. Plus, they are all easy to access (but still away from little one's wondering hands) and when you are making homemade things all the time, this is a must!

Are you started to get into using essential oils? Here are some Uses for Eucalyptus Oil, Uses for Peppermint Oil, and Uses for Grapefruit Oil that you should try.

Where do you store your essential oils and other ingredients for making homemade goods?



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1 Lana September 12, 2014 at 6:24 am

I just cleaned out the cabinet in the kitchen where we have stored OTC meds for 20 years. We don’t use those things anymore so I threw them all out and put all of my essential oils and everything we use with them in that cabinet. I have over 50 oils so I use a hinged snap lid plastic storage box so that I can get all of the oils out of the cabinet at once. Before that the oils box was constantly on the move from one surface to another just to keep it out of the way. It makes me happy to have put them away in a permanent place and be done with it.


2 joanne September 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I find that when I have these supplies handy I am more likely to keep stocked up with homemade bathroom essentials.
I just use baskets and boxes for storing them, but am thinking of a better way for our situation. A trip to the dollar store the next time we go to the ‘city’ will probably turn up something.


3 Sandy September 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Hi Merissa, I’m an organized junkie. I like things in their places and safe from kids, rodents, and bugs. Just a suggestion for your baggies of beeswax and clays; mice will chew through the baggies so try to store this stuff in glass jars with tight fitting lids, or keep them in the baggies and store all of the baggies in a bucket with a tight fitting lid. The plastic totes at Lowe’s and Home Depot are thick plastic and have great fitting lids. Also, you can purchase new, never used paint cans at these same places and store your goods in those. They are smaller and easier to find places for than the large buckets. Keep up the good ideas. Love the tray solution for the little bottles. Nice.


4 Linda @ Axiom at Home September 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

This is very timely. I desperately need a way to organize my essential oils and other items. I will give these ideas a try!



5 Karen September 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

I really need to consider this. I store all of my “stuff’ in a big rubbermaid box in my bedroom closet (which stays pretty cool), but every time I need something, I feel a little dread of going all the way back there, taking the crate off the top of the box (which holds larger soap-making supplies), then getting into the box for just a little bottle of oil, or a pipette…
Thanks for your inspiration. I love the bamboo drawer organizer. Maybe I should consider that instead.
And thanks for the heads up on mice! We live right in the middle of fields, and struggle with mice occasionally. I guess they’ve never bothered the beeswax since its in that plastic tub, but I had never even considered that!


6 Antionette Blake September 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for sharing with us at the #WWDParty this weekend.


7 christine j September 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

I would really love to get into essential oils. I love learning more about them and love this post.


8 Gaye @CalmHealthySexy September 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi Merissa – I am just starting to experiment with essential oils, and I do not have them organized. Thanks for the tips. This is going to be my featured post at this week’s Let’s Get Real Party.


9 Merissa September 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thank you for the feature Gaye, so nice of you!


10 Chrystal @ YUM eating September 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I am just building up my EO collection again. Right now I keep them in my home office.


11 Miki English @ Inside Out September 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

I’ve been procrastinating on organizing my oils and supplies because I didn’t have any good ideas as to where to put them. A kitchen drawer is a great idea. I also just bought beeswax for the first time. It’s good to know that mice will get in it if they can! Thank you for sharing.


12 Raia September 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I don’t have to worry about mice getting into my oils, but 2-year olds are another issue… 😉 Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays, Merissa! 🙂


13 Megan Bailey September 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

These are some fantastic ideas! I’ve been wanting to organize my items, which are currently spread out all over the house. I will definitely use these tips to bring it all together and make it easier to make my homemade items! Thanks!


14 Sam September 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Very timely post as I have been working with essential oils a lot lately for several of my blog posts. I repinned this post for future reference to my board.


15 Deb October 11, 2014 at 2:06 am

We constantly had problems with organization of our essential oils and supplies used with them. We would need a particular oil or need to reference something and would not be able to locate the items needed as they would be in whatever room the person had used them last.

I set up a small writing desk in the corner of our dining room that holds everything in one place so that if needed we can find the oils, jars, bottles, droppers, and even recipes when needed.

On one corner of the little desk I have and antique spice rack that we store our essential oils in. It has 2 doors on the front to keep the light from the bottles of oils and it also has two small drawers to store eye droppers, etc . . . – this sits on one corner of the desk.

The top of the desk I have my reference books and charts so that I can access them immediately when needed.

And the last thing I have on the desk is a small recipe box where I can keep recipes that I have made up for various ailments, etc . . .

For us this has worked perfectly as everything is in one place and no more searching for supplies . . .


16 Erin C. November 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Hi. I read on another site that it is best to store especially, citrus oils in the fridge!


17 Merissa November 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hmmm I guess I haven’t read that (or done it) in the years that I’ve been using essential oils. Did they say why? I’ve never heard it recommended before.


18 katkat January 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

good ideas! been storing my small bottles in a plastic shoebox and labeling

could you share some of your EO recipes? love collecting and trying! I’m a beginner and trying to learn all I can!

favorite sites for supplies, recipes, learning, etc? Thanks


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