DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Lavender Oil Rollers November 28, 2018 13:17

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Lavender Oil Rollers
Katie Gustafson

If you have lavender lovers in your life, the perfect, easy DIY gift this holiday season is the lavender oil roller bottle. You have probably seen these for sale in health food stores and boutiques. A lavender oil roller makes a great gift because it is the most convenient way to enjoy this much beloved oil, anywhere and anytime! A roller bottle of diluted lavender oil is not only portable, skin-safe, and multi-purpose (great for the recipient), it is also cost-effective and extremely easy to make (great for the giver!) And we’re going to tell you everything you need to know to make your own roller bottles this holiday season!

A lavender roller bottle contains lavender oil, diluted in a natural carrier and packaged in a glass container with a roller ball applicator. Though lavender oil is one of the gentlest and safest essential oils (even approved for use with babies and children), it is still recommended that you dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it directly on the skin (when possible.) Some good, natural carrier oils include grape seed oil, fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil.

Using a carrier to dilute the essential oil also means that a little lavender oil will go a long way in roller bottle form, so you will spend much less on this project than you might think.  Don’t worry: it won’t smell diluted in any way. The user will still get all of the aromatherapy benefits, along with the added benefit of being able to apply it directly to his/her skin!


This on-the-go form of lavender oil can be applied directly for a variety of uses, including:

  • Under the nose as a form of stress-relief/aromatherapy

  • Under your kids’ noses to help them calm down (fellow parents: we know how needed this can be, especially during the holidays)

  • As a direct treatment for insect bites and minor skin abrasions

  • On face and neck for relief of tension-related headaches (or even migraines)

  • In the direct treatment of skin issues like acne

  • On the bottoms of the feet as a sleep aid

  • As an all-natural perfume


What You Will Need

  • Empty, clean roller bottles (with roller ball tops) for packaging. If you are in a rush, you  can probably find these at your local health food store. Otherwise,  I love this pack of 10mL rollerballs from Amazon.  It’s a great deal and comes with 24 roller bottles and tops for only $14. This  gives you a lot of room to play around with different blends or make a lot of gifts for friends.

  • A natural carrier oil. I personally love fractionated coconut oil for this because it has no scent, is good for your skin, and is not very expensive. Again, you can find this at health food stores or purchase this one from Amazon.

  • Of course, you need some Bee Pure lavender oil! It’s 100% pure, organically produced in small batches at Bee in Bloom’s lavender farm, and it’s available in a variety of sizes to fit your budget.

  • Optional: a bit of pizzazz! If you are giving these as gifts this holiday season, don’t forget to consider purchasing or creating cute labels to make your rollers look like finished products! You may also consider getting some small sachet bags or twine to give them an extra festive presentation.

The Process

The most important thing about making these is ensuring you have the right proportion of lavender oil to carrier oil. In most cases, the recommended dilution for applying essential oil directly to the skin is around 2%. In a 10 mL container, such as the roller bottles linked to above, this will be about 6 drops of lavender oil per roller bottle. If you are planning to use these with young children, you may want to change this amount to a 1% dilution (which would make it 3 drops).

First, position your roller bottles, assembly style, with the tops off. Add yours drops of Bee Pure essential oil. Then, fill most of the rest of the bottle up with the carrier oil. Be sure to leave just a bit of room on top so that they will not spill over when you lock the roller ball tops into place. Apply the tops (make sure they “click” when you pop the ball part in). Give the rollers a little shake, and they are ready to use! The only left to do is make it cute with label or bit of twine!

We hope you enjoy this fun and easy DIY project and can use it as a gift idea this holiday season! If you feel like getting creative, remember that you can blend other essential oils with lavender oil in a roller as well, so long as you keep the 2% dilution in mind (6 drops total). For instance, peppermint oil + lavender oil is a classic combination that smells Christmas-y and is excellent for stress relief! I love keeping a roller bottle of lavender in my purse for headaches or a little bit of aromatherapy whenever I need it. What’s your favorite way to use a lavender roller?