A reader asked me recently to share how I store my essential oils, so I thought I’d put together a post with some ideas on how I store them around my house. I have oils EVERYWHERE, nearly every room except the nursery has some bottles stashed away somewhere. Here are a few of the ways I display and store essential oils around my house.
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- Wooden Tiered Shelf. I found this six-tiered wooden display at Hobby Lobby and knew it was perfect for all my unopened Young Living inventory. This shelf contains all the essential oils and products that I have on hand and not in use. I sell to my friends and family from this stash and use it as needed for our family, as well. It’s great for last-minute gift giving occasions. I can see at a glance what I need to restock if I’m running low on something we use often (I’m looking at you Inner Defense and Ningxia Red.) The glass cabinet beside it contains all my literature and also my big Silver in Six kit.
2. Small wooden tiered stand– This cool tiered stand was made by my friend’s dad, but there are some similar ones on etsy and amazon. It is pre-drilled to hold the bottles perfectly.
3. Olive or Cracker Trays: I’ve had this pewter cracker holder in my china cabinet for years but it works great as an EO holder because it angles them perfectly to read the labels. This one is by Arthur Court but Mud Pie makes cute wooden olive trays that might work as well.
4. Decorative wooden or leather boxes are another way that I hide essential oils in plain site. If you are searching for a storage box keep in mind that 5 ml bottles (small) need at least 2 1/2″ in depth and 15 ml bottles (the big ones) need at least 3″ depth. If you have roller ball lids on them they might even need a hair extra.
5. Makeup/Train Cases: My husband bought this cute burlap train case at Target. He found it in the makeup section, and it has pull-out drawers that fit 5 ml bottles perfectly. The front snaps closed so the drawers stay shut. It’s one of my favorite ways to store my oils because it’s so cute.
6. Have you seen these galvanized divided organizers that spin like a lazy Susan? They are for sale on every farmhouse deal-a-day site imaginable and also places like Homegoods and Hobby Lobby. They are a good way to keep oils separated out for different uses. Or color. Or smell. However you wanna organize your oils is cool with me.
7. Wooden bowls and divided trays: If you don’t mind your oils sitting out in plain site, these are a cute way to separate them out and read the labels all at the same time.
8. Thrift store finds: I found this small pewter holder with a matching mortar and pestle at the thrift store and knew it would be perfect for holding a few little oils on my desktop. Stress Away and Peppermint are always near my computer.
9. Another antique store mortar and pestle inside another divided wooden box. I know, I’m getting repetitive now. But I cannot resist a pretty vintage box filled with my treasures.
10. The piece de resistance- my favorite place to store my essential oils is this old wooden drawer that I found at the Country Living Fair a few years ago. It has divided drawers that will hold 5 ml bottles standing up or 15 ml bottles lying down. When I remodeled the attic into my office I discovered that it fit perfectly inside one of the cubby holes so it has a new home. I’m not sure where this originally came from- maybe a carpenter shop or out of a file cabinet? Not sure, but I love it.
When I’m traveling, I use these soft-sided travel essential oil cases made by Dani’s Designs. They hold quite a few oils and are great for tossing in a suitcase so I never leave home without my most-used oils.
If you liked these ideas, be sure to head over to my main blog and read about how to DIY this birch wood slice essential oil holder!