How to leverage your essential oils investment

Taking financial steps to accomplishing a debt free life is very on trend right now. This tells me a couple of things. First, people are still spending more money than they make. Second, many (if not most) don’t like the feeling of being held prisoner by their debt- and how much it is costing them.

Sometimes I get customers who are very interested in purchasing some of my products, but sometimes step away, saying that they don’t want to make a credit card purchase to get it, and they don’t have the cash for it that day. I get that. And if someone is trying to stay on track with their budget, I always respect them for it. Does this make me a lousy salesperson? Maybe, but I can live with that. More often than not, these same people come back to me when they are ready to make a purchase because they know I care about them- and they trust me for it.


Tip: If you purchase a lot of essential oils, it’s wise to have a budget for that. This way, you can “save up” to purchase a more expensive oil that you really want to get. In the meantime, you can still do A LOT with other oils.

This is one reason why I offer my clients a couple of pricing options, especially for custom orders. There is usually more than one way to achieve a desired goal, and the same is true for essential oil blends.

Before we get started with the recipes, you should know what some of the best essential oils for relaxing are.

Relaxing essential oil faves:


  • jasmine
  • neroli
  • chamomile (roman)
  • lavender
  • ylang ylang
  • vetiver
  • benzoin
  • lemongrass
  • bergamot
  • lemon verbena
  • marjoram
  • petitgrain
  • spruce
  • frankincense
  • rose
  • cedarwood

Let’s take a look at several essential oil recipes for a relaxing blend.

You have a couple of different ways to save here.

Simple, yet effective options

Option 1: You have the option of using fewer kinds of essential oils in your recipe.

To save money using this option, you would only need to purchase a couple of oils to make your blend. For example, if your recipe calls for 4 or 5 different oils, maybe you only use 2 or 3 of them. Be sure to make your calculation adjustments accordingly to make the ratios work.

You can also make substitutions if you are experienced and understand what the oils will do for you. For example, you could use bergamot or petitgrain instead of neroli.

Global accessibility

Also, I want to make a quick note here about global accessibility. If you live in a country that exports an oil you may be able to access it for less. For example, Canada exports several types of trees like cedarwood, fir and spruce. It might cost someone who lives in Morocco a bit more to get these.

However, the same thing would also work in reverse. Morocco exports rose, and the people who live there can purchase it for much less than I can in Canada.

Option 2: You can use less expensive carrier oils.

Regarding topical applications: you can dilute the essential oils into a less expensive carrier oil. You should always dilute your essential oils into a carrier oil of some kind before applying them topically. You can save some money here, depending on what carrier oil you select.

For example, instead of using jojoba, you could replace it with any combination of the following:

Tip: If you have jojoba and want to make it last longer, try combining it with another carrier oil or two to create an oil base blend.

Make the recipes


I often get asked by my students where they can get some of the ingredients needed to make the recipes. To help them (and maybe you too) I have searched the products that I would purchase myself to save you hours of looking- and wondering about quality. For a comparison price list for relaxing essential oils, scroll to the end of this article.

Low budget recipes

budget oils

Budget relaxing recipe ideas (For the diffuser)

  1. cedarwood + lavender
  2. petitgrain + bergamot +lavender
  3. lemongrass + marjoram

Budget relaxing recipe (topical)

Luxury recipes

luxury oils

Luxury relaxing recipe ideas (For the diffuser)

  1. roman chamomile + lavender
  2. frankincense + ylang ylang + rose
  3. jasmine + ginger

Luxury relaxing recipe (topical)

Bonus: alternate options in the middle of the road

Middle price point recipes

(For the diffuser)

  1. bergamot + frankincense + cedarwood
  2. petitgrain + lemon verbena
  3. marjoram + lemongrass


Safety: As always, consult with a qualified practitioner before using essential oils, especially if you have any health issues, including pregnancy.

Resource list for relaxing essential oils

I’ve taken the time to put together a resource list for low budget vs high budget relaxing essential oils. I feel that these companies represent solid options. However, please keep in mind that sometimes you get what you pay for! Always check over the customer reviews for yourself.

Jasmine Budget vs Jasmine Luxury

Roman chamomile
Chamomile (roman) Budget vs Chamomile (roman) Luxury

Lavender Budget vs Lavender Luxury

Ylang ylang extra
Ylang ylang Budget vs Ylang ylang Luxury

Vetiver Budget vs Vetiver Luxury

Lemongrass Budget vs Lemongrass Luxury

Bergamot Budget vs Bergamot Luxury

Marjoram Budget vs Marjoram Luxury

Petitgrain Budget vs Petitgrain Luxury or this one

Spruce Budget vs Spruce Luxury

Frankincense carterii
Frankincense Budget (is there such a thing?) vs Frankincense Luxury

Rose absolute
Rose absolute Budget UNDILUTED or Rose absolute budget vs Rose Absolute Luxury UNDILUTED

Rose absolute diluted in jojoba works nicely for topical application, but do not put this into a diffuser!

Cedarwood atlas
Cedarwood Budget vs Cedarwood Luxury

To recap:

I hope that you can see there are several different ways you can leverage your essential oils investment:

  • Use fewer kinds of essential oils in your recipes
  • Use some less expensive carrier oils in blends for topical application
  • Make substitutions when appropriate
  • Plan your blends based on the price point you are comfortable with

One final comment

Essential oils are powerful. You don’t need a lot to for them to be effective. It takes an extraordinary amount of plant material to produce small amounts of essential oils. Please think before you use this precious resource. There are only so many farmers, producers and distillers in the world producing oils. We need to collectively share!

Additional Resources

Check out Carrier oils for Professionals online course here

Interested in making essential oil blends? Learn how to blend essential oils here (part of Aromatherapy Foundational Concepts course) here

Quick Start to using Essential Oils book available here: soft cover and  kindle version

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