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My passion for essential oils and aromatherapy started after recreating the first recipe that I found online to naturally scent my husband’s and my small Los Angeles apartment nine years ago.

I was working a 9-5 office job at UCLA at the time that provided a steady paycheck, but not the creative outlet that I so strongly needed in my life. After ‘discovering’ essential oils and the incredible holistic health benefits, my brain was set on fire.

Instead of waking up at 6:00am for work, I woke up at 4:00am to research more, experiment more, study more.

I was hooked, to say the least.

But…everything I found online had contradictory information. For every pro there was a con, for every tip there was a warning.

Half of what I was reading was from blog posts, which aren’t always researched before publication.

I needed valid, trusted resources and information without having to search through 5,000,000 Google suggestions.

Being the forever student, I researched the best aromatherapy and essential oil books to get me started and grew my library very slowly. I devoured those books like a PhD student, taking them to the local coffee shop every chance I could. Reading, highlighting, making notes in the margins, and cross-referencing.

Fast forward nine years, I am now the proud owner of a successful aromatherapy, green beauty, and natural skin care line. 

If you don’t have time to read right now, save this article to your Pinterest boards or email yourself the link. 

You’ll want to come back to reference it along your journey!

DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOKS, ESSENTIAL OILS, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – BECOMING YOUR OWN TEACHER

I have chosen the five most influential books out of my collection that helped me the most along my journey.

My best advice to you is to use the aromatherapy books below as tools.

Don’t just read them.

Own them.

Mark them up, make the recipes, change the formulas as you grow and feel confident in experimentation, look up words that you don’t know.

Require yourself to be the teacher and the student at the same time.

Cheers to cutting through the noise of an internet search and getting to the bottom of all this essential oil business. It is the most wonderful journey.

BEST DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOK FOR THE BEGINNER

500 Formulas for Aromatherapy

by Carol & David Schiller

 

This book is the perfect starting point if you have never made an essential oil recipe before. It doesn’t provide a ton of history or science, and to be honest, it doesn’t need to.

You can’t learn algebra before you understand addition. 

These formulas introduce you to the basic ingredients of aromatherapy products and don’t complicate the process.

While I wouldn’t recommend making these recipes and considering them ‘done’ enough for resale purposes, they are great for use in your own home and for getting your feet wet.

This book covers:

  • Very basic introduction to aromatherapy and essential oils
  • Beginners recipes for personal care, cleaning, air fresheners, and more
  • Basic guide to essential oil properties

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AS A TOOL

Consider this your first aromatherapy text book. It has TONS of white space on every page for notes and questions. Simply dive in! If you do not have any ingredients yet, start with the recipes that have the fewest so that you’re not spending hundreds of dollars before even knowing if you like the process or not.

Even as a business owner, I have gone back to this book several times. It is a great idea-generator and starting point for everyday products that you can have fun modifying to your own signature scents and client base.

BEST DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOK FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY AND SCIENCE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Aromatherapy for Dummies

by Kathi Keville

 

If you’re interested in aromatherapy and essential oils for personal use and can only choose ONE book, this is it.

Kathi Keville breaks down a somewhat complex subject into really understandable, approachable, bite-size pieces.

This will become your foundation for understanding the history and science behind aromatherapy, as well as a really wide array of handmade formulas.

The recipes in this book are still for personal use and would need to be modified before being considered for resale. However, that is all that 99% of you need!

This book covers:

  • History, Chemistry, & Holistic Health

  • How to choose your essential oils and carrier oils and know if they are quality

  • How to store and preserve your oils and formulations

  • Slightly more complex formulas than the book above, with more insight as to why each ingredient has been chosen for particular recipe

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AS A TOOL

Read this book with a highlighter and pen in hand.

From cover to cover.

In every paragraph, highlight the ONE sentence that captures the essence of that individual paragraph. This will help you to go back and find information easily, it will strengthen your focus as you’re reading, and it will help you to ensure your own understanding.

For bonus points, find a recipe that you enjoyed in 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy (book above) and cross-reference the ingredients in Aromatherapy for Dummies. In the white space of 500 Formulas, write the benefits of the essential oils, possible substitutions, and describe the scent types. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.

Using these two books in tandem will build a strong foundation in learning how to apply your knowledge.

 

BEST DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOK FOR LEARNING TO CREATE YOUR OWN RECIPES

The Aromatherapy Companion

by Victoria Edwards

 

This book will build upon your knowledge of aromatherapy and essential oils from the books above, with a lightly different twist.

Aromatherapist Victoria Edwards discusses more unusual essential oils and carrier oils, with a stronger focus on botany and therapeutic uses.

The absolute beauty of this book is that she teaches you how to make your own personal blends. Taking the information you have learned in the previous books, you can begin to take your preferences and apply them accordingly. Eeekkkk!!! It’s all happening!

 

This book covers:

  • History, Chemistry, and Essential Oil Safety

  • Perfumery

  • Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and Mythology

  • Direct step-by-step formulas

  • Exercises and experiments to make your own personal blends

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AS A TOOL

Read through cover to cover, just as described above in the Aromatherapy for Dummies section. Every author will discuss history and science a bit differently, which will increase your understanding and ability to talk about aromatherapy yourself.

Do the exercises provided!!!

This is an amazing resource with lessons that people pay boo-koo bucks for in ‘live’ classes. If you are disciplined enough to really make yourself a student and do the experiments, you’ll be able to tweek and create your own recipes in no time.

Again, bonus points if you can apply this knowledge and modify the formulas you discovered and practiced with in the first two books in this list. Practice and application makes perfect.

BEST DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOK FOR MASTERING ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDING & SCENT DESCRIPTIONS

Scent and Subversion

by Barbara Herman

 

Let it be known that I AM NOT a perfumer. Perfumery is an entirely different animal than aromatherapy.

Even still, this book is a GOLDMINE of information!!!

As Barbara Herman goes in-depth on the history of perfume, aromatherapy students can learn invaluable lessons about scents that pair well together.

Even more so, how to use language to vividly experience a scent without actually smelling it.

The art history student in me loves and adores the vintage perfume ads in this book.

This book covers:

  • A history of perfume from 1882

  • Rich descriptions and what the scents said about culture at the time

  • The specific top, middle, and base notes included in each perfume

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AS A TOOL

Again, I am not a perfumer. But this book had me at hello. With a pretty solid understanding of essential oils and creating my own blends, this publication pushed me to the next level in experimentation.

Using the provided top/middle/base notes of each scent, create your own versions of the vintage perfumes. Obviously we cannot compare what we make to the real perfume described, as many are no longer in production. However, this will require you to somewhat blindly experiment, blending essential oils that you wouldn’t have thought to try together.

When I did this myself, I had hundreds of little tiny glass vials, each numbered to coordinate with a log of which essential oils were used and how many drops of each. I left them for a couple of weeks to mix well and ‘do science’, decided which ones were worth tweeking, and started again.

This process was actually the start of the signature scents in my current line, as I created unique blends that also had the aromatherapeutic benefits I wanted for my personal care products.

Another exercise that spurred from this book was going to perfume counters to train my nose.

On my lunch break, I would walk to stores on the Santa Monica Promenade (oh, how I miss California!) and pick up bottles to see if I could identify the oils that were used.

The other AMAZING aspect of this book is the beautiful, colorful, sensory descriptions the author provides. If you have any desire to sell your own products online, you have to be able to communicate a scent through the computer screen. No easy task.

Using your highlighter, mark every descriptive word that speaks to you. Create your own cheat sheet for easy reference when it is time to list and market your own products.

BEST DIY AROMATHERAPY BOOK FOR UNDERSTANDING BASICS OF THE BUSINESS BEFORE YOU START

The Art, Science, and Business of Aromatherapy

by Kayla Fioravanti

 

If you caught the bug to share your custom products with the world, welcome to the club!!!

With the organic wellness industry as a whole projected to triple between now and 2025, this is the time to turn your passion into a side hustle (or even a full-blown career).

There are so many different directions you could go: skin care, hair care, oral care, cosmetics, hygiene, etc.

Kayla Fioravanti provides a really strong understanding of what you need to understand before going into business in this book. Think dilution rates, labeling requirements, ingredient and packaging suppliers, manufacturing, and more. This is an entrepreneur’s dream resource.

This book covers:

  • History and science of aromatherapy

  • Blending methods, charts, and ingredient profiles

  • Industry policies and regulations

  • Advertising warnings and rules

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AS A TOOL

This publication is a wealth of knowledge from an actual experienced, registered aromatherapist and business owner.

I highly recommend you read this book and do further research before writing any product descriptions or creating any labels.

Label requirements vary based on your country and location, as do the claims you make about your products.

For example, if you only sell online (based in the United States), you can put less information on your product label as long as the website is included in a 4pt font or larger. If you ever intend to sell wholesale, all ingredients above 1% are absolutely required on a label for brick and mortar sale.

You won’t know what to research further if you aren’t aware that there is even a rule about it. This book provides you with industry standards as of 2011. After reading about a topic in this resource, research it online further to see if the policies have changed over time, based on your location, or how you are planning to sell your products.

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BEST ONLINE RESOURCES FOR AROMATHERAPY & ESSENTIAL OIL EDUCATION

As much as I am an advocate for the list of books above, you still need some tried-and-true web resources that you can trust to be accurate for further research that has new industry information.

Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle | https://ultimatebundles.com

The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle is an amazing downloadable package that contains over 400 recipes.  This digital resource is full of eBooks, eCourses, membership sites, printables, and more. 

Robert Tisserand | https://roberttisserand.com

This guy is The Godfather of essential oils. He travels around the world doing seminars on essential oil safety and industry standards. The provided website contains his blog, other book resources, and online classes you can take to further your own education.

Aromahead Institute | https://www.aromahead.com

An online educational website that provides web-based aromatherapy courses. There is a free training available, as well as a multitude of fee-based certifications.

Aromaweb | https://www.aromaweb.com

This is the best quick-reference website I have found. It has essential oil profiles, carrier oil profiles, recipes, book reviews, business directories, and more. A site that should be bookmarked on every diy-er’s ‘Favorites’ list.

 

My absolute favorite part about working with essential oils is that that knowledge and research never ends. Even though aromatherapy and DIY natural product creation is a niche industry, you can dive even deeper and make your learning even MORE specific as you grow and experiment.

As the owner of Treesnail Natural Essentials, I continue experimenting and researching with every new product idea I have.  Some work out and some don’t!  But the experimentation is my absolute favorite part of the process.

 

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