Essential Oil Emulsifiers

April 1, 2022 Leave your thoughts

Essential Oil Emulsifiers

Essential oils are fat soluble, not water soluble. Emulsifying them in a fat-soluble carrier is needed when you are combining into liquid ingredients. This will help minimize the opportunity for skin irritation and sensitization.

When you add essential oils to bath water, notice that the oil drop sits on top of the water. it never emulsifies. Why is this so important? Well, depending on the essential oil you dropped in the water, when you go to sit down in that water, it can cause some major irritation to some sensitive areas (…down there). Think peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon and clove for instance. Wowza! That can cause not only a burning sensation, but also burn those sensitive membranes and skin.

So, don’t do that!


What are some good emulsifiers for essential oils to use in aromatic sprays?
Here is a list of some good emulsifiers (not a complete list) –

  • Carrier oil: almond, coconut, rosehip, sunflower, etc.
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Witch hazel
  • Vinegar
  • Alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Epsom salt
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar
  • Clay
  • Glycerin
  • Honey
  • Castile soap
  • Milk: cow, almond, coconut, etc.

If you are mixing essential oils in a water base, I find it best to emulsify the essential oils in vegetable glycerin, alcohol, witch hazel and/or vinegar first (minimum of 15 minutes), then apply to the water solution.

For additional antibacterial support, I like to add in 3-5ml of aquasol silver to the final water-based solution.


Emulsifying essential oils in water

To emulsify the EO’s into water, you have a few options –

  • Vegetable glycerin – on average, you would need to include 10% of this to the bottle, add in your EOs, swirl around for about 5-10 minutes if possible, then add in the water. If you don’t want to keep swirling, let sit for 15-30 minutes, then swirl a few times before adding in water.
  • Cetyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or Witch hazel – same approach as the vegetable glycerin
  • Coconut emulsifier



Additional Resources

Dilution Chart for Essential Oil Blends

Nut-free and Nut-Based carrier oils

Essential Oil & Aromatherapy Safety Guidelines



JennScents Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide

JennScents Aromaversity Aromatherapy Program Training


Article References: JennScents Holistic Comprehensive Guide, JennScents Aromaversity Classes, JennScents E-books and Reference Material

Author: Jennifer Pressimone, Entrepreneur, Formulator, Author
Jennifer Pressimone is an aromatherapy entrepreneur (an Aromapreneur™). She is the founder and President of JennScents®, Inc. and the JennScents Aromaversity®. She is the Vice-President and Regional Florida Director of Central Florida for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Jennifer has build, managed and maintained several health and wellness businesses over the last 20 years. She is an incredibly gifted essential oil formulator, aromatherapy educator, public speaker, herbalist, author and philanthropist. She leads with passion, experience and heart to inspire, empower and motivate others to not only follow their dreams, but crush it, realizing more than they ever imagined possible. Jennifer is a life coach and business mentor. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has thousands of hours in continuing education in many health and wellness topics. Her specialties include mind-body health, gastrointestinal health and cognitive aromatherapy for humans and pets.

Disclaimers: Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. It is recommended that if serious health issues exist, you consult a licensed medical provider. JennScents does not assume liability or responsibility for the use and/or misuse of this information.

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