How to organize a Make And Take Essential Oils Blending Party
So, you want to organize a blending essential oils party, but are unsure of what to do? What oils can be blended? Can I blend my own Essential Oils for my own ailments? What accessories do I need and where to purchase them?
If you are unsure of how to use essential oils, or how they need to blend together, you need to read this post.
In this post, I will help you to make it easy to take the mystery out of a fun and exciting moment with your friends or your team (if you are a distributor).
A couple of the relevant questions I usually receive are:
- What equipment do I need?
- How do I blend essential oils?
- How do I store essential oils blends once they are blended?
- How long will they last or when do I need to use them up?
- How do I clean everything before and afterward?
First you need a goal, and you need to make sure for what purpose you are blending those oils. After that, you will need a plan.
This article is quite extensive, so I made it in 3 parts:
- Part 1 is preparation.
- Part 2 is blending the essential oils
- Part 3 is about keeping your blends safe
PART 1 PREPARATION
Before you start, you need to gather all the supplies. That not only includes your precious essential oils but also accessories like pipettes, bottles, carrier oil, lotions etc.
If you don’t have a special recipe, you can find a lot of them on the internet, but be careful about what you find on obscure websites, remember that not all that glitters is gold. So, log on theessentialtools.com, here, here and here, there are a couple of excellent blend recipes that you can use.
To give you an idea of what can be done to blend essential oils here are a couple of examples. The first recipe is from a book called “Aromatherapy Recipes Using Pure Essential Oils,” the second is a simple scrub.
For Your Sprayer (A Light Wonderful Air Freshener)
This blend is an excellent air freshener for pet odors.
- Grapefruit -10 drops
- Lime -6 drops
- Nutmeg -3 drops
- Lavender -15 drops
- Orange -10 drops
- Lemon – 10 drops
- Room Spray Base -2 ounces
- Emulsifier -4-5 ml
Lavender-Lemon Sugar Scrub
- 1/4 cup-1 cup sugar (depending on preferred coarseness)
- 1/3 Cup coconut oil, softened
- 3-5 drops lavender Essential Oil
- Zest of Lemon or 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Combine the sugar, coconut oil, lavender and lemon zest in a bowl and mix well. Tranfer the scrub to a liddes container, or scoop into small jars to give as gifts. Keep the scrub in a cool place, like the pantry, for up to 1 month. Attach the cute label or tie with ribbon and give as a gift.
The best selection of the following accessories will make your blending experience more enjoyable. It’s a good idea to purchase in advance equipment and supplies and keep them separate from your other supply is always a good idea. You don’t want to mix your essential oils blends with other chemicals.
You will need vials and small bottles for storing your essential oils blends such as:
- 2ml, 4ml and 10 ml sizes small bottles if possible with orifice reducers & caps
- Glass bottles in 1 and 2 oz sizes.
- Lip balm containers
- Several PET plastic bottles in 2, 4 or 8 oz sizes.
- Caps for the plastic bottles—disc top and spray top
- Disposable plastic pipettes or small glass dropper
- Glass Beakers and Stirring Rods
- Deodorant containers
- Glass Liquid Measuring cups (the kind with pouring spouts.)
- Wool dryer balls
- Stainless Steel Measuring spoons and stirring spoons
- Plastic or metal funnels
- Wire Whip or French Whisks
- Diffuser jewelry
- Larger Stainless Steel or Glass Mixing bowls (do not use plastic or aluminum)
- Rinsing bottle or Spray bottle filled with Alcohol (cheap unflavored Vodka)
- Paper towels cut into quarters sheets (helpful when wiping up little messes).
- Electric hand mixer (may be helpful if mixing larger batches of lotions)
- Wax paper or freezer paper to cover your counter or table tops: Makes cleanup much quicker and protects your furniture from being damaged should any undiluted essential oils spill on them.
- Safety Glasses are strongly suggested if do not wear prescription glasses or if you use contact lenses. Essential Oils in the eyes is very painful and can be dangerous (but don’t be afraid, you will not turn blind because of one drop…)
- Disposable gloves (useful when blending bath salts.)
- Recipe cards or a Journal to write your ‘creations’ and notes as needed. (Never expect to remember what you mixed or how you did it.)
Essential Oils to be Blended
- Essential oils
- Carrier oils
- Shea butter
- Salts for making bath salt blends
- Distilled Water
- Miscellaneous – depending on the recipe
Where to find homemade recipes for Make & Take party with Essential Oils
If you are interested in organizing an Essential Oils Make-N-Take to boost the potential of your fellow local Oilers and creating a long-time growing group of Essential Oils activists? I make my program free to use for any Essential Oils Distributors. But there is one caveat: hosting an Essential Oils Make-N-Take is hard to do, and requires excellent facilitators and practice. That is a brilliant use of your experience to consolidate your team, and generate new abilities to get your organization working more efficiently.
Here are 10 recommendations on how to successfully prepare your DIY session… I am sure the following to-do list will help for your success if you intend to host an Essential Oils Make-N-Take in your neighborhood.
1. Study your Essential Oils Make-N-Take
These are important issues to manage the vision & organization of the Essential Oils Make-N-Take:
- What are your goals for this Essential Oils Make-N-Take?
- Who do you want our Essential Oils Make-N-Take to touch?
- How do you get people to the reunion?
- How many members do you want to participate?
- What projects and crafts are most significant for your team?
- How long do you want this Essential Oils Make-N-Take last?
- What funds do you have for the Make And Take?
- How much should people pay? (Remember that you will provide a lot of stuff for people to make and eventually take…)
Remember that the devil is in the detail, so, after you have the solutions to these fundamental questions, and you see the big picture, it is time to start planning in advance to nail down the details before reaching out to your team at large.
2 Make a Plan
- Pick a theme. Maybe go with a “Pamper Me” theme with bath salts, hand scrub, and foot lotion made including Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil. Or perhaps a “Daily Dose” theme with a refreshing morning Melaleuca Alternifolia face lotion, a fresh 2:30 p.m. roll-on with Frankincense essential oil, and a pleasant nighttime room spray with Lavender essential oil.
- Decide which refreshments you’d like to serve. Keep your finger food simple and light. Try a fruit or vegetable tray with dip, or try crackers and cheese. You can even add Young Living essential oils in your refreshment spread. Try lemonade made with citrus essential oils, hot chocolate with Cinnamon Bark or Orange essential oils, or a vegetable dip with Dill essential oil.
- Make a shopping list of the DIY project ingredients, project containers, decorations, containers, and utensils. You will need Beakers, Pipettes, Bottles, Vials, Inhalers, Spay Bottles, Funnels, Bags, Roll-On Bottles, Marketing material, etc. You will find all those accessories and ingredients on TheEssentialTools.Com
- Decide what sum you feel is appropriate to charge your attendees for each DIY project. You can use PayPal or Venmo or tell people to bring cash to the party.
3. Choose the best location
The first part in picking up a place is likely set to be somewhere that is affordable or has free access. You need to have either flexibility or options.
I have some recommendations for you to consider:
Of course, you can do this at home, but the best is to find an accessible and affordable place, away from the city in a natural setting. That is a great way to provide focus, quietness for reflection, motivation, and inspiration to your group.
If you want to organize your Essential Oils Make-N-Take over several days, I recommend getting people to stay overnight in the same house (or hotel if you are doing this in a hotel), since evening open time after the session often becomes crucial bonding time.
Ultimately, most Essential Oils Make-N-Takes benefit from having slideshows or powerpoints or videos displayed during the meeting, so having a sound system, computer, projector, and microphone is quite important.
4. Wisely Select Your Dates
I often find that Essential Oils Make-N-Take sessions have some of the best results when there is a clear, short-term trajectory for the group’s work following the Essential Oils Make-N-Take. By timing the Make And Take to be 2 – 4 months before a major campaign or event, you can provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration following the Essential Oils Make-N-Take that will help cement the relationships formed by participants. The only other major thing to remember is to choose times that work for your target audience, to make sure you get the correct people there.
5. Recruit Great Members
Ensuring highly motivated participants of your target audience is possibly the most important step in organizing your Essential Oils Make-N-Take – here is my advice on making sure you receive great participants:
Anywhere from 15 – 40 participants can be a good size. It’s plenty of people to have a big enough diversity of perspectives and quality conversations, but still small enough to have more personal experiences and develop real, lasting connections and bonds in the group. I recommend using an application process and establishing clear criteria as to whom you are seeking for the Essential Oils Make-N-Take (people entirely new to the issue or individuals with some proven leadership experience already, etc.). Be sure to stretch out far and wide – this is an excellent recruitment opportunity!
Seek to get a diverse set of opinions into the room – it will make for a deeper and more educational experience for everyone!
6. Select Prominent Speakers
Having effective, energizing speakers or facilitators are essential to running a successful Essential Oils Make-N-Take.
Here are a couple of recommendations to consider your organizing team:
- You will need more than one speaker or facilitator, so you don’t get totally overwhelmed or drained.
- Ask one or two Diamonds or above to come to your session. They are usually very open to this and that will be a big plus for you and your group.
- For small groups (fifteen to twenty participants) 2-3 facilitators are enough. A couple more is also usually excellent especially for big groups, though you want to be sure that facilitators don’t overwhelm the overall dynamic.
- It can be helpful to make sure speakers don’t have logistical concerns as well. That may distract them from their ability to be able to plan craft sessions appropriately.
- It is critical to hire at least one member with Essential Oils Make-N-Take crafting practice.
Make sure all your facilitators know they are responsible
- For maintaining the Essential Oils Make-N-Take schedule run on time, – – for planning and covering all the material and group exercises,
- Making sure they make everybody participate.
7 Get the word out
Two-Three weeks before your party, send out emails and invitations. I recommend that you create a Facebook event or send any combination of emails, texts, and printed invitations.
Closer to the date, send reminders and get a final count on RSVPs.
8. Organize the logistics
Making sure things run evenly is an important part of setting participants up to focus on learning and bonding with their fellow organizers.
- Providing food on site will enable people to focus, and keep them from getting hungry and distracted.
- Meal times are also an important, informal team-building time, and it is usually best to have groupwide meals.
- Provide tea and coffee to keep people awake. Make sure to ask people about food allergies!
- Make sure you know when people are coming
- Communicate about what support you can provide,
- And where to go when they come.
Lodging: If you plan an overnight stay,
- Tell your team what type of accommodation they’ll be staying in,
- Whether they need to bring bedding,
- If you will have special food (Kosher, Vegan, etc)
- If there will be showers, etc.
- How much they will need to invest
9. Outline the program
Once you have organized the logistics and your participants have been invited, it’s time to plan out specifically how you’ll use your time together.
Here are some important reminders to acknowledge:
- Small is beautiful: the more you stuff, the more you’ll need to speed, and the fewer participants will learn. Like with Essential Oils, less is more, so, cut back as much as you can so you can learn things in greater depth.
- First, ask your team: survey your members beforehand to see what they would want to prioritize: crafting, discovering or having a good time?
- Organize plenty of breaks: Free time, rests, you-know-what, & informal socializing is critical for bonding and to keep up energy, motivation, fun, and focus. If you don’t give breaks to your participants, that will be a revolution!
- Plan an open session: Let your members plan their crafts and sessions, whether it’s a skill share, an opportunity to partake their work or a discussion they’d like to have as a group.
- Remember that you will probably go overtime: That’s what just happens. So, plan to be manageable. You will need a couple of crafts that you can add or drop off if needed.
10. Review the Marketing Material
Prepare enough time with your speakers and facilitators to download the free marketing materials from TheEssentialTools.Com and show them the copies. You’ll also need to take time beforehand to edit those drafts for length, rewrite for cultural appropriateness, maybe translate into Spanish, and to include more relevant crafts in the group activities. I recommend printing out members’ guides so that your team leaders and the participants can follow along, make notes, and refer to the agenda throughout the crafting time.
- Purchase the flyers, cards, bundles and handouts of the ingredients and instructions for your Make And Take projects.
- Have several Essential Oils resources placed around your home. That can be banners, table banners, books, and PDF so that people can browse during any downtime. I recommend the Vitality book by TheEssentialTools.Com: its give plenty of recipes that can be done with essential oils and the price is very affordable. Leaving empty bottles here and there is a very good idea because even after several months, those empty bottles still smell and you never know what essential oils your friends will like. Maybe the rose …
- Set up different stations for each DIY project to avoid overcrowding in one area.
- Organize tables with all the Containers, Beakers, Pipettes, Bottles, Vials, Inhalers, Spay Bottles, Funnels, Bags, Roll-On Bottles, Marketing material, ingredients, and measuring utensils laid out in order of assembly.
- Tip: Use white plastic tablecloths and write instructions by each step with a black permanent marker.
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