Believe it or not, I was actually really good at math growing up. I was even really good at math in my professional career. But enter mom brain and a few too many years out of the game and I can barely muster up enough math chops to figure out how old I am each year. So when I first found myself asking how many drops are in each bottle of essential oil, I froze. Naturally I did try to figure it out mathematically… but it wasn’t easy, so let’s spare you the time and effort, friend.
Thankfully, my Young Living team is full of friends with far more knowledge than me, so getting to the bottom of this question wasn’t that difficult. So whether you’re trying to figure out how long each bottle of essential oil is going to last, or if you’re trying to calculate how many bottles of essential oil you need for certain DIYs, you’re in the right place.
We’ll cover the approximate number of drops in each bottle of essential oil. Keep in mind Young Living sells two sizes of essential oils. In the United States, customer accounts can purchase 5ml bottles of essential oil and 15 ml bottles of essential oil. But essential oil users also buy things like dropper bottles, large and small spray bottles, and roll on bottles that come in a number of different sizes. Many of us also enjoy making DIY household cleaning products, personal care products, and even skincare products! All of which require following recipes and occasionally breaking out our math skills.
So hopefully what you’re looking for is found below. I’ve included the approximate number of drops of essential oil in each bottle, as well as few helpful conversions to make your next DIY product a little easier.
Approximate number of drops of oil per bottle
Keep in mind that the figures below are approximate numbers. The reason the total number of drops of essential oil in each bottle varies is not due to quality control issues. Nope! Instead, it’s because the viscosity of each oil is differently, and therefore drop sizes/quantity varies oil to oil.
- 4-6 drops of essential oil in a small sample sachet
- 20 drops of essential oil in a 1ml bottle
- 40 drops of essential oil in 2ml bottle
- 100 drops of essential oil in a 5ml bottle
- 300 drops of essential oil in a 15 ml bottle
Conversion chart for essential oil DIYs
First up, if you’re used to talking about essential oils in terms of ml size, and then a recipe throws teaspoons at you, don’t panic:
- 1 teaspoon = 5ml bottle
- 2 teaspoon = 10ml roll on
- 3 teaspoon = 15ml bottle = 1 Tbsp
- 6 teaspoon = 30ml bottle = 1 oz
- 12 teaspoon = 2oz = 4 Tbsp
Here’s an approximate breakdown of total drops per ml:
- 20 drops = 1ml
- 100 drops = 5ml
- 300 drops = 15ml
- 600 drops = 30ml
Next let’s convert the different ml sizes back to teaspoons and tablespoons:
- 1ml = 1/4 tsp
- 5ml = 1 tsp
- 15ml = 3 tsp (or 1 Tbsp)
- 30ml = 6 tsp (or 2 Tbsp)
Lastly, let’s get back to drops! Here we’ll go from teaspoons back to drops:
- 1/4 tsp = 25 drops
- 1/2 tsp = 50 drops
- 1 tsp = 100 drops
- 2 tsp = 200 drops
- 3 tsp (1 Tbsp) = 300 drops