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How Many Drops Per Bottle of Essential Oil?

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 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.

This post will answer all of your big questions:

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.

How many drops per bottle of essential oil?

 

Yes, we’ll definitely cover the approximate number of drops in each bottle of essential oil. But keep in mind Young Living sells two sizes of essential oil bottles. (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

A graphic showing the approximate number of drops per bottle of essential oil

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 of essential oil per ml:

  • 1ml = 20 drops of essential oil
  • 5ml = 100 drops of essential oil
  • 15ml = 300 drops of essential oil
  • 30ml = 600 drops of essential oil

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
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.
Learn the total number of drops per bottle of essential oil, plus dozens of helpful measurements and conversions.

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3 Comments

  1. Annette Webb wrote:

    Thank you for the info. I was totally lost for this valuable math of essential oil.
    Thank you again!

    Posted 6.19.20 Reply
  2. Karen wrote:

    I was wondering if you could tell me…. I’m taking Ocotea and loving it. I’m wanting to use a spray insert in my 5ml bottle to spray under my tongue. Do you know the equivalent of one “squirt” from the spray to one drop from the bottle? Here’s hoping you can do that math! 😂

    Posted 7.15.20 Reply
    • whitney wrote:

      Oh Karen girl! I do not know how to answer that. I really wish I did but gah – I’m not sure how to even approach the calculation! My recommendation would be to contact the SPRAY BOTTLE maker. Did you buy your bottles on Amazon or Etsy? I feel like coming up with a universal calculation would be tricky because each spray bottle might dispense a different amount of mist per spray.

      Posted 8.24.20 Reply