18 Excellent Tips to Organize and Store Essential Oils

A wooden box containing essential oil bottles
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I love essential oils. I use my favorite oils in fragrant potpourri, bubble baths and directly on my skin when I need some relaxation.

I’ve recently noticed that my essential oil bottles are starting to accumulate around the house…so now is the perfect time to gather some excellent ideas to organize and store them all!

Read on for the best ways to store oils (and how they should NOT be stored) and lots of ideas for organizing your essential oil collection throughout the house.

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1. The Best Ways to Store Essential Oils

Bottles of essential oils lined up on a counter.
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Before we get into organizing ideas, let’s discuss some important simple tips for storing oils.

Do This:

According to the essential oil brand Young Living, oils are best stored in a cool, dark place.

Drawers, cabinets and pantries are great places for oil storage. Countertops work nicely too, as long as the oils are away from light and heat.

Although they do not require refrigeration, essential oils can be stored in the fridge for a very long time. This is a great way to ensure a dark and cool environment. (They can be frozen without any problem, too.)

Do NOT Do This:

Avoid placing them near a window where they’ll be exposed to direct sunlight. Keep them away from heat sources — don’t store them near the oven, in a car, or next to a radiator. Oils like a nice consistent temperature.

Also, the chemical composition of the oils can dissolve plastic over time. The last thing anyone wants is a leaky plastic container! Aim for glass bottles for essential oils storage.

2. Keep Oils in a Storage Box Organizer – Great for the Kitchen Counter

Keep your essential oils collection close at hand but out of sight in a pretty, rustic wooden display case. This option can hold 70 bottles of oils, including 5, 10 and 15 ml bottles as well as essential oil roller bottles.

J JACKCUBE DESIGN Essential Oil Storage Box Organizer with 70 Slots, Rustic Wooden Oil Holder Display Case for 5 10 15 ml Essential Oil Bottles & 10 ml Rollers - MK588A

As kitchen counters tend to get cluttered, a storage box that hides a large collection of bottles will keep your counter looking neat and tidy.

(P.S. Check out a bunch of great ideas for keeping kitchen counters decluttered!)

3. Use a Lazy Susan For Easy Access to Oils in a Cabinet

My favorite way to store bottles of essential oil: on a Lazy Susan in my kitchen cabinet. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a Lazy Susan for organizing. I use one in just about every space in my house!

I chose a Lazy Susan with clear bins to keep items visible and prevent them from sliding around.

Organized essential oils in a Lazy Susan
Photo Credit: Organizenvy.com

Learn about all the fabulous ways you can organize your home with a Lazy Susan here.

4. Try a 10-Slot Oil Organizer for a Small Bathroom Counter

For organizing a small space (or if you have a smaller collection), this round 10-slot organizer makes a cute storage container for oils. It holds bottles ranging in size from 5 ml to 30 ml and could also be used for nail polish or lipstick.

It’s perfect for a small bathroom counter, the top of a dresser or a nightstand.

MyGift Small Essential Oil Bottle Holder - 10 Slot Brown Wood Round Storage Display Rack, Nail Polish Holder, Lipstick Organizer

Looking for clever storage ideas for small bathrooms? Check out my post!

5. Install Open Shelves on a Bathroom Wall For a Simple Essential Oil Display

My sister-in-law came up with a cute and easy way to store and display her oils in the bathroom. A small open shelving unit (or even a couple of wooden boxes) is a great option when there’s not a lot of counter space.

Essential oil bottles stored on a wooden shelving unit.
Photo Credit: Kim Breitegan

You can keep it vintage and rustic like the photo, or add a little whimsy with a mounted shelf like this:

Onyx Haus Crescent Moon Shelf for Crystals Stone, Essential Oil, Small Plant and Art - Wall, Room, and Gothic Witchy Decor - Moon Phase Rustic Boho Shelfs - Wooden Hanging Floating Shelves - Brown

6. Use Small Labeled Bins in a Medicine Cabinet

Another place I like to store essential oils is my medicine cabinet. I used some cute drawer organizers and added labels made on my Cricut:

Organized Bathroom Medicine Cabinet with small labeled bins for bottles
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P.S. I have more great bathroom and medicine cabinet organizing ideas here!

7. Use a Travel Carrying Case to Take Oils on the Go

Travel with your essential oils? Keep them safe and secure (and away from sunlight) in a handy travel case with foam inserts. The product below is the perfect solution for transporting up to 30 bottles (5, 10 and 15 ml).

Essential Oils Case Storage for 30 bottles, Travel Carrying Holder Organizer Box for Young Living, for Plant Therapy & for Doterra Containers - Fits 5,10 & 15 ml

Remember: don’t leave them in the car; they need to be kept in cooler temps!

8. Hide Essential Oil Bottles in Plain Sight in Vintage Suitcases

These paperboard suitcases make a really stylish storage system in the living room when you want to hide your bottles (but keep them nearby). They’re cute enough for a coffee table or end table.

(Amazon has a LOT of different options and styles to choose from, too!)

Paperboard Suitcases Set of 3, Brown Leather - Vintage Cardboard Suitcase Decor, Nesting Luggage Decorative Mache Boxes with Hinged Lids and Brass Handle, Mini Suitcases for Centerpieces, Photo Props

By the way, vintage trunks can be used for other organizing projects – check out this post for the cutest idea ever!

9. Neatly Store Oils in Small Drawers With a Rack Organizer

I love this essential oil organizer for small drawers! This would work perfectly in a bathroom vanity or bedside table drawer. The bottles are stored at an angle so they won’t leak. This option comes in a set of five racks:

AGGICE Essential Oil Bottles Rack Massage Oil Bottle Holder Essential Oil Shelf Display Rack Ball Bottle Drawer Storage Rack 5 Pack

Looking for nightstand organization tips? I’ve got a bunch!

10. Organize Bottles of Different Sizes With Adjustable Dividers for Drawers

Sometimes we end up with a mix of smaller and larger bottles. A set of adjustable drawer dividers is a good solution for keeping them neatly organized in one place.

This solution from SpaceAid (one of my favorite brands) allows you to create customized compartments to accommodate different bottles. (I also love the labels.)

SpaceAid Bamboo Drawer Dividers with Inserts and Labels, Kitchen Adjustable Drawer Organizers, Expandable Organization for Home, Office, Dressers, 4 Dividers with 9 Inserts (17-22 in)

Check out more kitchen drawer organizing ideas!

11. Save Counter Space With a Tiered Storage Rack

When counter space is at a minimum, a tiered storage rack like this maximizes vertical space. (You could also use an old spice rack!)

LIANTRAL Essential Oils Storage Rack, Essential Oil Holder, Wooden Nail Polish Display Holder Organizer- 45 Slots for 10/15/20/30ml Bottles (Espresso)

Want more ways to save space in the kitchen?

Check out 30 more ideas for organizing a small kitchen here.

12. Sweetly Store Oils on a Decorative Tray

Sometimes, a simple tray is all you need to create a sweetly stylish display for essential oils. This would be lovely on a bathroom counter, a nightstand or an end table.

Small Bathroom Counter Organizer Wooden Decorative Trays Rectangular Cosmetic Holder for Kitchen, Soap, Lotion Bottle, Plant, Cosmetic, Burlywood

13. Find Your Bottles Quickly With Essential Oil Labels

When you’re looking for that single oil out of your large collection, it really helps to have a label on top of the bottle. Amazon has a wide variety of labels for essential oil bottles; here’s one specifically for Young Living:

Young Living Essential Oil Labels Bottle Cap Stickers for YL EO Bottles 7 Sheets 616 Lid Stickers for Aromatherapy Containers YoungLiving Lid Stickers by Got Oil Supplies

Love labels like I do? You might enjoy this post on making labels to organize your home.

14. Store Your Bottles in Alphabetical Order

A quick tip I use for my spices, too: always store them in abc order. It’ll make it SO much easier to find your lavender oil when you know where to look!

15. Keep Track of Essential Oil Recipes, Inventory & Gifts in a Journal Organizer

If you make your own oils or use oils to make gifts for an essential oil lover in your life, a journal and organizer is a perfect place to keep track of recipes and projects!

This recipe journal is a place to store your favorite blends and keep a running inventory of your oils. There’s also a place for a wish list of new oils.

Essential Oil Journal: Essential Oil Organizer Notebook to Keep Track of Your Favorite Recipes and Blends, and Organize Your DIY Aromatherapy.

16. Try an Essential Oil Binder for Recipe Cards

This pretty binder comes with blank 4×6 cards to create and store your own essential oil recipes. Keep notes on your favorite blends and dilution ratios in one central place. I recommend arranging the recipes in alphabetical order.

This would make a beautiful gift for an essential oil enthusiast in your life, too.

Cosy Coast Blank Recipe Book Binder 8.5'x9.5' | 50 Recipe Organizer Binder Cards 4'x6' | Family Recipe Book To Write In Your Own Recipes |10 Large Recipe Binder Cards |12 Dividers |25 Page Protectors

17. Store Your Diffuser and Oils on a Carousel

Let’s not forget storage solutions for your diffuser! Keep it and up to 11 of your favorite oils together in a handy storage carousel like this:

TJ.MOREE Bamboo Diffuser Holder Carousel- 2 Tier Height Increase Rack with Upper Tray for Holding Diffuser, for 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 20ml Essential Oils Bottles

18. Transport Your Diffuser in a Travel Case

If you bring your diffuser with you on the go, ensure it travels safely in a case like the one below. This option offers storage for 10 bottles of oil and comes with a power adapter compartment, too:

GOGOBAY 10-Bottle Essential Oil Diffuser Carrying Case Tote for doTERRA, Young Living Bottles for Aromatherapy Travel or Storage with Power Adapter Compartment (Flower),Mother's Day Gift

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