Oil Sharing: Tips and Supplies
What’s the best way to introduce others to the wonderful wellness that comes from Young Living products? Why, sharing, of course. Who doesn’t love a cute and tiny sample? There is just something about those little mini bottles of goodies that can light up the eyes of those receiving them. Seriously, if samples were not a good idea, then we would not see so many businesses offering them. How else are you going to know if you prefer something if you cannot sample it first?!
If you are going to share samples, be sure to share samples that can be pleasing with a one-time use, such as Lavender lotion, Thieves hard lozenges, lemon essential oil, Aromabright toothpaste, and so much more.
Who do I share with?
One question that continues to come up is, “who do I share with?” That is one broad question with literally an endless list of possibilities. The best way to get started is to decide what you want as the result of sharing — find a “why” to your sharing. For instance, if someone wants to share with the intent of helping members on their team understand the benefits of Young Living’s essential rewards program, then you would want to share with team members who are not enrolled in the program. You’ll also want to share items that would make sense to work into a monthly budget, items like shampoo, toothpaste, vitamin C, dish soap, laundry detergent, NingXia red, and lotion. That is not an all-inclusive list, just some items to get you thinking. Let’s say you want to encourage people who are not Young Living members to host a class; one way to do this may be to post an announcement in a local social media outlet (like a local buy/sell Facebook group). You can offer to send a few samples to anyone interested and go from there. Make sure you understand your budget and what you can reasonably do: if you can only send out samples to 3-5 people, then make sure you state that in your announcement (open to the first 5 people who respond). If more respond, add them to a list to send samples the following month, or, if you are following the “Care Club” plan, the following 3 month session. You get the point, right?
Now, this is the part you need to perk up and pay attention to . . . Ready? . . . Have FUN with your samples . . . be creative, decorate, make them pop with inexpensive items such as decorative washi tape, colorful shredded paper, inspirational stickers, and so much more! Below is a picture of a care package we put together for one of our “Care Club” months.
This particular package contains samples of (from left to right): Genesis hand & body lotion, 10 drops of Raven essential oil blend, 2 Thieves hard lozenges, and a DIY leather car diffuser. You can get the product cards as a free printable download by visiting our DIY Love It, Share It post (this is a clickable link).
What do I need?
Next, we thought we would make things a bit easier on you and provide you with a list of our favorite supplies for sharing.
Mini oil bottles
These are good for providing samples of essential oils. You may want to wrap some “washi” tape around the cap and bottle to help prevent leaks and to make them look nicer.
Mini 1 ml Amber glass bottles with orifice reducer and caps, package of 12 – comes out to about 50 cents per bottle. Yes, you can find “cheaper” on Amazon but if you read the reviews, most of those are very thin/fine glass that has a good chance at shattering, which is not something you would want to mail or give to anyone. Be careful when selecting glass bottles for oil sharing. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Mini roller bottles
These are good for sharing oils that do well diluted, such as PanAway. Place 6-12 drops in the bottle, fill with a carrier oil (such as Jojoba oil), and place fitment and cap on bottle. Then you can wrap it with decorative “washi” tape to help prevent leaks and jazz it up a bit.
Mini 3 ml glass bottles with metal ball roll-on fitments and caps, package of 6 — comes out to about $1.20 per bottle. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
These are good for sharing lotions, toothpaste, lip balm, and conditioner. Not an all-inclusive list, but will give you a good idea of what to use it for.
5 gram (less than 1/4 ounce) plastic pot jars with lids, package of 50 — comes out to about 20 cents per jar. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Small Squeeze Bottles
These are good for shampoo, lotions, and other “squeeze” type of products.
Earth’s Essentials, 2.5 ounce squeeze bottles with cap dispenser, pack of 15 — comes out to about 93 cents per bottle. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Little Plastic Baggies
These are great for placing your tiny bottles/jars/lozenges in. Place some paper shreds (see section below) and then place the sample on top of the shreds. Not only does it look good but it provides a little extra padding for your sample.
3″ x 3″ reclosable storage bags, heavy duty, clear, case of 1,000 — comes out to about 2 cents per bag. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Crinkle Cut Paper Shreds
Okay, we may be a bit obsessed with these (so many colors!). We like to get colors that kind of fit the season/holiday and so forth. This link is for a natural color shred but you can get to other colors from here as well. The natural color is also a wonderful choice because it helps the “washi” tape pop a bit more. Just have fun with it all.
Crinkle cut paper shreds, 1/2 pound (8 ounces), natural — cost varies depending on use. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Decorative “Washi” Tape
We are probably a bit more obsessed with decorative “washi” tape than the paper shreds but the two kind of go hand in hand, in our opinion. You literally cannot have enough styles of “washi” tape, huh?! Here is a little tip: get some inexpensive paper towel holders (the kind with a rod for the towel holder) and attach 2-3 to a wooden board to hold all of your decorative tapes. Check on Pinterest for “washi” tape holders and you should see some great ideas.
*We do use others, as well but like the variety in this set.
Postcards, 4 per sheet
This is wonderful to have if (1) you have your own printer, (2) you send out note cards ’cause you can make your own and save some $$, and (3) if you are doing “Care Club,” the note/info cards are made to fit these.
Postcard sheets for your printer, Avery 5689, 4 cards per sheet, box of 200 cards (50 sheets) — comes out to about 5 cents per card. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
*We were getting a box of 400 cards (100 sheets) but they’ve been OOS for awhile. Keep an eye out for those to come back in stock as they are a really good value.
Cards, 6 per sheet
We use these all the time! They are the size we use to develop our DIY “Love It, Share It” cards, our other class card sets (select “card sets” from the drop down search list to see our class card sets), and our contact cards. They just work for so many things!
Avery white 3″ x 4″ cards, 6 per sheet, 300 cards (50 sheets) — comes out to about 4 cents per card. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Padded Bubble Mailers
Now you need something to ship all these little goodies in and you want to be sure to protect them, the best you can. So, here are white padded bubble mailers. We prefer white because you can decorate the front with stickers and/or decorative “washi” tape.
5″ x 10″ poly-padded bubble mailers, white, package of 100 — comes out to about 16 cents per envelope. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Yes, you can totally hand-write the address on your package, of course. However, we have found it is so convenient to use PayPal’s shipping feature to print our own labels. If you do not already have the direct link to print via PayPal, here it is (this is a clickable link).
Half sheet shipping labels, 200 labels (100 sheets), same size as Avery 5126 — comes out to about 5 cents per label. Click/Touch here to order the ones we use and recommend directly from Amazon.
Did we mention we tend to be Amazon junkies? We live kind of out of the way, so for us, Amazon is kind of a necessity. Who else is an Amazon junkie?
Just a note about the “cost per” — we based this on cost of item, not including tax or shipping — we have a Prime membership so we get free shipping (for most items we purchase; if you are a Prime member, all the items above were eligible for Prime when we posted the links). Just note, the cost breakdown was based on the price the item was listed at, at the time we posted this blog post; prices can change without notice.
Care Club: what is it?
Finally, we mentioned “Care Club” quite a few times. Care Club is a concept that, from what we understand, originally came from Alana Bookhout and was then developed into a Facebook group by Lauren Crews and Brittni Gurganious.