“Introduction to Modern Essentials™”: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes

This year, we introduce our newest edition of the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet. We’ve updated this booklet to include a lot of fantastic information and recipes to make this booklet the best mini textbook for your essential oil classes!
A great way to approach these classes is to keep them focused on educating people about essential oils, but allow individuals to experience and use the oils as part of each class.

At the end of each class, invite those who would like to know more about your chosen brand of pure, therapeutic-grade oils to come talk to you after class or at a separate meeting. These meetings are great opportunities to share with others why you made the choice to naturally support the health of yourself and your family with essential oils.

Class Ideas

Essential Oils 101
Use the first few pages of this booklet to introduce individuals to essential oils and why they are being used by millions of people around the world as a natural way to
support health. This idea can be used on its own or combined with a make-and-take idea.

Scavenger Hunt
Doing this scavenger hunt activity can not only help bring some fun to your class and make it memorable, but it also gives your students a reason to look through the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet. As they look through it and find the answers to the questions, they will learn so much about the essential oils and what the oils can do for specific conditions. They will also learn how they can use the booklet to find answers to their own questions. This activity can be used as a class idea on its own, or it can be added to another class idea as a bonus activity.

Aromatherapy Make & Take Class
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend from the “Diffuser Blend Recipes” pages. Add their blend to water in a mini spray bottle for a take-home room and linen spray. An emulsifier (optional) will help distribute the essential oil evenly throughout the water.

Roll-On Balms
Use the information on the “Roll-On Blend Recipes” pages to teach about topical application of essential oils, and allow individuals to make their own natural roll-ons in mini roll-on bottles to take home with them. You can find roll-on bottles and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Relaxing with Massage Oils
Use the information on the “Using Essential Oils—Applying on Location” and “Using Essential Oils—Massage” pages to teach about massage and topical application of essential oils. Allow individuals to use the “Massage Oil Recipes” to make their own natural massage oils in small bottles to take home with them. You can find small bottles (such as a 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. plastic bottle) and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Essential Oil–Enhanced Baths
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend of bath salts from the “Bath Salts Recipes” page. Have them place their scented bath salts in a jar to take home with them. You can find jars and epsom salt at aromatools.com.

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Gourmet Ice Cream Chef Competition
Use the pages on cooking with essential oils to teach about how to use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils in cooking. Give everyone 1 cup (240 ml) cream and 2 Tbsp. (25 g) sugar, or substitute your own favorite sweetener and sweeten to taste. Allow class members to create their own naturally flavored ice cream base using essential oils. Since only a small amount (a drop or less) of essential oil is needed, give each guest a small bottle to blend their essential oil “flavor profile” in, and then dispense a drop or less of the blend from the bottle (use a toothpick if less is needed).

Place the base in a quart-sized (1 L) zip-top bag, and seal the bag. Place that bag inside a gallon-sized (4 L) zip-top bag filled with ice and 1/2 cup (250 g) of rock salt. Shake until the cream has frozen (about 10–15 minutes). Use small spoons to allow everyone to taste the creations, and award prizes based on best tasting or most daring (black pepper ice cream, anyone?). You could also add another dimension by adding natural vanilla bean to the flavor mix!

Winter Wellness with Essential Oils
Using the Personal Usage Guide section, lead the members of the class through various ailments that often occur during the winter time (such as cold sores, common colds, congestion, coughs, earache, fever, etc.) Allow individuals to make a cough relief roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Coughs” or an immune support roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Colds.” Jojoba oil and roll-on bottles can be found at aromatools.com.

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Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, cinnamon, cassia, and cardamom essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate. Click here for a great hot chocolate recipe.

Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.

Enhance Emotional Well-Being with Essential Oils
Use the diffusing pages and the “Emotions and Essential Oils” pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Lead the members of the class through various mental and emotional conditions found in the Personal Usage Guide section such as anxiety, calming, concentration, depression, grief/sorrow, memory, mental fatigue, relaxing, shock, stress, and uplifting. Allow individuals to smell the various oils or oil blends for emotional well-being, and invite them to create their own nasal inhaler using 1–3 oils (for a total of 5–8 drops) to take home with them.

If you have a great class idea that others can do with this booklet, please share it with us!

Build Your Business with “Modern Essentials™ Living”

Have you heard about the Modern Essentials™ Living book? This amazing resource contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. It introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting! We want to discuss a few ways you can use Modern Essentials™ Living to help build your business.

Use Modern Essentials™ Living in Your Classes

Modern Essentials™ Living is a perfect resource to use in any marketing or educational class. Here are a few ideas for how to use this book in a class setting:

  • Use one of the class ideas suggested in Modern Essentials™ Living on pp. 189–202. As you apply a facial mask, make jewelry, drink hot chocolate, make cleaning sprays, or make wintertime shower disks, you can talk about the essential oils and even discuss how to make money by being a distributor.
  • You don’t have to stick to our class ideas—you can come up with your own! Try teaching an essential oil cooking class by making one of the food recipes in Modern Essentials™ Living. As you cook, discuss the tips and tricks found on pp. 9–17 for using essential oils in your cooking.
  • DIY classes (also known as make-and-take classes) are very popular because they tend to be more interactive and let your attendees leave with something to try that contains essential oils. Try holding a make-and-take class of your own, and use the craft, body care, cleaning, or holiday ideas in Modern Essentials™ Living as your DIY project. Don’t forget to introduce the essential oils and let your attendees know where they can purchase them.
  • Have a few copies of Modern Essentials™ Living on hand to pass around your classes. This is a great way to show “newbies” all the different ways you can use essential oils other than the standard application methods. You may even have some people ask to buy one of your copies!
  • The Modern Essentials™ Living book can be used as a drawing prize. You can have your class attendees enter a drawing as they arrive (you may even want to offer this as an incentive to arrive early). Whenever you choose to close the drawing, select a winner and give him or her a copy of Modern Essentials™ Living!

Using Modern Essentials™ Living at Trade Shows

Running an essential oil booth at a trade show is the perfect example of marketing essential oils. But you need a way to get people interested in the essential oils without making health claims. This is where Modern Essentials™ Living can be beneficial! Here are a few ways you can use this book at a trade show:

  • Have several copies available for people to browse through. This can help them get an idea of how the oils can be used without you needing to explain it to them.
  • Make some of the products for people to try as they come to your booth. This can give them a way to experience essential oils aromatically and topically. If the venue allows it, you may even be able to offer essential oil food samples.
  • You may want to consider offering a class at another time and have interested people sign up for your classes while at the trade show. It is often difficult to relay all the information you would like to while having short conversations with passersby, so a class is a way you can educate interested parties a little more thoroughly. If you want to hold a make-and-take class, be sure to have the finished product available at the trade show to provide an example of what will be made in the class.

Use Modern Essentials™ Living to Build and Educate Your Team

One of the best ways to build an essential oil business is to educate your team members about the many ways essential oils can be used. Here are a few ideas of you can do this with Modern Essentials™ Living:

  • Send out an email every once in a while that contains a tip/trick about essential oils. Modern Essentials™ Living contains many bits of useful information including application methods, cooking tips, recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and even information about what each oil can do (found in the Quick Usage Chart). If you share information from the book, just make sure to reference it as your source and let your team members know where they can get a copy for themselves!
  • Keep a copy of the book in a waiting area at your office or home. Make sure it is visible and easy to pick up and browse through.
  • Another way Modern Essentials™ Living can be used is to offer it to clients who sign up under you or for rank advancements of your team members.


As you can see, there are many ways Modern Essentials™ Living can help you succeed in your essential oil business. Check out this article to learn more about this amazing resource and see sample pages: Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living.

Do you have any other ideas of how you can use this book to build your business? Comment below! We would love to hear them!

Get Organized with an Essential Oil Business Binder!

Do you have an essential oil business and need a way to stay organized? Keeping your business-related documents organized can help you push forward in your business-building adventures. This binder can help you keep the documents you need together and accessible for when you go to business meetings, mentor business builders in your downline, and keep track of information that you can use when filing your taxes.

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To create an essential oil business binder, we suggest getting a 3-ring binder and including the below sections and pages. We have designed a few different files that you are welcome to print off and include in your binder. Here are the sections we have included:

My Business Goals Page

If you really want to make your business into something that will provide an income, you need to set some goals to help you stay focused as you build your business. This page provides space for you to set 3 goals and list the steps you need to take in order to accomplish them. If you have more goals than this, try to narrow them down to your top 3 goals so you don’t get overwhelmed. As you accomplish these goals, make new goals so you can continue pressing forward. This page should be placed somewhere that you will see it often to help you remember where to focus your energy. For general help making goals, click here.

Essential Oil Business Planner

This section includes a 2016 calendar, a monthly calendar, and a weekly goal-setting page. The 2016 calendar gives you a general view of the year. The monthly calendar is not specific to a month, so you can print off as many pages as you want and fill in that information. Another way this calendar can be used is to laminate it and write on it with a fine-tip dry erase marker. The weekly goals page can also be laminated and be used to help you plan out your week and assign smaller goals (or the steps to the larger goals) to your week.

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Essential Oil Business Contacts

This section includes a contact information page that can help you keep track of the contact information of your upline, downline, AromaTools™, or other business contact information. We also suggest getting business card–size sleeve protectors to help you store your own business cards and those you receive from others.

The other page in this section, called My Business Builders Info, will help you keep track of the people in your downline that also want to build an essential oil business. This page will be useful in keeping track of information that you can use to help mentor them. One of the best ways to build a good downline is to teach and mentor those who are also interested in building a business; so use this page to take notes about them and their goals so you can follow up each time you do a mentoring session.

Essential Oil Business Samples

The best way to get someone to buy essential oils is to offer a sample that they can try. People often fall in love with the essential oils and the benefits they receive when using the oils. Giving a person the chance to simply try out the oils before making a purchase will increase the likelihood of making a sale or signing someone up under you. An important thing to keep in mind is that some people just like free stuff and have no intention of purchasing, so we suggest you don’t give out more than 3 samples per contact. The Sample Tracker page helps you keep track of who you have given a sample to so you can follow up with them at a later date and see how the oils worked for them. Following up on the people you gave samples to will help make sure your samples aren’t going to waste and that you are getting a return on your investment.

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The Essential Oil Sample Inventory Page is useful if you make a number of samples ahead of time, so you can keep track of the oils you are giving out in samples. This can be useful information for a number of reasons such as:

  • knowing what oils are the most popular,
  • helping you keep popular samples in stock,
  • and analyzing your costs for samples.

The Essential Oil Business Inventory pages can also help you keep track of the oils or other products that you are using solely for business purposes. There is also a Wishlist page where you can write down oils or accessories that you want to get when you place your next order. On the Wishlist page, you can include a note about where to buy the item, how many you want, or who you are buying it for.

Essential Oil Business Tracking Sheets

Included in this section are a number of tracking sheets that may help when filing taxes. These tracking sheets are the following:

  • Expense Tracker
  • Income Tracker
  • Mileage Tracker

If you are reporting your essential oil business with your taxes, it is useful to keep track of your income and expenses so you know exactly what to report. If you travel a lot for your business, you can keep track of your mileage to report as a business expense.

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Essential Oil Business Information

This section is a great place to include any business information, such as how your specific essential oil company compensates or the benefits they provide. Anything with the marketing icon on aromatools.com can be used to help promote your essential oil business.
AT_EOBB_EOInformationThe following are some of our most popular products that would be great to include with your binder:

Essential Oil Business Notes

This lined page helps you keep your notes in one place. We suggest printing this page double sided and including a few in your binder. If you tend to write a lot of notes, you can include a notebook instead. Use this section when you attend classes and gather information or when you are being mentored by your upline members.

Files Available for Download

We have created 4 different designs and some simple refill pages if you wish to save printer ink for the files that you tend to print multiple copies of.

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We hope you are able to utilize some of our ideas to help you get your essential oil business organized this year!

Don’t have an essential oil business? Check out our Essential Oil Notebook for staying organized with your personal essential oil use.

Make Each Sample You Give Away Count

As an essential oil business builder, the greatest tools that you have are the essential oils themselves. When you give someone the opportunity to try out a sample of essential oil for the first time, the oil will speak for itself. Once someone has had a positive essential oil experience, they are much more likely to want to learn more about essential oils and to want to try more essential oils and essential oil–based products. They will be excited and enthusiastic about essential oils and the business plan, because they know for themselves that essential oils really work!

If you make essential oils a part of your everyday life, you will find opportunities to share them. People will wonder what that scent is that you are wearing or ask what you are doing to stay so healthy. But you need to make sure that when those questions do come you are prepared to answer them and you are prepared to help the person asking the questions to have an essential oil experience of their own.

Just imagine this scenario: You are sitting on a bench at a park in your neighborhood watching your kids play when another parent comes and sits down next to you. You start talking, and the topic comes up of what you do for work. You mention that you are an essential oil Wellness Advocate, and the other parent is curious and starts asking you questions about what that means. As you talk about essential oils, what they are, and why you use them, you keep thinking, “If only I had an essential oil on me to share.”

The most effective time to share oils is right when someone is interested in learning more—not later when the excitement has died down. So make sure you are always prepared with essential oil samples to share whenever someone shows interest.

At AromaTools™, we carry a large number of tools designed specifically to help you share essential oils with others, so that you are never caught unprepared to share when someone is interested. Below are just a few of those products.

Sample Vials

We offer a number of different sizes and colors of sample vials; choose a size and style that works for your needs:

Labels

Make sure your sample vials are clearly labeled so you know what they contain and so that the people you give them to also know what they contain. Giving someone a “mystery vial” of oil isn’t nearly as effective as giving them an oil that is clearly labeled to identify its contents. AromaTools™ labels use our patented Oil Lock™ system. Our unique Oil Lock™ layer protects the labels from incidental oil contact and oil drips. Unlike ordinary labels, this layer keeps the oils from smearing or fading the ink when touched with oily fingers. It helps keep the labels looking crisp, clean, and professional—not faded and smudged.

Filling Tools

Inserting orifice reducers into vials and filling tiny vials with essential oils can be a tedious and messy process, so we offer a few tools to make the process easier––and cleaner. The O Presto allows you to easily insert orifice reducers into sample vials. And our Fine-Tip Disposable Pipettes feature a very small tip that easily fits inside the hole of the orifice reducer so that you can fill sample vials without the mess. The Oil Key for Orifice Reducers can help you easily remove the orifice reducer from a sample bottle, regular essential oil bottle, or roll-on bottle. This tool comes in handy when you need to remove the orifice reducer of either your essential oil bottle or your sample bottle to transfer oil.

Sample Cards and Brochures

If you give an essential oil to someone and they have no idea what to do with it, they likely won’t try it. Make sure that you include information about the oil so that the receiver knows how and what to use it for. You will also want to include your contact information on the sample card or brochure so that people can get back in touch with you when they want to know more. It’s a good idea to share first an oil that has a variety of uses and that is gentle on the skin so that a first-time user doesn’t accidentally have a negative first experience with the oil. Attaching a sample bottle to the information you give helps keep the information and oil together so both are available when needed. This 1/2″ hole punch is the perfect size for attaching a sample bottle to any paper product.

We offer a variety of different cards and brochures designed to accompany sample vials:

Sample Carrying Cases

Keeping essential oil samples on hand to give out when someone is interested is important so that you can share the oils while your contact is interested. Once you have created your sample bottles, you can store them in a sample vial case. Some cases include space to store your essential oil information as well. We offer a wide variety of sample vial cases; choose a size and style that works for your needs:

Information Resources

Always be prepared to answer any essential oil questions that are thrown at you. Make sure that you have access to resources where you can look up answers to your clients’ questions. The book Modern Essentials™ is going to be your greatest resource for finding in-depth information about each of the essential oils. Make sure you have a copy in your home library, and it’s a good idea to keep a copy in your car too for when you need it. We also offer the Mini Modern Essentials™ Usage Guide that contains key sections from the large Modern Essentials book in a more portable size and the “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet which contains basic oil usage suggestions and is the perfect size to keep in a pocket or purse so that you can have it with you all the time. This booklet is one of the best resources to leave in the hands of someone interested in the oils. And lastly, the Modern Essentials™ App is very handy to have on your phone because it contains many answers to questions that may arise at impromptu essential oil discussions.

Once you are prepared with the resources you need, you can confidently share essential oils with others and know that the samples you give away are going to make a difference because you and your clients are both armed with all of the tools for success. Next time you are at the park or the grocery store or the office, you won’t be left thinking, “If only I had a sample of essential oil on me.” Instead, you will find yourself educating, sharing, and building.

We’d love to hear your feedback! What are your favorite tools for sharing essential oils with others?

Updated on 02/17/16.

Business-Building Tip: Create a Business Presentation Kit

Have you been trying to build your essential oil business without much success? Are you new to essential oils and don’t know where to start in making your business profitable? Or maybe you are a healer with considerable knowledge, but the business side just isn’t your thing. Even if you are having great success in your essential oil business, you may want to take a look at the book Essential Oils Business Book: How to Start, Build, and Prosper in the Essential Oils Industry to help you train your downline and gain ideas for how to better build your business.

In this book, Christina Calisto-Winslow provides many different ideas for being a little more professional when presenting essential oils to your contacts and getting them to sign up with you. One thing she suggests is to set up an appointment to meet with your potential client in their home or in yours. When you go to your appointment, don’t forget to take your Business Presentation Kit! This kit provides some basic tools to present yourself well, have all the information and everything you need to encourage others to buy from you, and “close the sale” while you are there.
Business Presentation Kit

Business Presentation Kit

    1. Nice Bag: This doesn’t have to be expensive––you can pick up something nice at a thrift store if you don’t have a lot of money. Christina recommends a middle-size computer bag with wheels, but a small carry-on bag with wheels also works well. Find something that suits you and that you can put everything in.
    2. Essential Oils: Take a variety of oils because you never know what will appeal to your potential customer. Keep the oils organized so you can find exactly what you need when you need it.Link to Whisper Diffuser on AromaTools.com
    3. Essential Oil Reference Book: The book Modern Essentials is a great one to have in your kit. Teach your customer how to look up their specific health issues.
    4. Essential Oil Diffuser: Plug the diffuser in while you are at the appointment so your customer can experience it. You can also discuss the benefits of diffusing if they are interested. Diffuse a citrus oil or have your client help select an oil.

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