How to Hold a Make & Take Class

Make-and-take classes are surging in popularity because they are easy to hold, give your attendees hands-on experience, and allow your guests to leave with something containing essential oils to use at home. Essential oils often sell themselves if they can be introduced with adequate information and something simple for your new contact to try.

at_eo_mt_class_studentMake-and-take classes (and other essential oil classes, for that matter) can seem quite daunting, but they don’t have to be! In this post, we will show you a simple outline that can be adapted to whatever make-and-take class you choose to do.

When planning for a class, you will need to do the following:

  1. Select a date, time, and location. Keep in mind who you want to attend when deciding these things, but don’t get caught up in trying to make it work for everyone—you can always hold more than one of the same class.
  2. Invite people, and remind them about it a week before and the day before the class.
  3. Order your materials. AromaTools has a lot of ingredients and containers that are commonly used for essential oil DIY projects. AromaTools also offers a free event program and additional resources to help you with your classes. Click here for more information.
  4. Gather essential oils and other needed materials. Print any instructions, handouts, and labels as needed.at_eo_mt_class_supplies
  5. Prepare a short lesson. The length of your lesson can depend on how much time it will take for your make-and-take project. If you try to keep your lesson to less than 30 minutes, you should have enough time for questions and your make-and-take project. Here are a few ideas for lesson topics:
    • the basics of essential oils;
    • how essential oils support a specific body system;
    • the most common essential oils and how to use them;
    • essential oils for [fill in the blank] (children, pregnancy, animals, emotions, cooking, cleaning, weight loss, exercising, basic first aid, women, romance, winter wellness, etc.).

    Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils can be a great resource in helping you plan your lesson.at_me8_lifestyle2

  6. Hold your class. Remember to keep it simple: give your short lesson; answer questions; show how to do the make-and-take project; then let your guests do their project, mingle, eat refreshments, and leave.
  7. Follow up. If you were introducing anyone to essential oils through your class, make sure to contact them later that week and answer any further questions they have or invite them to another class later.

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These are a few things you will need to consider when preparing for your class:

  • Decide if you want to discuss any business opportunities or keep the lesson education-based. If you do want to market a specific essential oil company, be careful not to make any health claims about the essential oils; speaking generally about health benefits is better. You can always give your class attendees an “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet or refer them to other information that provides more specific uses for essential oils.
  • Decide if and how you want to charge for the make-and-take project. Some charge a flat fee for their classes; others give their attendees 1 free item and charge for extras; and some provide (or charge for) materials but not the essential oils.
  • Depending on the make-and-take item, you may want to prepare a sample ahead of time so you can show the finished product.
  • Figure out how to set up your make-and-take station(s). Make sure to have at least one station and arrange it so the attendees can either all make the project at the same time or walk down a line to put together their item. Of course, the way you set this up depends on the number of attendees, the project, the supplies you have on hand, etc.
  • It’s a good idea to have printed instructions of how to make the item so your attendees can refer to it as they make their product and be able to take it home with them so they can make more if desired. You may even want to provide labels so your attendees can remember what they made and what they can do with it after the class.
  • Other optional suggestions include holding a drawing to get contact information, offering refreshments, and providing additional handouts or prizes.

If you would like some specific class ideas, check out our Essential Oil Class Ideas category. Also, feel free to browse our Essential Ideas category for more make-and-take class projects and topics:

Do you have any tips for holding an essential oil make-and-take class? Let us know in the comments below! 

New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful New Year

The new year represents new beginnings, and many people set goals and resolutions to become better people during the upcoming year. Are some of your resolutions or goals about becoming healthier, devoting more time and energy to building your business, or using essential oils more every day? If so, keep reading and check out the other posts in this series:
New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy New Year
New Year’s Resolutions for Living an Essential Oil Lifestyle

Share the oils with others

We often fail at our new year’s resolutions because we usually have many things we wish to change in our lives. It is quite difficult to change many habits overnight, yet somehow we believe it is possible. If you really want to succeed at keeping your resolutions this year, try picking just one or two specific things to work on this month, and continue doing them until they become habits. Then, over the coming months, you can add a couple small things each month to work on. Keep a journal, and record the things you’ve done. Track progress by finding a way to quantify your goal. Such measurements could include the number of people you have contacted, classes taught, samples given, target profit, etc. Write down discoveries you have had such as new insights, things that work well for you and your team or things that don’t, and new ideas for classes or teaching methods.

Business Building

The first step to building an essential oil business is to first learn about essential oils and how they can help you and others. Once you start talking to people about essential oils, you will find they have a lot of questions you may not know answers to. The book Modern Essentials is a great resource to start with in your journey of learning about essential oils so that you can share your knowledge with others. Part of this learning will come through using the oils and seeing how they work for you. As you do this, you will begin to gather stories that, in sharing, may help others.

Here are a few posts we have written from information found in Modern Essentials and other helpful resources:

The next few steps for building an essential oil business involve giving out samples, holding classes, and supporting your downline or members of your team. One of our most popular posts this year has been on a Make & Take Roll-on Class that is simple to do and a great way to either introduce people to essential oils and let them leave with something to try or involve people who already use essential oils (maybe even members of your team) and encourage them to continue using essential oils and sharing them with others. Read more about this class idea here: A Simple Introductory Essential Oil Class Idea.

The following are a few helpful business-building tips from posts we have written this last year:

We hope you can find the information you need to help you achieve success with your essential oil business this coming year.

We wish you a happy, successful new year!