10 ways to reuse Young Living packaging

You’re passionate about protecting the environment, and we’re hard at work to support your efforts!

We’re constantly finding new ways to be even better environmental stewards, from big stuff like innovating and implementing environmentally friendly farming practices to little things like offering efficient recycling programs at our offices and facilities. It’s also important for us to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle and repurpose our packaging.

In honor of Earth Day, we’ve put together some suggestions on how to “upcycle” our packaging. Take a look below to find 10 ways to reuse Young Living packaging!

Make your own spring seed starter

ningxia red bottle packaging being used as a spring seed starter

There’s something so rewarding about growing your own food. Plus, it’s better for you and the planet! Try creating your own veggie patch using your old Young Living packaging. It’s easy to make and can be even more fun when you get the kids involved!

WARNING: Things may get a little messy!

What you’ll need:

  • NingXia Red®packaging inserts
  • Potting mix
  • Seed sachets
  • Water

How to:

  1. Grab your NingXia Red packaging inserts and pop them in the ground where you’d like your veggie patch to grow.
  2. Grab whatever seeds you’d like to plant.
  3. Fill the grooves of the packaging with a good-quality potting mix. Place the seed sachets in the soil, top with a light layer of soil, and add water.
  4. Wait for the results.
  5. Transfer seedlings to a garden spot with some sun, drainage, and enough water!

Tip: This will definitely be a lesson in patience for your kids. They may start looking to see if there’s anything green emerging after about two hours.

Submission by our.conscious.playroom

Make your own custom foaming hand soap

custom foaming hand soap bottle on sink

Making your own foaming hand soap is super easy and a great way to recycle your foaming pump bottles.

What you’ll need:

  • Empty Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap bottle
  • 2 tablespoons Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base
  • Label maker
  • 20 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • Water (about 8 oz., boiled and cooled)

How to:

  1. Clean and sanitize the empty bottle.
  2. Remove the bottle label.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons Bath & Shower Gel Base.
  4. Add 20 drops Lemongrass essential oil.
  5. Top with boiled and then cooled water.
  6. Give the bottle a gentle shake before use.

Submission by @green_plant_pharmacist

Make your own unique gift wrapping

recycled young living gift wrapping

Create your very own custom gift wrapping using your Young Living packaging!

You can use a variety of items you already have at home to create beautiful, unique gift wrapping. As a bonus, you’re not only saving money—you’re also doing your bit for the planet. Talk about a win-win!

What you’ll need:

  • Young Living packaging
  • Decorative string
  • Dried flowers

How to:

  1. Cover your gift in the gorgeous honeycomb-cut packaging for that boho look.
  2. Wrap in some decorating string or ribbon that you may have lying around the house.
  3. Thread your dried flowers through the string to finish off your gift wrapping.

There you have it: beautiful packaging that didn’t cost a cent!

Submission by @maespantry

You can make your own recycled bottle vase

Vases can add a sophisticated touch to any home, but quality ones can be an expensive investment.

Why not get creative and make your own vases at home using your old NingXia Red® drink bottles? They’re the perfect size for table decorations, and you can customize them to suit your own unique style.

This vase is so easy to make—and it’s a fun activity to do with your friends!

What you’ll need:

  • Clean Ningxia Red bottle
  • Chalk paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Lace trim

How to:

  1. Paint the entire bottle with chalk paint and allow it to dry completely.
  2. Cut three pieces of lace trim (two 2 x 10 cm and one 1 x 15 cm).
  3. Glue the two shorter pieces around the neck of the bottle; hold until dry.
  4. Glue the 15 cm piece onto the lower section of the bottle; hold until dry.

Tip: For a little extra challenge, try making your own paper palms, flowers, and leaves.

Submission by @lelia.roze

Make your very own essential oil-inspired wall art

Save your essential oil bottles for your beautiful home decor pieces! There are so many things you can do with them. Get creative!

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden board
  • 3 essential oil bottles
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Twine
  • Dry plants or lavender

How to:

  1. Cut the twine and glue the ends to the top two corners of the wood board to create a hanger.
  2. Place dried or real plants in the bottles and hang your DIY wall art!

Submission by @_kellie_louise_

Put together your own essential oil roller bottles

essential oil roller bottles without any labels

Why buy roller bottles when you can reuse your pre-loved essential oil bottles? Even better, they’re tinted, so the sun can’t spoil your oil. They also look amazing.

What you’ll need:

How to:

  1. Clean and sanitize empty essential oil bottles.
  1. Fill with carrier oil.
  2. Pop on the AromaGlide Roller Fitments.
  3. Roll away!

Submission by Down to the last drop

Jazz up your twinkly lights!

These are a chic but cozy addition to any backyard dinner party. Best of all, these decorative and inexpensive amber bottles produce a beautiful golden glow.

What you’ll need:

  • Your choice of string lights
  • Empty essential oil bottles
  • Sharp knife

How to:

  1. Carefully pop the drop reducer off each bottle with a sharp knife.
  2. Gently pull off bottle labels and remove the label and oil residue by soaking the bottles and drop reducers in a gentle soap solution for about 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse and place the bottles and drop reducers on a towel; allow to dry.
  4. With your sharp knife, carefully make one cut in each drop reducer from the center to outer edge.
  5. Push the drop reducers around the sockets of each light on the string and gently press a bottle over each bulb. Reconnect the drop reducers to their respective bottles.
  6. Hang when completed.


Make your own travel toiletries kit

Use your empty bottles to carry your travel toiletries. Products like hair oil, face serum, and baby powder fit easily in a little essential oil bottle. They’ll also free up that much-needed space in your carry-on.

What you’ll need:

  • Empty essential oil bottles
  • Label maker

How to:

  1. Clean and sanitize empty essential oil bottles.
  2. Add your desired product to the bottle.
  3. Be sure to label your essential oil bottle with what it’s holding.

Set up a DIY coloring activity for your kids

Our durable, recyclable new shipping boxes come with nature-inspired designs that double as coloring activities for kids. The fun patterns encourage children to color the panels, repurposing those boxes into personal masterpieces. Simply gather your supplies and have your kids get creative!

What you’ll need:

  • Any Young Living shipping box
  • Art supplies: Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, or any extra supplies you may want to use to decorate your box.

Make your own DIY fire starters

diy cardboard fire starters

Getting cozy with a campfire in your backyard? Trying to get the fire roaring in the fireplace? Instead of wrestling with your lighter and a newspaper, make these handy fire starters that can be used at home or on the road.

What you’ll need:

  • Essential oil bottle cardboard tube packaging
  • Dryer lint

How to:

  • Gather dryer lint and stuff the lint inside the roll until it’s completely full.
  • Store premade fire starters in a safe, dry spot for future use.
  • When ready to use, get your fire ready by making a pyramid-shaped kindling pile of wood. Place your fire starter in the middle of the kindling pile and light the dryer lint with a match or lighter.

Tip: Remember to thoroughly and completely extinguish your fire before leaving the area or going to bed at night.

Create an adorable macrame car diffuser for use while you drive

a hand holding a diy macramé diffuser

Add your favorite oils in small amounts to the bottles and use them as a car air freshener.

What you’ll need:

  • Cotton macrame
  • Scissors
  • Essential oil bottle

How to:

  1. Use your favorite macrame tie pattern or follow this DIY tutorial: https://partywithfavor.com/blog/diy-macrame-essential-oil-holder/.
  2. Insert essential oil bottle into the macrame holder and hang it inside your car!

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