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Best Starter Essential Oils

When you're new to essential oils it can be hard to know where to start. There's so many scents available and while you might recognise some of them it's likely you haven't smelt them all before. While it can be overwhelming, we think this is an exciting time and we're here to introduce you to how wonderful essential oils can be. That's why we created this list, breaking down the most popular essential oils, along with an explanation of their properties and benefits. We hope it will make you feel empowered to choose the best oils for you and begin your journey into the world of natural products.

The Most Popular Essential Oils to Start With

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1. Lavender

The most well-known essential oil, Lavender is hugely popular because of its relaxing effect and distinctive scent. Most commonly used for promoting sleep, it also has antiseptic properties.

2. Tea Tree

Common in home first aid kits, this powerful essential oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic. Tea tree's strong, medicinal smell is instantly recognisable.

3. Eucalyptus

Another strong scent, Eucalyptus is present in many cold remedies thanks to it being an excellent antiseptic and decongestant. This oil can clear your head, help you breathe through a blocked nose, and fight germs.

Orange illustration essential oil

4. Orange

Extracted from the peel of the fruit, Orange has a delightful fruity scent that refreshes and uplifts. As both a relaxing and stimulating oil, orange is great to relax and rejuvenate you after a hard day.

5. Bergamot

Another uplifting and refreshing oil, Bergamot has a warm and fresh citrus aroma. Often used by aromatherapists to treat tiredness, this essential oil is favoured for its antiseptic properties, wonderful smell and de-stressing effect.

6. Lemon

This strong, tangy citrus essential oil is stimulating and invigorating. Lemon is used by aromatherapists for a range of things, since it is astringent, antiseptic and deodorising - properties which make it great for creating natural home cleaning products.

Peppermint illustration essential oil

7. Peppermint

A strong and soothing minty aroma, Peppermint essential oil contains a lot of menthol which makes it very refreshing and stimulating. The cooling menthol aroma is good for providing relief from a blocked nose, while helping to clear the head and alleviate mental fatigue.

8. Grapefruit

A sweet, tangy and fruity aroma, Grapefruit is uplifting and refreshing. Typically used to aid with headaches and fatigue, the scent of this zesty oil can wake you up in an instant.


If you haven't already, check out our beginner's guide for more advice on the benefits of essential oils and how to use them.

To make it easier (and more cost effective!) for you to try a variety of oils, we offer our most popular essential oils in sets. The 3 set contains Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, making it a great starting point if you're new to aromatherapy and want to learn the basics before investing in any more bottles. If you'd like to try a wider range of scents, there's our 8 set, offering more possibilities for blending aromas, creating products and experiencing a range of aromatherapy benefits. This is a great value set, containing all the oils in this list for a good saving compared to buying them individually. Of course, if you'd like to see the full range of essential oils we offer and try some that aren't on this list you can choose from all 26.

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