Essential Oil Measurements


Have you ever wondered how many drops of oil was in a 5, 10, or 15 ml bottle of essential oil? Now you do not have to guess, this graphic makes it easy to know the approximate number of drops that are in each of the typical essential oil bottle sizes.

Why are the measurements approximate? Precise measurement would depend upon the viscosity (thickness, if you will) of the essential oil. Therefore, all measurements are approximate.

The measurements are used, mainly, for creating lotions, soaps, etc. Therefore, it is not crucial (or life altering) if they are off by a few drops (give or take). Please work with a medical professional if you will be using essential oil measurements for anything other than DIY beauty projects. This reference is not for that purpose.

For Quick Reference:

5 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 83-85 drops

10 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 166-170 drops

15 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 250-260 drops

Happy Measuring for all of our DIY fans out there!

5 thoughts on “Essential Oil Measurements

  1. Linda Burtch

    Thanks so much for the chart. One little note, if 5ml =85 drops & 10ml=175 drops, my math tells me that 15ml (which is 5ml + 10ml) should be 260 drops, not 250. It seems to me that 10 drops difference is a little more than an approximate difference.

    1. The Oil Posse Post author

      Hi Linda,

      We had to do some research on all of this before we made this post. What we found was very interesting. The difference (and trust me when I say there is a lot of controversy about drops per ml) is due to viscosity (weight) of the oil . . . the denser the weight of the oil the less drops per ml you receive . . . thus, giving you varying differences in amount of drops per 5, 10, and 15 ml bottles. We noted the 10 drop difference but left it that way because the overall “expert” consensus was that the larger the ml the more chance you have at losing drops per ml due to viscosity . . . so, drops per ml has more to do with science than math. And, in this case, it will never be an exact science (or drops per ml) . . .

      Great question! Thanks for writing.

  2. Ayesha

    Thank you for sharing , it is really useful chart because sometime even other medications you need to to give in drops while packing comes with ml , so its a handy chart all the time.


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