The Best Way to Recycle Fractionated Coconut Oil Bottles

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Looking for a way to recycle fractionated coconut oil bottles?  I’ve got you covered.  Read on for an awesome, easy way to put those empty FCO bottles to good use…

The Best Way to Recycle Fractionated Coconut Oil Bottles

If you hate to toss your empty FCO bottles, try this: add a spray top!

There.  Wasn’t that easy?

It’s true that glass and stainless steel are typically best for use with essential oils.  However, there are five good reasons to use a sturdy plastic bottle–such as an empty FCO bottle–to make an oily DIY spray.

Scroll down to see my favorite oily sprays.

Click here for my favorite way to purchase essential oils.

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5 Reasons to Repurpose FCO Bottles for DIY Sprays

1. Plastic won’t shatter.

Situations like tiled bathroom floors and cement patios make me nervous about using glass spray bottles.  Especially with kids!  I tend to use recycled FCO bottles for Bug Spray, Cooling Spray and other sprays used often by my children.

2. Plastic is lighter than glass.

Again, our Bug Spray usually goes in a plastic bottle–both for safety and for practicality.  A plastic bottle is just easier (and safer) to tote around.

3. DIY sprays are diluted.

I don’t recommend storing pure essential oil in a plastic bottle, but in a DIY spray the essential oil is highly diluted.  The combination of super-sturdy plastic plus a high dilution ratio makes me totally comfortable using FCO bottles for my own sprays.

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4. Use up every last bit of FCO!

Don’t you sort of hate to waste that last little bit of fractionated coconut oil that seems impossible to get out of the bottle?  When you turn your empty bottle into a DIY spray, the coconut oil gets stretched even further.

5. Save some moolah.

Guess what: you already own the FCO bottle!  All you have to buy is the spray top, which is cheaper than buying a glass bottle.  And if you go through FCO like we do at my house, you’ll have an endless supply of empty bottles to repurpose.

Get the Right Spray Top

To fit the newer doTERRA FCO bottles, you want a spray top with a 20/400 or 20/410 neck.  Like this one.

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Bonus: Make a Pump Bottle

Turn your fractionated coconut oil bottle into a pump!

I get my pump tops from Share Oils.  They’re perfect for dispensing FCO–plain or blended with essential oils.

My favorite blends to store in a pump bottle:

Favorite Spray Recipes

Just in case you need a few ideas to get started, here are some of my favorite DIY sprays…


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  1. Diana Graham on 04/10/2017 at 6:38 pm

    So, do you just trim the tube on the spray top since it’s so much longer than the bottle? Thank you.

    • Kathleen on 04/10/2017 at 10:14 pm

      Yes, just trim off the end.

  2. Kirsty on 05/08/2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Kathleen,
    I’m only new to oils and really being aware of chemicals in our environment so can you please explain a little more about the glass bottles are typically better for oils?

    On a side note I’ve already purchased the bag of spray tops after reading this article ?

    • Kathleen on 05/08/2017 at 11:28 pm

      Hi Kirsty, essential oils (especially undiluted and especially citrus oils) can actually break down the chemicals in plastic bottles. Which means the chemicals become a part of the bottle’s contents. That’s why we try to use glass storage for oily concoctions as much as possible. But thick, sturdy plastic (like these FCO bottles) is my choice for highly diluted concoctions when shattering glass is a concern. Enjoy your spray tops! 🙂

  3. Patricia moreland on 07/01/2020 at 4:43 pm

    Where can i buy these spray tops for my fractionated coconut oil?

  4. Patricia moreland on 07/01/2020 at 4:44 pm

    i’m a first time user & appreciate your expertise!……Thank you!

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