DIY: Aromatherapy Jewelry for Your dōTERRA Essential Oils

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But first, what is aromatherapy jewelry? The jewelry itself is made out of natural clay that can absorb essential oils (such as terra-cotta). You can also find aromatherapy jewelry that is made out of glass or wood (view examples here and here). You can make any type of jewelry you desire: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, beads,  etc. Once the clay is sculpted and dried, you can add the essential oil or blend of your choice to the jewelry. The oil absorbs into the clay and allows you to smell and experience the power of essential oil aromatherapy throughout your day. It’s like your own personal diffuser that goes wherever you do!

Here is a tutorial on how to make necklace pendants, but you can use this same technique to make car air fresheners, Christmas ornaments, key chains, and more. They make wonderful presents as well.

Editor’s tip: Store your scented jewelry when it is not being worn in your linen closet or dresser drawers to keep fabrics smelling great.

What You Need:

  • Terra-cotta clay (you can find terra-cotta clay that you can bake in your oven or air dry at most large craft stores)
  • Sand paper
  • Stamps (small—no more than 1 inch in diameter)
  • Shish kabob stick (or toothpick)
  • String
  • 1-1.25 round cut-out object (can use caps left over from hair products, bottle caps, cookie cutter,etc.)
  • Rolling pin (or pen/pencil will work)
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper


1. Grab a handful of terra-cotta clay and rub in palms of hands until it’s soft and pliable.

2. Place a piece of wax paper on the table.

3. Use the rolling pin to roll out the clay until it’s 1/8 inch thick.

4. Take your round object for cutting out circles and press firmly into the clay to make the pendant.

5. Remove the excess clay from the cut out pendants. Take each pendant and stamp the design into clay.

6. Once you have stamped the pendants, take your shish kabob stick (or toothpick) and make a hole in the pendant. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit two strands of string into.

7. With the left over clay, make a few small round beads and put a medium to large size hole in the center of it.

8. Once all the pendants have holes, place them on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and bake or air dry according to the specifications provided with your clay.

9. If baking in the oven, be careful to not overbake. They may seem bendable as soon as you take them out of the oven, but they will harden once they cool completely.

10. Once cool, use sandpaper to lightly smooth away any rough edges. It will temporarily change the color of the clay, but it will return to normal once essential oils are applied.

11. Take your string and cut it to your desired length. You might want to add 4-5 extra inches just to be safe. You can always cut the string shorter later on.

12. Take your pendant and put both ends of your string through the hole. Pull the ends through and put them through the loop. Pull tight. This will help your pendant lay flat on your chest.

13. If you want a shorter necklace that can easily be taken on and off, follow steps 14-15. If not, just tie the two strings together.

14. On one end of the necklace tie a knot a couple inches down. Place a bead on next and then tie a knot on top of the bead so the bead is securely in place. On the other end of necklace, tie a loop that is large enough for the bead to fit through. Cut off any extra string. To take your necklace on and off, simply put the bead in the hole that will act as a clasp.

15. Your necklace pendant is done! Now let’s add the aromatherapy element to it.

16. Put 1 drop of your preferred essential oil onto the pendant. Rub the oil around.

That’s it! Your necklace is ready to wear so you can enjoy mood-enhancing essential oils throughout the day! If the scent begins to fade, you can add another drop to the pendant. Remember that a little essential oil goes a long way. 1 drop is plenty.


dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. Im wondering if baking in the oven what temperature and about how long? and where did you find the clay in your example? thanks

  2. I made some of these with a friend – fun and easy! However, the pendent didn’t want to absorb the oil. Would sanding the face of it help it to absorb the oil? Thank you!

  3. I am buying the Crayola terra cotta clay from Someone else mentioned in their comments you can buy the same stuff at Michael’s craft store.

  4. I am wondering why no one and I mean no one is willing to tell us what brand of clay we should be using for this project. When anyone posts a question I am not seeing any answers with further instructions. On one hand you say anyone can do it but I am having some issues and I have seen other questions on the doTERRA site with no answers. While I would like to be able to do this I have put enough money into clay that is not producing the same results as shown here. I am not very computer literate so I may have missed an area providing the information but I have looked for some time. Thank you.

  5. It actually called terra cotta clay, you can find it at any craft store like Micheals, it in the Polymer clay section. You usually bake it on 270 for 30 min. But the directions are right on the package of Terra Cotta :-)

  6. I came across this fun idea, but want to bring a couple of things to attention, being a ceramic artist. (So this info is really to educate and not spoil the fun!)
    Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modeling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals. That being said, it doesn’t matter that it’s “terra-cotta” coloring or any other color since the makeup is the same.
    So enjoy ALL the color options of polymer clays if you want to!
    The other note here is that the plasticizers remain in the cured product and can leach out over time. It just makes me wonder if this is the best combination material for the pure essential oils? I would opt for a true terra cotta clay, or stoneware, or porcelain, they are probably all better options than the polymer.

  7. As potter I have made stoneware pendants like this that are unglazed. The oils will not penetrate the surface,even the unglazed surface. I was wondering if it would penetrate at the bisque state. Anyone know?

  8. I am having trouble with this as well. It says to use “natural” clay. I purchased natural clay from michaels in the Craft Smart brand. I wanted to make a pendant for my granddaughter for her birthday. I made the pendant, let it air dry for almost a week, dropped my doTerra peppermint & put on the string. It broke within a half hour of giving it to her…..
    I have searched the net, for other directions, even searching the Craft Smart site as well as Michaels. I have been to the store, but everyone says just “search the net”….. I have, and believe me, I can only find other people selling them. I also question using the Sculpy brand…. how will the oil soak in?
    My granddaughter is nearly deaf, and because of the inner ear issues, she gets very car sick. I have tried several things for her to use with her peppermint oil, but the school district will only allow some items, this she could wear with her everywhere. I really want to make this with my own hands Would love some input! Thanks!

  9. if you bisque the clay it should absorb the oil , but not guarantee how long it will last, if you are a potter you might want to try making “dinks” ( small vessels) and place the oil inside and cork it. The oils will leach through the bisqued clay slowly.

  10. Accomplish Aromatherapy! It essential oil has a cooling, anesthetic quality because of its high menthol content. It can make your skin feel chilly or cool when applied during massage. This promotes hair growth and improves the condition of the hair.

  11. Earthenware clay is it a different clay then Terracotta? I found white Earthenware clay and no one has answered why are some saying the oils are not absorbing in the clay?

  12. I find this all a bit confusing. I am a potter and terra cotta is a type i type of earthenware clay which simply means that it has a low firing temp. But in ceramic terms low fire is still way higher than an oven will go. You need a kiln. Any earthenware put in an oven is simply dry, not fired, and will break very easily/disintegrate when wet.

  13. Please do not use polymer clay. It will not absorb the oil and leaches out chemicals. When you go to Michaels look for Terra Cotta made by Crayola or some other company that can air dried. It is not true Terra Cotta clay but meant for home use. I suggest making a “clay” from ground up spices, such as cinnamon, cloves (I use my old ones) held together with arrowroot and water. Due a search for spice beads.

  14. I also bought terra cotta sculpt brand..I made them they turned out great but won’t absorb the oil. They had crayola air dry but those were the only two options..can someone tell me what brand and kind of terra cotta to use. I don’t want to keep buying stuff if it won’t work…

  15. The clay that they are using is an air dry clay, not the polymer clay, but it is located in the same section as the polymer. It is pretty durable and can just air dry without baking. It is not as absorbent as bisque fired natural clay, but it works okay and is easy to do with a group without the expense of firing it. I have used both. The natural clay MUST be fired or it will just dissolve or fall apart.

  16. My daughter is a ceramicist and she just made me a batch of pendants using b mix clay…bisque fired and then painted with an under glaze and refired. They still have a somewhat rough surface and the oil sinks in – lasts all day! :)

  17. I just made some pendants using DAS Terracotta modeling material. It is air dry. Oils absorbed great. I found the clay at Hobby Lobby, use a coupon :-)

  18. I’ve have seen on other sites that some people are also using porous lava stone. I know it wouldn’t be as customizable, but hopefully it would take in the oil better.

  19. i am with you laura, i was so looking forward to this but now after all the comments of it not working and the confusion over what to use and what not to use…i am very disappointed :(

  20. Don’t be turned off to the project just because whoever posted this in the first place messed up on the details! It’s simple…the instructions are misleading. DON’T USE POLYMER CLAY…it is toxic!!!! BUT DO USE AIR-DRY TERRA COTTA CLAY…It is sold in craft stores (around $10 for enough to make a dozen or more pendants) in the same isle as the polymer clays but DOES NOT COME IN COLORS. That’s why the examples are terra-cotta colored!!! The air-dry stuff comes in a sealed plastic pouch. Your color choice is terra-cotta or white. You can make it any shape you want, use tiny cookie cutters or just use your imagination…If you keep it small, they will be durable. Go too large and they will break. If you want a more durable product, use ACTUAL terracotta clay which has to be fired in a kiln. You can glaze around the back and sides, but leave some spot unglazed so the oil can penetrate. Glazed still works, but the oil can rub off. Anyway…this project works if you get the right clay. Also, using a coffee stirrer, as suggested in another post, to make the holes is cool..I use a regular sized straw when working on actual clay…as it shrinks when it dries and is fired…be sure your hole is large enough for the string you are going to use…ribbon is also nice…ENJOY!

  21. I agree with Jaime and Laura. Since we cannot see any responses, it makes it difficult to determine what brand of clay to use and how well it worked. The general public need to read any responses to feel comfortable with this project. We are only seeing one side of the conversation. Not good.

  22. I was so excited as well…until I kept reading the comments. I love making gifts for people, but I would be mortified if it wasn’t useful or didn’t hold up! WONK WONK! Give specific products so we can feel confident and proud as artists should about their work. I did google ‘oil absorbing craft clay’ and found instructions for a small oil burning lamp. Here is the SPECIFIC clay they used. Haven’t tried yet just wanted to share the info.

  23. I used Crayola air dry clay. It didn’t work. I let it air dry for weeks. It never stopped getting clay on my clothing. If it got wet forget it. Ruined. I would love to know what clay to use that will not rub off.

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