Essential Glossary: Common dōTERRA Terms Explained

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If you are new to dōTERRA Essential Oils, you may have come across a few terms that have left you scratching your head. We present to you the essential oil glossary, complete with definitions to help demystify essential oil lingo.

lotionCarrier Oil: A base oil used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. Variations include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and vegetable oil.


Diffuse: To spread out or disperse over a large area. 

Diffuser: A special air pump designed to distribute essential oils into a micro-fine vapor where they stay suspended for a time to reduce airborne infectious pathogens, fungus, mold, and freshen the air with natural fragrances. Essential oils are more easily absorbed into the body through this process.

Related: click here to view a buyer’s guide to dōTERRA diffusers.

vegie capsEmpty Capsule: A capsule made from either a gelatin or vegetable-based substance that is ready to fill with essential oils and herbs for internal consumption.

EO: Abbreviation for essential oils. Typically uppercase. 

Essential Oil Pendant Diffuser: Made from an absorbent surface such as terra cotta or dolomite. Essential oils are added and absorbed to give fragrance to the wearer.

Related: click here to view how you can make your own essential oil pendant diffuser.

FCO: Abbreviation for fractionated coconut oil. Not to be confused with unrefined coconut oil for cooking. llv2

IPC: Abbreviation for Independent Product Consultant. 

LLV: Abbreviation for Lifelong Vitality, a daily supplement program formulated for optimal health, energy, and longevity.

lrpLRP: Abbreviations for Loyalty Rewards Program, a no-hassle, automatic shipment of the dōTERRA products you use on a monthly basis. LRP also provides free product credits for monthly purchases ordered on the program.

NEAT: A term used for applying essential oils directly to the skin without a carrier oil.

PV: Abbreviation for Personal Volume. Correlates with commissions and product credits redeemable for free products through our Loyalty Rewards Program.

Spritzer: A spray typically made with distilled water and essential oils. Can be used to scent a room or fabric, or refresh skin. 


This was originally featured in the Winter 2013 dōTERRA Living Magazine.

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