Start off with 1-1.5 oz of oil and put it in a glass container or heavy plastic. (LESS IS BEST when starting out. (2 TBLS of oil is equal to about 1 ounce, but you SHOULD use a digital scare for exactness. You can always add more oil but you can't take it away.) If you use too much oil you will become frustrated because the oil will not soak up for you and you will have to add additional beads. If you don't have any more, it may be even more frustrating. You can always add more fragrance. You can add up to 2-3 TBLS of oil per pound of beads (1.5 oz). Just be careful not to add too much. You can add additional oil if you feel the need, however adding more oil is not necessarily going to make the beads smell longer, it just makes it take longer to absorb. Some fragrance oils absorb faster than others. You can also use DPG to help smooth out the oils or when using essential oils. If using Essential oils, BE careful. They absorb twice as fast as fragrance oils and sometimes DPG will help the oil flow better. We personally use 1.5 to 1.8 ounces of oil per pound of beads.
You CANNOT use food coloring or skin safe dye. It will bead up in the oil and come off on your hands or whatever it touches. I have also tried rit dye. It makes a huge mess and will get all over the place so you should stay away from it. To obtain a very pale color, you can use mica powder to dye. Mica will give a different look to the coloring of your beads.
Slowly add the beads to the glass jar. BE SURE THE LID IS ON TIGHT! You may lightly swish to start the color process. Shake the beads when all has been added to disperse the color and oil throughout. The beads should be wet throughout.
There are many possibilities. Mix and match scents with different colors. You can add herbs, dried flowers, corn cobs, colored stones, rocks and cut glass. Use your imagination. After a while you will become proficient at making your beads.
Sell them by the ounce or by the pound. They are great for profit and fundraisers. Put them in a fancy dish or organza bags.
Good luck and have fun!
There are many recipes out there and people who will tell you an incorrect way to make them because they want to keep you from making money and succeeding! Don't listen to them. Create your own new style and experiment with colors and oils to produce your own style!