So much fun can be had by taking your essential oils and creating a blend (or many blends) that you like, are useful or good for health. It is not as difficult as it seems and we begin this guide by walking you through some of the things you may need to begin (but you can always freestyle with whatever you have so don’t worry).
1, Blending bottles, for your finished masterpiece and to blend. (Use brown glass if possible)
2, Glass dropper for measuring and creating your blends
3, Some paper strips or similar for your testing
4, Gloves to protect your skin while you create
5, A pen and paper, or journal, to track your progress and keep notes
6, A collection of essential oils for your base
Understanding scents and their notes
You are now like a musical composer and are free to create whatever you like BUT there are some ways to help you create more successful and rounded blends and we detail them next.
There are 3 types of notes to consider and these are so defined by their volatility as lighter molecules evaporate quicker while heavier ones take longer. When creating a perfect blend it could contain all 3 to get a great balance but it does not need to.
These are the first impressions, lighter in composition and likely to evaporate quicker than others. These will be prominent maybe only for an hour or two and an example of this is Eucalyptus.
The very heart of your fragrance blend and these tend to take longer to evaporate so last longer (maybe 3 to 6 hours) and really influence the final blend.
Once the top and middle notes have made themselves known the base notes take over and these are generally rich and heavy and an example could be vanilla.
Perception is everything and classification of notes is also subjective with many differences in the marketplace. The only important factor is that you enjoy making and using your blends, creating aromas that are pleasing, useful or good for your health.
Try grouping aromas by type
Another way to begin mixing different oils to find a perfect blend is to group them into aroma categories. Here are some examples:
Floral – Lavender, geranium, jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang, rose, neroli Citrus – Grapefruit, lemon, orange blossom, bergamot, lemongrass Woody – Fir, cedarwood, cypress, sandalwood, juniper, frankincense, myrrh Earthy – Oakmoss, patchouli, valerian, angelica root, vetiver Herbaceous – Basil, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage, oregano, thyme, tea tree Spicy – Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cardamom, aniseed
As a general rule of thumb, oils within the same category blend well together. Floral oils typically blend well with woody, citrus, or spicy scents, while citrus aromas blend nicely with spicy and/or herbaceous oils. Woody oils combine with every fragrance category so work easily with all comers. Now try and experiment with your own blends, learning as you go to create fun, healthy or gorgeous aromas for you ,or for gifting to others?