How to Blend Essential Oils
Aromas have incredible-super powers when it comes to the human brain. They can be intoxicating, relaxing, energizing, and mood enhancing (just to name a few). Each of us knows exactly what Christmas smells like, or how grandma’s house consistently has a fresh-baked cookie scent, and everyone’s all-time favorite… the smell of rain when it falls on the hot-summer asphalt. The reason this happens is due to the olfactory lobe within the brain, about the size of a postage stamp, but packs a mean punch when it comes to memories and emotions.
Because our sense of smell has such an amazing effect on our wellbeing, we enjoy scented candles, stop to smell the roses, and best of all, have the tantalizing world of essential oils to explore and bring happiness to our lives. Everyone knows what they like and dislike when it comes to the world of sent. Some may love the rejuvenating aroma of peppermint, but others long for the calming scent of lavender. However, you don’t always have to stick with just one scent. Blending different essential oils will revolutionize the way you fragrance your life.
Each and every person is unique and especially when it comes to our sense of smell, but in the world of blending there are some guidelines. Even though there technically are no rules to blending (feel free to mix eucalyptus with cinnamon, that is your prerogative), but there certainly are combinations that complement each other in a magical way.
Let’s get started with some mixing 101:
Think of it as a dance. If one partner is doing the spicy steps of the samba and the other is gracefully waltzing it is going to be a pretty rough performance. And what is a perfectly choreographed dance without the right music? Blending scents is composed of three main notes:
- Top Note – This is called “top” for a reason. It is the first impression within a blend and will be the aroma that catches your senses right away. Although it is the frontrunner of your blend, and has a sharp tone, it generally does not last long
- Middle or Body Note – The “middle child” of your mix will usually last for a few hours and is referred to as the “bouquet” or “heart” of the aroma
- Base Note – This scent will be the long-distance runner of your blend. This powerful addition is what helps soap maintain its fragrance
Now it’s time to get creative. Choose 5 essential oils to begin with. Ask yourself: Do you like aromas that have zest or spices? Perhaps you are more of a floral lover? Or maybe you prefer the crisp scents of fresh-cut grass and pine trees? Out of your 5 chosen scents you should be able to identify two as top notes, two middle, and one base.
Before you go all in with your choices try a few drops on perfume testing strips. Give the scent time to reach its full potential, this will help you understand its full strength. Allow it to evaporate for about a half an hour. While you wait get some fresh air or sniff some coffee grounds. This will clear your senses, so you’ll be able to smell it in all its purity.
Once you have identified which scents are to your liking it’s time to dig deep into your imagination. Think about the personality of your blend. Is it seductive, shy, calm, or spirited? How do you want it to make you feel emotionally and physically?
If you are still unsure as to which scents will complement each other to create your perfect scent, here are a couple basics that will give you a better understanding of which notes will work well with each other:
- Sandalwood (base note)
- Bergamot (top note)
- Geranium (middle note)
- Jasmine (middle/base note)
- Anise (top note)
Green or Earthy Blends
To learn more about the strength of oils, it is useful to experiment. This can help educate you on the characteristics and strengths of each essential oil at various dilution ratios. After you’ve created your blend, allow it to sit for a few days. This will allow the oils to get cozy with each and round out your end scent. For more ideas on which essential oils mix well together, check out some of our favorites to kick start your blending.