Essential Oils 101: Blending Scents for Beginners

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Have you ever wondered how these wonderful, fragrant-rich oils are blend together? There's no need to be a chemist in doing this one, but in order to get the scents right, you need a lot of practice. Fortunately, you don't have to waste drops of your favorite essential oils for an experiment. We'll give you basic blending tips which might help you in your humble beginnings as an aromatherapy enthusiast. Create your own scents and enjoy rich blends right inside your very home.

Step #1: Choose your type of blend

Before you go on mixing oils, it's important to have an idea of what kind of scent you'd like to end up with. Start with emotions. Do you want to feel joyful, youthful and vibrant? Or do you want calm, relaxed and tranquil? There are different oils for different feelings. Consider your needs and how often you will use it, and start from there.

Step #2: Find quality essential oils

You do not want diluted essential oils--these obstruct the richness and the scent which might end up as an aromatic failure. Browse around scent stores and look for 100% essential oil tags.

Step #3: Discover blends

There are oils that belong to the same group, such as energizing oils, uplifting oils, calming oils, and more. The energizing blend often includes citrus and minty notes, helping rejuvenate your fatigued mind and body. Uplifting scents help you feel good about yourself; this may include bergamot, grapefruit and ylang ylang. Calming oils are those you want to smell as you relax: lavender, jasmine and peppermint. Under these categories, find similar fragrances.

Step #4: Blending Notes

Putting together opposing fragrances is possible. Take a look at the many potential blends:

  • Floral & Woodsy
  • Woodsy & Minty
  • Earthy & Woodsy & Minty
  • Herbaceous & Woodsy
  • Minty & Citrus
  • Spicy & Floral & Woodsy
  • Oriental & Woodsy & Citrus
  • Citrus & Floral & Oriental

By looking above, pick one fragrance under each scent and mix them together. There are base notes, mid notes and top notes in a fragrance, and you'd want these scents to give you a happy, fluttery feel as you inhale it. To give you an idea about which fragrance falls into which notes, here are some examples:


  1. Top notes (ones which you smell first yet evaporates quickly): lemon, peppermint, grapefruit, basil, bergamot
  2. Middle notes (strong, consistent middling scents that intermixes the top and base notes): pine, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, chamomile
  3. Base notes (the final scent): ginger, frankincense, cinnamon, clove, rose, sandalwood, vanilla

Step #5: Begin mixing

Taking cue of the possible top, middle and base notes, along with your desired blend, it's time to mix. Start with three basic oil. The easiest blend would be the floral, citrusy and woodsy mix, because oils are commonly found. You can work your way using mandarin and rose, or lavender and patchouli.

We recommend you start with a limited number of drops, about 10 at most, so you can test your blend without wasting too much of the oil. Do not dilute the scent with carrier oils just yet.

In order to get to the top, middle and base notes, you need to point out the number of drops for the blend. Perhaps you can do with 20 (top), 30 (middle) and 10 (base). Before going with the larger portions, smell your blend first. See which fragrance evaporates quickly and add a few more drops for potency, especially if these are your middle and base notes.

Step #6: Store your blend

Voila! You have finally created your own fragrance. It is time to store it away in a special labeled bottle for future use.

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