What to Know Before Creating Your First Expert Essential Oil Blend

Blending is as easy as rolling off a log (a cedar-wood log, probably). You can create essential oil blends by combining a few drops of your favorite single essential oils. Use your personalized blend in a diffuser full strength, or dilute it with a neutral carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut, and use it topically. It’s literally that easy.

We’ll help you understand why you should consider blending, what to know before creating your own blends and how to find the inspiration to create personalized blends. Let’s explore all of that.

Create something personal

Blending is incredible because gives you control over the purpose of the blend. (Are you looking for something energizing, or something to calm you down?) And blending gives you control over the ratio of the oils in the mix. (Do you want more Tansy? Less Sandalwood?)

It also gives you the ability to create personalized blends you just can’t get online. (A blend for golfing angst? Sure. For mid-morning naps? Yup. For Netflix binging? Absolutely.)

But blending can get more complicated once you venture away from basic combinations, or add more oils to the mix. Multiple scents combine in complicated ways … some good, some extraordinary, and some … shall we say … funky. Truth be told, blends don’t have to smell nice to be effective … their health properties are independent of their aromatherapy potential.

But if you, like most people, prefer good smells to bad ones, then there are a few tricks you can use to help your blends come together in a balanced, whole, and engaging way.

When you are learning to blend essential oils, less is more.

Keep the number of oils you are using to two or three. Keep written notes of what works well and what doesn’t. Diffusers are a great way to experiment. They let you mix blends in tiny batches so that you can experiment with your precious oils and get the full effect of the blend without wasting. And if you happen to hate the blend, it’s no problem to rinse out the diffuser and begin again.

What to consider before

Have you noticed that some blends smell “whole?” How can you achieve that big–picture balance? There are two factors the professionals consider when creating a blend: the oil group, and the note.

Fragrances are divided into groups based on common chemical constituents: floral, (such as lavender), woodsy (cedarwood), earthy (vetiver), herbaceous (rosemary), minty (peppermint), medicinal (eucalyptus), spicy (clove), oriental (ginger), and citrus (sweet orange). You can combine two oils from the same group to support each other. You can also combine oils from different groups to create a complementary aroma. You’ll find that some groups are compatible, and other groups are better left uncombined.

The second factor of a well-made scent is the “note.” Essential oil singles are categorized into top, middle, or base notes. But in reality, every oil contains all three notes in various strengths.

The first impression you get from the aroma is the top note, which tends to be sharp and fleeting — top notes evaporate completely in 2 to 24 hours. Next is the middle note, or “bouquet.” These slightly larger and more stable molecules linger longer than top notes. They evaporate in about two days, depending on how they are delivered. The third category, base notes, are large, relatively stable molecules that hum in the background until the top and body notes have faded into the sunset. Base notes are warm, grounding, and give blends their staying power.

To create a blend that smells whole, you have to consider the balance of the notes. If you add too much of a top note, it will overpower and assaults the senses. Too little base note makes the aroma seem unsubstantial. Too much middle note and the aroma feels flat. Once you’ve decided what oils to use in your blend try this ratio – 30:50:20. Use 30 percent of the top note oil, 50 percent of the middle, and 20 percent of a base.

How it Might Work

Here’s an example of how you might be inspired to create a personalized blend.

Say you want to diffuse something to help your teenager release stress before bedtime … and you want it to smell good. First, you do a web search for “essential oils for relaxation and sleep,” and come up with the following: lavender, bergamot, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood and frankincense. Lavender and bergamot are top notes, geranium, and frankincense middle, and sandalwood is a base. Since you know that your daughter likes the smell of lavender (a floral), and it blends will with citrus and woodsy oils, you add the following blend in a diffuser:

  • 3 drops lavender (30 percent top note)
  • 3 drops frankincense and 2 geranium (50 percent middle note)
  • 2 drops sandalwood (20 percent base note)

These rules aren’t set in stone. The charm of working with essential oils is the flexibility and control you have to create your own solutions. This is just a starting point.

The best way to learn what’s going to work for you is to jump in and try it for yourself. You might have a few flops (we all do), but keep at it and you’ll soon discover how flexible, powerful, effective, and personalized your own aromatherapy blends can be.

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