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Essential Oil Blending Tips!

Clear glass bottle with dropper and essentail oil bottles

Creating new essential oil blends and re-creating old favorites is an exciting and relaxing experience. It doesn't need to take a lot of time, although it sometimes can, either way, the rewards of creating your own scent combinations are endless. There are no right or wrong oils to blend together, just follow your nose!

What You'll Need

Essential Oils:

You'll need a nice selection of staples, top, middle, base aromas, and maybe some special treats like rose or helichrysum. Blends don't need be overly complicated and can be as simple as two oils if that makes you happy. Explore our complete selection of essential oils in our shop!

Gloves:

Keep in mind that you are working with undiluted essential oils and you do not want to get any on your hands!

Droppers, Pipettes, or Reducer Caps:

Most essential oils come equipped with a reducer cap, but if there isn't one, keep some droppers or pipettes handy. Find glass droppers in our shop. 

Small Glass Storage or Blending Bottles:

1/24 oz., 1/8 oz., or 1/4 oz. bottles work well for small batch blending. Find glass bottles in our shop. 

Perfume Blotters or Cotton Balls:

Smell and observe your creations transform as they evaporate.

Pen and Paper:

Write down the amounts of each oil used.

Towels:

Just in case!

and of course, your nose!

Essential oil blending supplies

Blending with Essential Oils

When creating blends, only work with a small amount of oil at a time. Once you create something nice, you can mix a larger batch later. You don't want to make 1 oz. right away, dislike the result, and end up wasting all of that precious oil.

I like to start by formulating with 10 drops. This amount is easy to work with as parts and converts nicely for figuring percents:

10 drops = 10 parts = 100% of the test blend

Be sure to count accurately while blending. Keep a written list of each oil and the amount you add. You'll want this information later to make a larger batch. I suggest writing all of the oils down before you start. This way you only have to tally the drops for each oil while working.

For example (one of my go-to blends): 

This makes an easy blend totaling 10 drops or 10 parts or 100%.

Keep in mind the different notes of an aroma as you blend. You will want to include top note oils, middle note oils, and base note oils. You can learn more about that here: A Few Notes on Aroma. Your goal is to create a blend that you enjoy throughout all of the stages of evaporation.

Getting Started

I like to start with the base notes. Add one to three drops to your blending vessel. This could be all of one oil or a combination. Keep in mind that these are the longer lasting notes of a blend. Some base notes do not have much aroma, but help to hold top note oils longer. Others are very tenacious smelling and only require one drop from scent and fixative purposes.

Next move on to adding middle note oils. I would suggest two to four drops of a single oil or combination. These oils are going to be the body of your blend and should combine with the base notes to build your scent.

Now add your top note oils. This helps make the first impression of your blend. If mixed well with middle and base note oils it should last longer than the single oil itself, creating a scent that you enjoy.

From there, put some on a perfume blotter or cotton ball and inhale to see how the aromas evaporate. This would be the time to add additional oils or more of an ingredient that may not be as prominent as you like. Repeat the next day to see if you want to make any more adjustments. Getting creative and tweaking recipes is the fun part of experimenting with scents!

 

So, now you are ready to play!

Go grab some of your favorite essential oils and get blending.

 

Our essential oil kits are a great way to start blending!

 

Topics: Aromatherapy Education

Christine

Written by Christine on September 28, 2012

Christine, Products Manager and Certified Aromatherapist, is super knowledgeable about all our products after having spent more than a decade at Mountain Rose Herbs. When she isn’t overseeing our line of thousands of sustainable offerings, she can be found gardening, running around with her energetic daughter, canning and preserving food, homebrewing, and spending time outdoors.