Harmonising Your Essential Oil Blend

December 1, 2017

 

Harmonising Your Essential Oil Blend

 

Aromatherapy blending is an ancient practice that has been utilised for thousands of years. Imagine our world without the beautiful flowers and plants that surround us each day. These plants also share their nectar with the bees but also share their essence for us to use everyday and long after their season has passed. Its this essence that we distil when we create pure essential oils.

 

Every smell has an emotional connection attached to it. How do you feel when you smell spring jasmine, fresh cut grass and the smell of a winter fire. Creating your own unique blend of essential oils can be very fulfilling as well as offering you a beautiful fragrance as well as the restorative benefits on you body and mind.

 

There are a few perfumery elements that once applied will give you a beautifully balanced fragrance. Have you ever noticed that a fragrance smells differently after several hours than when you first apply it? Some essential oils evaporate more quickly than others. As the oils in a blend evaporate, the aroma will change to reflect the aroma of the remaining oils.

 

Using the analogy of a musical scale, oils that evaporate the quickest, usually within 1-2 hours, are called “top notes.” Oils that evaporate with 2-4 hours are considered “middle notes.” Oils that take the longest time to evaporate are referred to as “base notes.” Some base notes can take several days to evaporate! If you incorporate one of each of these "notes" you will be blending like a professional. The best basic rule is for 10 drops use 6 drops of top note, 3 of mid note and 1 on base note. Enjoy blending.

 

Chart of Commonly Available Essential Oils Based Upon Their

Note Classification:

 

Top Notes

Anise                           Basil                         Bay                         Bergamot              Citronella             

Eucalyptus                 Galbanum               Grapefruit             Lavender                Lemon            Lemongrass               Lime                          Mandarin              Orange                  Peppermint          Petitgrain                   Spearmint                Tagetes                   Tangerine

 

Middle Notes

Bay                              Cajeput                    Carrot Seed           Chamomile, German                  Chamomile, Roman                                   Cinnamon               Clary Sage           Clove Bud
Cypress                       Dill                            Elemi                       Fennel                  Fir Needle
Geranium                    Hyssop                    Jasmine                   Juniper                  Linden Blossom
Marjoram                     Neroli                      Nutmeg                  Palmarosa             Parsley
Pepper, Black              Pine, Scotch          Rose                        Rose Geranium    Rosemary
Rosewood                    Spruce                    Tea Tree                  Thyme                    Yarrow
Ylang Ylang

 

Base Notes

Angelica Root             Balsam, Peru          Beeswax                 Benzoin                  Cedarwood, Atlas 

Frankincense               Ginger                     Helichrysum          Myrrh                     Oakmoss

Patchouli                      Sandalwood            Vanilla                     Vetiver

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