Essential Oil Blending Basics

Essential oils can be categorized into separate groups based on their aromas.

  • Floral
  • (i.e. Lavender, Rose, Jasmine)
  • Woodsy
  • (i.e. Pine, Cedar, Sandalwood)
  • Earthy
  • (i.e. Vetiver, Patchouli)
  • Herbaceous
  • (i.e. Rosemary, Basil)
  • Minty
  • (i.e. Peppermint, Spearmint)
  • Medicinal/Camphorous
  • (i.e. Eucalyptus,Tea Tree)
  • Spicy
  • (i.e. Clove, Cinnamon)
  • Oriental
  • (i.e. Ginger, Patchouli)
  • Citrus
  • (i.e. Orange, Lemon,)

Oils in the same category generally blend well together.

As a General Rule:

  • Florals blend well with spicy, citrusy and woodsy oils.
  • Woodsy oils generally blend well with all categories.
  • Spicy and oriental oils blend well with florals, oriental and citrus oils.
  • Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herbaceous and earthy oils.

The Top,Middle and Base Notes in Blending

  • 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.”

Blending Tips

Blending does not have hard and fast rules that must be followed. There are some basics but this is why it is so fun,it is both an art and a science and you will enjoy having fun experimenting

  • When creating a new blend, start out small with a total number of drops of either 5, 10, 20 or 25 drops. 25 drops should be the most that you start with. By starting small, you waste less oil in your blending experiments.
  • Start off your blending experiments by creating blends that are made up in the following ratio(more or less):
  • 30% of the oils are top notes
  • 50% are middle notes
  • 20% are base notes