Essential Oil Blending Tips!

Creating new essential oil blends and re-creating old favorites is an exciting and relaxing experience for me. 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 and very satisfying!

What you need to get started:

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 on hand.

Small glass storage or blending bottles: I find that 1/24, 1/8, or 1/4 oz bottles work well depending on the blend.

Perfume blotters or cotton balls: to smell and observe your creations transform as they evaporate.

Pen and paper: to write down the amounts of each oil used.

Towels: just in case!

Essential oils: a nice selection of staples, top, middle, base aromas, and maybe some special treats like rose and ylang ylang.

and of course, your nose!

When creating blends, only work with a small amount of oil at a time. I’m talking mere drops of oil here. You don’t want to mix up 1 oz of a blend right away, not like the result, and end up wasting all of that precious oil.

I like to start off formulating with 10 drops. This amount is easy to work with as parts and converts nicely for figuring percents: 10 drops (or parts) equaling 100% of the blend, 5 drops (or parts) being 50% of the blend. This gives you a formula that can be used to recreate your blend in any size you need. Be sure to count accurately while blending and keep a written list of each oil and the amount you add! Believe me, you’ll want this information later.

For example, one of my all time favorite blends contains 4 drops/4 parts/ 40% organic Lavender essential oil, 4 drops/4 parts/ 40% organic Clary Sage essential oil, and 2 drops/2 parts/ 20% organic Neroli essential oil, making 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 in your blend. 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. Once you have completed a blend, put some on a perfume blotter or cotton ball and inhale to see how the aromas evaporate. I like to do this initially and repeat the next day to see if I still enjoy the aroma or want to make any 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 start blending!

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