Essential oil blends combine from three aroma notes, base, middle and top. This is because some essential oils evaporate faster than other essential oils. The evaporation time scale is divided in three notes – Base Note: from 4 hours to few days, Middle Note: from 2 to 4 hours, and the Top Note: evaporates very quickly in just 1 to 2 hours. As the oils in a blend evaporate, the aroma will change to reflect the aroma of the remaining oils, therefore a good combination of oils will give you a good balanced aroma for a longer time.
Oils in the same category generally blend well together, however this should not limit your creativity and of course, like all guidelines, there are always some exceptions. To understand the blends by aromatic category, see some examples below.
|Aromatic category||Essential oils||Blends well with other aromatic category’s|
|Floral:||Jasmine, Lavender||with citrusy, spicy, woodsy|
|Woodsy:||Cedarwood, Rosewood, Pine||with all aromatic category’s|
|Earthy:||Patchouli, Vetiver||with woodsy|
|Herbaceous:||Basil, Marjoram, Rosemary||with minty|
|Minty:||Spearmint, Peppermint||with earthy, woodsy, herbaceous and well with citrus.|
|Spicy:||Cinnamon, Cajuput, Nutmeg||with floral, citrus and oriental|
|Oriental:||Patchouli, Clove, Cinnamon||with floral, citrus and spicy|
|Citrus:||Lemon, Lime, Orange||with floral, minty, spicy, oriental.|
Specific emotional purposes:
Ideally all aromatherapy blends should contain all three notes, to keep the blend in harmony and ‘in tune’! That is the secret behind essential oil blends.
You can create your blends to give aromatic pleasure or for specific emotional purposes and you can refer to our essential oils catalogue for ideas and information on each essential oil and its properties.
Top Note: The quickest to evaporate and the most stimulating and uplifting to the mind.
Middle Note: Are good for balancing and relaxing the mind.
Base Note: Last the longest and are usually the most relaxing and sedating oils. They tend to be the last impression of a blend.