How do I make my own?
Experiment. That is part of the fun, especially when you have created a scent unique and individual to you. Only you. Feeling special? We associate odors with our own feelings and memories. In other words, scents are subjective and unique to the individuals who smell them.
Blot paper or paper towel or makeup remover cotton pads
Essential oils (chosen scents by you)
Several empty oil bottles
Carrier Oils (avocado, almond or grapeseed, jojoba oil)
But first, a few notes......
Terms such as "top" notes, "middle" note and "base" notes are commonly used to describe scents. The “note” of an essential oil is based on how quickly it evaporates. When you put a blend of oils on your skin, it will smell one way, but 3 hours later it may smell another way because some of the oils in your blend have evaporated."There is a scientific language to describing aroma that follows some simple guidelines related to music and the notes of a chord – which, interestingly enough, we also tend to associate with our feelings and memories." says Christine, Product Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Top notes: The first impression of an aroma. Usually light and sharp, and evaporate within 5 – 10 minutes or exposure. Sniff your blotter right away to pick up on the top notes. Some top note essential oils: lemon, orange, grapefruit, neroli, eucalyptus, and peppermint.
Middle note: The main part of the aroma and may last up to 2 hours. You catch this experience next. Some popular middle note essential oils are clary sage, geranium, tea tree, and juniper.
Base note: These aromoas will start to appear within a couple of hours of putting the oil/blend on the blotter, and can sometimes last for up to a day.Sometimes referred to as the dry out note, fixative note, or bottom of the aroma. Some classic base notes come from vetiver,cedarwood, patchouli, and ylang ylang.
Keep in mind every aroma combination or single essential oil has elements of all three notes (top, middle, and base). A particular oil may be classified as a top note, but will still contain some characteristics of the other two, all working together in harmony.
Step One: What Result Are You Looking For?
Google "essential oils for" any results you want such as energy, relaxation, uplifting. There are tons of information on each essential oil and their properties. Results my vary but here are some results:
- clary sage
- tea tree
Step Two: Picking Your Essentials
It’s recommended that you only start with three oils if you are new to this. A top note oil, a middle note oil, and a base note oil. The more comfortable and experienced you get with blending essential oils, the more oils you can add to your blends.
Essential oils are grouped together based on their aromas, and oils from the same categories tend to blend well together. The following information is from AromaWeb.com
- Floral – Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine
- Woodsy – Pine, Cedar
- Earthy – Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli
- Herbaceous – Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil
- Minty – Peppermint, Spearmint
- Medicinal – Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Tea Tree
- Spicy – Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon
- Oriental – Ginger, Patchouli
- Citrus – Orange, Lemon, Lime
You can also mix and match categories.
Blending Categories (Thanks Stan!)
- Floral blends with woodsy, spicy and citrus
- Woodsy blends with floral, earthy, herbaceous, minty, medicinal, spicy, oriental and citrus
- Earthy blends with woodsy and minty
- Herbaceous blends with woodsy and minty
- Minty blends with woodsy, earthy, herbaceous and citrus
- Medicinal blends with woodsy
- Spicy blends with floral, woodsy, oriental and citrus
- Oriental blends with floral, woodsy, spicy and citrus
- Citrus blends with floral, woodsy, minty, spicy and oriental
Step Three: Start Blending!
Once you’ve narrowed down your oil choices based on what they’re used for (step 1) and then narrowed them down again based on their categories and notes (step 2), you’re ready to actually start blending. You’re only working with your essential oils right now… you are not diluting them with carrier oils yet.
It’s recommended that you only start with 10 drops of oil total so you can test your essential oil blend without wasting too much of your precious oils, in case you don’t care for it later.
How much do you use of each oil?
30, 50, 20 rule where you use 30% of your top note oil, 50% of your middle note oil, and 20% of your base note oil. This is because when you use your blend, you’re going to mixll the oils together first. After a while the top note will have evaporated which will leave you with the middle and base note. As more time goes by your middle note will evaporate leaving you with the base note alone. For example you choose to blend these oils: lemon (top note), neroli (middle note), and ginger (base note) oils. If I’m starting with only 10 drops of oils and following the 30, 50, 20 rule my sample will look like this.
- 3 drops lemon
- 5 drops neroli
- 2 drops ginger
Step Four: "Rest" Your Essential Oil Blend
Set your new blend aside and let it rest for 24-48 hours. This resting period allows the chemicals and constituents of the different essential oils to mix and meld together, helping them blend better.
Step Five: Smell it. Dilute. Smell it.
Now it’s time to smell them and see what you think. Smell them as they are.
Next try diluting some of your blend in a carrier oil. 1 drop of your own blend and 4 drops of a carrier oil (jojoba, almond, grapeseed, or avocado oil)
Now smell it? What do you think?
Too strong? You can dilute it even further by adding 5 more drops of carrier oil to it and see how that smells too.
If you like the scent, go with it. Now you can make more of your blend using larger amounts of oils, let it rest, then bottle it up and label it using it as needed.
Not a fan of the scent......
If you don’t like the scent? Start the process over varying the amount of oils used or you chose different oils all together. There are infinite creations waiting to be discovered by you.
Step Six: Bask In the Ambience!
Add a few drops of your own creation into your favorite essential oil diffuser, like the DUFMOD Island Bamboo Diffuser, and bask in the ambience!
You are awesome. You created it. It's yours. All yours!
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