If you’re interested in making your own customized essential oil blends but aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Whether you want to make a solid perfume in your favorite sent or a room spray to help you sleep at night, there’s a blend that is perfect for your needs.
Even if you’ve been playing it safe by using pre-made essential oil recipes from others, you can get creative and create your own blends with just a few supplies, and a little know how. Read on for a quick and easy guide.
Every successful oil blend needs a base. What that base is is entirely up to you. Any unscented lotion, body wash, cream or shampoo will do. You can also use a carrier oil like almond, coconut mineral or even olive oil.
Water can also make a fine base for simple body and linen sprays. For things like sachets and carpet fresheners, the base can be baking soda or cornstarch. Once you’ve decided what you want the blend to be used for and what is the best base for it, it’s time to answer a couple of questions:
- Where will I use my blend?
- Where will it be applied?
- What results do I want?
These are important. For example, if you want to use your blend of aromatherapy oils as an all over body spray to smell fresh and clean, you’ll want to avoid citrus oils as they can make you photosensitive and more prone to sunburn.
If you want to use your blend in the bedroom as linen spray for relaxation, lavender is the best oil for the job. Looking to create your own hair or face mask? Rosemary oil, which increases circulation and provides valuable antioxidants, is a good choice. Add it to your favorite shampoo, moisturizing cream or use a carrier oil such as olive or coconut to make a nourishing hair mask.
If you want to freshen carpets, cornstarch or baking soda is the base you want. For solid perfume, beeswax is a go-to, just blend the oils of your choice with a carrier oil, melt the beeswax over a double burner, add the oil, pour into your container of choice and presto. A customized perfume that will truly be a signature and unique scent.
When you’re buying oils for your blends, make sure you do your homework and look at any site you’re considering buying from with a critical eye. Do they provide sources to back up their claims? Do those claims seem too good to be true? Is their information consistent with other sources around the web? All important questions to have answers for before you shell out the money for oils, some of which, like the rose, can be pricey.
You should also have an idea of what you want your blend to do. Are you looking for something energizing? Relaxing? Romantic? The answer will help you narrow down which essential oils you’ll want to buy.
Safety should always be a priority. Be sure to learn everything you can about each essential oil you’re interested in. If you plan to diffuse, you’ll want to go easy on oils that can irritate mucous membranes, and if you plan to apply your blend to your skin, make sure the oils you chose are irritating or photosensitive.
If you have pets and want to diffuse your oil blend, talk to your vet about the oils you plan to use as some of them can be toxic to our furry family members, and don’t diffuse or apply essential oils on babies or children without consulting your pediatrician first.
Making the Right Blend
Making the right blend depends on your nose as well as the results you want. We all know that sweet and spicy go together, as well as herbs and citrus, but don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. How about floral and spicy, or woodsy and minty? Earthy and citrus?
Play around with different combinations that interest you and smell good to you. Then you can start narrowing down your list. To keep from getting overwhelmed, stick to no more than ten oils to get started.
Next, it’s time to think about notes. Each essential oil blend you create needs a balance of notes. A note simply refers to how long it takes for the fragrance of the oil to evaporate once exposed to air. The ones that evaporate quickest are the top notes; the slowest are the base notes and the ones in the middle are yes, the middle notes.
Top notes are usually floral or herbs, while base notes tend to be earthy or woodsy. Middle notes are generally spices and non-flowering herbs. To get the perfect blend that will smell great even hours later, make sure you get a good balance of notes.
For example, rose, cedar and sage would be a good balance of base, top and middle notes. Once you have that formula figured out, you just have to decide which blend smells best to you.
Don’t be disappointed if your blends don’t come out exactly as you’d hoped. You’re still learning and not every blend will be a winner. However, if you keep researching, experimenting and keeping the balance of notes in mind before you know it you’ll be creating unique, therapeutic blends that smell amazing. If you need to make substitutions, that’s okay, just keep them in the same botanical family for best results.
The Final Word
Essential oil blends can be a therapeutic, creative and just plain fun part of a holistic health plan. You can create your own customized perfume, lotions, beauty treatments, laundry detergent and more.
These blends don’t contain artificial additives of any kind, so they are more friendly to the environment and your skin. If you have allergies, essential oil blends can be a great way to freshen the air in your home without having to spray chemicals into the air. Give blending essential oils a try and see what you come up with!