Learning how to blend essential oils is a fun way to experiment with creating your own unique scent. Not to mention that by combining several different essential oils, you get the benefits of all the oils you include. With hundreds of different essential oils available, the blending possibilities are endless.

Whether you’re looking to create a tantalizing perfume, a relaxing fragrance for aromatherapy, or a blend to support the immune system, blending essential oils is both a science and an art. Read more below to learn some easy-to-follow tips and tricks that will have you blending your own essential oils like a pro.

What You’ll Need to Start Blending Essential Oils

  • A couple of your favorite essential oils
  • A blending bottle with a tight lid
  • An oil dropper
  • Protective gloves

The 3 Types of Scent Notes

In order to start blending different essential oils together, you need to have a basic understanding of the three types of scent notes. Scent notes are used to divide essential oils into three different classes depending on how strong of a smell they have and how long their fragrance lasts. Professional perfumers use scent notes to determine what oils will blend well together, and so can you.

Top Notes — These are light and fresh fragrances that are often the first scent you’ll smell in a blend. They generally only last one to two hours and include essential oils like lemon, lime, bergamot, eucalyptus, basil and peppermint.

Middle Notes — These scents linger after the top notes leave and last between two and four hours. They include scents like chamomile, jasmine, tea tree, cinnamon and rose.

Base Notes — Fragrances that last longer than the top and middle notes usually have strong, earthy scents that evaporate slowly. Base notes can often linger for several days and include essential oils like patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, ginger, and oakmoss.

Grouping Aromas

Now that you have an understanding of how the scent notes of essential oils work, you can start grouping them by type.

Floral Lavender, geranium, jasmine, vanilla, ylang-ylang, rose, neroli

CitrusGrapefruit, lemon, orange, bergamot, tangerine, lemongrass

WoodyFir, cedarwood, cypress, sandalwood, juniper, frankincense, myrrh

Earthy – Oakmoss, patchouli, valerian, angelica root, vetiver

HerbaceousBasil, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage, oregano, thyme, tea tree

SpicyClove, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cardamom, aniseed

Oils that are in the same category are going to be the ones that blend the best together, but it never hurts to experiment. Who knows, maybe you could come up with the next best-selling scent. Happy blending!

For more ways you can use essential oils check out our blog post, “Using Essential Oils for DIY Projects: Calming Mist.