Top Blending Tip

blending guidelineEssential oils are often enjoyed as a single experience, but blending complimentary aromas builds complexity that evolves over time as notes evaporate at different rates.  A good general guideline for blending is to use the ratio: 30% top note, 50% middle note and 20% base note.

TOP NOTES tend to be light, fresh and uplifting.  They are often sought after to improve a dark mood.  A sample of oils falling into this category include: Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

MIDDLE NOTES give body to a blend and have a balancing effect.  A sample of oils falling into this category include: Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma), Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

BASE NOTES have an evident fragrance that will slowly evolve and linger the longest with slower evaporation.  A sample of oils falling into this grounding category include: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

More tips about blending aromas, dilution and recipes are posted on my blog bulletin and in the Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Quick Start Guide.

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