Notes of Aroma 101

When you’re creating a fragrance, you’re always thinking about what you want that first smell to be, that first reaction. It’s a sensation, like a symphony with all of those layers and notes.
L’Wren Scott

Essential oils can be classified by aroma into three categories: top notes (uplifting), middle notes (warm and soft) and base notes (rich and relaxing).   It’s helpful to know the classification of an oil when blending aromas or matching a desired mood.

Top notes tend to be light, fresh and uplifting and 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 lingers the longest with slower evaporation.  A sample of oils falling into this category include:

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

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