How To Mix Your Own Oil Blends


How to blend your own essential oil recipes


When blending essential oils there are some important things to consider:

  • Who is this essential oil blend for? Is it for you or another person?  If so do you have all the information you need about what they need?
  • What effect do I want it to have? ie calming, uplifting, stress relief etc
  • When will it be used? (time of the day)
  • Where will it be used? (bath, bedroom, living room)
  • Why is this blend needed? (see Shop by Concern)
  • How will it be applied? (bath, massage oil, diffuser, inhaler, rollerball, compress)

Step 2

  •  Visit the 'Shop By Concern' area on our site. If your concern or desired result is not listed please email our Wellness Oils advisor and we will be happy to advise.  
  • You need to decide whether you want to select oils on therapeutic qualities or on scent or both. We would advise that you consider both aspects.

Step 3

  • Once you have selected the oils which address your concern/desired result put them into the following categories or types:

Essential oil categories with examples:

  • Citrus – Orange, Lemon, Lime
  • Earthy – Vetiver, Patchouli, Benzoin
  • Floral – Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium 
  • Herby – Marjoram, Clary Sage, Basil
  • Medicinal – Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Fragonia
  • Minty – Peppermint, Spearmint, 
  • Spicy – Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper
  • Woody – Pine, Cedarwood, Wintergreen, Sandalwood

When first blending it is a good idea to either blend oils within the same category or in the following combinations:

  • Floral blends with floral, woody, spicy, and citrus
  • Woody blends with woody, floral, earthy, herby, minty, medicinal, spicy, and citrus
  • Earthy blends with earthy, woody, and minty
  • Herbaceous blends with herby, woody, and minty
  • Minty blends with minty, woody, earthy, herby, and citrus
  • Medicinal blends with medicinal and woody
  • Spicy blends with spicy, floral, woody, and citrus
  • Citrus blends with citrus, floral, woody, minty, and spicy

Always be mindful of any contraindications i.e. oils not to be used in pregnancy, oils which are photosensitive etc.  If in any doubt please contact us or consult an aromatherapist.

Step 4

The creative aspect of blending comes in the balancing of the aroma or ‘notes’ in a blend. Perfumers categorise aromas by top, middle and base notes. Top notes evaporate most quickly when in contact with air. Middle and bass notes are more stable and will come through stronger in a blend. The base notes will stabilise the fragrance and act as a fixer of the scent so that it lasts longer.

  • Top notes are the lightest of the all the notes and are usually citrus oils and some floral notes.
  • Middle notes balance the top and base notes in your blend. The aroma of middle notes lasts longer than those of top notes, but not as long as base notes. These oils include florals, some herb and spice oils.
  • Base notes are the deep, woody notes and ground your blend. These oils include sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, benzoin.

When creating your blend select between three and six oils.  As you become more familiar with the oils and how they work together you can increase the number of oils you use. 

To start with it is a good idea to pick oils from different categories as you want to achieve a balanced blend. We recommend using 30% top note, 50% middle note, 20% bass note as a good starting point. In a 10 drop formulation, 3 drops of top, 5 of middle and 2 bass will give you a balanced blend.

Step 5

Once you are happy with your blend you need to rest it for 24 hours to allow the oils to settle and the notes to come through.

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