How to Properly Blend Your Essential Oils

Have you ever wanted to create your own essential oil blend but don’t actually know where to start? Whether you want to make a perfume with an invigorating scent or a calming essential blend to add to your diffuser, blending essential oils is not as hard as one may think, but it isn’t that easy either.

Blending essential oils is all about submerging yourself in fragrances. For the beginners who are brand new to essential oils and aromatherapy, one of the best ways to begin crafting your blends is to experiment by mixing a combination of your favorite essential oils.

Blending essential oils is a form of art and usually requires a little bit of training and experiencing. If you wish to use your essential oil blend for therapeutic purposes, you must understand that the order in which your essential oils are blended are essential to maintaining the therapeutic results.

If you just wish to create a fragrance blend, you have to know which scents complement each other in order to create the perfect aroma. Keeping that in mind, here are a few fundamentals to get you started.

The Art of Blending

Blending essential oils is a complex, yet fulfilling task, but it is completely different from fragrance mixing. Blending essential oils is primarily used for its therapeutic benefits, whereas perfume mixing is simply about finding a combination of fragrances to make an enjoyable aroma.

Essential Oil Blending

Blending essential oils requires a bit of homework. It’s important to get familiar with the benefits of each oil to know which ones will complement one another. In general, oils that are from the same botanical family blend well together and oils with similar constituents mix well also.

But you must be careful when mixing because any wrong alteration in the sequence of essential oils can change the chemical properties, the smell and the desired results.

A method you could use in formulating your essential oil blend is knowing about the four blending classifications. The four classifications explain the characteristics of each classification, the order in which they should be added to the blend and the amount of each oil as a percentage of the blend.

1. The Personifier (1-5 percent of the blend): These oils have very sharp, overpowering and long-lasting aromas. They also have dominant properties with strong therapeutic actions.

Oils in this classification may include:

2. The Enhancer (50-80 percent of the blend): These oils should be the predominant oil because they have the ability to enhance the therapeutic properties of the other oils in the blend. Its aroma isn’t as strong as the personifier’s and the smell doesn’t last as long either.

Oils in this classification may include:

3. The Equalizer (10-15 percent of the blend): As the name suggests, these oils create a balance and synergy among the essential oil contained in the blend. The fragrance is not as strong as the personifier’s and it doesn’t last as long either.

Oils in this classification may include:

4. The Modifier (5-8 percent of the blend): These oils add harmony to the blend. They have a mild and short fragrance that is less than its counterparts.

Oils in this classification may include:

Essential Oil Measurements

Since essential oils vary in thickness, the following measurements are approximate measurements:

  • 25-30 drops = 1/4 tsp = 1-2 ml = 5/8 dram
  • 45-50 drops = 1/2 tsp = 2-3 ml = 1 dram
  • 75-80 drops = 3/4 tsp = 3-4 ml = 1/8 oz
  • 100-120 drops = 1 tsp = 5 ml = 1/6 oz
  • 160 drops = 1 1/2 = 6-8 ml = 1/4 oz
  • 320-400 drops = 3 tsp = 13-15 ml = 1/2 oz
  • 600-650 drops = 6 tsp = 25-30 ml = 1 oz

Depending on the topical use of your blend, you may want to add a carrier or base oil to help dilute the essential oils and help carry them into the skin. For therapeutic application, use 28 drops of essential oil to 1/2 ounce of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. When creating a body massage oil blend, you may want to use 50 drops of essential oil to 4 ounces of fractionated coconut oil.

When it comes to blending essential oils, learn to trust your nose because it can help you determine which classification an essential oil should be in. If you want to make a natural perfume, refer to this article as it explains what perfume notes are and how to make the perfect fragrance for you.

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