Essential Oil Mixing Guide: Make Your Own Blends

Essential Oil Mixing Guide: Create Your Own Blends

Essential oils are brimming with several beneficial properties that can help support health and wellness. Each oil has its distinct chemical profile that lends it its unique properties, aroma, consistency, etc. But when two or more essential oils are blended together, the resulting blend will carry many of the properties of the individual essential oils. Mixing essential oils together can also create blends with distinct aromatic profiles. Here is a handy essential oils mixing guide to help you create your first blend:

Essential Oils Mixing Guide

When blending essential oils, a good point to start would be by sorting them according to some of their distinct characteristics. This can be done in the following ways.

1) By Benefits: 

Essential oils can be energizing, calming, relaxing, purifying, moisturizing, etc. If you want to create a blend to help you sleep better, it is best to create a table that categorizes essential oils according to their benefits. Once you have decided what type of blend you want, i.e., the effect you want, you can choose the appropriate essential oils from the table and use them to create it.

List of Essential Oils by their Effect:

Relaxing: Lavender, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Melissa, Roman Chamomile

Energizing: Wild Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lime, Rosemary

Calming: Vetiver, Ylang ylang, Petitgrain, Geranium, Clary Sage

Upifting: Grapefruit, Fir, Myrrh, Frankincense, Sweet Orange


Sleep blend: Lavender + Clary Sage

Energizing blend: Grapefruit + Peppermint

Calming blend:  Bergamot + Patchouli

2) By Aroma:

Another simple way you can go about creating a blend is by grouping the essential oils according to their scents: floral, citrus, woodsy, musky, etc. You can then mix the essential oils to create a strong floral or citrusy blend.

List of Essential Oils by Their Scent:

Floral: Geranium, Ylang ylang, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose

Citrus: Orange, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Grapefruit, Tangerine

Earthy: Patchouli, Vetiver, Clary sage, Myrrh

Spicy: Ginger, Pepper, Clove, Nutmeg, Cinnamon

A Few Recipes you can Try:

Sweet & Spicy: Vanilla + Cinnamon

Tangy Mint: Lime + Bergamot + Spearmint

Earthy Bliss: Patchouli + Myrrh + Rose

3) By Perfumery Notes:

This method is a bit more technical. In perfumes, the smell changes after a few minutes before settling on a final scent. This is because commercially made perfumes carry different notes that have different evaporation times. Essential oils too carry notes. They are grouped according to their evaporation time, i.e., top or head notes, middle or heart notes, and base notes.

The top notes, being lighter, evaporate first. This is the first scent you will smell when you open a bottle of perfume, and it is usually sharp. The middle notes emerge just before the top notes evaporate completely. They usually have a well-rounded scent and are more subtle than the top notes. Finally, the base notes come up just when the middle note evaporates completely. The middle and base notes make up the main fragrance profile of the perfume. The base notes last the longest, determine the final fragrance, and they are often richer in scent.

Blending essential oils using their notes as a guide is a bit more technical, but it will produce a blend that will last longer. You can categorize essential oils as per their notes to create blends with complex scents with lasting power. For perfumes, use the following essentials oils mixing guide percentages: 30% top note essential oils, 50% middle notes essential oils, and 20% base notes.

Essential Oils List as per their perfumery notes:

Top Notes: Orange, Peppermint, Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass

Middle Notes: Cardamom, Pine, Geranium, Rosemary, Chamomile

Base Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Ginger, Vanilla, Sandalwood

Recipes for Personal Perfume: 

Sweet & Spicy: Vanilla + Clove + Jasmine

Exotic fragrance: Sandalwood + Vanilla + Bergamot + Orange

Fresh scent: Ginger + Grapefruit + Vetiver

Romantic scents: Rose + Vanilla + Sandalwood + Sweet Orange

How to Wear your Homemade Essential Oils Perfume:

You should apply a few drops of perfume to the pulse points like your inner wrists, hollow of the neck, behind the ears, inner elbows, and behind your knees.  You can also try adding the blend to essential oil diffusing jewellery.

How to Store your Blends:

Essential oils should be stored in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight and heat. This is the reason most essential oils are sold in dark-colored bottles. You can use amber or inky blue glass bottles to store the blends. Make sure they have a dropper that will help dispense the oil in a controlled manner.

If you are preparing an essential oil blend to use as a personal perfume, you can add it to a roll-on bottle. This will help to dispense and distribute the blend evenly without any waste.

Not all essential oils can be used neat. You may have to dilute some in a carrier oil like Fractioned Coconut or Sweet Almond before using them topically.

Revive Essential Oils has a selection of carefully crafted blends that promote relaxation, sleep, calm, etc. A selection of pre-blended essential oils is also available as roll-ons.