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Blending Essential Oils 
for Beautiful Perfume

Blending essential oils can be an amazing science in getting the fragrance just right. By considering the top, middle and base note of each essential oil will make a difference to your final blend.

Below you will find a list of essential oils categorised by whether they are a top, middle and base note.

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A top note is usually the fragrance we smell first. It is also the fragrance to disappear first. Using the largest number of drops in the blend from top notes gives plenty of lingering fragrance.

The middle note is the body of the perfume. Use a good percentage of this oil as it will provide the body of the fragrance and support the top note.

The base note provides a long lasting full bodied fragrance. It will be the last oil to smell but will linger the longest. Sandalwood perfume and essential oil is a good example of this. A good quality sandalwood will last for hours and have a very deep bodied fragrance.

Choose an oil from each of the lists (one from top, middle and base). Keep in mind the fragrance - is it citrus, floral, spicy, woody or earthy.

The ratios of oils are best when top note oils make up the highest percentage of the perfume, the a goood percentage of middle note oil, and lastly only one or two drops of base note.

Experiment with these lists:

Top Notes

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Tangerine
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint

Middle Notes

  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Palo Santo
  • Myrtle
  • Juniper
  • Ylang Ylang

Base Notes

It is best to choose one essential oil from each list. Keep in mind the purpose for making your blend and have fun experimenting and blending essential oils!

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