Aromatic blending is becoming more and more popular these days. Basically, it is the science of creatively combining essential oils for the primary purpose of producing fragrance. The said task also have a secondary purpose of providing therapeutic effect. The main focus of the aromatic blend is that it should provide the aroma that the maker likes.
Before blending essential oils, there are safety precautions that must be followed. Be extra careful when you are handling essential oils whether or not they have known phototoxic properties. Avoid using hazardous essential oils for aromatic blending too. Most of all, you have to avoid using all those oils contraindicated for any medical condition you have.
Most of the time, aromatic blending follows the techniques, tips, and principles followed by perfumers. Aromatic blending using essential oils is similar to perfumery blending. However, perfumery blending takes advantage of artificial substances. On the other hand, aromatic blending uses natural ingredients like essential oils, grain alcohol, absolutes, herbs, carrier oils, and water.
Aromatic blending generally requires the use of these unsynthesized chemicals. Due to that, there are numerous benefits that come from a successful aromatic blend. Since the aromatic blending process uses unsynthesized chemicals, you cannot expect to imitate the same scent of commercial fragrances.
Know Their Categories
The basics of aromatic blending using essential oils start off with knowing the categories by grouping essential oils according to their aromas. These categories include floral (jasmine), earthy (oakmoss), woodsy (pine), medicinal (camphor), oriental (ginger), spicy (nutmeg), minty (peppermint), herbaceous (rosemary), and citrus (lemon).
Basically, the oils that are under the same category can blend well together. There are categories that can blend with each other as well. It is up to the maker’s creativity and experimentation to figure out what categories fit well with each other. Just to get started with aromatic blending, some examples of categories blending well with each other include floral oils added to citrus, woodsy, and spicy oils, woodsy oils to all categories, and so much more.
Harmonizing the oil is essential too
If the aroma is not well-harmonized, then you might find the blend to have a different aroma from what it originally has three hours ago. Know that some essential oils evaporate faster than the others. As the oil evaporates, there will be changes to the aroma as well. The aroma will reflect the oil remaining in the blend.
The oils that evaporate the faster are the “top notes” and usually evaporate within one to two hours. Examples of top notes include bay laurel, anise, bergamot, eucalyptus, orange, pepperment, lime, lemongrass, lemon and basil. The ones that evaporate within two to four hours are the ones referred to as the “middle notes”. Examples of these include cinnamon, carrot seed, clary sage, chamomile, cypress, fennel, geranium, and jasmine. There are also those oils that take more than three to four hours to evaporate. These are the oils called “base notes”. You can have balsam, beeswax, ginger, myrrh, vanilla, and benzoin for the base notes.
Tips For Aromatic Blending
Aromatic blending do not have limits or restrictions. That is why, aromatic blending is a good art form to contribute in. Here are some helpful tips to help with proper aromatic blending:
Tip #1: When making a new blend, better start out with a small sample. You can choose the essential oils you want to have and then use at least 5 drops but no more than 20 drops. If you start small, you can prevent wasting your essential oil when experimenting with the blend.
Tip #2: If you start creating the blend, you should limit it to only using absolutes, CO2s, and essential oils. After that, you can proceed diluting the mixture by adding alcohol and carrier oils. If you do not like the aroma of the blend, you can avoid wasting carrier oils and alcohol by then.
Tip #3: You have to take note of what you have used in the experiment and how much drops you have used. You do not want to miss out on the recipe when you have found the perfect blend. Just one drop missing or in excess can change the aroma of a blend recipe you like.
Tip #4: Choose to store the aromatic blend in amber short containers. They are inexpensive and they can protect the essential oil from the harmful sunlight.
Tip #5: Label the blends as clear as possible. That way, you can identify them well, regardless of where you have stored them.