Have you always wanted to blend your own oils but not known where to start? Maybe you want to mix your own custom perfume or create a blend for cleaning your home?
One of the first things to consider is what you’re going to be using this blend for and how you’re going to be using it. Ask yourself:
Once you know what you want out of your essential oil blend, it’s time to do some research! What you’re looking for here is a list of pure essential oils that have the properties that you want in a blend. You won’t use all of these oils in your blend, but you want to create a list of 10-15 oils that could be included, and you will simplify this list later on.
If you’re purely making your blend around its scent as you want to use it for a perfume or to create a beautiful atmosphere in your home, you may wish to research oils by their herbal family. Based on what scent you like, you may research citrus, floral or woody oils.
If you’re blending your essential oils simply for aromatic purposes (blending for enjoyment of the scent rather than therapeutic benefit), you will want to make sure your oil combinations will actually smell nice once they are blended together. An easy way to do this is to break the oils down into their essential oil category. Some of the main essential oil categories are listed below:
Herbal: Frankincense, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, German Chamomile, Tea Tree, Marjoram, Spearmint, Basil, Fennel, Roman Chamomile
Woody: Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cedarwood, Juniper, Black Pepper, Pine
Floral: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Petitgrain
Citrus: Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Lime, Mandarin, May Chang, Tangerine, Melissa, Citronella
Once you know which categories your oils fit into, you can see which combinations are possible. There are no set rules when it comes to blending oils, ultimately it comes down to your preferences, but there are a few guidelines that will help you if you’re new to blending oils. Typically essential oils from the same category blend well together, as do essential oils from one category that are matched with oils from a complementary category.
Once you’ve nailed your combination, it’s best to make a small batch first just to make sure you’re happy with the scent before making a large batch. This test batch should just be 10-15 drops of essential oils in total.
Once your blend is complete, it’s best to let the oils rest for 24-48 hours before using them, this allows the aromas to develop beautifully.
Remember, have fun with it! The options are endless when it comes to blending oils and the more you do it the more in tune with your preferences you will get and you’ll also get better at knowing which combinations work best.
To make this really simple, we have even put together a little cheat sheet on some of our favourite oil combinations for specific purposes, you can check it out below. If you love the idea of blends but don’t really have the time to make them yourself, we have our own range of blends already perfected for you, you can check them out here.
The best thing about making your own body scrub (except being toxic free and all natural) is that you get to choose your favourite consistency and fragrance. You can start by making only a small amount and experimenting. Here is our favourite recipe for a beautiful detoxifying and refreshing all natural body scrub.