Fragrance Forum

Essential Oils can be tricky. I was humbled by how complex and intricate some of these combinations and blends can be. For those of you who may need it, I've assembled a quick crash course about some essential oils that I have available for the DIY Scent Body Butter

Know Your Notes   Every essential oil is classified as a top, middle, or base note. On occasion, an oil may fall somewhere in between. The best of blends typically find harmony in the inclusion of all three categories.

  1. Top Note - What do you want to be the first thing to hit you smack dab in the nostrils? Thats the top note. They are essentially the first impression, except in this instance, its generally not a lasting one. The buck is passed to the Middle Note.
  2. Middle Note -This is what is most likely to stick around and be present after that initially application. I'd say if you are experimenting with these for the first time, make sure this is one that really sounds good to ya.
  3. Base Note - This oil really sets the foundation of the other oils. Typically rich and relaxing, base oils are going to super critical in therapeutic blends and aromatherapy. 


Blending  Some scents just aren't meant to be with some scents. For example. Floral does not get down with Earthy, Herbaceous, Minty, and Medicinal.


Here is a comprehensive table of all the scent categories and what they get down with.

Aroma Categorization Here are some examples of Classifications and a few oils for each.

  1. Floral
    Lavender, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang
  2. Woodsy 
    Pine Needle, Cedar
  3. Earthy 
    Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli
  4. Herbaceous 
    Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil
  5. Minty 
    Peppermint, Spearmint
  6. Medicinal/Camphorous
    Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
  7. Spicy 
    Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon
  8. Citrus 
     Orange, Lemon, Lime