I blended own first massage oil earlier and realise it isn’t easy to obtain the scent I thought I would be very pleased about. It is not easy (despite recipes provided online and in the book I am reading, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy.
I do not own all the essential oils stated. And you really need a keen sense of smell.
A mindset I must have is
1) Intention of the blend (good loving and positive one :)) – I did have an intention to have a relaxing, uplifting, boosting body function and repair blend. I realised I am too greedy……………
2) With the good and positive intention, choose the oils for the blend. – I might have forgotten my initial intention and simply chose my favourite oils. Unfortunately, not all the scents blend harmoniously the way I would have love.
3) Sequence of adding the essential oils. I failed to realise the sequence may impact the blend. I just read that the viscosity of the oil must be taken into account. Blending a mixture of essential oils with different viscosity will produce allow the scents to last for different durations.
After reading this experience-essential oil website, I need to learn some fundamentals.
Different viscosity of oils
- Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils (less viscous) that are more volatile (aromatic).
- Heavier and larger molecules produce thicker oils (more viscous) that are less volatile (aromatic).
- Heavier and larger molecules absorb in the body slower and thus are metabolized slower.
- Lighter and smaller molecules absorb in the body fasterand thus are metabolized faster.
(If the above sounds weird, you might have to revisit science and diffusion)
Two methods for blending essential oils
1) Fragrance Notes
Lighter oils are top notes, heavier oils are base notes. Some oils are middle notes. Sounds like music composition, we have to blend combination of notes. (Avoid blending all base or all top notes)
Manage to find a list of essential oils listed in its fragrance notes
2) Classification of oils (In general, essential oils that are from the same botanical family, usually blend well together. In addition, essential oils that share common constituents also mix well.)
- The Personifier (1-5% of the blend) essential oils have very sharp, strong and long-lasting fragrances. They also have dominant properties with strong therapeutic action.
- Examples of Essential oils in this classification may include: angelica, birch, cardamom, cinnamon bark, cistus, Clary sage, clove, coriander, German chamomile, ginger, helichrysum, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, orange, patchouly, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, spearmint, tangerine, terragon, wintergreen and ylang ylang.
- The Enhancer (50-80% of the blend) essential oil should be the predominant essential oil as it serves to enhance the properties of the other essential oils in the blend. Its fragrance is not as sharp as the personifiers and is usually of a shorter duration.
- Essential oils in this classification may include: basil, bergamot, birch, cajeput, cedarwood, cumin, dill, eucalyptus, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, melaleuca (Tea Tree), melissa, myrtle, orange, oregano, palmarosa, patchouly, petitgrain, ravensara, roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, sage, spruce, thyme, wintergreen.
- The Equalizer (10-15% of the blend) essential oils create balance and synergy among the essential oils contained in the blend. Their fragrance is also not as sharp as the personifier and is of a shorter duration.
- Essential oils in this classification may include: basil, beramot, cedarwood, cypress, fennel, fir, frankincense, geranium, ginger, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, melaleuca (Tea Tree), melissa, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, oregano, pine, roman chamomile, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, tarragon, thyme.
- The Modifier (5-8% of the blend) essential oils have a mild and short fragrance. These essential oils add harmony to the blend.
- Essential oils in this classification may include: angelica, bergamot, cardamom, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, avender, lemon, mandarin, melissa, myrrh, neroli, petitgrain, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang.
I do notice overlaps in the classification. Hence I interpret the classification as Relative rather than Absolute.
Finally, the proportion of essential oils to carrier oils.
Therapeutic essential oil blend- About 28 drops of essential oil to 15ml (1/2 oz.) of carrier/base oil.
Body massage blend- About 50 drops of essential oils to 120ml (4 oz.) of carrier/base oil.
Remember to store your fragrant creation in dark-coloured glass bottles. (Credits: Abundant Health 4U)
Later, I will evaluate my own blend see if I achieved my initial intention…. hmm.