How to blend Essential Oil Perfumes

The benefits of Essential Oil Perfumes are astronomical, not only is the fragrance richer than traditional perfumes, it also has a host of aromatherapy benefits.  However blending essential oil perfumes is not quite as quick and simple as mixing up a batch of inspired fragrances based on chemical ingredients.

Things to remember when blending EO perfumes:

“Fixing” is important. Essential oils evaporate quickly, especially the top notes, you have to keep them in place or “fix” them with a a base note to make the fragrance last longer.

Most of the woody oils can be used and just one drop in a mixture will make sure the fragrance lingers.

Some examples to use are: sandalwood, cedarwood, vetivert, patchouli.

Essential oil perfumes can be made using a base oil, which are great for roll on oils or dab oils, or they can be made into more traditional spray perfumes by using alcohol.

Some people will suggest that you can also add water to the alcohol but I wouldn’t recommend it as it tends to make some perfumes milky.

You need to keep in mind that high quality pure essential oils are very strong so make sure that you do not exceed a few drops per 100 mls or it might irritate the skin or even burn it if the concentration is too much.

Please click on the following link to access some of our suggested blends and recipes: PPPPPPPP

When making any perfumes, whether it be oil, alcohol based, natural or synthetic, it is recommended that you leave the blend to stand for a couple of days to let the perfume mature.

This is especially true of essential oils as they need to settle within the blend.

This method is a little time consuming but it can be extremely rewarding once you have blended something that is really loved by everyone.

What you need to do is lay out all the essential oils you think you might be using in front of you.

Start by adding one drop of an essential oil to an empty bottle or a bottle that already has your carrier oil. Smell it.

Then add a drop of the next essential oil you want to use, swirl gently and smell that. Make sure you are writing down notes as you go along.

Carry on like this until such time as you feel you are satisfied with the blend – remember all perfumes should stand for a couple of days to mature.

If you feel your nose is overwhelmed, smell some coffee beans to clear it. 

  • Start small – 5, 10, 20, 25 drops, you really don’t want to waste your precious oils when you are being innovative. Rather blend small quantities and then when you are happy scale up the measurements.
  • Always use a dark colored bottle to blend and store your essential oil fragrances, I cannot repeat this enough, essential oils tend to break down in bright light.
  • Keep track of all your notes and records, even the unsuccessful blends should be noted so that in future you can see what you tried and didn’t like.
  • Have labels on hand to mark the blends correctly.
  • A helpful trick is to begin your blending experiments by forming them in the given ratios (not to be followed very accurately) top notes: 30%, middle notes: 50%, base notes: 20%. Click here for a reference chart on Essential oil notes.

Max concentration of oils for adults should not exceed 5% in any essential oil product, and for children under 14 years should not exceed 1%.


PLEASE NOTE: Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.

We are not medical doctors and if you are currently on any sort of medication or treatment prescribed by your medical practitioner, please check with them first before attempting any of the therapies or treatments suggested in this course.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your medical practitioner before using any of the essential oil blends suggested here, as some are not suitable to be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

The suggestions and remedies on this website are recommended with adults in mind and may not be suitable for young children as their senses, and skins are very sensitive and can cause allergic reactions.

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