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Creative Blending with Essential Oils

Deanna Russell, Clinical Aromatherapist

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11 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Blending promo

    • 2. Using the blending wheel

    • 3. Introduction to blending notes

    • 4. Blending methods

    • 5. Budget blending tips

    • 6. Additional blending techniques

    • 7. Creative blending

    • 8. Blending challenge

    • 9. Toolsofthetrade

    • 10. Almost done!

    • 11. Resource: How to make infused oils

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About This Class


Want to start a new hobby in an afternoon?

Do you love the idea of making your own signature scent?

Do you love experimenting with essential oils....and like to make stuff?

With blending techniques under your belt, you will be ready for the creative blending challenge!

Get ready for a fun afternoon with Deanna as she explains:

  • How to use the aroma blending wheel (blending wheel provided)
  • Introduction to perfume notes
  • Creative blending methods
  • Blending on a budget
  • How to use the odour profile reference chart (chart provided)

During this class you will:

  • Make a diffuser blend
  • Make a perfume blend:
    • roller type
    • solid perfume type

Additional resources are provided, including how to make an infused herbal oil.


1. Blending promo: welcome to creative blending with essential oils. At the end, you're going to have a blending challenge. In this class, you'll be given a blending oil for essential oils. We start off with an introduction to blending notes and essential oils. We also cover two different blending methods, both of which work very well. Both methods will be explained to you with visual aids, such as these charts in this class. You'll also be making a diffuser blend for yourself in this class. We also cover creative, essential oil blending. I also provide you several tips on how to do blending when you're on a budget, and at the end you'll be ready to take that challenge. 2. Using the blending wheel: All right. Now we're onto blending essential oils. You're gonna have a downloadable resource of a blending wheel. You're going to need that. It's gonna look like this, and you can see that it is broken down into different sections. What I'm going to tell you about the blending wheel is that all of the oils in each category go with each other. So, for example, all the trees go together. All the herbs go together, all the Citrus. You could blend together so you can mix up Citrus with another Citrus. No problem. You could mix up close with cinnamon. No problem. You can mix geranium with lavender. No problem. Here's the second thing that you should know about the blending wheel. Each of the sections on the wheel go with the one next to it so you can blend a flower with a grass or a tree with a herb. So that's how you use the blending wheel. 3. Introduction to blending notes: essential oils have been categorized into notes, as in perfumery or music. When oil's air combined with balance in mind, the results could be not only effective but lovely to some. People start at the top and add a note until they form a perfect chord, usually ending with the bass note. Some people also start at the bottom at the base, and they build up their court from there. Either way is fine. It just depends on your personal preference. So what is the top note? A top note hits the nose first, but then the aroma is short lived. A mental note makes up the bulk of your overall combination. They had texture and interest to a blend. Bass notes anchor the scent, and they have longer staying power. When you use this combination, your based middle and top notes, you probably need to have a few more top notes than you do. Bass notes. Have some fun experimenting. Here's some tips Dr Planning Essential oils in the same group together or mixed with the neighbouring list as you saw on your blending wheel to start keeper, blend simple using two or three essential oils when you get more experienced. You can have three or four or even five. Please be aware of essential oil safety issues and plan accordingly. This is where your Contra indication chart will come in handy. Try balancing sense. Using a combination of top, middle and bass notes, some essential notes have a more powerful or delicate note in some linger more than others . This is where experimenting gets really fun. Just for an example Here, Bergamo will be will hit your nose first and then it will die off sooner. Whereas patchouli will linger for quite some time Before you start blending, you should think about why you want to do it was the purpose of it. How would you use it? Do you want to add it to a warm bath? Do you want to make a massage Oil? Do you want to smell medicinal? Do you want it to be comforting? Where you targeting a specific problem like a skin condition? Keep track of what appeals to you and what does not. And don't be surprised if something you didn't like previously suddenly finds a place with you and vice a versa. Something that you liked suddenly one day you don't need to have it so much 4. Blending methods: I just wanted to point out a couple of different blending methods that you can use when making your own blends. Make sure that you have your blending wheel available because you'll need it at the end. To do that, your next assignment. All essential oils fit into different categories of notes. Some of them are top notes, middle notes, Erhard notes or bass notes. The interesting thing is that there is not complete agreement on which categories certain oil's fall into some of them overlap quite a bit, and there are differing opinions on a lot of oils. An example of this is ginger. It's been listed as a top note, but it's also known as a base note, so there's a lot of flexibility in this area here. The first blending method that I'll explain first is the one that uses top notes to start off the blend. An example is starting off with ginger as a top note, adding lavender as the middle note or heart note and ending with vetiver as the base note. Using a chart like this allows you to keep track of which oils you're using, what know what they are categorized as as well as their grouping and also a name for your blend. When you're done next, we'll talk about method to starting your blend using a bass note first, in this example, you can see that I've started with patchouli as a base Cyprus as a middle note and ending with tea tree as a top note. Using a chart like this to create your own blends is a handy way of staying organized and creating a logbook. When you're creating and experimenting, one quick thing that you can do is create two by two inch squares of card stock that air prepared so that you can put your drops of oils onto them. This is what the perfume industry does as well, and it will give you an idea of what your smell is going to be like before you put it onto your body. One thing that I've learned to do is to write down the oils that I used on the actual piece of paper in order to keep track of what I'm doing at the time to keep things practical and fund. Your next assignment is going to be to make a diffuser blend 5. Budget blending tips: I thought that it would be practical to talk about how to do some blending when you're on a budget. I have some tips for you about this. I would purchase small amounts of essential oils, especially if you're unfamiliar with the oil. It would also be helpful if you made a budget and stick to it, especially if you're just starting out and you want to collect everything. Something that I've done myself is I've made an infused herbal oil to use as a base in my roller blends and my solid perfumes. Some ingredients that lend themselves very nicely to this type of thing are cardamom seeds , vanilla pods, dried rose petals and dried Citrus peel. Making your own infused herbal oil is easy to do once you know how I have a resource available on how to make your own a few, sir, but loyals, so be sure to check for that. Another really simple tip is to just make small test batches to save on supplies, so that if it does not work out, you haven't wasted a lot of products, and the other thing you can do is try blending more affordable oils together to create similar aromas to more expensive ones. Some substitution is that you can make includes switching out a lang lang for jasmine. You can also switch vetiver with sandalwood. Since rosewood is now an endangered species, I like to transition to using whole would. Instead, they're very similar and smell. And if you cannot afford to get rose and many people cannot, you could try using Rose Geranium. If you're interested in blowing your budget on an essential oil, you can pick from some of these very commonly sought after oil's jasmine, sandalwood, rose and narrowly. 6. Additional blending techniques: Let's continue with our blending methods section. I have another important tool that I want to tell you about. We've already talked about the aroma blending wheel and how to use that. Next. I want to provide you with something called an odor intensity profile chart. You have another downloadable resource, and it's going to look like this, so be sure and go and get that right away. First you'll have the name of the essential oil listed, followed by what category of note it falls under. Next, you'll see another column that has the odor intensity of the essential oil, followed by the family type as categorized in perfume industry. Let me explain the odor intensity profile. It's actually very useful information toe have. When you're making a blend, take your chart and have a look through it just for a second and notice the Citrus oils. You'll see that they're all top notes, and almost all of them have an odor profile of four or perhaps five. The odor intensity profile operates on a scale range of 1 to 10. The range of 4 to 5 refers to the amount of staying power of that particular essential oil I call this the lingering factor. The higher the number, the longer the staying power. As you become familiar with your reference chart, you'll notice that most bass notes also have, ah, higher profile number assigned to them. This is one reason why it's important to have essential oils from all of the categories of notes top, middle or heart and base. Your reference chart also has links to more resources, so be sure to check them out. 7. Creative blending: Let's spend a little bit of time talking about making perfume blends. Right now, we're going to look at four different perfume aroma, tight families Citrus, floral, woody and Oriental. Some essential oils in the Citrus family include line Mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange and petty grain. Characteristics of this type of perfume are lively and soft and suit both masculine and feminine personalities. Oh, to Cologne fits within this group because Citrus nose air mostly talk notes. You're going to use liberal and frequent applications of this type of perfume in the floral category. Some of the most famous essential oils are rose, geranium, jasmine, lavender and wrangling character. Six of this family type are romantic and sweet, and this group is decidedly feminine. You would want to wear a perfume made from these types of essential oils when you want to feel pretty. And, of course, they are a date appropriate. The next family is the woody family category. This includes essential oils such a sandalwood, oak, moss, frankincense, vetiver and cedarwood. These types of perfumes are usually no nonsense, and our fruity plus flora combinations and their appropriate for anyone to wear perfumes in this category or known to be rich, classic and have a long lasting aroma and are often worn in the corporate workplace. In the Oriental category, there is a bit of a range, but right now will focus on essential oils such as ginger, coriander, black pepper, sandalwood and jasmine. Oriental type perfumes are usually very heavy, spicy and seductive, and warn on special occasions sparingly and appropriate for male or female. Oriental blends for men would be less sweet and more earthy, whereas Oriental blends for women would be more floral. Let's just do a little case study here. I found a perfume called Vetiver and grapefruit by molten brown, and this perfume was launched in 2019. The top notes in this perfume are great fruit, pink pepper and cardamom. The heart notes in this perfume are not make and cinnamon. What we don't know is if it is cinnamon leaf or cinnamon bark. The bass notes for this blend include vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood. I did find it interesting that this particular perfume was focused more on top notes and bass notes than on the heart notes, but that just goes to show you that every blend is unique and different 8. Blending challenge: okay. Now is time for the essential oil blending challenge. Are you ready? Decide what type of perfume you want to make. Do you want to make a ruler ball or a solid perfume? Now decide what aroma family you will focus on. Here's a quick recap on the aroma Families we talked about Citrus, floral, woody and Oriental. Let's talk about the rule on perfume Challenge First, the supplies that you will need include an empty roller ball, carrier oil and your chosen essential oils as well as a label. Here's a tip. Ho ho ba or M C T. Oil are excellent choices, so our sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil as well as sunflower oil. For a 10 mill roller ball size, you'll be using 15 to 20 drops of essential oils in total. You can either use a pre may blend that you love that you've made, or you can do it by adding base knows first followed by the middle notes. And then finally, the top notes. If you're doing the blending drop by drop, starting from the base and working up, keep track of each drop that you add of what oil and in what order, allow the oils to mingle and make friends with each other. It takes about 24 hours for your blood to synergize, so have your first smell after 24 hours have passed and then smell it again after a week or two and see what the differences are. Also know the differences between the aroma from the bottle and wearing it on your own skin . It will be different. Be sure to do a patch test first, especially if you have sensitive skin. Now, if you want to make a solid perfume, let's go over the details on how to do that. Let's go over some of the things that you'll need to make this. You'll need an appropriately sized container for your perfume, depending on the amount that you're going to be making half announced to two ounces is just fine. Some other things that you'll need include a digital scale and weigh boats for your wax and for your carrier, a glass measuring cup for melting the ingredients together and a larger pot with water to make the water bath. You'll also be using a wax to put with your carrier oil. This could be a floral wax bees, wax or polo ax. It's up to you, which you prefer. You will also need a carrier oil of some type to mix with your works. This could be in if used herbal oil that you've prepared yourself or can be a carrier oil such as Ho ho but or M. C. T. Oil. And of course, you will also need the essential oils of your choosing. I do recommend having these pre portioned out and in a mixed form so that you can add them quickly at the end. When you're finished making your perfume. Here's a quick look at that recipe. I'm using white bees wax here and Hoga without I'm adding 75 drops of my chosen essential oils. No Rowley, Rosalina, Petty Green, patchouli, vetiver and Virginian Cedarwood Make sure that you don't know the full directions and instructions for making this recipe. This should get you started and your creative juices flowing. Don't forget to record everything and have some fun 9. Toolsofthetrade: I just want to take a minute. Show you some of the tools that I use. Some of them I use quite a lot and some of them not as much of the each other purpose, and I'll just going through what I do. One of the first things that I enjoy having were these last speakers. I have them in different sizes. Their class, yeah, size that I use the most, actually, are the smaller ones used to a particular And I just got lost in Arizona. Another thing that I use a watch by a lot every day is a little thing like this, and it allows me to measure up to 10 mils of essential oils. What I like about this is that I can add it by that measure. That way, when I do my essential blends, or I can also do it by weight so that I would use my digital scale and I have brought scale and I also have a bigger one that I use have a couple. But the great thing about that is that I could just weigh it using the terror feature right onto the scale, so I don't how much. I'm doing it by weight. Another thing that's useful is sometimes called weevils. And it's just a thing that you can weigh out your dry ingredients like these wax or powders or things like that. And it's just so that you don't get your scale dirty. And actually, this is a gelato dish that I got from a place. It was disposable, and I use it all the time. I just keep using it for that. You can get those you can use any found object to you. Actually, another thing that you can use. This is ISS. A spray bottle is glass. I use this to make toters and spray nous. This is what I mean by a slip cap. Almost. You can see that, but it just flips up just like that, and it allows you to direct. You are applications, so if you were doing a hair application, then you could just use it for that. This is what's called a disc cap, and it just pops open, and it allows you to pour from that. This is an example of a pump dispenser. You just pump it out. This is good for lotions and creams. This is a pump treatment. It pumps out by the squirt, and it's good for visual oil blends or even tours. If you like, It's just another application. This is a dropper bottle. It has a dropper applicator, and it just is contained within the glass vial. This is just a little white Machar. It's glass. I like using glass because you could recycle the jars a swell after your first half finished using them. This kind of a container is good for scrubs and body bars, and it's just a positive one. This is a holder ball. It's a 10 minute over ball. It comes with three parts to it, so that when you put in the roller part, you have to make sure it goes in all the way. And then when that study you're this is what I mean by a drip cap. So this is a channel essential oil while and your cat bottle. The dripper part is attached, and then you put it on the screw it down really tight, and then after it's in, it's the drip cap. It allows you dispense the essential oil by the drum. It makes it a lot easier when you're working with smaller quantities. This is an example of a spray this bottle. So these calm usually longer than your thing your bottle. All you have to do is take scissors and just cut off the excess that you don't need. And then it goes. That really nice. Another thing that I use a lot is a disposable Pipat, and what that allows you to do is take small mountainous off something and dispense it into your to your other thing that you're using. Another thing that I use all the time is a funnel. This one's distant plastic one has, um, I have several. This is just the one that I used the most often. So basically what it allows you to do is transfer your mixed directly at your bottle, especially if you're measured. Container doesn't have spout. What I like about the speakers is that they have. This phone makes it a lot easier to get stop into ran. You get to be more fast. You'll probably want to invest in Ph tester. That's what this does. You turn on and you put it into your except what you're making, and that allows you to see what the pH is that your it's important if you're making escape care box, So I hope that gives you an idea of some of the tools that I use and have fun with your Monday. 10. Almost done!: congratulations. You've just finished taking the creative blending challenge, and I hope you had so much fun. Here's a quick recap on what you've learned during this challenge. First, you downloaded your a warm a blending wheel and learned how to use that. Next, I introduced you to the blending notes and how they work. We also cover two different blending methods, both of which work very well. In this class. We talked about how you could make an essential oil blend for your diffuser. We also talked about creative, essential oil blending. I also gave you some of my best tips on blending on a budget. Then I introduced you to one of my favorite at vast, blinding tools using the older profile reference chart. The challenge for this class was to make a perfume, either a ruler, perfume or a solid perfume. If you enjoyed creative blending, the next step for you is therapeutic. Blending my course aromatherapy foundational concepts provides you with vital, important information on doing blending for yourself and for your family both safely and effectively. Don't forget, never stop learning 11. Resource: How to make infused oils: but