Aromatherapy And Natural Perfumery Blending Notes

Nov 3, 2017 by

Aromatherapy And Natural Perfumery Blending Notes

One of the things I enjoy the most is making aromatherapy scent blends and natural perfumes! Blending is an art, and it can be confusing to know which aromatics blend well with what. Here are some of my notes on which essential oils blend well together. These suggestions are based on my personal experiences with making aromatherapy scent blends and all natural perfumes. Please note, this information is based only on aroma. Even if you are blending only for fragrance, you still need to take into account safety considerations when using essential oils and other aromatics. So be sure to research essential oils well before use to make sure that they are safe for you and your particular needs!

Each essential oil has a few different notes, so essential oils may be listed in a few different categories below.

These are not exhaustive lists. I have listed only a few aromatics for each essential oil. They definitely blend well with other aromatics! I recommended some of my favorites. Experiment and find out what you love to blend these essential oils with!

Note: There are several different types of aromatics.  Many of the listed aromatics are available as essential oils.  While others are available as absolutes, CO2 extracts, or oleoresins.  Some aromatics are available as a few different types.  For example, different rose species are available as essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts.   I have listed a few different types of aromatics in my notes.

Like other citruses, Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) blends well with a lot of different aromatics! Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic. But there is a non-phototoxic version, which is labeled as bergamot FCF essential oil. I highly recommend blending bergamot with other citrus peel and leaf oils (mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange, lime).  It also blends beautifully with the following notes: herbaceous (thyme, rosemary), woods (West Australian sandalwood), gourmand (the vanilla aromatics, cocoa absolute or CO2 extract), florals (neroli, lavender, the ylang ylang essential oils, the jasmine absolutes), roots (vetiver), greens (patchouli, clary sage), the resins (such as the frankincenses), and spices (cardamom, black pepper).

Carrot seed essential oil (Daucus carota) can be difficult to blend with. It has a distinct strong scent, which is earthy, woody, and a bit spicy.  It blends well with citrus peels (sweet orange, lemon), florals (geranium, lavender), resins (the frankincenses), green (cypress), spicy (cardamom), and woody notes (the cedarwoods).

Blend clove with sweet orange!

Clove bud essential oil blends well with many other aromatics!

Clove essential oil (Eugenia caryophyllata) blends well with other spices (cardamom, ginger), citrus peels and leaves (sweet orange, tangerine, clementine), the florals (the jasmine absolutes, lavender, the ylang ylang essential oils), herbaceous (peppermint, rosemary), and the vanilla aromatics (vanilla oleoresin, absolute, CO2 extract, tincture/extract, glycerite, and infused oil).

Helichrysum essential oil can be hard to blend with. It is a honeyed, spicy, sweet, complex scent with a floral back note. There are a few different helichrysum species that we use in aromatherapy and natural perfumery. These blending notes are for Helichrysum italicum. Helichrysum blends well with citrus peels and petitgrains/leaves (bitter orange, sweet orange, mandarin), floral notes (the rose aromatics, the jasmine absolutes, high altitude lavender, geranium), herbaceous scents (roman chamomile, patchouli, lavender, clary sage, geranium), and spicy fragrances (clove).


Lavender essential oil blends well with many other aromatics!

Lavender flowers. Photo taken in Philadelphia, PA.

Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) blends well with almost everything!  Some recommendations are citrus peels (grapefruit, lemon, sweet orange, mandarin), petitgrains (bitter orange, combava, mandarin), gourmand (the vanilla aromatics, cocoa absolute and CO2 extract), green (patchouli, clary sage), herbaceous (rosemary, thyme), woody (West Australian sandalwood, the cedarwoods), spicy (clove, cinnamon leaf), coniferous (balsam fir, black spruce), and florals (the rose aromatics, the jasmine absolutes, neroli).

Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is one of those scents that people either really love or they dislike! If you don’t like the scent of patchouli, set it aside and let it age for a few to several years. Patchouli’s scent gets better with age and aged patchouli smells amazing! Patchouli blends well many other aromatics. Some of my favorite aromatics to blend patchouli with are the vanilla aromatics, citrus peels and leaves (clementine, sweet orange, lemon, yuzu, lime), roots (vetiver), greens (clary sage, the firs), woods (the cedarwoods, West Australian sandalwood), resins (myrrh, the frankincenses), florals (the rose aromatics, the jasmine absolutes, lavender, the ylang ylang essential oils), and spicy notes (black pepper, clove).

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blending notes! Are there other aromatics that you would like to see in a future blending note article? If yes, please leave a comment!


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  1. Chris Calabrese

    Yes, more please!

    • Hi Chris, I am so glad you enjoyed the article! I will definitely write more blending note articles in the future! Right now I am working on several other articles, so stay tuned 🙂 Have a nice day!

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