Do you need help understanding the various notes that contribute to the wonderful aroma of your favorite essential oil? Read on to learn all about them!
Essential Oil Aromas
The first smell to arise from a blend and evaporate quickly. The top note fragrance is usually light, fresh, sharp, penetrating, and airy. They add brightness to a blend. The aroma of top note oils reminds me of wind chimes or a flute. Top notes stimulate and clear your mind, uplifting your energy.
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil
- Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential Oil
- Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) Essential Oil
- Grapefruit (Rose) (Citrus paradisi) Essential Oil
- Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil.
Called the “heart” note, these oils give the blend aromatic softness, fullness, and can round off any sharp edges. Middle notes can have both top and base note aromas within them. They are harmonizing for your blends. Middle notes provide balance both physically and energetically. They are soothing and harmonizing for the mind and body.
- Chamomile German (England) (Matricaria recutita) Essential Oil
- Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) Essential Oil
- Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum) Essential Oil
- Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) Essential Oil
- Helichrysum italicum (Corsica) (Helichrysum italicum) Essential Oil
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)Â Essential Oil
- Marjoram (Sweet) (Origanum majorana) Essential Oil
- Ravintsara (Ho Leaf) (Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole) Essential Oil
- Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica) Essential Oil
- Rosemary ct Camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor) Essential Oil
These oils provide a deep, warm, grounded quality to your blend. They function as fixatives by reducing the evaporation of the top notes. Base notes add intensity to a blend and often have an earthy aroma. The aroma rises slowly to your nose unlike top notes, which penetrate quickly. Base notes are used to relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. They are calming and grounding. Most oils derived from woods, resins, and roots are base notes.
- Opoponax (Commiphora guidottii) Essential Oil
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) Essential Oil
- Sandalwood (Santalum album) Essential Oil
- Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) Essential Oil
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) Essential Oil
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. Genuina) Essential Oil
When blending, add one drop at a time to your blend, then mix and smell. Allow the blend to unfold slowly and inform you about what oils to add and how much. We often need much less essential oil than we might imagine. Remember to keep track of the blends you make by recording which oils you used and how many drops of oil. When you finish the blend and want to make it again, you will have the recipe!
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