NOTES

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NOTES

The Properties of the Notes

  • Top Notes-Top notes are light, fresh and evaporate quickly. It is the first scent that you are aware of in a blend and it is the first scent to leave the blend. Most of the citrus essential oils fall into this group.
  • Middle Notes-Middle notes evaporate at a slower rate of speed and they are noted for adding stability to the top notes. The middle note is considered the body of the blend, and/or fragrance.
  • Bottom Notes-Bottom notes are slow to evaporate. The fragrances of these essential oils are rich and full body. When used in a blend, the bottom notes take awhile for the scent to emerge, but once they do, they can linger for a long time. Use essential oils from this category sparingly.

 

 

Short Chart of Essential Oils and their Notes

TOP notes

MIDDLE notes

BOTTOM notes

Basil

Bay

Balsam peru

Bergamot

Black Pepper

Cassia

Cajupet

Cardamom

Cedarwood

Coriander

Cinnamon

Clove

Eucalyptus

Chamomile

Frankincense

Grapefruits

Geranium

Ginger

Hyssop

Calendula

Jasmine

Lemon

Juniper

Myrrh

Lemongrass

Lavender

Neroli

Lime

Marjoram

Oakmoss

Mandarin

Melissa

Rose

Niaouli

Myrtle

Rosewood

Orange

Nutmeg

Sandalwood

Peppermint

Palma Rosa

Vervain

Petitgrain

Pine

Vanilla

Ravensara

Rosemary

Vetiver

Tea Tree

Spineward

Ylang Ylang

Thyme

Yarrow

 

The Mixing Ratio

The best blends for long term staying power are those that contain 3-2-1 notes.

This means you will use 3 drops of Top Notes to every 2 drops of Middle Notes to 1 drop of Base/Bottom Note.

You can then double this ratio to create a 6-4-2- blend.