Easy Ideas on How to Blend Essential Oils
Blending essential oils is as much an art as it is a science. It’s something that requires knowledge of the oils you’re using and their properties, as well as the soft touch and creative sensibilities of an artisan.
For most people, products such as Shaman’s essential oil blends are all they will ever need – we are especially fond of the Shaman Slimmer aromatherapy blend – but others may want to explore the joy of creating their own blends.
In a previous article, we gave you some tips on how to choose the right oils for a perfect blend. This time, we’re going to offer the basics on HOW to blend.
Keep in mind, this brief article provides you with tips and is focused on home blending by an individual consumer. Our process is much different and involves layers of quality control, checks and balances, and guidelines focused on sustainability that will not apply to what you do at home. These tips are intended for hobbyists only, not commercial producers!
First, you’ll need a few things to get started:
- A notebook to jot down your impressions
- Your chosen Shaman essential oils (see previous article)
- Carrier oils, such as Shaman Argan Carrier Oil or Shaman Passion Fruit Carrier Oil
- Fragrance testing strips or cotton balls
- Glass bottles, preferably 2ml
- 10ml glass bottles with a dropper orifice
Until you’re fully comfortable with the process and know the results you’ll be getting, it’s best to start with blends incorporating just 10 to 15 drops of essential oil. Larger batches may be a waste until you’ve found a blend you like.
Once you have the above materials, do the following:
- Using the dropper, carefully add drops of each oil to your 2ml bottle
- The ratio you choose is up to you: a balance between all with equal drops, or a greater focus on one over the others are both legitimate approaches
- Swirl and smell your blend periodically through the process to gauge the aroma
- When you are satisfied and/or you’ve used about 10 to 15 drops, stop!
- Let your blend rest
The final step is an important one. You’ll want to give your custom blend 24 to 48 hours to settle in and fully blend together. The aroma you get after this resting period may be different than what you first smelled, so it’s an integral part of the process in order to get a finished product.
Once the resting period is over, it’s time to test your blend. Place a drop on a testing strip or cotton ball and take in its aroma. Now do the same with a diluted blend. Use one drop of your blend to four drops of a Shaman carrier oil to dilute and do the same test. Then do the same again, this time with ten drops of carrier oil. And finally, wait a few hours and do a smell test one last time.
As you do this, take notes and ask yourself questions like this:
- What did you enjoy about the aroma or effect?
- Was there anything you did not enjoy?
- What aspects of the blend or aroma would you like to be more prominent?
- What aspects should be less prominent?
- How does this blend make you feel?
- Does this blend trigger any particular emotions, feelings, thoughts, or memories?
The answers to these questions will guide you in determining if your blend succeeds in being what you hoped it would be – again, see our previous article for more on that topic – or if you’ll want to adjust your oil ratios.
There is no “perfect” home blend, only what is perfect for you. Have fun. Experiment. Read any safety precautions and understand the products you’re working with, but also indulge in your creative side. You may create something that is uniquely you!
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