Creating custom diffuser blends
Whether your essential oil collection includes just a few oils or dozens, the diffuser blends you can create are limited only by your imagination.
How to get started blending essential oils
As you begin creating your own diffuser blends, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
Identify and balance aromatic notes. Essential oil blends consist of “notes” that we refer to as base notes, middle notes, and top notes. Top notes are the scents you’ll smell first. These usually include light, fresh oils like Grapefruit, Orange, or Cinnamon Bark. Middle notes make up the heart of your blend. Some oils you can consider middle notes are Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, and Rose. Last but not least, you’ll catch the base notes, which are the undertones of a blend, should complement the top and middle notes, and often linger the longest. A few base note oils include Patchouli, Cedarwood, and Frankincense. Not every blend you try will have all three notes, but it’s important that you develop a feel for the oils that are more dominant so you can add the correct amounts and create truly balanced blends.
Determine your scent preferences. Everyone experiences a different reaction to a scent. As you create your own diffuser blends, start with the scents that you’re familiar with and prefer. As you introduce yourself to a wider selection of oils, you can begin adding them to your custom blends.
Consider the properties of each oil. When you combine essential oils into a diffuser blend, consider the effect you want it to have. There are many types of oil scent profiles, including earthy, woodsy, fruity, minty, floral, spicy, citrusy, resinous, camphoraceous, and herbaceous oils. Each of these types of oils will affect the impact your diffuser blend has. Also keep in mind that we all have different emotions and memories, which means that each of these oils will affect each person a little differently. As a general rule, however, each of these scent types typically offers the following benefits and influences:
- Earthy oils: Grounding, stabilizing, and calming
- Woodsy oils: Centering, steadying, strengthening, and empowering
- Fruity/citrusy oils: Reviving, mellowing, harmonizing, and cheering
- Minty oils: Stimulating, energizing, enlivening, and vitalizing
- Floral oils: Relaxing, sensual, nurturing, and uplifting
- Spicy oils: Invigorating, warming, comforting, and motivating
- Resinous oils: Settling, quieting, consoling, and meditative
- Camphoraceous oils: Stimulating, revitalizing, and renewing
- Herbaceous oils: Clarifying, pacifying, regulating, and balancing
Learn more about these scent profiles here.
How to find the perfect balance in blending
So you don’t waste any of your precious essential oils, we recommend you bypass the trial-and-error phase by performing smell tests before creating your diffuser blend. Choose oils you think blend well together, remove their lids, hold them in one hand, and waft them beneath your nose to get a sense of what they’d smell like together.
YL tip: Oils can smell strong directly from the bottle. Try sniffing the lids instead to get a lighter, more diffused scent.
While you can use as many oils as you’d like in your diffuser blend recipes, we usually stick to 3–5 oils per blend. Of course, what matters most is your personal preference. If you find a blend you like that calls for a single drop from 10 different oils, go for it!