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Blending oils is fun, but can be tricky and sometimes the results are not what you expect. Use blotters to get a basic creation and then work in small batches so you aren't wasting oils and getting unexpected results. Mixing oils is like cooking with spices, add what you want, add more if necessary. Some scents smell great on their own but don't mix well, while some scents maybe not so pleasant on their own but then develop when other aromas are added to them. Some scents disappear when introduced to other oils. The good thing is there really isn't a right or wrong to blending fragrances since it's a personal preference. Be creative and have fun with it and of course like everything else - you will get better with practice.Equipment:Fragrance and/or Essential OilsBottles to hold blendsPipettes – one for each FO/EOBlotter paperBlending CardsIsopropyl Alcohol – to clean pipettes if necessaryFresh AirGround CoffeeFragrance NotesAll aromatic oils include top, middle, and bottom or base notes and these terms are what perfumers use to describe fragrances. The notes are based on the evaporation rate of the oil itself.Top Notes: Very thin oil usually light, sharp and fresh, this is what you smell first before they dissipate. Recommended 5-20% in blend. Middle Notes: Main body of the fragrance, balances top and bottom notes. Recommended 50-80% in blend.Bottom Notes: Deep, warm, thick & heavy. Lingers the longest in the blend. Recommended 5-20% in blend.Generally, blends that consist of top, middle and base notes are more complex, appealing and inspiring. Some fragrances such as lavender can be both top and middle notes or for instance, peppermint can be both a middle and base note.Let's get mixing! If you are a little nervous to blend their scents because if a blend does not turn out, the fragrance oil could be wasted, then use very small amounts of each fragrance oil when starting the mixing process and work in small batches first. I like to use pipettes and work with drops on a scent blotter to create ratios for larger batches. For instance, start with 1 drop of each oil that you want to blend on the blotter. Close your eyes, take a deep breath of the scent and decide which fragrance need more added to them. Add one drop at a time, sniff and repeat if necessary. Make sure to record all drops and info as you go so that you don’t’ lose track of your ratios.Creating RatiosSo now that you have created your ratio by drops, you can then create larger formulas using drop ratios. For instance, a 1 oz. bottle is 30 ml, pipettes easily measure in ml up to 3 ml at a time so you know you will need up to 10 pipettes to create a 1 oz. bottle. I recommend testing your ratios in 1 oz. formulas to make sure that you are getting the results that you desire before creating larger batches. So here’s a basic math example to translate drop ratios into a formula:Drop Ratio Ounce Ratio (= 10 pipettes)Fragrance #1 1 drop 1 pipette=3mlFragrance #2 9 drops 9 pipettes=27ml After all your parts are added to the bottle, swish them around to ensure the oils are fully blended. Then it’s time to smell! Take notes as you are blending on notecards because the worst thing is to develop the best fragrance ever and then not be able to duplicate it!Once you have smelled the blend with equal parts of each fragrance, add more fragrance (one “part” at a time) as you see fit. Keep smelling after each addition to find just the right amounts. Once you are happy with your blend, transfer the blend to a small container and label. This way you can easily re-smell the fragrance and recreate it in larger projects. Or, use the small amount of oil to make a test batch to see how the blend does in your product of choice.Must-Have Fragrance Oils for Blending by CategoryI really got out of control on this section because each oil has its own features and highlights for creating blends, but if I had to choose about 30 “must-haves” these would be it. Clean – adds clean or sparkling characteristics to blends – usually top or middle notes - Champagne, Green TeaFruit – top or middle notes – citrus is always top, bolder fruits like cranberry are middle. Apple, Blueberry, Mulberry, Cherry, Orange, Cranberry, Peach, Lemon, Raspberry, LimePine/Wood – usually middle or base notes – add earthy and natural characteristics. Balsam, Frankincense, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, SandalwoodSweet – sweetens up aromas and can be top, middle or base notes. Vanilla should be its own category. Chocolate, French Vanilla, Coconut, VanillaSpice – spices up any aroma. Usually base notes. Cinnamon, Ginger, CloveFloral – Usually middle notes. Jasmine, Lilac, Lavender, RoseSensuous – gives a blend of sex appeal. Usually middle and base notes. 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3/4 Raspberry, 1/4 PatchouliBetter than Sex on the Beach - Equal parts: Raspberry, Peach, Pineapple, Cranberry, and Orange Birthday Cake - 2parts: Buttercream, and 1part: vanillaBiscotti - Equal parts: Fudge Brownie and AlmondBlack Cherry Toffee - Equal parts: Black Cherry, Almond, Caramel, and CoconutBlackberry Crumble - Equal parts: Blackberry and Creme BruleeBlue Hawaiian - Equal parts: Blueberry and PineappleBlueberry Cheesecake - 1lb 1/2oz blueberry and 1/2oz french vanillaBlueberry Cobbler - Equal parts: Blueberry Muffin and French VanillaBoudoir - 2parts: Rose, 2parts: Each Musk, Vanilla, SandalwoodCajun Cream - 1/2 French Vanilla, and 1/2 ButterscotchCandy Cane - Equal parts: Peppermint and StrawberryCharleston (lampe berger type) - 10parts: Sandalwood, and 2parts: CinnamonCherry Cheesecake - 1lb 1/2 oz Cherry and 1/2 oz CheesecakeCherry Colada - Equal parts: Cherry and CoconutCherry Fairy Equal parts: Clean Cotton and CherryCherry Lemonade 1part: Black Cherry, and 2parts: LemonCherry Vanilla Equals parts: Cherry and French VanillaChocolate Covered Cherries Equal parts: Chocolate and CherryChocoholic - Chocolate and VanillaCinilla Equal parts: Cinnamon and French VanillaCinnaberry 1part: Cinnamon, and 3parts: MulberryCinnamon Apple Equal parts; Cinnamon and AppleCinnamon Apple Pie 1/3 Cinnamon, and 2/3 Apple PieCinnamon Rose 1part: Cinnamon and 1part: RoseCity of Lights Equal parts: Lavender and CinnamonCosmopolitan 2/3 Cranberry,and 1/3 LimeCountry Berry 2parts: Blueberry, 2:parts Raspberry, and 1part: StrawberryCranapple Cider - 1 part MacIntosh Apple and 1 part Spiced CranberryCreamy Strawberries 3/4 oz of wild strawberry and 1/4 oz of Cream BruleeDewberry Equal parts: Mulberry & HoneydewDusty Rose 1part: Baby Powder, 2parts: RoseEnergizing 3parts: Purely Peppermint, 2parts: LemongrassFrench Vanilla Coffee 2parts: French Vanilla, 1part: Black CoffeeFuzzy Navel Equal parts: Peach, and OrangeGerman Chocolate Cake -Equal parts: Fudge Brownie, and CoconutGinger Pumpkin Equal parts: Spice Mix (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) and Amber (may want to add a bit of pumpkin)Harmony Equal parts: Jasmine, Cherry Blossoms, Vanilla, Honey, and SandalwoodHarvest Fruit 1part: MacIntosh Apple, 1part: Strawberry DaquiriHerbal Delight Equal parts: Gardenia, and PatchouliHerbal Island Equal parts: Green Tea, and Hawaiian ParadiseHoneysuckle Peach Equal Parts: Honeysuckle, and PeachHoneysuckle Rose Equal parts: Honeysuckle, and RosesHugs and Kisses Equal parts: Candy Corn, Peaches, and StrawberryHummingbird Cake Half Coconut, Half PineappleIndian Healing Equal parts: Sage & Lemongrass, and EucalyptusInnocence Equal parts: Plumeria, and VainillaInspired Equal parts: Rose, Jasmine, and Lily of the ValleyIsland Baby Equal Parts: Plumeria & Baby PowderLavender Orange 1part: Lavender, and 3parts: OrangeLemon Lavender 2parts: Lemongrass, and 1part: LavenderLemon Pound Cake Equal parts: Lemon, and French VanillaLick Me All Over 1part: Cherry, 1part: Mulberry, and 1part: StrawberryLilac Breeze Equal parts: Lilac, and Sex on the BeachMalibu Equal parts: Blueberry, Strawberry, and Black CherryMango Punch 2/3 Mango, 1/3 Orange and 1/4 LimeMasculine 2:parts Clove, 1part: Sandalwood, and 1part: Honey VanillaMelon Medley Equal parts: Cantaloupe, Watermelon, and Honeydew MelonMona Lisa Equal parts: Clean Cotton and SunflowerMother Earth Equal parts: Clove, Sandalwood, FrankincenseMystic Berry 2parts: Wild Raspberry, 1part: lavenderNew Car Smell Equal parts: Leather, and French VanillaOrange Clove Spice 1part: Harvest Spice, 1part: Orange, 1 part ClovePassion Equal parts: Cherry, Almond, and CoconutPeach Cobbler 2parts: Georgia Peach, 1part: Fresh Baked Pie Crust, and 1part: cinnamonPeach Pie 2parts: Georgia Peach, 1part: Fresh Baked Pie CrustPeaches and Cream Equal parts: French Vanilla, and Georgia PeachPeachy Colada 1 lb 1 1/4 Georgia Peach & 3/4 Pina ColadaPeppermint Herb Tea 1part: Peppermint, 2parts: Green TeaPeppermint Pattie 2parts: Hot Fudge Brownie, 1part: PeppermintPeppermint Patty 1/2 Hot Chocolate, 1/2 PeppermintPina Colada 30% Pineapple, 70% Coconut MilkPine Forest 1part: Mountain Pine, 1part: Cedar, 2parts: BayberryPineapple Sage Equal parts: Pineapple, and SagePineapple Upsidedown Cake Equal parts: Pineapple, and Buttercream VanillaPink Lemonade 2parts: Strawberry, 1part: LemonPlanters Punch Equal parts: Lime, Orange and PineapplePurple Flower Parade 3parts: Lilac, 2parts: Lavender, and 1part: GardeniaQuiet Time 1part: Chamomile, and 3parts: SpearmintRainbow Skies Equal parts: Cotton Blossom and HoneysuckleRaspberry Zinger Equal parts: Wild Raspberry and Key LimeLove - 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