The Art of Blending Essential Oils

Each essential oil is made of various components that each have their own beneficial properties and attributes. The art of blending essential oils usually comes down to practice and experience. Here at Harp Island, we encourage you to experiment with essential oils and find your own favourite combinations and blends of essential oils. We have written this blog to hopefully provide you with some guidance and to help you create some of your own blends that you can use around the home and in your daily life.


Blending by “Family”:

It is important to note that there are six different fragrance “families”. Being aware of these different groups can assist in understanding which scents work well together and which ones don’t. The six main groups are Floral Oils (such as Lavender and Jasmine), Woody Oils (such as Pine and Patchouli), Herbaceous Oils (such as Fennel and Chamomile), Spicy Oils (such as Clove Bud and Ginger), Citrus Oils (such as Lemon and Grapefruit), and Medicinal Oils (such as Rosemary and Peppermint). Scents tend to work well together with those from their own family or similar families.


Blending by Note:

It is also beneficial to note that oils can be blended according to top, middle or base notes.

A top note is usually the first scent you will notice in a blend. A top note will be the strongest among the essential oils in a blend. A top note oil will also usually evaporate fastest than others. This means that they are the first smell to fade away. Also, top note oils are usually from the citrus family.

A middle note is the heart and centre of the blend. Middle note oils are usually from the Floral or Herbaceous family.

A base note is rich in aroma and these essential oils are known to evaporate more slowly. This means that only a few drops are required of a base note oil. Base notes are usually from the Spicy and Woody family.

Harp Island has created a simply and easy to follow table that can be accessed in our resource tab or by clicking here to assist in determining the note of each essential oil. 

Our tips for creating your own blends:

We suggest mixing small quantities of essential oil to begin with as you start learning the art of blending. Although we understand that you won’t want to waste any of your precious essential oils, a little trial and error can really help you to understand how different oils work together and this should give you some confidence and clarity around blending essential oils.

Start off with creating some very simple blends. Try to use four to seven essential oils per blend and try to avoid using more than seven oils. You may feel more comfortable blending two or three essential oils at a time when you start blending. As you gain more confidence and clarity and discover the scent combinations that you enjoy, you can then start adding a few more essential oils until you develop a blend that you enjoy and provides you with the benefits you require.  

Don’t be scared or afraid of making a few mistakes. If you create a blend that you don’t like it can be hard to rectify the error. In these circumstances, it would be best to abandon the essential oil blend and start over.


Harp Island has created the ultimate D.I.Y value bundle with all the items you need to get you started developing some gorgeous scented blends with amazing beneficial properties. Check out the kit here.


Please feel free to reach out to the team at Harp Island at if you have any questions about blending essential oils. 


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