The top note is the first smell to arise from a blend and evaporate quickly. A top note fragrance is usually light, fresh, sharp, penetrating, and airy. They add brightness to a blend. The aroma of top note oils reminds us of wind chimes or a flute. Top notes stimulate and clear your mind, uplifting your energy.
Examples: Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Grapefruit (Rose) Oil, and Orange Sweet Oil.
Called the “heart” note, middle note oils give the blend aromatic softness, fullness, and can round off any sharp edges. Middle notes can have both top and base note aromas within them. They are harmonizing for your blends. Middle notes provide balance both physically and energetically. They are soothing and harmonizing for both mind and body.
Examples: Chamomile German Oil, Chamomile Roman Oil, Geranium Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Marjoram (Sweet) Oil, Ravintsara Oil, Ponderosa Pine Oil, and Rosemary ct Camphor Oil.
Base note oils provide a deep, warm, grounded quality to your blend. They function as fixatives by reducing the evaporation of the top notes. Base notes add intensity to a blend and often have an earthy aroma. The aroma rises slowly to your nose unlike top notes, which penetrate quickly. Base notes are used to relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. They are calming and grounding. Most oils derived from woods, resins, and roots are base notes.
Examples: Opopanax Oil, Patchouli Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Spikenard Oil, Vetiver Oil, and Ylang Ylang (Complete) Oil.
When blending, add one drop at a time to your blend, then mix and smell. Allow the blend to unfold slowly and inform you about what oils to add and how much. You often need much less essential oil than you might imagine. Remember to keep track of the blends you make by recording which oils you use and how many drops. That way, when you finish the blend and want to make it again, you will have the recipe!