Living Magazine doTERRA Fall 2017 Living Magazine - Page 22

FRAGRANCE NOTES Essential oils can be separated into three categories or notes: base, middle, and top. It is important to remember that when you are blending, top notes are the first thing you smell and last a relatively short amount of time. Top notes make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume blend. Middle notes are the next group of oils you will smell. Once the top note wears off, middle notes start to become more prominent; this can happen anywhere from 20–60 minutes after application. These are known as the body, bouquet, or heart of the fragrance and make up between 50–80 percent of the perfume blend. After an hour or two, you will begin to smell the base notes. Base notes are the oils that last the longest and are usually floral or woody scents. Base notes, like top notes, make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume. When creating your own natural perfume fragrance, adding alcohol or carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, can help tone down overpowering oils and even prolong the life of your custom fragrance. 5%–20% 50%–80% 5%–20% TOP Basil Bergamot Clary Sage Coriander Eucalyptus Grapefruit Lemon Lemongrass Lime Wild Orange Peppermint Petitgrain Spearmint Tangerine Melaleuca Wintergreen Juniper Berry Lavender Marjoram Melissa Oregano Roman Cham- omile Rosemary Spikenard Thyme Siberian Fir Yarrow Copaiba Frankincense Ginger Helichrysum Jasmine Myrrh Patchouli Rose Sandalwood Vetiver Ylang Ylang MIDDLE Black Pepper Cardamom Cilantro Cypress Douglas Fir Fennel, Sweet Geranium BASE Arborvitae Blue Tansy Cassia Cedarwood Cinnamon Bark Clove Bud C O M M O N A RO M AT I C S C E N T PROFILES Floral: Geranium, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang Oriental: Ginger, Patchouli, and Frankincense Woody: Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vetiver Fresh: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Wild Orange B L E N D I N G H OW TO When you are ready to create your own essential oil perfume blend remember, the middle is the heart but the base ties it all together. So, choose your favorites from the base and middle oils first, and then “top” it off. For example, let’s say you want a blend that is both woody and masculine but is versatile enough to be light and feminine. You would want to choose oils from the base and middle note sections that have deep, rich aromas but are still fresh and clean like Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Juniper Berry. Next you will want to choose one or more oils from the top note section that are consistent with the theme but also give the blend that extra kick, like Siberian Fir and Grape- fruit. Now, you want to blend them. Add 4 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Sandalwood, 4 drops Juniper Berry, 5 drops Grapefruit, and 2 drops Siberian Fir to your bottle (we liked the 10mL amber bottle for this blend). Once you have the oils in the bottle, cap and shake to combine. Make sure the blend is what you were going for, then top off with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. 22 / FALL 2017 LIVING MAGAZINE