Scenting Secrets of an Aromatherapist

Written by: | October 20, 2016 | 5 responses

Using essential oils to scent your skin and body care products is the simplest way to make them your own. It’s also a great way to extend your product offerings by changing the essential oil (EO) blend in a best-selling base. For example, you can start with our Thick Hair & Body Wash and market to men by adding either the Citrus Burst EO Blend  with lemon and lime and grapefruit, or the Forest EO Blend with cedarwood, juniper berry, and frankincense essential oils. You can market the same hair & body wash to women by adding in the Women’s Balance Blend with jasmine, clary sage, rose, geranium, ylang-ylang, and neroli, instead.  Scenting with essential oils also imparts the properties of the individual oils to your body and skincare products.

If you’ve never blended before, you might feel a little intimidated. But don ‘t worry. So long as you start with a few drops, you can always add more.

Pro-Tips for Using Essential Oils to Scent

Before you begin using essential oils in your scenting project, imagine the smells you want to capture. Spicy, woodsy, bright. Comforting, relaxing, refreshing.  Our Essential Oil Guide profiles over 40 EOs and will help you chose the EOs you want to blend.

  1. Scent with Drops
    While it is absolutely accurate to measure by weight or by volume of your essential oil, I actually prefer to add by drops. This allows me to smell as I go and adjust slowing until I am satisfied. For instance, if you want to scent a 12 oz container of lotion with .5% concentration of lavender EO you will want to add .06 oz of lavender EO or 35 drops of lavender EO.
  2. Use a warm water bath to loosen up non-liquid bases, such as Virgin Coconut Oil or Barrier Balm, which are solid at room temperature.  As it loosens I whisk it in a folding motion to help it become softer. Then add the drops and whisk it well to disperse the scents evenly.
  3. Use plastic pipettes, and use a new one for each EO. I know glass pipettes are more environmentally friendly, but the truth is, it is so easy to dip a used pipette into the wrong essential oil and then you’ve got an adulterated oil that can’t be used.

How to Add Less than a Drop

I use a handy cheat sheet to figure how many drops of an essential oil is needed. The cheat sheet converts percentages to ounces, drops, and milliliters so you can choose which method works best. But sometimes, when you calculate from weight and volume to drops, you end up needing less than a full drop. And while that sounds– and is, tricky, one way I do this is to fill my pipette, then squeeze out most of the oil back into the original EO bottle, leaving just a trace in the pipette. These last few ‘drops’ are actually smaller than the full-size drops created when a pipette is full. Squeeze carefully and you have ‘less than’ a drop.

Some schools of thought recommend diluting the EO in water, but I don’t recommend it.  You can always figure out your own methodology once you get more practice and confidence under your belt.

Other Scenting Resources

On our website, you’ll find our scenting guide for percentages of EO into different bases. You can also download our Essential Oil Scent Profile guide which describes more than 40 essential oils. These three guides will help you as use begin using essential oils to scent your favorite products.

Do you have a favorite method for scenting? Do you have a signature scent profile you like?


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