Essential Oil Perfuming Basics Part One

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Scent Families

Our first lesson is on scent families. There are multiple scent family guides, but in this basic series, I’m going to use the families I think are most clear for most people. For a more in depth guide, and perfuming categories, you can take my online course in aromatherapy essential oil perfuming. Purchase means access to the course as it is released, as well as access to any updates made in the future.

The families I will be using for this mini-course are:

  1. Herbal
  2. Floral
  3. Gourmand (Dessert-y)
  4. “Oriental”
  5. Woodsy

Herbal Scents

Herbal scents are those green scents that you associate with green plans, particularly leafy ones. These are also the green herbs that you are likely to use in western cooking. These include thyme, rosemary, and other leafy herbal oils.

Herbal scents pair well with floral and woodsy scents.

Floral Scents

Floral scents are exactly what they sound like; the scents of flowers. True florals are rose and jasmine, however, softer and and powdery scents are also considered floral scents.

Floral scents pair well with herbal, woodsy, and some oriental scents.

Gourmand Scents

Gourmand scents are basically scents that smell like desserts. These scents are more common in fragrance oils rather than essential oils, but a big name for this is vanilla.

Gourmand scents pair well with oriental scents.

“Oriental” Scents

These are the scents of “eastern” spices; clove, anise, and others. This are generally warm and deep spiced scents.

Oriental scents pair well with some floral, herbal, and woodsy scents.

Woodsy Scents

This scents are those scents you might smell in the forest. It includes fir, pine, amber, and oakmoss, among other earthy scents.

Woodsy scents can be paired with most other scent families.

Check back into the blog for information on base, mid, and top notes, another important factor in perfume mixing! And remember to check out the perfumes in my shop.


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