This post is going to help you mix your scents together. Remember to keep in mind the scent families we spoke about in last post; this post will focus on scent levels, and how much of each you should include. Part one of this mini-course can be found here.
Top notes are the first notes to evaporate, and therefore the first that will be smelled when you wear your perfume. This means that it will give the initial impression of your perfume, so keep first impressions in mind when you choose your top notes. These are generally the brighter notes of any particular scent family. This should make up 10-30% of your perfume.
Mid tones will be the general theme of your perfume; this is the thing that your perfume will really “smell like”. Make sure that this note is something that you really love, because it will stick around. These are generally fuller notes with fairly strong smells. This should make up 30-60% of your perfume.
Base notes are, well, the base of your perfume. Both mid tones and top notes will be judged and smelled against the base notes. This is the note that will carry your perfume, and the scent that stays around for the longest after all others are gone. This is a good chance to cut any very strong or harsh scents with something sweeter or heavier. This should make up 15-30% of your perfume.
If you would like a more in depth discussion of scent levels, a guide to which oils are which, and how to mix them, please check out my essential oil perfuming course here. Purchase includes lifetime access to the course and all future updates.