Skin Care Blends
For skin care, particularly for the face, be sure to keep your total essential oil concentration below 5% maximum, 3% is probably better. There ARE a FEW oils you can use greater amounts of; these are mostly the CO2's from fruits: Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, and Carrot Root, because even at high concentrations, they won't be irritating to the skin -- this is NOT the case with Frankincense CO2's (which are excellent anti-aging, anti-cancer skin care agents, but can be irritating at higher levels), German Chamomile CO2, because at over 1% it MAY become PRO-inflammatory (says one published therapist), and Calendula (again, it's effects are so strong that you only need tiny amounts -- the distiller recommends less than 1/2% in your blend).
It is generally best to start with an empty bottle of known size, add the essential oils, then estimate the amount of carriers to complete the formula. I'll use a one or two ounce bottle, add all the essential oils, then carefully add the carrier oils at approximate amounts (if a blend says 1/3rd each of Argan, Tamanu and Rosehip Seed as the base, getting close to 1/3rd each is really good enough!)
Natural Perfume or Aromatic Diffuser Blends
For Creating Blends for Natural Perfume, or one where you would like a particular aroma and you're creating it yourself:
- Make a very small amount first, and write down how much of each oil you've added.
- Wait a while before deciding on whether you like the aroma, and how you're going to adjust it. It's nearly impossible to keep smelling the same oils over and over while developing a blend and get a good idea of what the finished product will be like.
- The blend will smell different after an hour or so (some more, some less). You're nose needs time to clear out so it can smell ALL the aspects of the blend again.
- Some use a small bag of fresh coffee grounds, and inhale deeply from this to clear their aroma 'palate', so they can fully experience the next oil(s) right away. You should still allow blends to sit for a while because of the oils, not just your nose.
- If you'll be wearing the blend, make sure you try it on your wrist, as it will smell different there than it will from the bottle.