Fun assignment – exploring smell through chemistry


This week I’d like to continue from Marija’s excellent article. Among other things she talked about three most common approaches to blending in a professional setting:

1. Chemistry blending
In this approach, you choose your essential oil by looking its chemistry. You can start by looking at the general groups (alcohols, ketones, phenols, etc.) or looking deeper by components (linalool, geraniol, 1,8-cineole, etc). For example, an essential oil rich in 1,8-cineole and an essential oil rich in gamma-terpinene will create a highly effective antimicrobial product. To support this synergy you may blend Eucalyptus globulus and Tea tree.

2. Therapeutic blending
You may feel more comfortable choosing your essential oils based upon therapeutic properties. For example, you might select Lavender for its sedative properties, Vetiver for grounding or Lemon for uplifting, etc. Perhaps you’ll decide to enhance the antifungal effect of Patchouli by combining it with another antifungal essential oil such as Palmarosa.

3. Blending by smell
When pleasure or intuition is your final goal, such as is the case with making a lovely natural perfume, you may want to approach blending by the smell. Choosing all three notes, taking care of the intensity and the bouquet of your final blend.


Now, that inspired me and I created a…

Fun assignment – exploring smell through chemistry.

Use Dropsmith to search by odour.

  • Which oils have the strong odour?
  • Have you noticed similarities between oils with high notes?
  • Which chemical groups tend to be dominant in oils that have a flower-like smell?

Drop your comment below and let me know what you discovered 🙂 I am curious.

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  • Diane S Farias

    I blend first with intention of purpose, second with scent third I check chemistry content. Then I check safe concentration for what I using the blend for. As I have had more practice. I find I am experimenting with blends of similar chemical content to substitute in blends to vary scent but maintain the same synergy. Also if blending for someone other than myself I do an assessment of any vodition, allergies or medications


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