Essential Oil Blending
I consider myself an amateur natural perfumer, I enjoy playing with essential oils and scent strips to find combinations I love. I’ve taken perfuming classes with Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume, and Julianne Zaleta of Alchemologie and I want to go back and take more. I’ve applied things I’ve learned from both these lovey ladies to Alegna Soap. I realized that my scent blend need to be adjusted so it smells the same in different products. An accessory note in a soap really needs to be toned down in a lotion or a scrub, trust me on this one!
This past Friday night I taught an essential oil blending class in NYC. I tailored this class for bath and body products specifically, and shared my top 10 favorite essential oils. Blending for products is a little different than blending for perfumes.
We first went over each essential oil and smelled it. Once we had them all done, we could try out different combinations by holding the scent strips of the essential oils together and smelling.
If one note seemed too heavy, we’d increase the amount of other essential oils in the blend to tone it down.
Each student made 2 blends and we used each blend in an jojoba based oil and a lotion.
I’m grateful for both Charna and Julianne for sharing their knowledge with me. I’ve grown as a soap maker because of them. My soap scents are more sophisticated and my personal perfumes are nicer too. My students on Friday night were wonderful and brought so much to the table. They also have my gratitude. I learn from them as well. Each time I teach this class I smell something that I would not have thought to put together.
What are you grateful for this week?
Yours in Gratitude,
Donna DeRosa says
My favorite part of soapmaking is blending the scents. I would love to take a perfume making class.
Angela Carillo says
Donna you definitely should take a perfuming class. Both Julianne and Charna are great teachers. What I learned in those classes helped me when making soap scent blends.