We dedicated three days to immersing ourselves in the luscious creation of aromatically blended essential oils and carriers. We blended body butters to experience the range of aromas and textures available, using beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, red palm and palm kernel oils, shea, mango kernel, kombo, kpangnan, hemp seed, avocado, baobab, marula and more!
One favorite blend was:
• 1 oz (28 gm) beeswax
• 1 oz (28 gm) coconut oil
• 5 oz (140 gm) kpangnan butter
The silky texture was soft and nutty, and the slight coconut aroma was incredible!
We studied the oils by aroma, starting with balsamic. Balsamic is a unique aroma that is sweet, soft, earthy and rich all at once. When you take long deep breaths with balsamic oils you are sure to settle in for a peaceful experience. Oils with a strong balsamic aroma tend to be lower, deeper notes that take us to a forest—to an earthy, woodsy, grounding aroma that can also have rich vanilla, spicy or floral undertones. Balsamic essential oils, such as Opopanax, blend well with woodsy, earthy, spicy and resinous oils.
During the Aromatic Blending class, we also explored “notes.” We blended base, middle-base, middle, top-middle and top notes to create beautiful chords and mother blends and then made all kinds of products: oil blends, inhalers, salts, butters, hydrosol sprays, lotions and so on. We had fun playing with vanilla oleoresin, diluting it in water and hydrosol, and using vanilla-infused jojoba in our blends. We made two base note blends that were just beautiful:
1. Vintage Patchouli, Vetiver and Balsam Copaiba
2. Frankincense, Sandalwood and Vanilla oleoresin-infused jojoba.
Each person created their own recipe, so the drops varied--they all smelled amazing!
Using a Search Function for Aromatic Blending
Aromatics International has a very cool search function under the "Shop By Aroma" tab. Here you can choose a few aromas you love and search for oils that embody those scents. If you search for "balsamic and spicy," you come up with Elemi and Myrrh. These two oils blend together beautifully!
When you smell Elemi, the balsamic, lemony, spicy, warm, radiant and woody aromas reveal themselves. Elemi can be enhanced by blending it with other oils with similar aromas. My next step might be to use the aroma search on Aromatics International for oils that have a woody and spicy aroma. Gingergrass comes up. Elemi and Gingergrass are a stunning aromatic combination.
I have spent hours playing with the new aroma search function! There are over 100 oils on the website to play with, and some new and surprising search results have led me to make some creative and wonderful new blends. Of course, the aroma is just the beginning. You can have a look at the GC/MS report--check out the chemistry of the oil and the therapeutic properties.
I also like to look at the plant parts while I blend. If the chemistry and therapeutic properties interest you, we have an Advanced Graduate Program this coming winter to explore those subjects in depth.
I hope the aroma search on Aromatics International provides you with a many hours of discovery and supports your blending and new product creations. May your intuitive relationship with the essential oils, the aromas, the chemistry and therapeutic properties, the plant part, carriers and emotional qualities bring to you the deepest, most rewarding connection with the plants and their essential oils!