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Perfumery Hints

See also our Physical Well-Being, Emotional Well-BeingHousehold HintsSkin Care Hints, and Homemade Gifts pages. (And for the chef—our Aromatherapy in the Kitchen page.)


Child's Play

Floriental Blend

Frankincense Blend for Him

Happiness Blend

Love Potion #1

Mille Fleurs Scent Blend

New Year's Eve Blend

Ocean Blend

PMS Perfumery

Romance and Intimacy Blends

Spring Scent Blend

Stress Relief Blends

Summer Scent Blend

Valentine Blends



Child's Play

  • 3 Mandarine Red
  • 4 Ylangylang Complete
  • 3 Lavender Mailette

(February 2004)


Sweetly Floriental Blend

And a delightful diffuser blend from my friend Wendy Robbins of Aromaweb. Sweet and romantic, without being cloying.

Yummy. (I used Jasmine Sambac in this one, although normally my favorite is the tempted to blend some into a solid perfume, it's that pretty!) April 2000


A Frankincense Blend for Him...

Another blend for the aromalamp or for massage...deep, mysterious, and masculine:

  • 4 parts Frankincense
  • 4 parts Myrrh
  • 2 part Sandalwood
  • 1 part Vanilla


Happiness Blend

  • 3 drops Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 2 drops Jasmine Grandiflora
  • 4 drops Frankincense

Add to bath, or to 50 ml water for spray...or in an aromalamp. (July 2004)


Love Potion #1

This formula came through on a list I'm on awhile ago. No attribution was given, so I can't give proper credit. I almost didn't post it, but it sounds just too good to pass over for Valentines:

This is a deliciously sensous blend, perfect for a massage or as a perfume.

  • 7 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Ylangylang
  • 8 drops Rose Otto
  • 45ml (1.5 ounces) carrier oil

Add all essential oils to a dark glass bottle and swirl to mix. Add the carrier oil. Cap the bottle and roll it between your palms to gently mix the essential oils with the carrier oil. 

This oil can be used as either a massage oil or a perfume. If using as a massage oil, this recipe will make enough oil for 2 massages. If using as a perfume oil, dab a bit on your pulse points.

NOTE: We recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil as your carrier oil for a massage, or use Jojoba for a perfume oil. As with any skin care product, please use caution when using a new handmade beauty product. Just because something is natural does not mean that you won't have an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. Note the ingredients listed in all recipes and avoid them if you know that you are allergic to one of them.

My comment. I think the dilution given might be a bit too much for a full body massage. I'd cut this back to perhaps the same amount of oils in three or four ounces of carrier.


Mille Fleur (1000 Flowers) Blend

Back when I made soap, this was a popular one. My goal was an old fashioned "English Garden" type of aroma. Turns out people raved about its effect on combination skin. 

  • Bulgarian Lavender, 8 parts
  • Geranium, 2 parts
  • Rosewood, 1 part
  • Roman Chamomile, 1 part

(I normally add both Mimosa Wax and Rose Wax to the soap, to further enrich the scent, so perhaps adding just a touch of Cassie Absolute and Rose Absolute would bring it closer to the original.) 

(May 2005)


New Year's Eve Blend

From Jenine Stanley:

I just had to tell you about a wonderful a wonderful blend I concocted recently. I was looking for something interesting for the diffuser during a New Year's Eve party coming up and I was just sort of mulling over my oils. The combination that came to me surprised me and turned into something totally different than what I'd originally started to create.

Let this sit for several days as its character seems to change a bit as it ages. 

I liked this so much that I decided to use it a perfume, diluted in Jojoba oil rather than putting it in the diffuser. I'm really fussy about fragrances and this one really seems to capture what I want plus having the properties of the oils that I really tune into. The combination of the Cedar, Bergamot Mint and Lavender is really stunning.

(Not oils I would ever have thought to blend...thanks for the tip, Jenine!)


Ocean Blend

It started out as an accident, a miscommunication. There is no way I would have blended these three specific oils. But the result is the ultimate salt water ocean experience. Anne is dreaming of a beach house on the coast, and is using the blend as part of her visualization. I'm tempted to add a bit to a salt scrub.

The secret formula?

  • 3 parts Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract
  • 3 parts Seaweed Essential Oil
  • 1 part Blue Lotus Absolute

Now, we aren't ever going to sell this blend. The oils used make it cost prohibitive. But if you are longing for the ocean...blend yourself just a few drops and experience it. It is one of the most powerful blends we've ever come up drop at a time... that Seaweed can really overcome everything. (May 2005)


PMS Perfumery

Margie Curtiss recently wrote:

I accidentally stumbled on something that smells absolutely wonderful and is emotionally healing at the same time!

My 13 year old daughter can be quite grumpy around her monthly cycle. When I received my latest order I was looking to make up a blend to help her...well,

I found it! It may not have been the best cramp formula, but her emotions have calmed considerably with the use of this blend. Marissa has never been this
pleasant in the mornings. I am in awe, truly!

  • 5 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops jasmine sambac
  • 4 drops geranium
  • 8 drops lavender
  • 2 drops fennel
  • 3 drops vanilla bourbon
  • 2 drops violet leaf
  • 6 drops ylang ylang

Blended in 15ml of the fractionated coconut oil.

I rubbed it on her abdomen and chest.This is a beautiful scented blend, I am rubbing it on myself and can't stop smelling my arms! It seems to hold together for several hours too, so it works as a perfume.

You simply must try this!


Romance and Intimacy Blends

One can't have too many romance blends, can one? This one shared "verbatim" because it's too good to edit a single word, from my friend Karla:

My "It Absolutely Worked For Me, and I Am NOT Kidding, Great Sex and Cozy Intimacy" oil---

  • Rose Absolute (10% jojoba dilution) 6 parts
  • Sandalwood 6 parts
  • Black Pepper 4 parts
  • Ginger CO2 2 parts
  • Ylangylang 2 parts

Blend into 2 oz of Jojoba oil--or your favorite massage oil.

All from Elizabeth Millar...

Sheer Bliss

  • 2 parts Rose
  • 2 parts Jasmine
  • 2 parts Neroli

Spontaneous Combustion (A reliable love potion from the East.)

  • 2 parts Black Pepper
  • 4 parts Lemon
  • 2 parts Ylangylang

Dream Lover (To release your fantasies and desires:))

  • 4 parts Bergamot
  • 2 parts Clary Sage
  • 2 parts Rose

Love in the Clouds (Helps two lovers lose themselves and walk together in the clouds.)

  • 2 parts Bergamot
  • 2 parts Jasmine
  • 2 parts Rose
  • 2 parts Ylangylang

(Why not one part each???) 

Side note: Elizabeth Millar says that according to eastern folklore, a massage with Ylangylang helps keep the breasts youthful and firm!!! We've not tried this one but I thought I'd pass it along. And it is bound to smell better than the blend of mint and black spruce hydrosols that Suzanne Catty recommends as a "decollete mist" to enhance and tone the bosom. Always remember to dilute the essential oil in your favorite carrier oil before using! (February 2004)


Spring Scent Blend

If you are looking for ideas for a "spring blend".... to me, Linden Blossom Absolute is the scent of spring, sweetly floral and young. And the tradition "rites of spring" aromatic is Galbanum....the oil of renewal, complex and multilayered...the warm growing scent of the greenhouse. (March 2000)


Stress Relief Blends

Blend One

Soak away anxiety and stress with this soothing bath. 

  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil

Add to some honey, carrier oil, whole milk or liquid soap…and add to a warm (not hot) bath. (Did you know that while warm baths are soothing and relaxing, hot baths are stimulating?)

"Stress Relief" Blend Commercial Dupe's not a "destressor"..see our Destress Synergy for that...But a true and natural essential oil variant of a popular commercial scent. Bright, fresh and springlike. The original formula comes from a talented blender known as Cat... we've tweaked a bit. This makes a wonderful lamp or diffuser blend.

Measure by drops, The total will be approximately 1 1/2 ml.

  • 6 Spearmint
  • 4 Bulgarian Lavender 
  • 4 Juniper Branch and Berry
  • 4 Clary Sage
  • 3 Peppermint
  • 3 Eucalyptus Globulous
  • 2 Bay Laurel
  • 2 Mandarine Red
  • 2 Coriander
  • 1 Jasmine Grand
  • 1 Clove Bud
  • 1 Scotch Pine

Blend, let stand. Enjoy! (October 2003)


Lighthearted Summer Scent Blend

I was looking for "summery" recipes using some of the winter oils, and came across these in an old copy of Aromatherapy Today. Bless John Kerr the editor. This blend is lighthearted and cheerful. I might cut the spearmint back to 2 drops, but as it stands, it is delightful.


Valentine Blends

We all have our own favorite "amorous" blends, most of you know mine is Sandalwood and Rose. But we’ve searched our library for some suggestions from some of our favorite authors.

I’m tempted by Valerie Cooksley’s "Love in a Mist" for use in the aromalamp. She calls it "an aphrodisiac and euphoric blend for special occasions" and recommends only 3 to 5 drops in a lamp. Diffusing would certainly be overkill.

  • 10 drops Ylangylang (I’d use the Complete)
  • 2 drops each Patchouli, Black Pepper, and Neroli
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 drop each Rose and Jasmine (when we made this, we used Rose Absolute and Jasmine Grandiflora)

Mmmmmm very nice indeed.


Our Debi swears by a massage oil with Sandalwood, Rose, and just a touch of Black Pepper.


Vivian Lunny shares a blend called Aphrodite:

  • 2 drops Rosa Damascena
  • 3 dropsFrankincense
  • 2 drops Ginger
  • 3 drops Rosewood


Elizabeth Millar, in The Fragrant Veil shares several romantic blends. The two that sound most appealing to me are:

"Love in the Clouds," a diffuser blend which she describes as "an intoxicating combination for lovers who wish to lose themselves and walk in the clouds."

  • Bergamot, 2 drops
  • Jasmine, 2 drops
  • Rose, 2 drops
  • Ylangylang, 2 drops

And a bath blend called "Surrender to the Pleasure"

  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 2 drops Bergamot

Two more from Elizabeth Millar (February 2004)

Celebration of Desire

  • 2 parts Sandalwood
  • 2 parts Ylangylang
  • 1 part Jasmine
  • 1 part Black Pepper

Surrender to Pleasure

  • 1 part Patchouli
  • 3 parts Rose
  • 2 parts Bergamot


Touch my Heart (I can't find my source for this one, but it is truly lovely.)

  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Jasmine Grandiflora
  • 4 drops Frankincense

I'd use close to two ounces of carrier if using this blend for a full body massage. (And remember to use Bergamot FCF if using on the skin.) I'd prefer to use it in the aromalamp, though.


Soul Nourisher

Last fall, Aurie Jeffries shared the following blend:

I just received my last order today and I can make my own favorite soul-nourishing blend now. Equal parts ylang ylang complete, jasmine sambac, and rose maroc — sweet, fresh, warm and thoroughly delicious!!

She calls it "soul nourishing"... I think it's sensuous and romantic!


Sensual Massage Blend (from Maggie Tisserand):

First prepare the Vetiver Base Oil: to 100 mls of your favorite carrier oil (we prefer Fractionated Coconut) add one or two drops of Vetiver. Let stand overnight.

Then, to 30 ml (one fl ounce) of the above carrier, add:

  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 drop your favorite Ylangylang
  • and ONE drop of EITHER Rose Otto or Jasmine Grandiflora (the latter addition is optional, but I would insist on the Rose)

(January, 2004)


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