Aromatic Blending

by Andrea on July 10, 2009

aromatic blending aromatherapy classI just finished teaching the Aromatic Blending class at Aromahead Institute, and feel inspired to share some great blending ideas!

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.

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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!

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Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

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Donna Whyte-English July 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Wow Andrea,

Thanks so much fo rthis! I can’t wait to play. Your students are very blessed!!


Margaret July 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

That is very exciting (amazing how exciting aromatherapy is!). Thanks, Andrea. Love, Margaret


Margaret July 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

Oh, sounds like a lovely experience, thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try “the favorite” blend. I’ve been wondering what to do with my vanilla oleoresin I bought from you some time ago, so now I see, I can infuse it in jojoba!
Thanks. Margaret


Admin July 11, 2009 at 10:59 am

Hey Margaret,

You are welcome! There is even more info about using vanilla oleoresin on

Here is the way we infuse: We put a large blob of vanilla oleoresin in 8 oz of jojoba and let it infuse for a few days. The jojoba will absorb the aroma of the vanilla but it will not blend with the vanilla, so the vanilla stays on the bottom of the bottle. Once you have used all the jojoba you can re-use the vanilla by adding another 8 oz of jojoba to the bottle, no need to add more vanilla! I have re-used my one blob of vanilla in 8 oz. of jojoba 4 times already and the aroma of the jojoba is still strong!


Pat Morello July 10, 2009 at 11:00 am

Andrea, this sounds like the most wonderful experience. Hopefully, one day I will be able to come down one day and take a class with you in person.

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