Q&A: How Many Oils Can I Blend?

Q&AHow many of your favourite oils can you mix together before you lose the plot, so to speak? And are, say, three stress-relieving oils blended together more effective than one on its own?


If you want something for, say, aching muscles or sinus congestion, then “fragrance impact” is less important. However, if you are looking for an ideally-proportioned, wonderfully-smelling blend, most people find that if they mix more than 4 or 5 oils together they begin to, as you say, lose the plot.
You have to remember that each essential oil is composed of some 50 to 100 aromachemicals, and so when you blend three oils together you are actually blending a couple of hundred fragrance materials. Blending many oils together successfully is possible, and I routinely use between 10 and 20 oils in blends for products. However, the relative quantities have to be very precise, and losing the plot is, if anything, much easier.
Three stress-relieving oils blended together are probably going to be more effective than a single oil, maybe not hugely, but blends do tend to be more effective. I think if you achieve “fragrance synergy” then you are probably also going to achieve therapeutic synergy. Plus, whoever chooses the oils and makes the blend puts their positive energy into it, so probably it will have more power than any single oil.

By |2018-04-24T20:26:09+00:00July 14th, 2011|Fragrance, Q & A|4 Comments

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  1. Kc |Heart Blossom| July 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I totally agree with you on the positive energy that is infused in a hand crafted blend. There is something to be respected in the power of “intent”.
    Thanks for the post.

  2. Ann Wooledge July 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Very happy to see your answer here Robert. I intuitively use different oils with the same basic properties, especially when it comes to antimicrobial applications. It seems to me that even in nature, bacteria can become resistant to one particular oil, so if you have more than one doing the same thing, your chances of success are far greater. I think more about the benefits and chemistry of each oil and hope that the resulting “fragrance” will be acceptable. I also like to believe that my positive energy is infused in my products and as Kc stated, there is something to be respected in the power of intent.

  3. Lise July 15, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Thank you so much for this post. It confirms several things from my own experience. 🙂

  4. Sandra Regina September 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’m pretty much the same as Robert. I follow safety guidelines but not much protocols when it comes to blending and finding the perfect aroma. It’s hard though, to use more than 7 kind of EOs and get the right pleasant scent. Well, pleasant scent is very personal. When it comes to a medicinal blend rather than find the “right”(personal) smell I find quite challenge. Once, I made a blend which was beautiful at least to me. At the end, the client didn’t like it. So, it’s not easy(to me) make a blend without being personalized. For instance, I’m a huge believer of Jatamansi for insomnia, histeria, … Even blending with other pleasant oils, most people don’t like the final smell.

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