How to Mix Fragrance Oils

Written by chelsea fitzgerald | 13/05/2017
How to Mix Fragrance Oils
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Fragrance oils are useful in making homemade candles, soaps, body washes and other fragrant items. Combining the fragrances will result in creating a new scent. It is not a difficult process to mix the oils. You must first determine what type of scent you are searching for and what other scents you want to mix with it to create a custom scent. Using fragrance oils will allow you to make homemade products you can give to friends and relatives as gifts or to sell at craft bazaars or flea markets.

Use complementary fragrances to avoid costly mistakes. Fragrance oils come in four basic types: floral, Oriental, woody and fresh. If you think of them on a fragrance wheel in that order, like colours on a colour wheel, you'll see that the fragrances beside each other naturally complement each other, as do the opposite fragrances on the wheel.

Test the fragrance you want to use by dipping a cotton swab into each fragrance so that it can absorb the oil.

Cut the end of the saturated cotton swab off the stick with a sharp pair of scissors.

Drop all the cotton swab tips into a small glass jar. You may combine two or more fragrances. Seal the jar with the lid, shake it well, and allow the fragrances to meld for several minutes.

Remove the jar lid and sniff the fragrance. If it needs more of one note than the other, add another swab saturated in that fragrance oil.

Write down the formula you are using to obtain your desired fragrance. This is the formula you will use to create a larger batch of the mixture, such as two parts rose fragrance with one part clementine and one part sandalwood. If the fragrance is not what you were looking for, clean the jar well with warm soapy water and allow it to dry. If you have other jars, use another small, clean jar to redo the test.

Use a measuring cup or measuring spoons to keep your formula in the correct balance. For instance, if you used two parts rose, one part clementine and one part sandalwood, the recipe may be at least 1/2 cup of rose fragrance oil and 1/4 cup each of the sandalwood and clementine. You can decrease or increase the amount according to the needs of your project, just keep the fragrance oils at the same ratio.


Experiment with different fragrances; you will be surprised at the combinations you create that are pleasing.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different fragrances; you will be surprised at the combinations you create that are pleasing.

Things you need

  • Two or more fragrance oils
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sharp scissors
  • Small glass jar with a lid
  • Measuring cup or spoons
  • Larger glass jars with lids

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