Welcome to the Handcraft Blends Handbook!
Table Of Contents
- How to Create Custom Blends With Essential Oils + 3 Popular Diffuser Blend Recipes
- Learn How to Properly Store Your Essential Oils
- 3 DIY Recipes You Can Create Right Now
- FAQ’s: Learn More About Handcraft Blends Essential Oils & Carrier Oils
How to Create Custom Blends With Essential Oils + 3 Popular Diffuser Blend Recipes
Want to learn how to create custom blends? Blends are the most common way to use essential oils, so this is a great place to start.
Step 1: Choosing Your Oils
Creating the perfect blend starts with understanding which oils you are mixing. There are different types of oils you can include in each blend. The important categories to know are ‘Aromatic Note’, and ‘Category.’
The ‘Aromatic Note’ refers to how long the scent of the oil typically lasts.
The ‘Category’ refers to the family of scent styles it belongs to.
What is an Aromatic Note?
Each oil’s scent will have a different level of strength and potency. To get the perfect blend, choose a Top Note, Middle Note, and Base Note.
Top Notes last the least time, Base Notes last the longest, and Middle Notes will be somewhere in between. You can easily look up your specific oil to find out what note it is.
Mix your oils with this ratio to get the perfect blend.
30% Top Notes, 50% Middle Notes, And 20% Base Notes.
What is a Scent Category?
You may have heard of scent categories like Woody, Spicy, Minty, Citrus, or Floral. These are only some of the categories. Look up your specific oil to learn more about its scent category.
These are the general combinations that work well. Everyone will have their own preferences, so you don't need to limit yourselves to these ‘rules’ while you are crafting!
- Florals blend well with spicy, citrusy and woody oils.
- Woody oils generally blend well with all categories.
- Spicy oils blend well with florals and citrus oils.
- Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herbaceous and earthy oils.
Step 2: Start Mixing Your Oils
Here are some things to know about mixing essential oils.
- Follow all safety precautions for your specific oils, and avoid oils known to irritate skin. Avoid applying essential oils on your lips, eyes, and other sensitive areas.
- When you are creating new blends, start off with 5-20 drops of oils, so you can decide if you like the scent without wasting too much oil.
- An easy way to test a blend without using too much oil is to test the combination using a few cotton swabs. Dip a separate swab into each oil, and wave the swabs around to get a preview of what it can smell like.
- Each new blend will take time to mix entirely in the bottle, so try storing it for at least a day before you decide if you like it.
- Write down your recipes as you go! It might be hard to remember after you’re done crafting!
- Depending on how you intend to use your new blend, you may need to dilute it with a Carrier Oil. Before you dilute your blend, give it some time to sit before you dilute with Carrier Oils. This way, you can avoid wasting any Carrier Oils if you decide to remake the blend. Check out FAQ 4 to learn more about diluting ratios with Carrier Oils.
- Label your new blend.
- Store your blend in an amber glass bottle to protect its efficacy. Learn more about storing your oils in Section 2 of this Handbook.
3 Popular Diffuser Blends:
Here are our 3 favorite diffuser blends. We selected one blend for each mood!
Relaxation Blend: Calm Your Mind and Sense.
5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil.
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
Meditation Blend: Promotes Focus and Awareness
4 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
3 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
Sensual Blend: Spice Up The Vibe
1 drop Cinnamon Essential Oil
6 drops Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Ginger Essential Oil
Add 1-3 drops to your diffuser. Check the instructions that come with your diffuser for specific information.
Learn How to Properly Store Your Essential Oils
Proper storage is key to getting long lasting results. Your essential oil can weaken through a process called oxidation. The two factors that can lead to oxidation are exposure to light and air.
Exposure to light can cause essential oils to oxidize rather quickly. Because of this, clear glass and plastic bottles should be avoided at all costs. Dark amber glass is the best option to store blends and oils.
Make sure the caps are airtight. Exposure to air can cause oils to oxidize just as much as exposure to sunlight. Because of this, it's important to ensure that your bottles have an airtight seal.
Handcraft Blends oils come with a dropper lid, but we do not recommend storing the oils with the dropper as the cap. The rubber can deteriorate over time, and let air seep into the bottle. Use the solid screw-on caps for storage, and the dropper lids when you are using your oil.
Store your oils in a cool, dark spot to avoid exposure to sunlight. Keep your oils away from any spot that is too humid like in your bathroom, or too close to a heat source, like your oven or heater.
Essential Oils can also be stored in the refrigerator. This option can be right for you if you are not planning on using your oils that often, and will not finish the bottle within 6-12 months. When you take your oil out of the fridge you will need to wait for it to warm up a bit before using. You can try placing it in a warm water bath for a bit.
3 DIY Recipes You Can Create Right Now: 3 Useful Ways To Use Essential Oils Around Your Home
1) Homemade Bath Bomb
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
- 15 Drops Essential Oil Of Your Choice
- 1/4 - 1/2 Tsp. Carrier Oil
- Hydrosol As Needed
- Solubilizer - Polysorbate 20 Or Solubol
- Molds To Shape The Mixture
In a large, clean mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients. Mix well, making sure there are no clumps.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to blend the solubilizer with the Essential Oil in a separate bowl.
Add your solubilized Essential Oil one drop at a time. Stir into the dry ingredients.
Slowly add your Carrier Oil while mixing.
Slowly add your Hydrosol to the mixture while mixing. Use a spray bottle to add the hydrosol or water to the mixture slowly, or add the liquid drop by drop. The mixture does need that much liquid, so add bit by bit. The mixture should stick together when pressed firmly.
Press the mixture into your molds to form your bath bombs.
Set them onto wax paper to dry. Allow them to dry at least a day until they are completely hard to the touch.
Keep your bath bombs in an airtight container or bag.
2) Natural Air Freshener
- New 4 Oz. Clean Spray Bottle
- 30 Drops Of Essential Oil Or Essential Oil Blend
- 3 Fl. Ounces Of Distilled Water
- Solubilizer - Polysorbate 20 Or Solubol
Mix the essential oils with the solubilizer following the usage instructions provided by the vendor/manufacturer.
Fill the spray bottle with 3 fl. ounces of distilled water. Make sure to leave enough space to shake the mixture well when you’re done.
Add the essential oil mixture to the spray bottle. You might want to test out your spray as you add drops, stopping when you reach your desired strength.
Shake well. The scent may change a bit over the first couple days as the oils blend, so before you make up your mind try letting the mixture sit for at least a day.
3) Homemade Massage Oil Blend
- 1 Fl. Ounce Carrier Oil.
- 10-12 Drops Of Essential Oils.
Mix the oils or blend with the carrier oil. Store in an airtight, dark glass container.
Apply only a small amount for each massage. Avoid wounds, sensitive skin, the genitals, eyes, nose, mouth.
FAQ’s: Learn More About Handcraft Blends Essential Oils & Carrier Oils
1) How are Handcraft Blends essential oils made?
Handcraft Blends Oils are sourced from around the world. Our team selects each oil based on quality and purity. Each oil is bottled in the USA, and tested by an independent facility to ensure every batch reaches our high standards. Our oils are either steam distilled or cold pressed, depending on the specific type of oil.
2) What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are fatty oils that have a thicker consistency perfect for diluting essential oils. Diluting essential oils with carrier oils helps make strong blends and oils safe for topical application.
3) Do I need to dilute essential oils when using them topically?
Yes. Undiluted use of essential oils on the skin can be harmful and potentially cause severe irritation or sensitization.
4) What is the ratio for mixing carrier oils and essential oils?
When diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, follow these dilution guidelines.
2.5 percent dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
3 percent dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
5 percent dilution: 30 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
10 percent dilution: 60 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
0.5 to 1 percent dilution: 3 to 6 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
5) Are there essential oils to which children are particularly sensitive?
In the case of children under the age of three, special caution should be exercised when using camphor, eucalyptus, thyme and peppermint oil (menthol). These essential oils are deemed to be particularly problematic. (HealthLine)