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Essential Oils: What's the Difference Between Top, Middle, and Base Notes?

May 6 • Aromatherapy

Want to make your own essential oil blends? Knowing the notes is crucial to creating scents that are well-balanced and automatically pleasing. To make your life easier, we've created a simple key that explains each of the 3 notes.

Top Notes

Top notes typically dominate a blend and are the most noticeable up-front. Top notes are also the quickest to evaporate.

Popular top notes include: Citrus oils (lemon, orange, bergamot) and minty, medicinal oils (peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen).

Middle Notes

Middle notes arise after a few minutes and give a well-rounded body to blends. These aromas usually evaporate after 4-5 hours.

Popular middle notes include: Floral oils (roman chamomile, geranium, lavender) and herbal/woody oils (rosemary, oregano, pine)


Base Notes

As the name implies, base notes serve as the foundation to a blend, giving it stability. These aromas are slowest to evaporate, sometimes taking a few days.

Popular base notes include: frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, and sandalwood


Download the chart to have handy while making our own essential oil blends.

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