When it comes to blending fragrances, there is no right or wrong.
As you begin working with scents regularly, you’ll find that your nose for fragrance gets more and more refined. Just like with food and wine, as you’re working with and paying attention to the subtleties of different aromas, the more you’ll find your sense of smell evolving. Blending is a great way to “exercise” your nose and allows you to tweak fragrances to your own tastes and create your own candle scents. Not to mention...it’s just plain fun!
That said, it can seem a little intimidating to get started. But never fear, anyone can become a fragrance mixologist—all it takes is a bit of know-how and a little creativity.
When we describe the character of a fragrance, we talk about it in terms of top notes, middle notes, and base notes. The way the fragrance notes combine is what gives every scent its own unique profile.
Paying attention to the fragrance notes is a great way to identify good scent combinations you might want to try—and it also helps develop your nose!
PRO TIP: The Fragrance Finder isn’t just a fun way to discover new fragrances, it’s also a great tool to have in your blending toolbox. Limit to just the fragrances with the specific notes you’re looking for or by categories like Fresh & Clean, Woods, and Spice.
When you’re thinking about fragrance blends you want to try, we recommend starting with fragrances with which you already have some familiarity. Having that knowledge of how a standalone scent performs regarding the cold and hot throws will help you perfect your desired blend more easily.
The best way to begin your blending adventure is by jumping right in! Using blotter strips is a quick and easy way to test out different fragrance combinations and start training your nose to pick out the notes. Here’s how to use them:
PRO TIP: Take detailed notes as you're testing out your fragrance oil blend ideas. Make note of the scents combos you've tried, the ratios, whether you tested it in a candle, etc.
You’re probably ready to test out a few of your blend ideas, but first...
What makes a fragrance a good blender?
That’s simple: simplicity! When you’re learning and getting your process down try to stick to more basic scents for the best results. If you do want to try a blend with a more complex fragrance, make sure to keep the other fragrance/s simple.
These fragrances are gorgeous on their own, but they’re also fantastic blenders:
Fragrance blending is lots of fun, but it’s also a great way to differentiate your brand. Custom scents that can’t be found anywhere else entice customers to return again and again. Not to mention, you can create an entirely new fragrance library without the need to buy, test, and evaluate new fragrances!
Blending is also the perfect opportunity to flex those creative muscles! Scent blends can spark some attention-grabbing fragrance names, label designs, and other fun branding ideas. To get you started, here are a few candle scent name ideas we came up with for autumn and Halloween-themed fragrances.
These blends are tried, tested, and Candle Scientist-approved!
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