If you prefer a bit of direction when blending, our fragrance blending wheel can help! You might already be familiar with a color wheel or remember seeing it in art class—the concept is largely the same with the fragrance wheel. There are a few different ways to use these reference wheels, but we suggest getting started with complementary and kindred notes.
Complementary notes are opposite each other on the fragrance blending wheel. Fruity and aromatic, spicy and floral, and gourmand and citrus are a few examples of complementary blends. Selecting complementary notes for your blend will result in a complex, well-balanced fragrance.
Kindred notes are beside each other on the wheel. If we start with a woody note, then we know its kindred counterparts are aromatic and amber. These blends are harmonic and familiar, and typically include notes that are easily recognizable.
Think about some of your favorite fragrances. Can you tell which categories their notes fall into? The combination of woody and green notes makes Dry Gin and Cypress an example of a complementary blend, while Golden Santal uses kindred notes in amber, woody, and aromatic categories.
The fragrance wheel is a helpful resource for inspiration and guidance, but remember that these pairings are suggestions, not strict rules.