Notes from Hell Scent
Blow Me: Top, Bottom & Middle (notes) August 10 2014 1 Comment
Describing scents isn't always easy in aromatherapy. Individual (often called one note) essential oils are often familiar. Everyone knows what lavender smells like. But when you start blending the qualities can change based on the blend. Aromatherapists and perfumers classify scents by top, middle and base notes.
Top notes often evaporate fast and normally also have anti-viral properties. They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting. Top notes are generally highly volatile, fast acting, give the first impression of the blend. Most of the commonly known essential oils such as citruses and mints are top notes.
The bulk of essential oils are middle notes. They give body to the blend and have a balancing effect. The odors of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a few minutes to come into their own. They are usually warm and/or soft fragrances. Geranium, rosemary and pine are middle notes.
Essential oils classified as base notes are usually "heavy" oils with their fragrance evident, but will also slowly evolve, last a long time and can slow down evaporation of the other oils.These fragrances are often intense, heady, rich and relaxing in nature and are also the most expensive of all oils. Cedarwood, jasmine and patchouli are base notes.
Sometimes an essential oil can be either a "top to middle" or "middle to base" and the blend determines where if falls on the spectrum.
One of our favorite blends - Blow Me - has top notes of sweet basil, sweet orange, eucalyptus, ravensara and peppermint. Its middle notes are cypress and lavender and its base note is ginger.
For the longer lasting blends, look for more middle and base notes.