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Organize Essential Oils by Note


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Organize Essential Oils by Note

Jarett Quirk

Top notes 

Essential oils that are classified as top notes normally evaporate very fast and normally also have anti-viral properties.

They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting in nature and are generally not very expensive. Top notes are generally highly volatile, fast acting, give the first impression of the blend and are not very long lasting.

The following essential oils are considered top notes:

  • Basil (To Middle)
  • Bergamot (To Middle)
  • Cajuput
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage (To Middle)
  • Coriander (To Middle)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Hyssop
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass (To Middle)
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli (To Middle)
  • Niaouli
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Petitgrain
  • Ravensara
  • Sage
  • Spearmint
  • Tagetes
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree (To Middle)
  • Thyme (To Middle)
  • Verbena

Middle notes 

The bulk of essential oils are considered middle notes and normally give body to the blend and have a balancing effect.

The smells of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a couple of minutes to come into their own right and are normally warm and soft fragrances.

The following essential oils are considered middle notes:

  • Bay
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Fennel (To Top)
  • Geranium
  • Ho Leaf
  • Ho Wood
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper
  • Lavender (To Top)
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa (To Top)
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Palma Rosa
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Spikenard
  • Yarrow

Base notes 

Essential oils that are classified as base notes are normally "heavy" oils with their fragrance evident, but will also slowly evolve and be present for a long time and slows down the evaporation of the other oils.

These fragrances are normally intense and heady. They are normally rich and relaxing in nature and are also the most expensive of all oils.

The following essential oils are considered base notes:

  • Balsam Peru
  • Cassia (To Middle)
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon (To Middle)
  • Clove
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger (To Middle)
  • Jasmine
  • Myrrh
  • Oakmoss
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosewood (To Middle)
  • Sandalwood
  • Valerian
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang (To Middle)