The first thing that comes to mind when you think about essential oils is their scent. Those scents are what make us really love essential oils. Or, just tolerate them and use them because of their properties. The most popular essential oil scents have also a wide range of uses and benefits.
The essential oil scents presented here may serve many purposes. This article is meant to help you find out what they are and if you’re curious, how to create your own perfume too. You’ll also find out why use essential oils instead of artificial fragrances.
These fragrances are very common. Since they are so popular too, I thought I’d tell you about the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils. You’ll see what the most popular essential oil scents are and what they can do for you. Of course, you’ll also get a few recipes and ideas to get your creative side working.
Just sit back, relax for a few minutes and get your fair share of inspiration.
Did You Know?
- In 1920 a butcher from Paris discovered that his clients felt a lot happier in his establishment when he added the essence of bacon to a mix of 11 essential oils. Success followed because today we have a perfume with bacon scent.
The Benefits of Using Essential Oils in All Your Scented Blends
Essential oils are widely known as aromatic medicines. Besides their medicinal properties, they can also be used to make perfumes and scented candles, or cosmetics.
Essential oils are also a good choice when you want to enjoy their properties on a daily basis. Maybe improve certain skin problems or minor health conditions, like coughs, difficulty in breathing etc. They can treat, prevent and scent at the same time.
Above everything else, they’re natural. Because of that, some of the most popular essential oil scents are a great investment. They should be used for beauty and health benefits, but also emotional benefits.
Essential oils give you complete control over what you use on yourself and your family. You can make anything smell like you want it to smell. No restrictions!
What is the Difference Between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils?
Essential oils are strong essences and they’re natural. We know that. But don’t be fooled by the term of “fragrance oils” because they are not natural at all. They’re lab-made and they’re used to scent all the cosmetics that are produced on a large scale.
Fragrance oils are generally used to:
- Make soaps.
- Make scented candles.
- Give cosmetics a certain fragrance. A lipstick that smells like cherries for instance.
- Make body products or bath foams and others as such.
- They are also used in the making of commercial perfumes.
The moment you use fragrance oils in your homemade recipes, you will only get that fragrance. Nothing more, nothing less.
Using a few essential oil drops in your homemade recipes will give you natural and unspoiled fragrances. It will also do your skin and mind a lot of good.
The properties of most popular essential oil scents are well-known to most people. Even though it might be a bit more expensive to use essential oils instead of fragrance oils, it is a lot healthier.
So what are the two main differences between the fragrance oils and essential oils? It’s their price and their health benefits.
Whenever you see “natural fragrance oil” on a label means that that oil is made in a lab. And it smells exactly like it says. But that’s all. So keep in mind that fragrance oils are synthetic and they don’t have any health properties.
Did You Know?
- Bronze Age, ancient Cyprus. That is where archaeologists discovered a 4.000 year old large, buried perfumery. It seems that this old perfumery was producing perfumes on a large scale.
10 of the Most Popular Essential Oil Scents You Can Use for Many Purposes
There are many essential oils that smell very nice but some of them are favorites among the majority. It’s because they have a powerful and unique fragrance. A strong fragrance can truly make great homemade perfumes for personal use or to refresh the air.
There’s nothing more pleasant than to know what a certain fragrance is and where it comes from. On top of that, to be able to have it at hand every time you need it, is even better.
I often find it frustrating that I like a certain fragrance in a commercial perfume and I don’t know what it is. With aromatic oils you always know what you’ve put in your blend.
The following essential oils are among the most popular essential oil scents used for homemade blends. But they’re also used to make expensive, commercial perfumes.
Some of the Most Expensive Essential Oils
Jasmine Essential Oil
Botanical name: Jasminum officinale – common Jasmine; Jasminum grandiflora – royal Jasmine
- Very rich oil.
- Exotic scent.
- Perfect for middle and base notes.
- Forms a great blend with Sandalwood and Vetiver. But also with Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Geranium or Bergamot.
- It’s an expensive essence because of its complex extraction method.
On top of all that, Jasmine essential oil is a great aphrodisiac and antidepressant. It helps calm down the nerves and spasms from coughing or asthma.
*Note: Not for pregnant women and not to be used in high doses as it has sedative effect.
Rose Essential Oil
Botanical name: Rosa damascena
- Sensual, rich scent.
- Very expensive essential oil but being so powerful, you can use very little.
- Forms a great blend with Sandalwood and Palmarosa. But also with Jasmine, Mandarin, Geranium Rose and Carnation.
- Perfect as a base note.
Plus, Rose essential oil is also an aphrodisiac and antidepressant. It can also help with stomach pains and inflammations.
Rose and Jasmine are probably the best essential oil scents, because of their rich and exotic scent.
*Note: Rose can give you headaches if used in high dose. Otherwise, a moderate to small dose can take away migraines.
Affordable and Beautifully Scented Essential Oils
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus sinensis
- Fresh and energizing scent.
- It’s a top note.
- It goes well in a blend with Bergamot essential oil.
- It also blends well with Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Sandalwood essential oils.
Sweet Orange essential oil is a great tonic for the body and a sedative. It is an aphrodisiac and it can reduce spasms as well.
*Note: It causes sensitiveness to sunlight. So use in low doses and apply on areas that will stay covered out in the sun.
Lavender Essential Oil
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Fresh, herbal and flowery scent.
- It’s a very good fragrance enhancer. That means all the other scents in your blend will be enhanced with one drop of Lavender.
- It’s a middle note (to top) and it is recommended you add one drop at the end of the mixing process.
- Blends well and enhances all other essential oils.
Lavender has one of the best essential oils scents. It can easily treat insomnia and remove the stress. It can treat almost all skin conditions too.
*Note: Use it with care if you’re allergic to mint substances.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus bergamia
- It has a very light citrus scent.
- It’s a top note. That means it’ll be the first thing you’ll smell after opening the recipient.
- It forms great blends when mixed with Frankincense, Orange and Rosemary. Vetiver, Jasmine and Cypress also blend well with Bergamot.
Bergamot is good at reducing fever, relaxing the body and stimulating the digestion. It is also great at relieving many types of pain.
*Note: Don’t keep it in the sunlight! And don’t expose yourself in the sun after using it, because it contains bergaptene. This constituent becomes poisonous for the body when it meets the sunlight.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Botanical name: Anthemis nobilis
- Sweet, warm scent.
- It is a middle note.
- It forms nice blends with Jasmine, Clary Sage, Tea Tree, Rose and citrus essential oils.
- Roman Chamomile is sweeter than its German variety. The latter is a better anti-inflammatory though.
Roman Chamomile is among the most popular essential oil scents. It is used for babies too. It’s a good antidepressant and pain reliever.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
- Pungent scent. It resembles more with the pine.
- It is great as middle note.
- It forms nice blends with Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium and Lemongrass.
Rosemary helps relieving the pain and soothes stomach discomfort. Also strengthens the immune system and improves the mood. Not to mention it stimulates the brain to function at maximum capacity.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin
- Earthy, musky, yet somewhat sweet, strong scent.
- Great base note.
- But if you really hate the smell of Patchouli you could replace it with Vetiver.
- It forms very nice blends with Clary Sage, Myrrh and Bergamot. Also blends well with Lavender.
Patchouli offers great support for depression and anxiety and treats many skin problems. It can also be used to help in curing addictions.
Lemon Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus limonum
- Refreshing, clean lemony scent.
- Top note.
- It forms great blends with Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang and Rose essential oils.
Lemon has always been good at almost everything. It can treat various skin problems and it can boost the immune system. It can also improve the mood and get you rid of headaches. It’s a great disinfectant too.
Peppermint Essential Oil
- Minty, refreshing and cooling scent.
- It’s a top note that evaporates quite fast, leaving room for the middle notes.
- It blends incredibly well with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, Rosemary. But also with Lemon and Marjoram essential oils.
Peppermint is also among the most popular essential oil scents. I mean who doesn’t know its smell since it’s been long used in toothpaste and candies?!
Peppermint is also very good at sharpening the mind and treating digestion issues. It improves the blood circulation, removes stress and pain and helps the hair grow.
Essential Oil Scents and Perfumes. Recipes for Yourself and Your Home
People are different and so are their preferences when it comes to aromas and scents. When a person loves a certain fragrance, another one can detest it. There are so many factors that can influence these decisions.
Oftentimes, people would find a fragrance very pleasant but not entirely. So, only because the overall smell is nice, they buy the whole perfume. Even though it is not really what they were initially after. Now, you don’t have to do that anymore. You can start making your own signature perfume and add exactly the fragrances you like.
Before mixing and matching perfumes, you should read my article on mixing essential oils and their notes. I recommend it to avoid any uncertainties or surprises.
You can make your home smell like you’ve always wanted to. Or you can put your signature on a unique perfume just for yourself and your senses. Nothing’s stopping you.
Before starting to make your own recipe, keep a notebook at hand. Write down every single thing you do or add into a blend. If you’ll really like the blend, you’ll want to replicate it.
Recipe #1: Scented Sticks (Reed Diffusers)
- A tall jar or a small vase.
- Baby oil or carrier oil.
- Skewers or bamboo sticks
- Essential oils of your choice
Fill the jar (or vase) with the carrier oil you’ve chosen. The jar needs to be at least half full with it. Dip your bamboo sticks or skewers into the blend. Add your essential oils taking into consideration the amount of carrier oil in the jar.
Then make a few holes in the lid of the jar. After an hour it’s time to turn around your sticks (heads at the bottom of the jar) and enjoy your new scent.
Recipe #2: Home Deodorant with Bicarbonate
- A small jar with lid.
- Essential oils of your choice.
- Bicarbonate: ¼
You’ll have to cut a few holes into the lid of the jar. After you’ve added the bicarbonate in the jar, pour a few drops of essential oil or more oils in it. Then screw the lid back on. All you have to do is shake the mix inside a few times and you’ll find yourself in the middle of an amazing aromatic environment.
Recipe #3: Fresh Aroma Unisex Perfume
- 20 drops of Bergamot essential oil.
- 5 drops of Sandalwood essential oil.
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil.
- 5 ml roll-on recipient or dropper.
- 1 drop of Lavender to enhance all the scents.
- Any carrier oil.
Around 20 – 25 drops of medium to thick essential oil = 1 milliliter. Citrus oils are thinnner, therefore 1 ml = 40 – 50 drops.
If you intend to roll it on the skin then you’ll need a good carrier oil. But if you intend to put it on your clothes, only then you can use it without carrier oil.
Roll the bottle between your palms a few times so the oils mix well and let it sit for at least a night before using it.
Experts recommend the essential oils perfume to be left alone for at least a month before using it. That’s the best way to enjoy a matured perfume.
Recipe #4: Sweetness and Gentleness
- Verbena essential oil: 4ml.
- Geranium (bourbon) essential oil: 7ml.
- Damascus Rose essential oil: 10ml.
- Cedar essential oil: 3ml.
- Sage essence: 4 drops to fixate the blend.
- 100 ml perfume bottle.
Blend all oils together and add the Sage to fixate it. Again, leave the blend overnight, or if you can leave it for one month untouched. This way the scents will be absolutely divine.
Using all these popular essential oil scents will give you great perfumes. They will not go unnoticed, I can assure you. Don’t forget to write down any changes you make to the recipe!
Did You Know?
- The first modern perfume was ordered in 1370 by the Queen of Hungary, Elizabeth. It was made out of floral essential oils and alcohol. Nowadays commercial perfumes use a lot of Rose and Jasmine essences. They’re so used that they became staples.
How Can I Create My Own Perfume with My Favorite Essential Oils? Things to Know Before Beginning
I gave you a few recipes with some of the most popular essential oil scents to use in perfumes. They’re either for personal use, or for refreshing your homes. I personally enjoy making my own body perfume. It gives me a sense of pride and I also like the whole making process. It feels like a nice adventure… like a kid who has finally built a sand castle.
Let’s see what the general guidelines are when making your own essential oils perfumes. In my opinion, these guidelines should help you find your own way through all the intricacies of a first-time homemade perfume.
A regular perfume is:
- 70 – 85% alcohol mixed with water.
- And 15 – 30% essential oils.
For a quality perfume, you have to use quality ingredients and tools as well:
- Only pure or organic essential oils.
- Distilled water.
- And pure alcohol. It can be pretty hard to find it so, instead you can use vodka, which doesn’t really have a smell.
- Dark colored bottles, glass would be ideal.
- A dropper, a pipette and a spray pump.
- A notebook especially for essential oils perfumes and blends.
A perfume can be influenced by the fact that essential oils evaporate quite fast. Many essential oils change their scent over time. For example: Patchouli will smell even better in time. Its aroma will become denser and its color will change into amber (from pale yellow).
Because of this, your perfume will smell differently with each passing month. To avoid noticeable changes in your perfume, there are a few animal fixators to be added to a blend.
The main quality of these fixators is that they hold all scents in one place. Managing to avoid the essential oils’ evaporation they can increase the value and the life of the perfume. They also add sensuality and character to the perfume.
The animal fixators in perfumes are:
- Ambergris – a waxy secretion that comes from the sperm whale.
- Castoreum – this is a substance that comes from the internal glands of the American and European beaver.
- Musk – is taken from the abdominal gland of the Himalayan male musk.
- Chive – again a secretion. This time it comes from the chive, which is a small fox-like mammal that lives in Ethiopia.
You’ve probably read the above paragraph with the same big eyes as I did when I first found out. But let’s not forget that no matter where these essential oils fixators come from, they enhance our perfumes in a way nothing else does.
What can you do with the most popular essential oil scents? You have total freedom in making our own perfumes and scent your cosmetics or candles. You can treat your skin and body and improve the quality of your life. And all that with just a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Have you ever made your own essential oils perfume? Was it easy? I hope you find this adventure just as interesting and mesmerizing as I do. Can’t wait to hear your opinions.