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How to Blend Essential Oils for your Soap

Soaps blended with essential oils
Hand crafted soaps fragranced with essential oils

When someone picks up a hand crafted, artisan soap they will immediately smell it and this will draw them in to buy your soap or place it back down and move on. It's a shame but very true, the soaps may be created to contain oils/butters that will cleanse, nourish and protect your skin, helping to combat certain skin problems through the oils and the therapeutic properties of essential oils but if the aroma doesn't entice you to buy them then they will be left on the shelf.

So how do you blend essential oils for your soaps, so the fragrance lasts throughout the bar?

Using a few tips you can blend many lovely, long lasting aromas to use in your soaps, the first is to remember perfumes are based on top notes, middle notes and base notes. I have written a blog you might find interesting to read called How to Make Perfume, this will give you an insight on blending which you can put into practice when blending oils for soap.

Perfume, we know contains many different esential oils or aroma chemicals, many of which are very expensive, however, when it comes to soap we need to keep costs down to an acceptable price.

By using top and middle notes together you can produce an aroma that will last throughout your soaps.

Top Notes













Middle Notes

Lemon Myrtle

May Chang

Rose Geranium


Juniper Berry








Ylang Ylang

Lemon Vebena

Black Pepper

Pink Pepper

Tea Tree


Lavender holds it's aroma in soap very well and can be used by itself, however, it blends very well with the following ;

Lavender and Ylang Ylang

Lavender and Rose Geranium (or Geranium)

Lavender and Palma Rosa

Lavender and Chamomile

Lavender and Juniper Berry

Lavender and Black Pepper

Lavender and Tea Tree

Lemon essential oil does not hold it's smell in soap so to get a 'lemony' smell opt for using Lemon Vebena, May Chang, Lemongrass or perhaps Lemon Myrtle. You can still add another note if required. Tea Tree is great to add with any 'lemony' smell and will also provide antibacterial, anti viral and antiseptic properties to your soap.

Orange and Geranium

Orange and Ylang Ylang

Orange and Cinnamon

Orange and Coriander

Orange and Juniper Berry

Orange and May Chang

Orange and Lavender

Orange and Black Pepper

Bergamot and Geranium

Bergamot and May Chang

Bergamot and Lemon Vebena

Bergamot and Rosemary

Bergamot and Rose Geranium

Bergamot and Lavender

All the mints, Peppermint, Spearmint and Garden Mint are all top notes, however, due to the strong smelling menthols in them the aromas will hold fairly well in soap for a long while. Try blending peppermint and spearmint together to get a double mint.

Peppermint and Cinnamon

Peppermint and Lemon Vebena

Peppermint and Black Pepper

Neroli also is a strong smell that will last very well by itself, however, it's lovely blended with Lavender.

By choosing your essential oils carefully you will soon learn to make perfect blends for your soap.

Enjoy your soapmaking and if you are new to it please have a look at the Blog on How to Make Natural Soap

x Diane

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