I have recently run across a blend that I have fallen in love with and would like to attempt to replicate/recreate it on my own. I know the ingredients in the blend but am curious if there are any tips on how to go about figuring out how much of the individual ingredients go into the recipe?
Hmmmm good question. What I've done in the past is I close my eyes and breathe in the scent of the blend. Then I listen to it. Which parts speak the loudest to me? I try to seperate them in to notes. Which is the top note, the bottom note? Which scent lingers the most in my mind.
From that point it's pretty much experimentation but at least I have some idea of the ratio of ingredients to each other. Make small batches and try to get as close to the original as possible.
Do you have the blend on hand, so that you can compare as you go?
I would start by using 5 drops of each of the EOs you know is in it, then start adding/counting drops of whichever seems to be the dominant aroma/s.
Sniff and tweak, sniff and tweak, is my method. It takes awhile, but it's fun. Just write down whatever you do - I start with a tally mark system, then when I've decided I have what I want, count and write up a recipe for myself.
Cistus oil... Cistus ladanifer... deep, resinous... very moving...
cistus is one of the most powerful oils, emotionally, that I've ever dealt with.
Physically its most effective use is for edema and lymphoedema. One of my mentors, years ago, used to say "Cistus moves fluids"... it's a wonderful oil to use for lymphatic drainage, and I've seen amazing results with lymphoedema.
The thing is, it works in rather the same way emotionally. It can move blocked emotions...which can be a bit of a shock if you are not expecting it. I know of some psychotherapists and counselors who use it, by diffusion, in their practices.
Thank you Naturesgift. That is wonderful information.
I visited an essence shop recently and asked if it was possible for the technician there to replicate the recipe for me. Unfortunately, they didn't have the cistus in stock. Checking into prices I am finding it on the expensive side. **sigh**