Who doesn’t love a nice-smelling fragrance? We all love to smell good. Scents are strongly tied to memories, because the part of the brain that processes our sense of smell is located near the part of the brain that processes short-term and long-term memory.
A single scent can transport you back in time. It could be a past relationship or an event you attended. Wouldn’t it be nice to create your very own scent that you can use to commemmorate a special occasion? Are you a guy like me who wants to keep the ladies guessing by showing up wearing a different scent every time?
When I first got into essential oils, I was particularly interested in blending different ones together to see how one oil would affect the scent of another. After a few months of gathering different essential oils, I had a pretty good collection. I found this blending chart online, and for some reason, I started out with Patchouli (pogostemon cablin) as my first oil in the blend. I’ll write more about patchouli in a future article. But let me just say that it is like coffee in that it is an acquired taste, or in this case, scent. It reminds me of potted plant soil. It is an earthy type of oil. The featured image in this post (above the article) is the patchouli plant.
I took a look at the list of essential oils that blend well with patchouli, and saw that Clary Sage (salvia sclarea) was one of them. So I added a few drops of the clary sage to the small vial containing the patchouli. I noticed the change in the overall scent and felt a sense of encouragement because I knew I had created something new. It was no longer the earthy, dirt-smelling scent of patchouli, but something new and unusual.
I then looked up clary sage in the blending chart to see what I could blend with this oil and eventually I found Jasmine. I added a few drops of jasmine grandiflorium or it may have been jasmine sambac. Either way, this blend became even more interesting. As different essential oils are combined, they commingle with each other. Imagine a room with a single person inside. This solo person has a unique presence. Now, another person enters the room, and the two people start to mingle. The two people vibe off of each other. Then, a third person enters, and the conversation becomes more lively. A fourth person enters the room, and so on. Blending essential oils is a lot like this.
I took a few whiffs of the patchouli, clary sage and jasmine mixture and really enjoyed it. I decided to add one more oil. I looked up jasmine to see where to go next, and decided to pick Mandarin (citrus reticulata), which is related to tangerine. I added a few drops of mandarin to the blend and let it sit for a while. I then inhaled the blend and noted that it had a sweetness to it, and it didn’t seem to be distinctly masculine or feminine. It seemed to be a unisex fragrance. I attributed this to the balance of earthy, floral and citrus components. Keep in mind that I added each oil in equal proportions, which is uncommon. Essential oils are typically added in quantities depending on their relative strengths. The stronger the oil, the less you’ll need to add.
I now had to come up with a name for this unique blend of four oils. After a while I picked “Julie Patchouli.” I had this image in my mind of a hippie, since patchouli is popular among those types of folks, and I wanted a first name that rhymed with patchouli. So there you have it.
Now that I had all four essential oils in a single vial, it was time to prepare the fragrance. For this part, I obtained a glass sprayer bottle (Amazon sells these) and poured some vodka (or Everclear) into the bottle. I then added the Julie Patchouli essential oil blend to the alcohol in the bottle. I shook the bottle and let the ingredients sit for a while.
I gave away a free sample of this perfume to a female friend last Christmas, and when I saw her again at another party a month or two later, she commented that the one thing she didn’t like was the scent of patchouli that remained after the other three essential oils had evaporated (referred to as dry down). This is important because the base note you choose for the perfume is what will be the last to evaporate, and hence, the final scent. So, if one does not like the smell of patchouli, then Julie Patchouli probably isn’t the blend for him/her.
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