fragrance oil blending guide

fragrance oil blending guide

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At makesy, we believe that every scent tells a story! Whether you’re crafting candles or making homemade soaps, the fragrance you choose can transform your creation into a sensory experience. Blending fragrance oils is not just an art, it’s a way to express your creative spirit and tailor it to your brand. Let’s explore the essential do's and don'ts that will help you perfect your fragrance blending technique!

What Are Fragrance Oils?

Fragrance oils, also known as aromatic oils, are synthetically made to emulate natural scents. They are a favorite among makesy makers for their robust, consistent aromas and clean ingredients - just perfect for a variety of DIY projects!

Benefits of Using Fragrance Oils in DIY Projects

With fragrance oils, the possibilities are endless. They provide a vast array of scents that are ideal for personalizing your projects, ensuring that each candle or soap reflects your unique style and mood.

The Do's of Blending Fragrance Oils

Do Start with a Plan

Try to visualize the aroma you want to achieve. Think about the mood or atmosphere you wish to create with your project and sketch out a scent profile that will bring your vision to life. It's okay to play trial and error.

Do Use the Right Tools

For makesy makers, precision is crucial. Use tools like precision droppers, scent blotters, and digital scales to mix your scents accurately and consistently.

Do Keep Detailed Records

Maintain a fragrance journal. Documenting your trials and successes allows you to replicate your favorite scents and refine others over time.

Do Test in Small Batches

Experiment with small quantities first to refine the scent without wasting materials. This approach is not only economical but also allows for creative experimentation.

Do Consider the Scent’s Purpose

Align your fragrance blends with their intended setting. A relaxing lavender might be perfect for bedroom candles, while a vibrant citrus could energize a living space.

The Don'ts of Blending Fragrance Oils

Don’t Rush the Process

Good things take time, and fragrance blending is no exception. Allow your blends to mature, giving the oils time to fuse into a harmonious scent.

Don’t Overcomplicate Your Blends

Simplicity often leads to elegance. A few well-chosen oils can produce a more striking effect than a cacophony of scents.

Don’t Use Low-Quality Oils

Opt for high-quality makesy oils to ensure your candles and soaps are not only beautifully scented but also safe and effective.

Don’t Ignore Safety Guidelines

Safety first! Always follow the recommended practices for handling and using fragrance oils, especially when creating products intended for skin contact. Always check the IFRA and SDS guidelines for each fragrance oil you are using!

Advanced Tips for Mastering Scent Blends

Understanding Notes and Harmony

Learn about top, middle, and base notes to build depth into your scents. Each layer should smoothly transition into the next, creating a delightful olfactory journey.

The Role of Fixatives in Fragrance Blending

Fixatives can prolong the life of your scent. Natural options like vanilla or amber can anchor lighter notes and keep them from fading too quickly.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Overwhelming Scents

Less is often more with fragrance oils. Aim for subtlety; a too-strong scent can overwhelm rather than enhance your project.

Incompatibility with Other Ingredients

Always test how your fragrance oils interact with other ingredients, particularly with different wax types or soap bases, to ensure the stability and quality of your final product.


Fragrance blending is a pathway to personalization in all your projects. Each scent blend you create is a reflection of your artistic vision and a step towards mastering the craft of DIY. With practice, you can develop signature scents that elevate your creations from handmade to heartmade.

At the end of the day, there is NO right or wrong way! 

Be sure to tag us in your finished creations on Instagram using #makesymade for a chance to get featured on our wall of inspo & win a $100 makesy gift card. Happy making!

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