Amazing aromatherapy massage @CambridgeAroma using vanilla, bergamot, frankincense, neroli and petit grain essential oils. Delightful!

Not been checking my twitter account much recently so it was great to see this from Lydia.

Part of her work involves perfume making so I really enjoyed working with someone who understood more about the essential oils than most of my clients. In perfumery, many perfumes use more oils than I will in a blend. I don’t often use more than five or six and often fewer still. Typically in perfumery  nine are used. Three with predominantly base notes, three middle and three top notes.

The oils with the base notes prevent some of the others from evaporating so quickly so that the scent lasts for longer when applied to the skin.

In the blend above, I Vanilla provides mainly base notes. Frankincense and Neroli both have top middle and base notes, Petigrain  and Bergamot have equal proportion of top an middle notes.

In a perfumery blend Bergamot is primarily used however to provide top notes in a blend.

Why is perfumery important to the aromatherapist?

I would say that it is very important for the Aromatherapist to have an understanding of the principles of perfumery either through learning or at an intuitive level as smell is really important psychologically and if a blend does not smell pleasant and appeal to the client it will at best make the massage less pleasurable and at worst make it an experience they do not enjoy at all.

Of course personal preference also plays a part in this. Many people tell me they love Lavender but a significant number really don’t like it and wouldn’t want it in a blend.