The Base Note in Essential Oil Blending

The Base Note in Essential Oil Blending

This article is the fourth of a four-part series all on the topic of essential oil blending!

  1. How to Blend Essential Oils
  2. The Top Note in Essential Oil Blending
  3. The Middle Note in Essential Oil Blending
  4. The Base Note in Essential Oil Blending (You are here!)

Welcome back to our final instalment in the series on essential oil blending! In our previous article, we discussed the middle note in The Middle Note in Essential Oil Blending, and its importance in creating well-balanced blends. Today, we will delve into the world of the base note, an important element in the art of essential oil blending.

What is the Base Note?

The base note is the foundation of any essential oil blend. It is the scent that lingers the longest and provides depth and stability to the overall aroma. Base notes are typically derived from woods, resins, and roots, and they have a rich, warm, and grounding effect.

Why is the Base Note Important?

The base note serves as the anchor for the entire blend. It helps to slow down the evaporation rate of the more volatile top and middle notes, allowing the fragrance to last longer. Without a well-chosen base note, your blend may lack longevity and depth.

Examples of Base Notes

Some popular base notes in essential oil blending include:

Blending with the Base Note

When blending with the base note, it's important to remember that a little goes a long way. Due to their rich and potent nature, base notes should be used sparingly. Start with a small amount and gradually increase the quantity until you achieve the desired effect.

Base notes are often used in combination with middle and top notes to create a well-rounded blend. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect balance. Remember, blending is an art, and it may take some trial and error to discover your signature scent.

Benefits of the Base Note

In addition to providing depth and longevity to your blend, the base note also offers a range of therapeutic benefits. Many base notes have grounding and calming properties, making them ideal for relaxation and stress relief. They can also help to promote a sense of stability and balance.

For example, sandalwood, one of the most popular base notes, is known for its calming and soothing effects. It can help to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of inner peace. Patchouli, another common base note, is often used for its grounding and aphrodisiac properties.


The base note is an essential component in the art of essential oil blending. It provides depth, stability, and longevity to your blends, while also offering a range of therapeutic benefits. By understanding the role of the base note and experimenting with different combinations, you can create unique and well-balanced blends that cater to your specific needs and preferences.

This concludes our series on essential oil blending, and we hope you've enjoyed reading about this fascinating topic. Happy blending!

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