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What are Floral Essential Oils Good For?

  • 4 min read

Essential oils extracted from flowering botanical plants are referred to as floral essential oils.

Floral Essential Oils can often be classified as Top, Middle and Base notes. Furthermore, they can be grouped into one of eight essential oil aroma families. It’s important to keep in mind that many oils have more than one prevailing aroma and note.

As fragrance oils wholesalers, we receive a great deal of enquiries regarding what floral essential oils are best used for certain products. In order to answer this, we always ask the customer what they are wanting to achieve from their product. For example, are they wanting to create a calming fragrance candle, a cleansing hand wash or an invigorating facial exfoliator? In order to answer this, we explain the eight essential oil aroma families.

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Citrus Essentail Oils

As the name suggests, these floral essential oils have fruity aromas that are a result of the oil extraction from the fruits rinds. They are often referred to as being vibrant, tangy, clean, energising, invigorating and fresh. Examples of citrus essential oils include lime, lemon, orange, lemongrass, grapefruit and bergamot. Not surprisingly, a great number of citrus essential oils are top notes.

Floral Essential Oils

Often sweet smelling and evoking an emotion of cheerfulness, floral essential oils are extracted from flower petals and stems. Often considered classic and a real crowd pleaser, examples of floral essential oils include rose, rosewood, neroli, lavender, chamomile, jasmine and ylang ylang. Floral essential oils are mostly classified as middle notes. Floral essential oils are perfect for products that are wanting to provide comfort and balance moods.

Herbaceous Essential Oils

Green and grassy is the best way to classify herbaceous essential oils. Think springtime with mild floral aromas and a hint of wet and lush foliage. As the name suggests, botanicals that fall within this category are sage, tea tree, eucalyptus, parsley, thyme, oregano and clary sage. These essential oils are mostly middle notes and evoke feelings of positivity and calmness and can be emotionally balancing and grounding.

Camphoraceous Essential Oils

Almost medicinal in their aroma, camphoraceous essential oils are renown for their strong aromas and in turn, are seen as being beneficial for clearing the respiratory system. As such, they are both energising and purifying and are often classed as middle notes. Camphor, lavandin, pennyroyal and cajeput are classified as camphoraceous essential oils.

Minty Essential Oils

Clearing and cooling in both topical and aromatherapy applications, minty essential oils are strong scented and best known as one of the freshest essential oil families. Think spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen, these invigorating and rejuvenating distinct scents can be both middle and base notes.

Spicy Essential Oils

Intensely exotic and warming, spicy essential oils can be both stimulating and grounding. Often linked with baking and festive celebrations, spicy essential oils include cardamon, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, clove, nutmeg and black pepper. These essential oils can be both middle and base notes.

Resinous & Musky Essential Oils

Think earthy, smoky, sweet, warm and leather-like. Considered alluring and lingering fragrances, these essential oils make them a popular choice for spiritual and religious ceremonies and practices. Deeply rich and captivating, frankincense, myrrh and balsam fall within this family. Like the spicy family, these are mostly classified as middle and base notes and are wonderful choices for products that promote relaxation, focus and a sense of inner calm.

Earthy & Woody Essential Oils

As you would imagine, earthy and woody essential oils are deeply grounding, sensual and mysterious. Warm and lingering, these essential oils are reminiscent of being deeply immersed in nature, at one with the earth’s floor. Sometimes they are considered to be seductive in their naturally hypnotic type quality. Sandalwood, Patchouli, vetiver, palo santo, cedar wood, pine and juniper berry are all classified as being in the earthy and woody essential oil family. These fragrant aromas can evoke emotions of calmness and promote balance and a grounding sensation. These essential oils will often have middle and base notes.

By being aware of the eight families of essential oil fragrances and in turn their classification as top, middle and base notes, it becomes clearer as to what floral essential oils are good for. The beauty of essential oils is not only are they wonderful on their own but, they can smell equally enticing as a blend.

Essential Oils That Smell Good Together

Fragrance is absolutely a personal preference and therefore, some people may believe that any essential oils combined together smell great and that’s fine!

Essential oils from the same aroma family mostly combine well however, it’s important to note that in order to create a balanced fragrance, top, middle and base notes blended together will result in a more cohesive recipe. As such, the below captures the eight essential oil families and, their best pairings in order to create a wonderfully balanced blend;

Citrus - blends well with Earthy/Woody, Spicy, Minty and Floral.
Floral - blends well with Spicy, Earthy/Woody and Citrus.
Herbaceous - blends well with Minty and Earthy/Woody.
Camphoraceous - blends well with Herbaceous, Earthy/Woody, Citrus and Spicy
Minty - blends well with Citrus, Earthy/Woody and Herbaceous
Resinous & Musky - blends well with Citrus and Floral
Earthy & Woody - blends well with Minty, Spicy and Citrus

How To Blend Essential Oils Successfully

Like a well loved family recipe passed down from generation to generation, blending essential oils to create an harmonious and balanced result takes trial, error and a touch of love and care! However, there is a simplistic formula that can be followed that more often than not, results in a lovely blend. Combining two part top notes, two part middle notes and one part base note is a great starting point for creating your customised fragrance.

We hope that learning more about the eight essential oil aroma families, you’ve become aware of what floral essential oils are best for your particular product. At the end of the day however, keep in mind fragrance does come down to personal preference so, follow your instinct and stay true to what you are hoping to achieve with your particular product. Most of all, have fun creating!