Basic Plant-Based Fragrance Types

Here are some departure points for combining fragrances to target specific mood and ambience.

Use the chart below as if it were a "times table" for combining fragrance types. The basic fragrance types are listed in bold along the vertical and horizontal axis, see what mood is created at their intersect point. For instance, if you were to combine pomegranate and coriander, that would be an intersect of fruit and spice which generates a mood of wealth or abundance. Rose and Patchouli = Floral + Wood = Sensuality. You get the idea. Have fun. Play with it.



Aromachology Chart: Combining Basic Fragrances for Mood & Ambience

Basic Types Citrus Floral Fruit Herbal Spice Wood
Citrus Energetic Happy Freshness Vigor Luck Stamina
Floral Happy Receptive Playful Charm Beauty Resonant
Fruit Fresh Playful Youth Harmony Wealth Nurture
Herbal Vigor Charm Harmony Health Relax Ground
Spice Luck Beauty Wealth Relax Adventure Success
Wood Stamina Sensual Nurture Ground Success Strength

Fragrance oils can be combined drop by drop in oil warmers until you obtain a satifactory blend. Keep notes on proportion so that you may replicate your results. If you make your own soaps, lotions, or candles, an oil warmer is a good tool for creating your own signature blended scents.

Examples

The following chart lists some examples of fragrances in the basic categories. Most of the scents on this list may be obtained from natural or synthetic sources. Some scents are "crossovers" that may be included in more than one category, such as lavender or bergamot.



Examples of Basic Plant Derived Fragrance Types

Citrus Floral Fruit Herbal Spice Wood
Bergamot
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Pink Grapefruit
Bitter Orange
Tangerine
Freesia
Honeysuckle
Lavender
Lotus
Jasmine
Rose
Ylang-Ylang
Banana
Cranberry
Green Apple
Mango
Pear
Pomegranate
Watermelon
Basil
Bergamot
Chamomile
Cilantro
Lavender
Peppermint
Sage
Anise
Black Pepper
Cassia
Clove
Coriander
Ginger
Nutmeg
Eucalyptus
Frankinsence
Myrrh
Patchouli
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Tea Tree

These are short lists, you can probably think of many more.


Vibrational Considerations

On beyond pseudo-science, onwards to meta-psuedo-science...

Meta-Aromachology: Vibrational Characteristics of Basic Fragrances

Citrus Characterized by ability to gather and intensify solar energy. Good as an antidote to malaise and stagnation. Promotes centering, initiative and growth.
Floral Characterized by grace, balance, and beauty. Soothing to the weary, uninspired, and stressed, a friend to the lonely.
Fruit Characterized by sweetness, and youthful enjoyment. Apeasing and gratifying, refreshing, satisfying, optimistic.
Herbal Characterized by health and wellness on all levels. Grounding to reality, promotes clarity of purpose and vision.
Spice Characterized by fearless exploration. Seeking out the new, ventures into unknown realms, confident and bold.
Wood Characterized by inner strength and rootedness. Protection from harm, disease, and woe, perseverence in the face of hardship.

As an experiment write down your favorite five fragrances and look at what vibrational spheres of influence, or scent categories they fall under. Is there a focal area of intention, or are they fairly evenly distributed among the types?

It's meta-pseudo information.

Nature. Nurture. Imagination.
Be well.
-Alice