Looking for your perfect Candle Fragrance with Lys Creations NZ

Lys Creations NZ loves helping Clients create their special unique Bespoke Candle Fragrance. With our custom made 100% Natural hand crafted candles and your unique fragrance, your candle will be nothing short of amazing.

We could all sit around smelling candles fragrances that every second person has. I could rename a standard candle fragrance like other companies do. *

Want a distinctive fragrance that expresses your personality? Choose one that you create yourself. Whether for home, office, or a special occasion like a wedding or anniversary, custom fragrances make great gifts!

I am going to explain how to put together the basics for your Bespoke Candle Fragrance.

This is a beginner's guide to creating that perfect fragrance for your Lys Creations NZ Candle. You will learn about fragrance & essential oil categories (citrus, spicy, herbaceous, woodsy, floral, and more) and how they complement each other. You will discover exactly what top; middle and base notes are and how to blend them together for a perfectly balanced candle fragrance.

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The beauty of fragrance & essential oils is that it can be used for purposes other than therapeutic ones.

First off, there's no right or wrong way to do this. I can just make up a personal fragrance based on your favourite scents—and we’re good to go!

Let’s get down to basics!

Here are the general steps involved in making your Bespoke Fragrance:

  1. Start with an intent – how would you like to feel? What type of fragrance do you want to create? Romantic and floral? Sensual and spicy? Playful and fun? Where is this candle going to be used? Home, Office, Bach or…
  2. Select a range of oils you like from complementary categories
  3. Sort your selections into top, middle and base notes.

Start with an intent
Begin your bespoke fragrance making by setting a goal. Think of the end result – how do you want to feel? What kind of a mood, feeling, emotion, theme, or scent do you want to create? And where is this candle going to be used? Home, Office, Bach or as a keep sake for others?

Is your blend to fit a season, a special occasion, or every day? Just start somewhere, you can refine as you go.

I’ll go first – for the purpose of today – I want to create a signature summer scent – something uplifting, feminine, and happy.

Fragrance & Essential oil categories
Fragrance & Essential oils can be loosely ordered into categories – I say ‘loosely’ as some fit into multiple categories.

When you’re starting to create your fragrance, it can be helpful to start with categories of ingredients. For example, if you want a summer scent, start with citrus and floral oils.

  • Citrus oils smell light, fruity and clean, they are uplifting (thanks to the limonene they contain), and are almost always top notes
  • Examples are Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit
  • Spicy oils are warm-smelling, and some are described as balsamic, which means they tend to have a richer earthy/woodsy note with a sweet vanilla-like tone. They are aldehyde and phenol-rich, with a restorative quality to them
  • Examples are Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Cumin
  • These oils are fresh, sharp, tonifying and clarifying. They are often middle notes
  • Examples are Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Marjoram, Patchouli, Cypress
  • Woodsy scents are derived from trees, they are grounding, centring, strengthening, soothing. They’re also often base notes
  • Examples are Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Siberian Fir, Cypress, Copaiba
  • The resin comes from the wounded bark of trees – so I like to think of it as supporting our own healing. They’re rich, deep, ancient, very special oils
  • Examples are Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin
  • Earthy oils are often derived from roots and rhizomes. Earthy scents are reminisced of freshly dug roots, earth and soil, moss and damp leaves. They’re comforting, grounding, stabilising – and are typically base notes
  • Examples are Vetiver, Ginger (which is also ‘spicy’), Clary Sage, Patchouli, Myrrh
  • Floral oils tend to be soft, sweet and powdery. They can be nurturing, calming, passionate. Usually middle notes – and not often a category the boys are drawn to!
  • Examples are Geranium, Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile
  • These scents indeed smell medicinal! They’re strongly aromatic, stimulating, invigorating, vitalising. You might also see them referred to camphoraceous scents which just means they contain a good amount of cineol
  • Examples are Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Marjoram, Sage, Cajuput, Myrtle
  • Minty oils are also strongly aromatic, uplifting, invigorating, cooling. Often top or middle notes
  • Examples are Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen

Fragrance & Essential Oil Synergies
Some oils have the ability to enhance the effect on each other when they are blended together, that is – they create a synergy.

A synergy can be described as the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Once you’ve identified a few categories, you can review whether they will be complementary in scent to each other.

Here are some examples of fragrance & essential oil categories that have great synergy:

  • Citrus: blends well with other citrus + floral + minty + spicy + woodsy
  • Spicy: blends well with other spices + citrus + floral + woodsy
  • Herbaceous: blends well with other herbs + mints + woodsy
  • Woodsy: blends well with other woods + citrus + spicy + floral
  • Resinous: blends well with other resins + woodsy + citrus + spicy
  • Earthy: blends well with other earth scents + woodsy + mints
  • Floral: blends well with citrus + mints + woodsy + spicy
  • Medicinal: blends well with other medicinal + woodsy + herbaceous + citrus
  • Minty: blends well with other mints + citrus + herbaceous + woodsy

Top, Middle and Base Notes: creating your recipe
Now that you have a selection of synergistic (meaning ‘working together’) oils, you can create your blend.

Fragrances are divided up into top, middle and base notes.

  • Top notes: are extremely small in molecular size and tend to evaporate off quickly. They are light and fresh and often the first scent you smell. The citrus family (Wild Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Lime) are examples of top notes
  • Middle notes: are slightly larger (and therefore, heavier) molecules, lingering longer than the top notes. They are usually the heart of the fragrance. Florals (Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang) are examples of middle notes
  • Base notes: are the heaviest molecules, they are slow developing and long lasting. Woods and earthy scents are examples (Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver)

Throw the rules out the window
Remember what I said at the beginning? There are no rules! These are fun guidelines to experiment with, but at the end of the day, if you like a particular blend of oils – go for it!

Contact me now to start your unique fragrance creation.

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