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Hi, I've just discovered this discussion board and I've just discovered essential oils! I have a recipe that calls for adding 3 e.o.'s to some base oil. Where I live, my e.o. supplies are very limited (ordering from out of the country is expensive). I have found 2 of the e.o.'s I need but they are already diluted. So, I have one oil (francincense) undiluted, and the other two (roseand neroli) are diluted. I want to make up a face moisturizer. How can I utilize the diluted oils? Should I just add the francincense to the already diluted oils? Still use a base oil? I'm confused. Can anyone help? TIA beej

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Welcome! You can certainly make your recipe using diluted neroli and rose and pure frankincense, rose and neroli by adding double or even quadruple the drops of the rose and neroli since they are already well diluted relative to the # of drops of frankincense. Remember however that facial skin is more sensitive generally than the skin on your arms or back for example. Most authorities recommend a generally safe % of eo's to base carrier for the face as being around 1 - 2% - depending on the eo intended for use of course. So if you're going to mix say 15 ml of base moisturizer for eg, then you'd be adding between 3 and 6 drops in total of your selection of eo's. Since the rose and neroli are already diluted you could add say 2 drops of frankincense and you'd be quite safe to use 3-4 drops each of the rose and neroli, according to your taste of course. It is absolutely essential (excuse the pun again) for you to actually LIKE the blend you use. Don't worry if you inadvertantly add an extra drop - it's highly unlikely to cause any problems. Hope this helps. Best wishes Carolyn

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Carolyn: Thank you so much for your help. It helps alot, actually. My recipe calls for 2 drops each frankincense, rose and neroli in 6 tsps primrose oil and 1 capsule vit. E. I have read that a blend "should" ideally be with eo's with a base, middle and top note - but of course doesn't need to be. The above recipe does have all the notes. If I were to use frankincense and substitute other eo's for the rose and /or neroli, should I try to go for middle and top again, or could I have two middle notes or two top notes? Would it matter, as long as the e.o.'s had good skin qualities? Any suggestion as to two other eo's that would make a good face moisturizer for mature skin? Thanks and sorry for all the questions!!! love, beej

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Hi Beej, There are many schools of thought about whether 'notes' should be the basis for an aromatherapy blend, and if you're blending for an esthetic olfactory goal, then this is probably a sound protocol. However, you may be selecting eo's on a therapeutic basis, or to provide an uplifting or stabilizing and grounding blend in which case your emphasis would therefore be on those eo's with appropriate properties and indications rather than considering the note to any great extent. On the other hand if you wanted a stimulating and uplifting blend then you would select perhaps all or at least the majority of top to middle notes, - likewise selecting middle to base notes for a heavier overall impression. Blending according to notes is really the domain of the perfumer and particular attention is paid to the distinctive notes within a single eo, as well as those notes and accords that come into play in the blending of a # of eo's to achieve a specific olfactory outcome according to the brief given. Personally, I would probably concentrate more on the relevant properties and indications for your substitute eo's rather than whether they are predominantly top, middle or base. Remember that each eo contains within it all 3 notes based on the proportions of the constituent molecules and their respective weights and complex interactions. A huge range of other factors play a part also in which 'notes' you actually perceive including environmental conditions, and subconscious psychological influences. Which just goes to show that blending is a uniquely personal thing, and as long as you stay within general safety levels etc., you should simply go with your guts. Hope this helps, Best Cx

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Carolyn: Wow! I have just received more *understandable* information from you then I have managed to gather from all my books (ok I only have three) plus all the websites I've found put together! This is such a big help. Many, many thanks. love, beej

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beej, I am able to find all the eo's in my area but they are very pricey! I have been very impressed with buying all my aromatherapy oils and base products from Auroma. Their base facial cleanser and creamy moisturizer is wonderful to add your oils to. I have actually been an Aveeda nut for 15 years, slowly I have replaced the cleansers with my own, saving hundreds of dollars I am sure! The Shampoo and Conditioner bases are great also, I am still working on the mixtures, my family of 7 help me to narrow down the favorites! Lori

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