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Pat

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can you help me? I am trying to duplicate a stress relief spray that a friend wants - the label says it contains eucalyptus and spearmint but I can't match it - it seems sweeter than mine - any suggestions?

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Good Morning Pat, This is one of the reasons why simply listing the common English name for an essential oil isn't enough by half. There are about 500 species of Eucalyptus, and although fortunately for students not all of them provide an essential oil we would find on the market, there are quite distinct and often wide variations in the chemical composition and therefore indications and fragrance of each. For example, the Eucalyptus globulus which is the blue gum type typically, has the standard 'eucalyptus' fragrance but is often rather harsh and medicinal. The E. Australiana or E. radiata is a much more gentle fragrance overall with a fruity note due to the aldehydes present. Although it isn't realistic to explain the properties and indications for an essential simply by identifying its components, it gives us a general idea - it is generally accepted that the presence of aldehydes in an essential oil may endow certain calming influences to the recipient. If your linen spray has a markedly 'citrussy' note, then the Eucalyptus used is likely to be E. citriodiora or one of the other 'lemon-scented' varieties. Again, it's the aldehydes present - together with other components of course in greater or lesser quantities that provides the characteristic fragrance and soothing properties. The other constituent you mention is spearmint, which is Mentha spicata, has a much sweeter and fruitier fragrance than does the Mentha x piperita again due to a difference in chemical composition - traditionally a warm, spicy-herbaceous yet still minty character. So I would suggest that you try a combination of Eucalyptus citriodora and Mentha spicata. Try the standard accord method of discovering just the right % combo for your personal tastes. Make yourself some smelling strips from the thick coffee filters or blotting paper if you have it - or Auroma has the 'paddle testers' I believe, and make a list of 1 through 5 on a piece of paper. Strip tester 1 will have 5 drops of essential oil A (i.e. the Eucalyptus or the Spearmint) and one of B. Strip 2 will have 4A and 2B; Strip 3 will have 3A & 3B; Strip 4 will have 2A & 4B; strip 5 will have 1A & 5B. Smell the strips as soon as you have added the drops, and then note your impressions. Then wait for 10-15 minutes and note your impressins again - the fragrance will have changed. Then smell again at 30 minutes and 1 hour. This way you can work out how the fragrance changes with time and you'll be able to pick your favorite and know what proportions to use to make your linen spray just as you like it. Hope this helps, and please let me know how you go on. Best Carolyn

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Dear Carolyn: Thank you so much for your help with the linen spray - and also for showing me how to use the paddle blotters. My friend loves the spray and it was a great learning experience for me. Pat Molter

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