At Lone Star Candles & More we recently made the decision to create new fragrances in-house, and the focus of those fragrances is going to be on aromatherapy and essential oils.

With the main company focus on eco-friendly candles and melts and the benefits of using 100% Soy Wax, a renewable resource that allows us to stay away from the unhealthy side effects of burning paraffin candles, focusing on soy wax candles made with essential oils was a natural progression.

While I was doing some research on describing one of our recent fragrances, Cranberries & Sandalwood, I came across a very interesting and insightful article that I thought you would enjoy.

It was written by the founder of Aromahead Institute. And although I've posted the entire article here I would really recommend that if you have an interest in essential oils and aromatherapy that you follow some of the links back to her website where she has much more to share.


Aromahead Institute


Aroma Vocabulary: Learn How to Describe a Scent


Talking about essential oils and aromas can get tricky. How do you describe a scent to someone who has never smelled it?

One of the best ways Aromatherapists have found to describe a scent is to create “families” or “categories” of similar aromas, and to come up with words that describe the families.

So we have words like “camphoraceous.” We use it to describe essential oils like Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and Rosemary (Rosemary ct. camphor). “Camphoraceous” is that clean, sharp, slightly medicinal smell you notice when you inhale these essential oils.

Some oils fall into more than one scent family/category. White Spruce (Picea glauca) is camphoraceous, but you can probably imagine it’s got strong notes of pine in there too! Aromatherapists call that aroma “piney” (creative, I know!).

Sometimes aromas can show up in oils where you wouldn’t expect to find them. Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) has a familiar floral note, but it’s also got a noticeable camphoraceous note.

Here are a few more words to help you get a feel for how to describe a scent:
Balsamic — A balsamic scent is deep and sweet, like vanilla, with tones that might remind you of balsamic vinegar. (You might only notice the balsamic aspect at the edge of the aroma, so smell it right after you smell balsamic vinegar and you will notice the similarity!)

Citrus — This one’s pretty easy to get . . . it smells like fruit! Lemon and Lime are examples.

Herbaceous — Herbaceous oils are pungent and herbal, with high fresh aspects. Imagine walking through a field in spring, full of new life, and rubbing an aromatic leaf between your fingers. Examples are Marjoram and Rosemary.

Earthy — Earthy aromas smell like the earth after it’s rained. They bring to mind damp soil and living things on a forest floor. Vetiver and Patchouli are good examples.

Woody — Another simpler aroma to recognize—these oils smell like wood! Examples are Sandalwood and Cedarwood.

A book that explores the language and characteristics of aromas in depth is Listening to Scent by Jennifer Peace Rhind. I highly recommend it!

It is so much fun to sit with your essential oils in front of you and categorize them according to scent. (Yes . . . I am an “aroma head”!) When you see your oils grouped by family, and see which ones fit into more than one family, you can get all kinds of ideas for new blends.

If you're interested in learning more about how to blend essential oils, I invite you to join me on my free webinar, How to Use Essential Oils in Your Everyday Life! On the webinar, you’ll learn three simple, effective Aromatherapy blends: an essential oil blend to relieve headaches, a beautiful diffuser blend to support sleep, and a spray blend to clean your home…naturally! Click here to learn more and register!


The article above was originally posted at by Andrea Butje, the Founder at Aromahead Institute

And while I chose this specific article to share with you because it was relative to what I was working on at the time, there are many great articles on her blog, and if you're really interested in Essential Oils and Aromatherapy I would really encourage you to visit her site.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Madison James