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Creating custom essential oil diffuser blends

An Insider’s Guide to Creating Diffuser Blends

We’ve shared tons of fun diffuser blends, with scents that fit every mood, day, and situation—a pumpkin pie scent for the holidays, a beachy combination for summer days, a playful aroma for kids, and even a diffuser blend for every state.

Want to know the secret to creating unique, personalized scents? Follow our guide to custom diffuser blends and experiment with your favorite essential oils!

Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser

Getting started

Become a diffuser blend master by covering the basics with these frequently asked questions:

How many drops of essential oil should I put in my diffuser?

In YL diffusers, our recommendations range from 5-25 drops per blend, so adjust to your diffuser’s instructions.

If you like subtler scents, ease up on the number of drops. If the instructions call for 6-8 essential oil drops, start with 5 and work your way to stronger scents.

How many different oils can I use?

The possibilities are endless! There are so many scent combinations waiting to be discovered. If you find a blend you like that is 1 drop each of 10 oils, go for it! We usually stick to 3-5 oils per blend, but what matters most is your personal preference.

Can I use any of my essential oils in my diffuser?

Though most oils are ideal for aromatic use, we recommend following the instructions on the label of your essential oil bottle before you fill your surroundings with sensational scents.

Creating custom diffuser blends

New to diffusing? Start with an oil that has an aroma you already love. Obsessed with Lavender? Diffuse it on its own to enjoy the sweet floral scent, and then use it as the framework for creating new combos.

Now it’s time to get creative!

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Lavender essential oil

Perfect pairs: Start with tried and true combos

Choose essential oils you use frequently, like a group of citruses or florals. Go with classic pairings like these:

You’ll learn quickly which scents you prefer, so you can start experimenting with more variations. To venture out further into the essential oil blend world, see our mix-and-match infographic to create more delectable pairings.

Terrific trios . . . and beyond: How to experiment

After you’ve found your perfect pair, pick a third oil to add.

Bypass the trial-and-error phase so you don’t waste any of your precious essential oils by doing the smell test before diffusing. Choose some oils you think would be great together, remove the lids, hold them in one hand, and waft them beneath your nose to get a sense of what they smell like together.

To find the right ratios, bring one oil closer to your nose and move others farther back. The one that’s closest will be the oil with the most drops in your diffuser blend. The ones farther away will require fewer drops in the mix.

If you like the combination, get diffusing! If it’s not quite right, switch out one or more of the oils until you find the perfect blend.

YL tip: Balancing scents 

Some essential oils have stronger scents than others—BasilBlack PepperNutmeg, and Cinnamon Bark have powerful aromas. Keep scents like these from overpowering your blend by adding just a drop or two.


Already amazing blends: Let Young Living do the heavy lifting

Choose one of Young Living’s custom blends when you’ve hit a creative block.  See Young Living essential oil blends.




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