Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils

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Please consult a doctor or herbalist for proper application of oils. The perfumery note of an oil refers to the rate at which the oil evaporates. Top notes evaporate more quickly and base notes more slowly. As a result, top note scents are perceived more quickly than base note scents.

Essential oil Perfumery note Family Information
Agarwood Base Woody, Sweet, Resin
Amyris Base Resin, Sweet, Woody
Angelica Base Herball
Anise Top Spicy
Balsam, Peru Base
Basil Top Herbal
Bay Middle
Bay Laurel Top Spicy
Benzoin Base Resin/ Sweet
Bergamot Top Citrus
Bergamot Mint Top sweet, herbal, minty, citrus
Bois-de-rose — see Rosewood Top/Middle sweet, woody, fruity, floral
Boronia Middle fruity and spicy
Cajuput Middle herbal
Camphor Middle Minty/ Herbal
Cardamom Middle Spicy
Carrot Seed Middle Sweet
Cedarwood, Atlas Base Woody
Cedarwood, Virginian Base Woody
Chamomile, German Middle Floral
Chamomile, Roman Middle Floral
Cinnamon Middle Spicy
Citronella Middle Citrus/Herbal
Clary Sage Middle Herbal/Sweet
Clove Middle Spicy
Coriander Middle Spicy/ Herbal
Cypress Middle Woody
Dill Middle herbal
Elemi Middle/Base lemony
Eucalyptus Top Woody
Eucalyptus, Lemon Top/Middle Citrus/Woody
Eucalyptus Radiata Top Herbal/Woody
Fennel Top/Middle Herbal/Spicy
Fir Needle Middle woody
Frankincense Base Sweet/Spicy/Woody
Galbanum Top earthy/spicy
Geranium Middle Floral
Geranium, Rose Middle Floral/Sweet
Ginger Middle/Base Spicy
Grapefruit Top Citrus
Helichrysum Middle spicy/herby/sweet
Honeysuckle Middle sweet
Hyssop Middle sweet/minty
Immortelle — see Helichrysum Middle spicy/herby/sweet
Jasmine Middle Floral
Juniper Berry Middle Woody
Kanuka Middle herbal
Lavandin Middle sweet/floral/herbal
Lavender Top/Middle Floral
Lemon Top Citrus
Lemongrass Top Citrus
Lime Top Citrus
Linden Blossom Middle floral
Mandarin Top Citrus
Manuka Top/Middle Herbal
Marjoram Middle/Top Herbal
May Chang (Litsea Cubeba) Middle Citrus
Melissa Middle/Top Herbal,Lemony
Momordica charantia Middle
Myrrh Middle/Base Spicy
Myrtle Top/Middle citrus
Myrtle, Lemon Top citrus
Neroli Top Floral
Niaouli Top herbal/sweet/citrus
Nutmeg Top/Middle Spicy
Oakmoss Base Earthy
Olibanum — see Frankincense Base Sweet/Spicy/Woody
Orange, Bitter Top Citrus
Orange, Sweet Top Citrus
Oregano Middle Spicy
Palmarosa Middle Floral
Parsley Middle Herbal
Patchouli Base Spicy/Woody
Pepper, Black Middle/Top Spicy
Peppermint Top Minty/Herbal
Petitgrain Top Floral/Woody
Pine Top Woody
Ravensara Top herbal
Rose Middle Floral
Rosemary Middle Herbal
Rosewood Middle Floral/Spicy
Sandalwood Base Sweet/Woody
Spearmint Top Minty
Spikenard Base earthy
Spruce Middle woody/spicy/fruity
Tagetes Top sweet/fruity
Tangerine Top Citrus
Tea Tree Middle Herbal
Thyme Middle/Top Herbal
Tobacco Base
Tuberose Middle
Turmeric Base Herbal/Woody
Vanilla Base Sweet
Vetiver Base Woody
Violet Leaf Middle sweet
Yarrow Middle Herbal
Ylang Ylang Middle/Base Floral