Blending fragrance oils (FO)

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ElleJay

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Is there an advantage to blending FOs to order instead of mixing a large blend ahead of time? I have a complicated FO blend that I mix together right before making a batch of candles. I’d love to mix all of the oils ahead of time in one big batch and then have the blend ready to go so that I don’t have to calculate percentage weight of each FO every time I make candles.

It seems like everyone mixes FOs to order. I am worried that this is for a reason and if I mix ahead of time and store that the scent will change over time.
 

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It depends on how often you make the product. If you're making this scent once a month or more, I would absolutely mix up enough to cover the next 6 months. It's not going to go bad. The only risk is if the market suddenly changes and it doesn't sell well like it used to.
 

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It depends on how often you make the product. If you're making this scent once a month or more, I would absolutely mix up enough to cover the next 6 months. It's not going to go bad. The only risk is if the market suddenly changes and it doesn't sell well like it used to.
Thanks for the response. I know some FOs are stronger than others so I wasn’t sure if one would overpower another if they sat together blended for awhile. It would certainly save me a lot of time to mix ahead of time!
 

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It's better to blend them ahead of time anyway, that way you get the true nature of the scents to come through and know what they should smell like.
I ALWAYS blend. But to know what my blend will eventually smell like I blend a little batch in the same ratios as if it were going to be a big batch, let sit at least overnight to a couple days. If one is overpowering, then I reduce the amount of that scent in the ratio and keep trying until I get it exactly the way I want it.
 

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