Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend Plus Ways to Use It
From skin care and soap to candles and room sprays, there are so many ways to use pumpkin spice essential oil. This post instructs you on how to make a pumpkin spice essential oil blend. I also provide some great uses for this amazing fall fragrance. If you’re ready to dive head first into autumn, then bookmark this page for cozy autumn recipes and DIY ideas to try throughout the season.
Enjoy a Cozy, Classic Fall Fragrance at Home
No fragrance marks the arrival of autumn more than that of pumpkin spice. This warm, spicy and fragrant fall scent is highly anticipated with each passing year. Whether you’re grabbing a steaming, hot or iced pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee shop, scenting your home with pumpkin scented candles or rooms spray, or slathering on autumn scented soaps and lotions, this scent blend evokes warm and cozy memories we simply can’t resist.
Created from a blend of essential oils that smell like pumpkin pie spice, this scent blend may just make your mouth water with delight! After all, it’s often used as a fall flavor when cooking or baking your favorite homemade pumpkin pie from scratch.
What Essential Oils are Used to Make a Pumpkin Spice Blend?
Pumpkin pie spice is made using a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger. Therefore, to create a similar fragrance, many of the same essential oils are use to make a pumpkin spice scent.
There are five basic essential oils used to create a pumpkin spice essential oil blend. They are as follows:
- Cinnamon leaf essential oil: You want to make sure to choose cinnamon LEAF essential oil when making a pumpkin spice blend for skin care applications. Cinnamon bark, which is often use for diffuser blends and potpourri is NOT skin safe. Considered a middle note when learning how to make natural fragrances, this oil has a sweet, spicy and earthy, and earthy aroma that’s well suited for aromatherapy and DIY perfumes.
- Ginger essential oil: This steam distilled essential oil is a dry, warm and spicy middle note. Often used in energizing essential oil blends, this oil and also has grounding qualities. If you prefer a less rooty aroma, try swapping this oil with fresh ginger essential oil instead. Unlike the scent of traditional ginger oil made from the dried root, this oil is made using fresh ginger root. As a result, fresh ginger is a top to middle note that not only blends well with clove, but with citrus essential oils as well. As this pumpkin spice essential oil blend is comprised of entirely middle notes, you may want to swap out the ginger oil with fresh ginger for a more nuanced natural scent blend.
- Nutmeg essential oil: Like the other essential oils used to make a pumpkin spice blend, nutmeg is also a middle note essential oil. It’s also warm and spicy. Therefore its aromatherapeutic properties help to evoke that cozy feeling we get when using this blend either in an essential oil diffuser, aromatherapy sprays and even bath and body recipes.
- Clove bud oil: Another steam distilled essential oil, this oil is derived from the flower buds of a native Indonesian evergreen tree. Not only does this scent add warmth to essential oil perfume and diffuser blends, but it’s also commonly used in other body care formulations for its aromatherapy benefits. These include emotional balance, clarity and stimulation. Its fragrance both rich and spicy with slightly sweet, dry fruity notes.
- Cardamom essential oil: A favorite herb found in chai tea and latte recipes, the essential oil possesses an earthy, fresh aroma derived from green cardamom pods. Another warming essential oil, this middle note blends beautifully in formulations for making massage oils, soaps and other skin care products made with pumpkin spice.
Considerations When Making Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil
Following I share a basic recipe for making a pumpkin spice essential oil blend. Before you create your own, however, there are a few considerations to keep in mind depending on how you choose to use this autumn inspired essential oil.
Incorporating Top and Base Notes into the Blend
It is important to note that this pumpkin spice essential oil blend is comprised wholly of middle note essential oils. Middle note oils are typically considered the heart of a fragrance blend, whether you’re making blends for products are learning how to make essential oil perfumes. Therefore, this combination works well when creating a fall essential oil blend.
However, a really great essential oil blend contains all three essential oils notes — top, middle and base. Top notes typically make up 10%-30% of the recipe. While the middle notes comprise 30% to 50% of the total blend. Whereas the base notes generally consist of 15%-30% of the essential oils used to create the final fragrance.
While it’s true that the natural fragrance of middle note essential oils last longer than top note essential oils, adding a top note to your pumpkin spice essential oil blend can create a more nuanced scent. In addition, you may also want to add a fixative to the blends you create. Using a fixative, or base note, in your essential oil blends also creates longer lasting scents.
Base note essential oils are the foundation of most essential oil blends These essential oils tend to have dense, heavy and strong aromas that support your overall perfume formulation. Deep and tenacious, these essential oils are also generally considered fixatives.
You learn more about the role of essential oil fixatives and how fixatives are used in perfume and other natural scent blends to make fragrances last longer here. You can then make the decision whether or not to experiment with top and base notes when making your own pumpkin spice essential oil blend when exploring ways to use it.
Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Safety
Many of the essential oils blended together to create a pumpkin pie spice scent can cause skin sensitivity. Due to this, they have a low usage rate when used to make bath and body products. Therefore, you cannot use the same percentage of this eo blend in soaps and skin care products as you would other oils or fragrances.
For wash off products, such as homemade soap, you may use up to 2% of a pumpkin spice essential oil blend to scent your products. For leave on products, however, the pumpkin pie spice eo blend should not exceed 1% of the total weight of the formulation.
As for other products, such as pumpkin spice room sprays or diffuser blends, you do not need to worry about low dilution rates as it’s being used as a home fragrance. However, keep in mind that some pets may be sensitive to certain oils. They could also be toxic to your furry friends. Therefore, it’s not recommended that you use this pumpkin spice essential oil blend in areas with pets.
In addition, you should keep this product out of reach of small children and animals. As ingesting essential oils isn’t safe and can cause health problems.
Can I Use Pumpkin Spice Around Pets?
Clove essential oil and cinnamon essential oil are known toxins to dogs and cats. Skin exposure or ingestion can result in poisoning. As products made with pumpkin spice essential oil can coat your pet’s coat, it’s best not to use products containing this ingredient around pets. These essential oils are especially harmful to vulnerable dogs such as puppies or dogs with liver disease. Therefore, it’s best to avoid using any pumpkin products in areas where pets may reside.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
Whether you’re making a pumpkin spice essential oil fragrance blend or another scent blend entirely, you need to start with quality essential oils for the best results. As not all companies sell every single oil available, I tend to shop from several sources. This is especially the case when looking for specialty oils, absolutes and steam-distilled essential oils.
Here are my favorite tried and true companies where you can buy pure essential oils to make a pumpkin spice essential oil blend:
- Mountain Rose Herbs: This is the first company I used to buy essential oils and absolutes. They have a wide selection of products, many of which are certified organic. I love that I can buy both essential oil singles and blends from this company in a variety of sizes to suit my needs. Moreover, I love this company’s dedication to sustainability and their fair treatment of those they employ.
- Simply Earth: Simply Earth is great for beginners. However, you are limited to essential oils in 10 mL bottles. In addition to their individual oils, you can also subscribe to their monthly essential oil kit to learn more ways to use essential oils for home, health and beauty. Each month you receive a new selection of essential oils in addition to recipes you can make. Your first box includes a lot of awesome freebies to help get you started on your journey. And, a portion of the proceeds from every sale benefits a different charity each month. They also provide an essential oil course, called the Hero Course, to help you get started. In addition to the learning materials, you also receive essential oils, carrier oils, additional ingredients for creating essential oil recipes, containers and a diffuser.
- Plant Therapy: Another great place to buy essential oils online, Plant Therapy sells a lot of products that I can’t find elsewhere. They have a great selection of steam-distilled essential oils as well which are a wonderful option when you don’t want oils that are phototoxic. Similar to Simply Earth, this company offers an oil of the month club. This club provides a 25% discount on the essential oil you receive each month in addition to free shipping.
Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil
This fall eo can be used in a diffuser as a natural home fragrance. It can also be used to create autumn room sprays. Alternately, you can use this autumn essential oil blend to create homemade soaps and other skin care products. Here is a basic recipe to make a pumpkin spice essential oil blend:
- 4 parts / 24 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 4 parts / 24 drops ginger essential oil
- 4 parts / 24 drops nutmeg essential oil
- 3 parts / 18 drops clove bud essential oil
- 1 part / 6 drops cardamom essential oil
Pumpkin Pie Spice Essential Oil Blend
If you’re ready to experiment with a more complex pumpkin spice fragrance blend, great additions to a pumpkin pie spice blend include copaiba oleoresin and vanilla botanical extract. If you’d like to include these additional essential oil notes in your blend, then try using these oils when creating your formulation instead:
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend
This recipe is used to make a master pumpkin spice essential oil blend. Therefore, you can scale the recipe as desired to create as much, or as little, of this fall fragrance as you like. I recommend that you combine the essential oils for this recipe in a glass amber bottle with a reducer cap. You can then add drops of the scent to your recipes as you make them.
Once you’ve decided which natural fall fragrance blend you want to create, here is how to make a master pumpkin spice essential oil blend:
1. Use the reducer cap on the essential oil bottles to add the designated amount of drops to an amber glass bottle. If your essential oil bottles don’t have a reducer, then use a clean dropper or graduated transfer pipette for each oil to transfer the correct number of drops to the bottle.
TIP: Depending on the size of the master batch you wish to create, you can either use amber glass bottles with a dropper or with a reducer. These bottle are available in a variety of sizes from 10 mL and up.
2. After all of the essential oils have been added to the bottle, place the reducer cap and lid onto the container. Then shake well to combine.
Your master blend of pumpkin spice essential oil is now ready to use in a variety of ways for home and skin care applications.
How to Store Fall Essential Oil Blends
Your should keep this pumpkin spice essential oil blend for fall in a dark amber or cobalt blue bottle to keep out light. Keep the bottle of oil closed tightly to prevent exposure to oxygen which cause the volatile oils to evaporate.
Also, be sure to store this autumn essential oil blend out of direct sunlight. I recommend storing the blend in a dark cabinet in a cool location where it won’t be directly exposed to heat.
Properly stored, this natural autumn scent blend should last up to 3 years as most spice essential oils have a long shelf life.
Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil
Now that you know how to make a pumpkin spice essential oil blend let’s explore ways to use it! Following are creative ways to use pumpkin spice essential oil to create homemade soaps for fall, aromatic room and body sprays, autumn bath bombs and more! I hope you enjoy these ideas for how to use this distinctly recognizable fall fragrance.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Soap
Nothing is better suited to scent a pumpkin pie soap than a pumpkin pie essential oil blend! This easy, fall melt and pour soap recipe can be scented using either a fragrance oil or a pumpkin spice essential oil blend. Created using different colored layers of glycerin soap and a pie shaped soap mold, this homemade soap looks delightful by a bathroom sink and smells irresistible!
DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Spray
This homemade pumpkin spice body spray recipe is another great way to use pumpkin spice essential oil. Enjoy the scent of fall whenever and wherever you like with this easy essential oil skin care recipe. It’s a simple way to create your own custom fall fragrances for yourself or to give as autumn gifts. Plus, it also doubles as a shine spray and hair perfume!
Pumpkin Spice Room Spray
If you love filling your home with natural fall scents, then ideally you’ll want to use a pumpkin spice essential oil blend to make a fragrant room spray. This DIY pumpkin spice room spray is a great way to add a seasonal fragrance to your home. This DIY also contains a solubilizer to ensure the eo blends stays incorporated with the other ingredients used to make this product.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap
Make this DIY pumpkin spice soap as a fun and functional fall craft for adults. This pumpkin melt and pour soap recipe makes a fun weekend craft project that families can create together with a little help from Mom and Dad. Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these homemade pumpkin shaped soaps are great for gifting and another wonderful way to bring pumpkin spice into your home.
Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb Recipe
These DIY pumpkin spice bath bombs are another terrific way to incorporate this amazing scent into a luxurious fall skin care routine. This easy pumpkin spice bath bomb recipe produces fun bath time treats without the calories. Made with a pumpkin shaped silicone mold, this basic bath bomb is suitable to make even if you’re a beginner.
DIY Pumpkin Salt Scrub
Learn how to make pumpkin salt scrubs for your fall skin care routine or DIY Halloween gifts. This homemade pumpkin body scrub recipe is scented with a Perfect pumpkin fragrance oil and contains real pumpkin flakes for their skin benefits. You can also try this autumn bath and body recipe with up to 2% of your favorite pumpkin spice essential oil blend. Discover this easy pumpkin scrub recipe here for another creative use for pumpkin spice this fall.
Pumpkin Spice Candles
Just like room sprays, you can also use pumpkin spice essential oil to make candles. Learn how to make massage candles for fall skin care with this exciting DIY! This easy, pumpkin spice massage candle project doesn’t just scent the room. It also doubles as a massage lotion for skin. Scented with a fabulous pumpkin pie spice essential oil blend, this DIY fall candle is a great way to start enjoying those fall vibes.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
This golden glitter, DIY pumpkin spice body butter will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for fall get togethers and celebrations parties, this moisturizing body butter recipe smells like your favorite homemade pumpkin pie. Plus, it also gives skin natural bronze highlights thanks to the glitzy, eco-friendly fall colored glitter.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrubs
Yet another great use for pumpkin spice essential oil is this amazing recipe for making solid coffee scrubs. Scented with a blend of cardamom and pumpkin spice, this homemade body scrub also contains coffee, sugar and salt to exfoliate skin. This solid coffee body scrub works just as well as a traditional sugar coffee scrub, but without the mess. Make this skin pampering solid sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize for glowing skin with pumpkin spice coffee and a cardamom fragrance oil. Or swap out the fragrance with a pumpkin pie spice essential oil at a skin safe usage rate.
Fall Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe
Sugar scrubs are another amazing way to use pumpkin spice for skin care! This DIY fall spice sugar scrub is a wonderful way to learn how to make body scrubs for glowing skin. Scented with natural essential oils and a pumpkin spice fragrance, you can also make this exfoliating sugar scrub with your own essential blend.
Vanilla & Pumpkin Spice Salt Scrub
One of my favorite treats during fall is, of course, homemade pumpkin pie from scratch. I enjoy mine without the whipped cream or cool whip, but I have been known to eat half of an entire pie in one sitting. This homemade natural vanilla and pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe is reminiscent of that most delectable dessert. Plus it’s all natural just like your food should be!
Autumn Pumpkin Soap Recipes
In addition to making melt and pour soap, you can also use this fall essential oil blend to make both hot process pumpkin soap and cold process pumpkin soap. Make with real pumpkin, my cold process pumpkin soap recipe scents beautifully with this natural eo blend. Or use a pumpkin pie spice essential oil to make this hot process fall soap. You can also learn how to make autumn soaps with pumpkin shaped embeds, like the soap bars pictured above, with this fall soap recipe.
Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion
Keep dry skin happy and hydrated with this homemade apple and pumpkin spice lotion recipe. The perfect addition to your fall skin care routine, this DIY body moisturizer is both a delightful autumn treat for yourself and a wonderful gift idea!
How to Use Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil in a Diffuser
1. To use this pumpkin pie spice essential oil in a diffuser, first fill the diffuser tank with water. Take care not to go past the marked fill line.
TIP: Use filtered or distilled water in your essential oil diffuser for best results. Tap water contains hard minerals that can build up in the diffuser and inhibit its ability to perform properly.
2. Add the pumpkin spice essential oil blend to the diffuser. I recommend that you start with three drops of oil for a 100 mL diffuser. Then add up to 8 drops depending on the strength of the desired fragrance.
3. Turn the essential oil diffuser on. Then enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of pumpkin spice in your favorite room or throughout your home.
4. Be sure to turn your diffuser off after a maximum of 30-minutes. Generally 15 to 20 minutes will suffice to saturate the room with a pumpkin pie spice fragrance.
5. After using your essential oil diffuser, it will eventually need to be cleaned. I recommend that you clean your diffuser after every 5th or 6th use. However, you will also want to clean your essential oil diffuser when switching between scents.
If you don’t own a diffuser, but would like to purchase one, you can find a great selection of essential oil diffusers at Mountain Rose Herbs. Not only do they carry traditional diffusers that hold water, like this Moonglow Ultrasonic Diffuser which is perfect for your Halloween decor, but they also offer wall outlet diffusers, tea light diffusers, pendant diffusers, car diffusers and waterless essential oil diffusers.
If you enjoyed these DIY ideas for using pumpkin spice essential oil, then be sure to try my other fall inspired projects. These Halloween crafts for adult s are another wonderful way to enjoy the season! Or try these autumn essential oils blends in your homemade soap and skin care recipes.
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