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What's Your Aromascope?

PlanetLightworker February 2006

What’s Your Aromascope?

Kylie Thompson

This article will help you decide out of the 100’s of essential oils available which will be of particular benefit to you as an individual. This article is based on the book written by Philippe Mailhebiau, “Portrait in Oils-The Personality of Aromatherapy Oils and Their Link with Human Temperaments.”

The book details a system of identifying the personality profile of an essential oil by capturing its qualities and comparing them with human temperaments traits. The idea behind this system is that certain oils blend well with certain temperaments/personalities, making those particular oils the best choices for the individual to counteract negative personality aspects and traits. You will most likely not be able to identify solely with one particular personality, but may be able to identify with several traits across the profiles. Choose the profile you most identify with and follow the suggestions of oils for that profile. Here, just like a horoscope, you will find your ‘Aromascope’ a description that best describes your personality and a suggestion of the other essential oils that will best ‘blend’ with your personality type. Your Aromascope oil is your ‘signature oil’-the one that best encompasses who you are as an individual, and the one oil that you should start your collection of essential oils with.



Why do we need to find our ‘Aromascope’ oil?

  An individual’s personal associations and reactions to a particular smell or oil determine whether that oil will be of benefit to that individual. Just because basil may be beneficial in profile to your particular condition, does not mean in practise that it will help your situation, especially if you can’t stand the smell of it. One way to help you decide which oils may be of benefit is by identifying your own personality ‘Aromascope’  temperament traits and comparing this to the ‘personality’ of a particular essential oil. Essential oils, like humans have their own ‘personalities’ and when we smell an oil we all use words that describe the oil that can also be likened to a human, an example would be describing peppermint oil-sharp; overpowering, fresh, strong etc. This is how we can apply the essential oil’s personality to a human being’s personality.

Personality profiling is not new to aromatherapy. There are various methods available in identifying aromatherapy oils for individuals. The most commonly known personality profiling technique employed in aromatherapy diagnosis is by putting the oils into groups according to their origins. An example of this system is whether a person prefers the smell of fruit oils, floral oils, spice oils, wood oils or herbal oils.  Mostly, however, you will find that most people prefer oils from several of these groups. Just as there are limitless personalities in humans, the oils also have their own personalities, and putting oils into a group according to origin does not seem an accurate way to diagnose oils for an individual’s use.

      The theory behind individual personality profiling for diagnosis in aromatherapy is that people tend to gravitate toward certain scents that will bring them the most benefit and bring out the more positive aspects of their personality. But when the selection of oils is so numerous it can be a daunting challenge to try a therapy such as aromatherapy, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the scents of the oils. Having a simplified system like personality profiling for selecting our oils can make the choice task a lot easier, especially if you can understand the oils according to aspects of yourself.

For the sake of simplicity, in this article we will be exploring only 12 essential oil personality types. In Philippe Mailhebiau’s book he actually describes 21 essential oils according to their personality, so if more information is what you are after, I suggest you read his book.




Clary Sage.

A Clary sage personality is one that is impetuous and full of paradoxes.

Clary sage is a person who does not know themself and is easily influenced. This personality type follows all fads and fashions, is often led astray and changes at a whim. Clary sage is often yearning for identity and has a tendency towards negativity and conflict, and often masks fears with false confidence. Clary sage is a person who is most often dishonest with themself and others. Clary sage does not know how to be assertive and is often impatient, suffering from intense mood swings. Clary Sage is prone to sink into excess.

A Clary Sage personality can be likened to the young goddess of the dawn, Eos.

Clary sage blends well with juniper, angelica root, bergamot, lavender, frankincense, lime, coriander, jasmine, petitgrain, cardamom, pine, orange, lemon, geranium, lemongrass, cedarwood, neroli, grapefruit, mandarin, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, vetiver, chamomile, juniper, basil, cypress and rose.



A Rosemary personality type is spontaneous and kind hearted. Cheerful, stable and sincere, Rosemary is a person with an infectious spirit. Rosemary is a bit of a joker with little common sense and vivacious with an eccentric mind that is overflowing with imagination. Rosemary displays nave charm and is full of good intentions, but tends to find reasons for not doing what they need to do. Lazy by nature, Rosemary is a bit careless and fluctuates in their ideals and focus of interest. Rosemary has trouble bringing into reality the creativity of their fertile mind. Clumsy and a bit of a blunderer, rosemary baulks at physical effort. Rosemary tends not to think before speaking, and can wear people out just as much as they can cheer them up.

A Rosemary personality type can be likened in mythology to the adolescent Phaeton, the son of Helios.

Rosemary blends well with; frankincense, valerian, grapefruit, petitgrain, lavender, lemongrass, basil, cedarwood, thyme, peppermint, lemon, lime, eucalyptus, neroli, petitgrain, bergamot, clove, black pepper, juniper, marjoram, pine and sandalwood



A Cypress personality is a person who exuberates youth of spirit and defies time. Stable and confident, Cypress is serene and patient and feels inner peace. A protector, who knows how to listen or when to give comfort, Cypress is a person with generous depth. Serene and a tower of strength, Cypress is confident and knows themself well, helping other personality types to tap into the qualities Cypress engenders, but they lack.

A Cypress personality can be likened to the ferryman Vasudeva who guides Siddhartha in his quest for the divine in Hermann Hesse’s novel “Siddhartha.”

Cypress blends well with; cedarwood, grapefruit, sandalwood, pine, marjoram, lavender, orange, mandarin, bergamot, clary sage, juniper, lemon, cardamom, frankincense, marjoram, pine, palma rosa and petitgrain




Thyme is a kind, honest and simple personality who is prosaic but truthful. Thyme is not much of a talker, and only ever rarely reveals details gained from experience. Thyme experiences more than they rationalise and has intuitive intelligence and spontaneous knowledge. A natural and modest person who is a hard worker, Thyme bears life’s troubles without saying a word of complaint. Thyme is a clear and wholesome spirit, and can be neglectful of their physical appearance.

The personality of Thyme is displayed in the archetypes of Philemon and Baucis-the elderly peasant couple of ancient Greek mythology.

Thyme blends well with; bergamot, pine, lemon, rosemary, marjoram, black pepper, ginger, peppermint, myrrh, lavender, basil and sandalwood.



A Petitgrain personality type is distinguished and elegant and sometimes haughty. Petitgrain is a sensitive individual who is continually searching for love, but not prepared to pay the heavy price to merit it. Petitgrain is an idealist, without fully being aware of it. Lacking in wisdom, Petitgrain plunges too early into relationships and life, and as a consequence, is constantly disappointed. An impossible romantic, heartache is a constant factor in Petitgrain’s life. Petitgrain exhausts themself by jumping ahead before thinking, driven by an incessant search for stability. Petitgrain compromises too easily. Reliable and capable of extreme devotion, Petitgrain has an unquenchable need for affection. Due to Petitgrain’s complex nature, they often confuse and exhaust those around them, and in turn it disturbs Petitgrain as much as they disturb others.

Reliable, tenacious and resistant, Petitgrain is a spiritual person that often ignores this aspect of themself. Can be paranoid, leaning towards impatience, aggressiveness and depression.

A Petitgrain personality can be likened to Mary Magdalene; a woman who as a youth lived a life of decadence but in her maturity woke up to a life of spiritual love and light.

Petitgrain blends well with; rosemary, valerian, angelica root, clove, lavender, palma rosa, geranium, jasmine, clary sage, neroli, orange, lemon, lime, lemongrass, eucalyptus, melissa, sandalwood, juniper, rosewood, basil, bergamot, cypress and ylang ylang.



Lavender Vera is full of patience and constancy. Tireless and even tempered, Lavender Vera calms and listens to others. Discreet and virtuous, Lavender Vera looks after everyone with equal love. A supporter of fellow men, this personality type often sets aside their own personality to the service and care of others. Lavender Vera is constantly concerned with people and consumed by love for them, and gives excessively of themselves. Lavender Vera exhausts themselves to the very limits of their strength. Modest and self-sacrificing, Lavender Vera shares their peace with all.

A Lavender Vera personality can be likened with the Mother goddess Demeter, the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Roman goddess Ceres.


Lavender blends well with most oils, rose, orange, valerian, lemon, lime, neroli, bergamot, petitgrain, mandarin, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosemary, lemongrass, peppermint, marjoram, chamomile, clove, patchouli, vetiver, clary sage, pine, cedarwood, Melissa, geranium, jasmine, ylang ylang, frankincense, sandalwood, black pepper, neroli, palma rosa, thyme, cypress and eucalyptus.



A Peppermint personality type is over the top and mendacious. Peppermint tends to talk too freely, and often to their detriment. Very much ‘in their own mind’, and without scruples, which is due to the very nature of their intellect.  Peppermint is a socially exceptional person, who is difficult to forget. Having the ‘gift of the gab’, Peppermint can lead others astray. Excessive by nature, Peppermint plays with roles, titles and appearances as circumstances dictate to their own benefit. Unfortunately due to Peppermint’s own instability, they can be devoid of moral sense. Peppermint laughs at the foolishness of the world and turns its own devices against it; trickery, lies, greed and ruses. Peppermint only upsets the weak and deceives only the ignorant. Virile with a light hearted nature, Peppermint displays exceptional dynamism and receives insolent luck. Peppermint refreshes as much as they burn, and more often than not, Peppermint is involved in some risky situation. Ingenious and arrogant, Peppermint offers the world the best and the worst of themselves and is often too actively involved in things.

A Peppermint personality can be likened to the first King of Troy, Laomedon or Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

Peppermint blends well with; rosemary, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, marjoram, cedarwood, rose, sandalwood, geranium, thyme and patchouli.



Basil is a spiritual character with a good sense of inner well being. A heartful personality in whom emotional excesses and impulses are stronger than their sense of wisdom or reason. Basil tends to have their head in the clouds and both feet slightly off the ground, hovering over events unaware of the concrete reality of existence. Basil has no great pretensions or tenacious desires and shifts rhythmically with the seasons. Basil swings between spiritual love and personal affectivity. Devoid of pride and ambition by nature, Basil is content with innate intuition which serves as wisdom. This personality has an existential lack of concern, which sometimes can pass as foolishness. Basil has a big, kind heart, which is a manifestation of their beautiful soul. May be inclined towards criticism or bad thoughts as they see in others only qualities they themselves possess.

Rather clumsy and irrational, but Basil somehow manages to fit in. Mystical in nature, devoted and an authentic, unflapple character, Basil is often without any sense of proportion. Basil acts and reacts alternately with the best aim in sight, but sometimes ends up with the worst result. Full of good intentions, Basil tends to see the world through rose-tinted glasses, recreating everything. Nothing is what it seems with Basil. Life for Basil is punctuated with constant distractions and ups and downs. Fortunately, it does not seem to alter their goodwill, humour, convictions or fate. Basil is almost adorable. 

A Basil personality can be likened to the nymph Syrinx, who was a follower of the goddess Artemis.

Basil blends well with; bergamot, geranium, lime, clary sage, rosewood, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain, frankincense, lemongrass and thyme.



A Cinnamon personality is more inclined towards the physical and the emotional than the mental. Lacking intellect and subtlety, cinnamon has a practical intelligence. Cinnamon is obsessed with the perfect body image, and loves to display their body. Not a person who passes by unnoticed, Cinnamon loves exuberance and passion. Can be oafish, somewhat conceited and a bully. Cinnamon is sometimes pleasant, sometimes vulgar. Cinnamon tries to please, but mostly pleases themselves. A jolly chatterbox, Cinnamon can be a bit of a fibber through nave awareness. Cinnamon enjoys life as mood dictates, is instinctive and has the quality of good natured greed. Cinnamon is unstable and sometimes unfaithful, a little untruthful, but a likeable character that is practically never ill or nervously depressed.

A Cinnamon personality can be likened to King Midas.

Blends well with frankincense, mandarin, ylang ylang, orange and geranium




A Marjoram personality type is a person who has a strong love for life and for other people, appreciating beauty of both the body and the soul of individuals. Marjoram has a courageous, pure and noble heart that is overflowing with warmth and a desire for action. A Marjoram personality type is full of energy and wants to conquer the world. They are so inspired by their love for life that they want to set the world on fire and transform it. Marjoram personality types are usually idealists and are full of unrealised potential. Applying caution in their attempts to conquer and transform is something Marjoram lacks; in their quest to manifest their dreams they are unafraid of displeasing others who do act with caution in their actions. Marjoram can also miss their target and expend energies on causes that were not really worth the time or energy and this is due to marjoram being easily influenced, but a marjoram personality is convinced to the contrary.  Marjoram can be a vulnerable type of person who can lack confidence in their abilities and will compensate for these failings by excessive assurance to others. Marjoram will find strength when convinced they are on the right pathway and capable of mastering their own existence. In these circumstances, a Marjoram personality is charismatic and driven and with some discipline, Marjoram can be highly patient and ordered in their conduct.

A Marjoram personality type can be likened to Telemachus, the son of Ulysses from Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

Marjoram blends well with; lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot, rosemary, chamomile, cypress and tea tree.





A Sage personality is a person who has turned the crises and emotional illusions that have occurred in their lives into building an exceptional character. Sage is concerned with inner beauty rather than outer and is the sort of person who helps lead others to a better understanding of themselves. Sage is a socially capable personality who is persistent, concise, efficient and tenacious. A Sage personality type is not afraid to exert authority with strictness upon others, especially those who display lameness, indolence or laxity. Towards people of this nature Sage is uncompromising-but just. Due to this aspect of Sage’s personality, Sage can sometimes be intolerant-Sage does not tolerate mistakes, including their own. Sage will not compromise in the sphere of good and evil. A Sage personality is also a tireless worker and can achieve just about everything they undertake by channelling all their energy, will and strength to achieve their set goals with success. This aspect of their personality can often lead Sage to be a solitary person.

A Sage personality can be likened to Artemis, the huntress, virgin and lunar goddess and Durga, the Hindu goddess whose darkest face is the goddess Kali.

Sage blends well with; rosemary, cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, pine, eucalyptus, cedarwood and juniper.



A Dill personality type is loyal, upright, straightforward and true. Dill has been matured by certain intelligence and is the type of person who serves all forms of life. Dill is a joyous person who can be a bit mischievous but without being irresponsible. Dill does not seem to worry; the purity of Dill’s heart keeps them from being affected from maudlin thoughts. Dill emits a spiritual cocoon which serves to protect them from the ill wishes or malicious calculations inflicted from other human beings. A Dill personality expects nothing and they are not wanting or waiting for anything. Dill is comfortable with the thought of death and is not afraid of departing from this world because they have realised that what life has produced will continue to go on living in one form or another. Dill personality types are sensitive people who have a special affinity with nature. Dill needs to experience nature on a regular basis in order to re-establish another point of focus apart from themself.

A Dill personality type can be likened to Oberon, the King of the Elves in Scandinavian mythology.

Dill blends well with; peppermint, cinnamon, black pepper, orange, petitgrain, neroli, lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, nutmeg, lime, cardamom, clove, coriander, ginger and juniper.



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2006, Kylie Thompson


First published in "" (New Earth Publications) February 2006

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