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What Kind of Fragrance Do You Use for Candles?

  • 3 min read

It’s no secret that when one shops for a candle, thought and consideration goes into picking the one that’s just right for you and your needs. Will it have a cotton or wood wick, will the vessel be glass or marble, will it be soy wax or a combination. Although all important aspects to selecting the candle that’s perfect for you, probably the most crucial decision by far, will be what kind of fragrance the candle will use and, in turn, what the fragrance of the candle will be.

In terms of actual fragrances for candles, there are three types that are the most common when it comes to scenting a candle. 

woman making homemade scented candles with fragrance oil

Fragrance Oils 

Fragrance oils can be further broken down into two categories, synthetic fragrance oils and natural fragrance oils. Synthetic fragrance oils are artificially created from chemical compounds in a laboratory. Natural fragrance oils are also made in a laboratory however, unlike synthetic fragrance oils, they are created by isolating natural aromatic components from a complex scent. Candle fragrance oils can be highly concentrated so, can throw the candle scent quite strongly. Mixing fragrance oils for candles is possible however, you will find that certain fragrance oils blend better together than others. That is when it becomes very beneficial to engage the services of a professional candle fragrance oils wholesaler. They know the recipes to achieve the best fragrance possible when blending and will take the guesswork and elbow grease out of finding the best solution.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are made from 100% natural substances. Essential oils are derived by extracting the oils from different parts of a plant such as the root, flowers, stem, herb or leaves using extraction through steam distillation, solvent extraction, CO2 extraction, maceration, enfleurage, cold press extraction or water distillation. 

Essential Oils can be sold as 100% pure oils and are often referred to as “neat”, meaning that they have not been manipulated in any way with the addition of solvents or other additives. Given the very nature of essential oils being 100% pure, they are very hard to reproduce synthetically.

Natural Ingredients

Common natural ingredients to fragrance candles are items such as citrus, flowers or spices. Although crushed and mixed into the wax these items look visually striking, in terms of actual fragrance release they can be a bit hit and miss. 

So, which is the best in terms of fragrance oils for candles? Well, like with most things, all three options have their own pros and cons. These pros and cons can range from cost, effectiveness, stability, supply, etc. Be sure to do your research and conduct your own trials of the oils and, this will help make your decision clearer when it comes to selecting the best fragrance oil for your candle. 

Whatever your choice of fragrance type for your candle, fragrances are created by balancing the precise combination of top, middle, and base notes to create a harmonious scent.

candle making using natural citrus ingredients

Top Notes

Top notes are also sometimes referenced as head notes. They typically make up 15-25% of the final fragrance. The top notes are what you generally smell first when burning the candle as they tend to not linger and evaporate promptly.

Middle Notes

Also commonly known as heart notes, middle notes are usually 30-40% of the final composition of the fragrance. They are the body of the fragrance and once the top note has evaporated, these are what you smell.

Base Notes 

Lastly, but most importantly, the base note is the foundation of the fragrance in the candle. At 40-55% of the overall makeup of the fragrance oil, they are what provides the candle scent its throw and, the staying power of the candle fragrance. 

Finding the best candle fragrance oil supplier for your candle will come down to research and, then sampling and trialing what works best for you and your products. As with most industries, you will find there are a large number of suppliers in the market that will range in both price and quality. Researching online and speaking with people in the candle manufacturing industry will guide you to find the most suitable solution for your needs. It’s good to note that you can buy both candle fragrance oils australia and worldwide. Be sure to do your due diligence and make sure you are purchasing what you are paying for. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the types of candles fragrances on the market, then please do get in contact with us here at Flaire. We are professional, we are here to help and love nothing more than seeing our customers succeed in the candle making business.