We all love scented candles. Just by lighting a few of them you can bring a cosy atmosphere into any room in your house.
But did you know that you can easily make your own scented candles at home?
All you need to do is add a little amount of your favorite fragrance oil while making your candle.
Although beginner candle making kits often come with a few standard scents, the best ones are normally the ones you pick yourself!
In this article, we will go over all you need to know to find the best candle fragrance oils for candle making.
Difference Between Hot Scent Throw and Cold Scent Throw
We have all experienced the pleasant smell of a lit scented candle before.
But did you notice that the fragrance can be different before and after you light the candle?
The cold scent throw describes the smell of the candle before you light it. The hot scent throw indicates what the candle smells like when lit.
Depending on which one and where you buy fragrance oils for candles, there can be a big difference between the two.
Of course, as candlemakers we try achieve the perfect candle scent by optimizing both the cold and hot throw. So finding the best fragrance oils for candles is absolutely necessary.
Additionally some candle fragrances might smell different depending on the type of candle wax (soy, paraffin, beeswax, etc.) you are using.
Although certain fragrance oils might have an amazing product description and smell great in the store, we would recommend that you start out with just a small bottle of it. You never know for sure how the hot scent throw will turn out beforehand.
Should I use Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils?
There are many ways to scent your homemade candles. But the easiest method is to use a fragrance oil or essential oil.
Beginners often get confused between the two and don’t know which one to pick.
Essential oils are extracted from natural sources such as flowers and plants. So you will commonly see essentials oils with the smell of lavender, peppermint, rosemary, etc.
On the other hand, fragrance oils are made synthetically and often try to reproduce the smell of essential oils. You will probably have no difficulty finding peppermint or lavender fragrance oil.
Some people prefer to go with essential oils because they are natural products and might even have some health benefits. Unfortunately, their quality can be inconsistent since it depends on the crop and they are more expensive then fragrance oils. That’s why the candles you find in the store probably all use fragrance oils.
Nowadays manufacturers of fragrance oils even come up with entirely new and innovative smells such as “Chocolate Chip Cookie”. Fragrance oils have opened up a whole new world of possible scented candles.
You can even become an expert candlemaker yourself by experimenting and mixing existing oils to make candles the world has never seen before!
How Much Fragrance Oil Do I Need when Making Highly Scented Candles?
We all want to get the most smell out of our scented candles. So you might be tempted to just add a little extra fragrance oil to the candle wax.
Unfortunately, just doubling the amount of fragrance oil doesn’t just double the intensity of the hot scent throw.
Just like a sponge, your candle can only absorb a certain amount of fragrance oil before it becomes completely filled up.
Using too much fragrance oil might actually be dangerous since it might make the entire candle flammable and not just the wick.
As a general rule of thumb you can use around one ounce of oil per pound of wax. This roughly corresponds to 3~6% of your total candle’s weight.
For soy wax in particular you can add up to 1.5 ounces of oil per pound of wax.
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How to Make the Best Candles with Lasting Fragrance?
The fragrance oil is normally added after melting the wax of your choice. Although most types of wax melt around 120 to 150 degrees, it is better to heat the wax all the way to 180 before adding the oil. This will allow the fragrance oil to bind properly with the wax and blend in evenly.
Additionally, to get the best result out of your fragrance oil while making candles, you want to adjust your wick accordingly. Leave enough room to allow for a melt pool of a thickness of around 0.25 inches.
But most importantly, you need to know with what kind of fragrance oil and candle wax you are working with. Fragrance oils can be used for many different applications like soaps, perfumes and lotions. It pays dividend to use a special fragrance oil that is designed just for candle making.
The hot throw also depends on the type of wax you are using. For example, soy candles can burn longer than most other types of candles but also give a relatively weaker hot throw. On the other hand, paraffin candles burn very fast and are characterized by a strong hot scent throw.
To become a master at making candles, you will have to experiment a lot with mixing different waxes and fragrance oils in the right ratio to obtain the results you want.
What to Do if My Candle’s Hot Scent Throw is Not Strong Enough?
There can be several reasons why the hot scent throw of your candle isn’t as strong as you expected it to be.
As mentioned above, it might just have to do with the type of wax you are using. Paraffin wax candles will have a stronger hot throw than soy wax candles, etc. Choose your wax carefully.
Secondly, we advised you to add the fragrance oil at 180 rather than 120 degrees. However, some oils can’t stand high heat very well. So try not to heat your wax too much.
Finally, you might consider changing the wick you are using. A hot burning wick normally results in a stronger hot throw for scented candles.
Best Candle Frangrance Oils for Candle Making
If you just started out making scented candles, we recommend you start out with a fragrance oil sample set. These sets are a good way to try out several different oils for a cheap price.
It comes with 4 fragrances including Lavender, Gardenia, Sunflower and White Orchid. The set even comes with a free sample of Magnolia.
These oils will make your house smell fresh and clean, even if you forgot to do some of your weekly chores.
Besides candle making, these oils can also be used for diffusers, bath products and potpourri.
This set contains 14 different oils, each 10 ml each. Enough to last the whole winter!
Harvest Spice, Ginger Bread, Cinnamon and Coffee Cake are some of the fragrances included.
These fragrance oils work exceptionally well with soy candles, but can also be used to make other types of candles, soaps incense sticks, etc.