How to Make Candle Fragrance Oil

 

Admit it: Everyone is crazy about scented candles, and you cannot get enough of them these days. Not everyone knows the technique of how to make candle fragrance oil, but many people certainly want to learn. After all, products become more personalized and special when we make them at home.

If you rely on trial and error, you will be wasting a lot of time and energy; not to mention a lot of materials and cost. Experienced candle makers have gone beyond this type of hardship, and they have mastered the art of candle making. However, they too keep notes on their formulas and refer to these now and then.

As a beginner, you can learn how to make candle fragrance oil by first understanding why you need to combine additives with candle wax and second, what you can blend with candle wax to create a fragrance oil.

First you must understand why additives are important to candle making. In making candles, you have to include some additives that are oil based so that the fragrance oil and essential oil is infused into the wax. You cannot use a perfume scent that is alcohol-based because it tends to evaporate. Stearic acid pairs well with paraffin wax. The advantage of using stearic acid as an additive would be that it hardens wax and helps it unmold more easily. However the wax becomes more opaque, unlike gel which appears clear. On the other hand, the additive Vybar can be bought in different types with varying melting points from high to low to suit your type of wax. It is cheaper than stearic acid because it is used at a lesser proportion to the wax. The advantage of Vybar is that the wax appears less opaque and it retains more scent. However, it is now harder to unmold.

To continue learning how to make candle fragrance oil, you must now gather information on what substances would blend well with candle wax. In general, we call these substances candle scents. You have to blend them at the right concentration. Otherwise, your candle will get damaged and greasy.

Candle scent is available in three usual forms, which are synthetic or specially designed fragrance oils, pure essential oils and blends of fragrances and oils.

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As a beginner, you could purchase a reserve set of four or five of your favorite fragrance oils directly from companies that manufacture scents or from hobby stores locally or online. Fragrance oils combine well with each other and with any kind of candle wax. Go through the usual steps of melting the candle wax over medium heat and then adding your dye chips or liquid dye to the wax. When the wax looks molten, add some drops of fragrance just before you pour melted candle wax into the molds so the scent will not evaporate. Remember to base the number of drops on the manufacturer’s instructions. You can use an average of one-fourth ounce of fragrance oil like incense for every pound of candle wax. It all depends on the concentration so always get it from a reliable and trusted fragrance oil supplier. Vanilla is an all-time favorite and so is apple and cinnamon. You could combine scents and make them blend to create an apple-cinnamon fragrance.

Pure essential oils are very similar in potency to fragrance oils, except that they infuse with natural oil derived from botanical sources like flowers and herbs. Some great examples are lavender, jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood. A 100% pure essential oil is worth around three times more than the cost of synthetic fragrance oil, because it has a better and stronger aroma. Essential oils are also easier to blend than commercially manufactured fragrance oils, and they are more flexible with their concentration.

Another possibility is to make candle fragrance oil using some of your favorite flowers, fresh or dried. When your wax looks molten, add one-half cup of flowers for every pound of candle wax. Let it boil and simmer for another 30 minutes to allow the ingredients to blend well. Strain the candle wax with a piece of gauze and pour onto your molds. This is as personalized and home-grown as you can get, but it may be more difficult to prepare. It all depends on how crazy you are about scented candles.

 

Source by Danielle Richardson

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