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Fragrance Oil


Adding fragrance oil to your wax is a fun and very easy way to help your candles stand out from the rest! While many new candle makers may be familiar with the idea of adding fragrance oil to their wax in order to produce a wonderful-smelling candle, most actually struggle with when they should be adding the oil to their wax blend. Adding fragrance oil to your wax while it is too hot, or too cold, can have dire effects on the potency of the fragrance. Both times resulted in the wax having little to no scent while burning.


Adding fragrance oil to your candle



Adding fragrance oil to your wax may seem a little daunting to first-time candle makers, especially to those attempting their first-ever wax blend. But not to worry beginners, adding fragrance oil is actually a very simple process as long as you follow these steps. The first thing to note would be the amount that should be added to each pound of wax which would be, 1oz of fragrance per 1 pound of wax. Please do note that tests should always be done to ensure that you are adding the proper amount of wax to fulfill your personal preference.


fragrance oil for candles



While figuring out how much fragrance oil should be added to your batch is important, knowing when you should be adding the oil is crucial to the result of the candle and its performance. When to add your fragrance oil is not necessarily based on the appearance and state of the wax, rather it is dependent on the temperature at which your wax is fully melted. Depending on the wax you are using, most times the wax would have fully melted at around 175°- 185° F. You want to add your fragrance oil at around 155°- 165° F once your wax begins to cool, at which point you can incorporate the oil thoroughly with the wax and pour once both have combined.


pouring wax into candle container



The temperature of which adding the fragrance oil may slightly vary when using different waxes, so it is important to know the melting point at which it is best to mix for each wax. Usually, any wax would begin to melt at around 130° F, but the point at which the wax will be ready to mix differs. If you are using soy wax, it is recommended to begin mixing once the wax hits about 155° - 165° F. Really, it’s all about knowing your wax melting point along with what temperature is best to mix at. Please also note that each wax should hit its max melting point in order to fully melt the wax all through, once it is cooled to its desired temperature you may then add the fragrance oil.


candle making wax and fragrance oil


If you are unfamiliar with what the Flash Point of fragrance oil for candles is, Flash Point refers to the temperature at which a fragrance oil becomes combustible. This can be rather dangerous when attempting to light up the candle as the wick may cause a spark in the composition of the candle, causing it to combust. Always make sure you are adding your fragrance oil at the recommended flash point depending on how high or low the temperature is. For flash points under 130° F, always add the fragrance oil at or below 130°. For flash points between 130° - 180°, always add the fragrance oil at or slightly below the designated flash point. For example, a fragrance oil for candles with a flash point at 155° can be either added at 140° - 150° F or exactly at 150° F. For any flash point above 180°, never add the fragrance oil above that temperature.



What scents to use when crafting an outdoor candle?

What scents to use when crafting an outdoor candle (2)

What scents to use when crafting an outdoor candle?

Crafting an outdoor candle can get pretty tricky as you want to be mindful of the fragrance oils you are crafting with, as certain scents can attract bugs when you ultimately want to repel them!

Having an outdoor candle burning as you're relaxing on your patio, sitting by the pool or having dinner in your backyard can not only add that extra glow to the ambiance but it can also rid you of pesky bugs like mosquitoes and flies.

Creating a candle for outdoors is perfect for adding an extra touch to your outdoor décor. It’s especially great for the summer as a bright light can attract bugs.

Scents  that will help repel bugs that can also be used for candle making: 


Citronella candle fragrance


Citronella candle fragrance: As a natural insect repellent citronella fragrance oils are perfect for crafting candles for outdoors as they already contain components that repel insects like mosquitoes. Its fragrance is grassy and floral making the perfect outdoor scent.


lavender candle fragrance


Lavender candle fragrance: Lavender fragrance oils are great for outdoor candles as it has analgesic, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Not only can it prevent mosquito bites it can also help soothe and calm the skin if bitten by insects or reactive to outdoor plants. Its sweet smelling floral, herbal, and woodsy scent will create the perfect outdoor aroma as you relax on your patio.


What scents to use when crafting an outdoor candle


Lemongrass candle fragrance: Derived from natural and non-toxic plants, lemongrass, much like Citronella, is great for repelling pesky insects that come with outdoor fun. With its fresh, lightweight and lemony scent lemongrass drives insects away and can also help boost your health.

How to add candle fragrances to your candles

How to add candle fragrances to your candles

How to add candle fragrances to your candles

Once you begin candle making it’s always exciting experimenting with different fragrances oils, as well as essential oils but it’s important to understand what is the right amount of fragrance oils that should be added to your candle wax. As well as when you should add your oils to your candle wax.

Fragrance oils vs. essential oils

Fragrance oils are defined as a concentrated blend of synthetic or natural aroma components used to create a scented oil. In addition, fragrance oils have been mixed with scentless carrier oils allowing the aroma to be lightweight which will allow your scent to come through once burned.


Essential oils are defined as concentrated oil derived from an organic/natural substance (plant material, flowers, leaves, wood, and grass). In addition, these oils are referred to as “essential” as they contain the strongest scent that a particular plant, root, or flower contains, embodying its full essence.

 To learn more about the differences between essential oils and fragrance oils read our previous blog Fragrance oils vs. Essentials oils: Defining oils for scented candles.

Amount of Candle Fragrances


How to add candle fragrances to your candles


When using candle fragrance oils, the amount of fragrance oil you use depends on the type of wax, the type of fragrance oil, and of course your personal preferences of scent throw.


Scent throw

The Scent throw is the quality of smell in which your candle gives off. The over aroma it will create in your space.


Important to note:  Using too little fragrance may result in a light scent throw, while using too much may result in a strong hot throw. Also, it is important to be careful to not overload your wax with fragrance oils, this can lead to your candle sweating or curdling and other issues.

We recommend using 1 ounce of fragrance oils per pound of wax you will be using to craft your candles.



 It is also important to note when measuring out how much candle wax and fragrance oil you will be using, it is essential to note that we suggest you work with ounces (oz.) or grams (g), ultimately measuring oils in ounces.


For Soy wax, the recommended fragrance load is about 9% Depending on how many candles you will be making and the capacity of your candle vessel.


For Coconut and blended waxes, you can add about 10% to 12% of fragrance oils to your wax, keep in mind this will give your candle a very strong scent.


The fragrance oil ratios are important as they may also impact your candle wicks and the melt pool of the candle. Finding the perfect balance is definitely a challenge for all candle makers but it’s imperative that you test during your candle-making process to know which products work best for you and to observe how each product works when crafting.

5 Spring Fragrances you need for your candle!

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5 Spring Fragrances you need for your candle!

Looking to add some new vibrant fragrances to your Spring candle collection? Well you’re in the right place, not only are these fragrances of high quality but they are also affordable!


1. Eucalyptus fragrance 


Eucalyptus candle fragrance


Get energized with our earthy yet relaxing regular candle fragrance Eucalyptus. With fragrance notes of Mint Leaf, Sweet Orange and Cedarwood this candle fragrance will brighten your spirit as its refreshing, brisk vapors fill your space with its multifaceted scent.

Eucalyptus fragrance is perfect for the Spring as it's not only an energizing scent but it’s natural, sharp and  therapeutic. If you struggle with the allergies that come with spring our Eucalyptus candle fragrance would be a great addition to your line.

2. Lavender fragrance 


Lavender regular candle fragrance


All of our favorite flowers and floral scents bloom during the Springtime but an all time spring favorite is our Lavender regular candle fragrance. This fresh, natural medley of woodland herbs, precious woods, and vanilla musk creates an aroma that not only will captivate your space but will relax and refresh your mind.

Without being too pungent, Lavender is a combination of a sweet floral, herbal and woodsy scents, providing a healing and restorative fragrance. This Lavender candle fragrance is perfect for the spring as its timeless floral scent is everlasting.

3. Love spell fragrance 


Love spell candle fragrance


Inspired by Victoria's Secret's alluring floral scent, this regular candle fragrance features fragrance notes of Juicy peach nectar, golden pear, and sweet honeysuckle. Love spell will definitely put a spell on you as it’s soft, yet powerful aroma will leave you wanting more.

Love spell would be a great addition to your spring candle fragrance line as its alluring scent carries hints of shimmering green clover  with highlights of mandarin, and transparent musk reminding you that summer is just around the corner.

4. Rose fragrance 


Rose candle fragrance


Our Rose regular candle fragrance is a classic as its natural floral scent will remind of your favorite Spring bouquet. With fragrance notes of Musk, fruits and primeval savage roses this candle fragrance will embrace the fresh floral aroma of the spring day.

Great for your Spring candle collection as our Rose candle fragrance captivates the aroma of a blossoming spring meadow.


5. Sandalwood fragrance 


Sandalwood candle fragrance


Promote great sleeping habits with our Sandalwood regular candle fragrance. With soft notes of sandalwood and woodland sage merging with crisp, aromatic white cedar, shimmering bergamot and a hint of vanilla infused musk. Not only is this fragrance great for creating a romantic scent it also promotes calmness and low stress.

 This Sandalwood candle fragrance is great for the spring as sandalwood is known to have sedative effects that are perfect for those with insomnia or are hit hard by the changes of daylight saving that take place early spring. Besides calming your mind the sedative effects can also be used to treat headaches and migraines they may also come with Spring allergies.

Fragrance oils vs. Essentials oils : Defining oils for scented candles

Fragrance oils vs. Essentials oils : Defining oils for scented candles

Crafting candles can be very exciting, especially when you begin to explore new add-ons to your candle making supplies like Dyes and Fragrances. When candle making it is very important that you know exactly what products will work best for you as well as the ingredients that your products contain.  In this blog, our candle making expert will explain the differences and similarities between Fragrance oils vs Essential oils in candles.  

When crafting a candle, to create a blissful scented candle that will feel your space with its subtle, yet captivating aroma you will use either a fragrance oil or an essential oil. 

Both scent makers have their similarities as well as differences. Before we are able to really compare these two scent makers, it is important to know exactly what each oil is. 

  • Defining Fragrance oils and Essential oils 

Fragrance oils are defined as a concentrated blend of synthetic or natural aroma components used to create a scented oil. In addition, fragrance oils have been mixed with scentless carrier oils allowing the aroma to be lightweight which will allow your scent to come through once burned.

Essential oils are defined as a concentrated oil derived from an organic/ natural substance (plant material, flowers, leaves, wood, grass). In addition, these oils are referred to as “essential” as they contain the strongest scent that a particular plant, root, or flower contains embodying it’s full essence.

  • Fragrance oils vs. Essentials oils 


Now that we have gone over the actual definition of each oil and their components. We can now take a deeper look and compare the differences as well as similarities between the two. The differences vary as they are priced, crafted, and preferred by candle makers differently. 


  • When using either Fragrance oils or Essentials oils It’s important to understand that the two oils are different as they are produced in very different ways.
  • Essential oils are produced with natural/organic plants and components as fragrance oils are crafted using chemical compounds. Both Manufacturing processes are more extensive then what I will explain here, but the main difference between the two oils is that essential oil requires plants for the scent to be crafted and fragrance oils do not. 
  • Once you’ve crafted a candle with either fragrance oils or essential oils another difference that is seen between the two, is the scent throw. Fragrance oil candles have a stronger scent, as fragrance oils are manufactured specifically for the purpose of delivering a strong scent which creates a more intense/stronger smelling candle. 
  • Essential oils are manufactured in their purest, non-diluted form, making them more concentrated. In order to match the scent intensity of a fragrance oil candle more essential oil will need to be added to your wax when crafting candles with essential oils.


Here at General Wax our Fragrance oils range in prices as low as $3.75 up to $15.00 depending on the type of fragrance oil you will be purchasing as well as the size of the fragrance oil. 

Essential oil and fragrance oil differ in price as the process to produce each oil are different. Essential oils are derived from plant/organic matter which makes for a costly production process resulting in higher priced oils. 

Essential oil candles also require more oil in order to produce the scent intended, which also will result in a more costly candle making process. However, essential oil candles have many aromatherapy benefits which may up the value of your candle; making the cost more than worth it. 


wax melting

While essential oils and fragrance oils are different, the candles produced with either Oils using specific measurements can create a great smelling candle.  

Fragrance oils and Essentials oils can both be used for your at home projects as well as specifically used for candle making. They will both leave your candle as well as space smelling pungent. 

Fragrance types 

Here at General Wax, we currently carry two main families of fragrances: Regular and Ultra. To learn more about our fragrance oils please visit our previous blog:


Wax Additives: Everything Candle Makers Need to Know

Wax Additives

What are candle additives and do I need them for my project?

Ever heard of candle additives? Want to know what they are and how to use them? Our candle expert will go through everything a candle maker needs to know about additives and how you might need them for your candle project.


  2. MICRO 175
  3. MICRO 195
  4. POLY AC-6A
  6. VYBAR 103
  7. VYBAR 260
  8. VYBAR 343





Paraffin wax is naturally translucent but it tends to bear snow spots or mottling. No additive will make paraffin transparent but Paraflint H-1 can clarify it. It provides a cleaner glow.

If you want a glow-though quality in your candle, add some Paraflint to your wax without any other kind of additive.

Having a relatively high melt point, Paraflint needs to be melted separately from the wax with a higher heat source. Adding 20% makes a good veneer, which will help reduce dripping.


Recommended use: 1 teaspoon per pound of wax

2. Micro Wax 175


Excellent as an additive for candle making, Micro Wax 175 will add rigidity to tapers. It helps wax adhere to the walls of the container candles, and reduce or eliminate mottling in pillar candles without adding much opacity.

Due to its high melt point and pliability, pure microcrystalline also makes a good sculpting wax for art projects and lost wax processes.


Recommended use: 2 cubes per pound of wax

3. Micro Wax 195


Microcrystalline Wax 195 is a translucent candle additive that will harden the candle, raise the melt point and reduce or eliminate mottling. It is much harder than Micro Wax 175 and is recommended for pillars and tapers. It comes in a bead form that is easy to use and measure.


Recommended use: 1 to 2 teaspoons per pound of wax

Melt point: about 195ºF or 91ºC

4. Poly AC-6A


Poly AC-6A is a candle additive that will harden your candles while making them less translucent. It also gives your candles a shine finish.


Recommended use: 1 teaspoon per pound of wax

5. Stearic Powder


Triple-pressed stearic powder, also known as Stearin, may be used in any amount from 1% to 100%. It acts as a hardener for low melt point waxes and lowers the melt point of higher temperature waxes. In low percentages, it may have a tendency to allow snow spots, while used in moderate percentages it will go opaque. At high percentages, a notable crystallization becomes apparent.


Recommended use: between 1% to 100%

Melt point: about 130ºF or 54ºC

6. Vybar 103


This higher melt point Vybar is used in molded candles to lock color and scent in wax. Use Vybar 103 as a hardener and to help make the candles more opaque.


Recommended use: 1 teaspoon per pound of wax

7. Vybar 260


This lower melt point Vybar is used in container candles and votive candles to lock the color and scent in wax. It will harden your candles and make them look more opaque.


Recommended use: 1 teaspoon per pound of wax

8. Vybar 343


Used in mottling wax candles, Vybar 343 helps lock in color and fragrance. It will make your candle more opaque but it does not take away the mottling look like the other two Vybar types.


Recommended use: 1 teaspoon per pound of wax

9. Uvasorb


Use UVasorb in your candles as a UV inhibitor. It helps reduce color fade caused by UV rays from sunlight and artificial light. Some candle makers consider UVasorb a must for outdoor shows and store displays. This additive blocks both UVA and UVB rays. However, UVasorb is not recommended for use with blacklight responsive colors as it will diminish the effects.


Recommended use: 1/10 of a teaspoon per pound of wax

10. Parol Oil


Use Parol Oil to create mottling. Adding fragrance to your wax will already induce mottling, however, you can add Parol Oil to your mixture if you would like to create additional mottling.


Recommended use: 1 of a teaspoon per pound of wax





Scented Candles: Everything Candle Makers Need To Know About Fragrance

Candle Melt


How to add fragrance to your wax and make a scented candle? New in the candle-making game? Want to push your skills to the next level and add a fresh scent to your beautiful homemade candles? Everything you need to know about fragrances from our candle-making expert!


1. What kind of candle fragrance should I use?


Here at General Wax, we currently carry two main families of fragrances: Regular and Ultra. Our regular fragrances are compatible with all wax types we offer. You can use any of the regular fragrances with any wax, either you decide to go with a natural soy/coconut wax blend like our Cargill C3 or paraffin like our House Blend.

Our Ultra fragrances are compatible with all wax types as well. Their difference lays in the throw strength and overall premium, more sophisticated quality of the fragrance. Comparably to the Regular Fragrances, you can use our Ultras with any wax we offer.

When it comes to beeswax, you are able to add fragrances to the wax once melting but we cannot guarantee the results! Beeswax is already naturally scented and the results might not be the ones expected when mixing fragrances to the honey-like smell of beeswax. No matter what your project is, we always recommend doing your own burn test to make sure your candle is as safe and delightful as you expect.

2. What is the flashpoint and how important is it?


You probably heard the term flashpoint used in fragrance oils without thinking much about it. The flashpoint is the temperature at which point the fragrance oil becomes combustible if exposed to a spark or flame. The lower the flashpoint, the faster it can catch on fire. In general, the flashpoint is mostly important for those who make gel candles: a lower flashpoint might restrict you from shipping your candles in certain ways as it would be a fire hazard. It is recommended to use fragrances with a flashpoint above 175ºF; anything under that and your gel candle will easily catch fire. We also recommend you check with your shipping company to learn more about their regulations.

We always recommend you use our Candle Making Thermometer to constantly monitor your wax temperature and get the best results. As a general rule, and regardless of the kind of wax you use, it is recommended to:

  • Fragrance Flashpoint Under 130ºF = Add it to wax at 130ºF
  • Fragrance Flashpoint Between 130ºF to 180ºF = Add it to wax at the fragrance flashpoint
  • Fragrance Flashpoint Above 180ºF = Add it to wax at 180ºF

Fragrance oils do not degrade in hot waxes. So if you pour your fragrance in a wax that's hotter than the fragrance flashpoint, it doesn't mean that the fragrance will lose its throw or catch fire. However, it degrades when it reaches a boiling point, which is way hotter than the flashpoint temperature.

3. What percentage of candle fragrance should I use?


In general, most waxes will not hold more than 12 percent fragrance. Usually, candles you find in stores contain an average of about 6 percent fragrance whereas high-quality premium candles contain up to 10 percent. Read about your wax to find out the maximum amount of fragrance you can use.

As a rule of thumb, in order to optimize scent throw and not compromise your candle stability, we recommend using between 6 to 10 percent of fragrance in your candle mixture.


So let's say you are using a soy wax that can hold up to 10 percent worth of fragrance and you are making a 10-ounce candle, you would need to use 1 ounce of fragrance:

0,10 (percent) x 10 oz (wax weight) = 1 oz (fragrance amount)

4. When should I add the fragrance to the wax?


As mentioned before, add your fragrance at a temperature high enough for the wax to fully expand but not too high so the fragrance does not degrade and lose its throw.

In general, you can add fragrance when the wax is between 175ºF to 185ºF. Also, make sure you remove the wax from the heat source before adding your fragrance to the mixture.

Always refer to the manufacturer's recommendations and run your own burn tests to make sure of the results. Candle making is like chemistry and there's no way to guarantee the results better than a burn test.

8 Best Fragrances of Summer 2021 for Candle Makers

Candle Making Fragrances

1. Best California Vibe: Summer Haze with CBD


The Summer Haze with CBD fragrance marries the freshness from citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit to the sweetness of apples.

With calming and soothing properties from rose petals and CBD extracted from premium cannabis leaves, this unique fragrance is crisp and relaxing, just like the sound of the ocean waves.

CBD is also a different cannabinoid than THC, the main compound found in cannabis. CBD has no psychoactive effect. However, it is known for its calming and therapeutic effects.

If you are looking for a fragrance that smells like your last vacay in Santa Monica for your next candle batch, we recommend you try the Summer Haze with CBD.

2. Best Earthy Yet Sensual Fragrance: Sunkissed Turmeric


Sunkissed Turmeric is the marriage of citrus notes from fresh-cut lemongrass to the earthy notes of turmeric. This fragrance is earthy and refreshing, energizing, and sensual.

Turmeric was used in ancient civilizations for its therapeutic and overall wellness virtues. Nowadays, it gained popularity and is used for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps increase the antioxidant capacity of your body.

Turmeric is present in food such as curry giving its orangy colors, drinks, particularly in teas, but also in more cosmetics than you could think of.

Turmeric also contains curcumin, a natural compound that researchers linked to improved brain function, limiting brain diseases, but also proven to increase testosterone levels, the hormone that boosts your libido.

We recommend this fragrance to candle makers looking for an energizing, uplifting scent for their next candle batch.

3. Best Summer Drink Fragrance: Pineapple Dream


What's a summer without a good summer drink? If you're looking for a scent that will remind you of that piña colada you drank on the beach, look no more.

The notes from sweet mango and guava elevate the fresh scent of pineapple.

If you are looking to make your candle batch smell like the memories of warm, fun summer days, then this is the fragrance you need!

4. Best Floral Garden Fragrance: Citrus Lilac


Citrus Lilac is a long walk in the park on a warm day in June when all the flowers and trees finally blossomed. Citrus Lilac is a fresh and flowery fragrance: the floral throw from both purple and white lilacs married with a fresh and citrusy touch from the lemon will take you on an outdoor journey.

For candle makers looking to make a batch that smells fresh like a floral summer garden, we highly recommend you try the Citrus Lilac!

5. Best Oriental Summer: Black Oud


The sensual scent of Black Oud will certainly take you on a journey to the Middle East, with notes of aromatic cedar and dark patchouli softened under a comforting veil of lavender and amber.

From the Arabic "Oudh" (translated as "wood stick"), Black Oud has a strong and complex scent. It often is the base note of a perfume composition. This unique scent is derived from dark resin found in the trunk of century-old Aquilaria trees. Black Oud has a cultural and religious significance since ancient civilizations because of its deep woody scent, persisting and evolves over the whole day.

We recommend this fragrance to candle makers who want to make a bold and luxurious candle batch.

6. Best Dreamy Summer Fragrance: Coconut Milk & Mimosa


Mimosa's sweet and complex scent was used from Egypt to Nepal to create incense for rituals ever since mythology. In many ancient civilizations, mimosa represents a symbol of resurrection and immortality. In aromatherapeutic formulas, it is also believed to help with stress and anxiety.

The marriage from the sweet and creamy coconut milk to the deep scent of mimosas gives this fragrance a deep honey-like yet airy and delicate throw.

We suggest candle makers who like sweet and dreamy fragrances to give the Coconut Milk & Mimosa a try.

7. Best Summer Night Fragrance: Cashmere Vanilla


Cashmere Vanilla is the union of the warm, herbal, light musk base of cashmere to the creamy vanilla with top notes of lilies of the valley, sandalwood, and amber.

This fragrance is fresh yet warm, just like a long summer night. It is luxurious and sumptuous.

We recommend this fragrance to candle makers who want to produce a batch that smells rich and sophisticated.

8. Best Summer 2021 Fragrance Overall: Rosewater & Chamomile


Rose fragrances always had a significant place in the market. Long considered a feminine scent, especially during the 20th century when gendered perfumes gained traction, it is now used in various gender-neutral fragrances and other unisex cosmetics. In fact, rosewater has a long history of being used for both genders, from the ancient Greek civilization to France, where it was heavily used in men's body oils in the 18th century.

Roses are also known for their therapeutic properties: their aroma is used as an anti-depressant as it is known to calm and uplift. Scientists also discovered roses' antibacterial and antifungal properties. Roses were also used to stimulate sex drive.

Chamomile on the other end has floral and sweet tones. It has been used since the earliest civilizations for its soothing, calming, and relaxing properties. It is known to help with digestion, sleep, anxiety, stress, and even healing. Chamomile has a sweet yet delicately fresh scent.

We believe Rosewater & Chamomile to be the scent of Summer 2021. Its fresh and complex scent is delicate. It is a classic scent revised into a modern, timeless fragrance that will appeal to all.