Using Essential Oils in Soy Candle Making
Hi, I'm from Australia. I love your site! Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, I can't find another website like yours in Australia!
I'm having trouble with scenting my soy wax candles - trying to get cold and hot throw. It's not working!!
I bought a soy candle and fell in love with it.
Its hot and cold throw was so strong it filled up my whole house. I just loved it.
Now I'm starting to make my own candles. I thought it would be easy! Didn't realise how complicated until after getting in to it.
I'm confused now after reading your web site saying essential oils are better than fragrance oil due to being more natural. I had no idea - thought only fragrance oil is made to be used in soy wax, and essential oils for soap, etc.
I'm not very good at converting your measurements because in Australia we use ml or kg or litres.
You guys use oz, which I find confusing.
I've been searching for the past 3 weeks how much fragrance oil to put in my soy wax. Of course, I undertand it depends on how much soy wax I'm using as well.
Just so frustrated to the point where I'm almost losing hope and interest. Thanks for your time.
Kind regards, Diane
Hi Diane, making candles is one of the trickier aromatherapy projects, so you're not alone in feeling frustrated.
Essential oils ARE more natural than fragrance oils, but they'll never give you the hot or cold scent throw you get from fragrance oils. Essential oils are just not as strongly scented. So if you want a strong scent throw, use fragrance oils instead of essential oils.
Different types of wax accept different amounts of fragrance oil, but a good rule of thumb is 30 mls of fragrance oil for every 454 grams of wax.
You want your fragrance oil to be roughly 4-6% of your total recipe.
You might find that your local craft store has classes you could join. Or you could ask if they'd be willing to set some up. Or check your local classified ads for handmade candles and see if a crafter in your area would be willing to teach a small class. You might find it helpful to get some hands-on coaching instead of trying to struggle through on your own.
I hope that helps, Diane. Good luck!