How to Fragrance Paraffin Wax

how to fragrance paraffin wax

Paraffin wax is not all that easy to fragrance.   This means that you can’t use any old fragrance : some fragrances might work if you’re lucky but most of them certainly won’t.   Use Candle Deli’s wax compatible fragrances for best results.  These fragrance oils have been formulated specifically for candles.

How do you know that a fragrance doesn’t work in paraffin wax?

Sometimes a fragrance appears to bind to the wax. There may be no fragrance pooling in the bottom of your pot of melted wax and the candle has a beautiful finish once poured.

However, after a week or two, you notice fine pin pricks of “sweat” on the surface of the candle.   If you have poured the paraffin wax into a container you may notice fragrance sweating out & pooling in the bottom of the container.

What does this tell you? The fragrance and the wax are not soul mates. This is never going to be a happy union and will ultimately end in divorce.     As a candle maker you can do some fancy footwork but the fact remains that these two are not a match made in heaven.

If the fragrance oil is not compatible with wax, the fragrance will not bind very well with the candle wax. If it really, really doesn’t bind you will notice the fragrance pooling at the bottom of your pot of melted wax. If this happens you know that there’s no happy future for this particular combination of wax and fragrance.

General misinformation about fragrancing paraffin wax

“Adding fragrance to your wax at lower temperatures can result in the fragrance not binding properly with the wax. This would negatively impact the scent throw, and in a worst-case-scenario, cause the fragrance to leach out of the wax and pool on the top or bottom of your candle.”

No ….. just no. The above is an all too pervasive example of misinformation circulated among candle makers.   Lower temperatures will not give you better results with an unsuitable fragrance.  If your fragrance pools or leaches out it is a clear indication that this fragrance IS NOT SUITED TO PARAFFIN WAX and that you will not get good results.

How much fragrance should you add?

Weigh your candle wax before melting it.  Add the fragrance oil just before pouring your candle.   Candle Deli’s fragrance oils are very concentrated, therefore a 2% fragrance level should give you a heavily aromatic candle.   If you would like an even stronger smelling candle, you can increase fragrance level up to 7% (by weight).

How much is 2% by weight?

2% of the weight of the wax you’re melting.  Weigh the wax.  Take that number and multiply by 2% on your calculator.  This is roughly equal to 1 tablespoon of fragrance per kg of wax.


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