Candle making is both a popular hobby and a thriving industry, with a diverse range of scents and styles available to choose from. However, many people may not be aware of how crucial it is to properly mix fragrance oils into the wax when making candles.
While fragrance oils are typically added to melted wax to provide a pleasant scent that can enhance the atmosphere of a room, simply pouring the fragrance into the wax and stirring it in may not be enough to ensure even distribution throughout the candle. Proper mixing is essential to ensure that the scent is evenly distributed throughout the candle, so that each time the candle is burned, the fragrance will be as potent as intended.
Improper mixing can lead to “fragrance pooling,” which occurs when the fragrance oil separates from the wax and forms a concentrated pool of oil on the surface of the candle. This can be dangerous if the oil ignites during burning. Thoroughly mixing the fragrance oil into the wax helps prevent this from happening.
To ensure proper mixing, it is important to use a high-quality fragrance oil that is specifically designed for use in candle making. For example, Frais Fragrances is a brand of fragrance oil exclusive to SA Candle Supply, that is silicone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly, formulated to be mixed in wax and have a consistent scent throw.
Using a reliable method of mixing is also important, such as using a digital scale to measure the exact amount of fragrance needed and stirring between 1-2 minutes in a figure-eight motion, as well as around the jug, to ensure the fragrance is properly blended.
Properly mixing fragrance oil into the wax is essential for making high-quality candles that provides a consistent scent and avoid dangerous fragrance pooling. Taking the time to properly mix your fragrance into the wax will ensure that your candles are not only beautiful but also safe and enjoyable for everyone to use.