Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils for Soy Candles... Let's Discuss

 I get asked on a weekly, if not daily basis if my candles are made with essential oils because after all, that is the best and most natural way, right? The answer is no, but let me explain...

Let's start with what a fragrance oil is. Fragrance oils are a highly concentrated aromatic compounds blended into carrier oils. Fragrance oil can be natural or synthetic. These compounds are chemically synthesized to breakdown into lightweight molecules that diffuse quickly through the air. Fragrance oil can be "natural" or synthetic. They have different bases. "Natural" fragrance oils are recreations of scents already in existence. They are neither completely natural or completely artificial. Synthetic fragrances are 100% chemically engineered ( 


Essential oils are made entirely from plants and have been used for thousands of years. They are all natural and not diluted. They can be used for aromatherapy, healing, soothing, and more. 


So let's dive deeper. Ask yourself, why do you purchase a candle? I'm assuming at least 98% of the time, it is because you like the scent. Essential oils are volatile (they evaporate quickly with heat) and many have a flash point considerably lower than the melting point of the wax. In short, the little bit of scent an essential oil would have in a candle will basically evaporate within seconds. You might get a little cold throw, but almost zero hot throw, so all aromatherapy benefits would be considered lost. On the other hand, fragrance oils are made to be used in candles so when used properly, you will be getting a nice, strong fragrance throughout the life of your candle!


Not all fragrance oils are created equal. It is important to look for candles made with PHTHALATE-FREE fragrance if you are searching for a "cleaner" product. All candles at Belladonna Candle Co. are formulated with high-quality, phthalate-free fragrance so not only do they burn better, but they are also better for you. 


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