How to Choose The Perfect Scented Candle
Feb 23, 2022
Scented candles can be a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day. Not all candles are created equal, however, so it's important to know what makes a good scented candle. Look for candles that have a strong scent throw and a long burn time. Also, make sure the ingredients are all-natural and sustainable.
What makes a good scented candle
When it comes to choosing the perfect scented candle, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, make sure the candle has a strong scent-throw. This means that the scent will be detectable from a distance. Second, look for candles with a long burn time. This will ensure that you get the most out of your candle. Finally, make sure the ingredients are all-natural and sustainable. This will help reduce your environmental impact.
Scented candles can range from $2 per candle all the way to $80 per candle. Paraffin Wax candles tend to be less expensive than Natural wax scented candles but have a shorter burn time.
So what makes a good scented candle?
- The Wax Used
Candles can be made from Soy, Beeswax, Coconut, Palm, or Paraffin (a petroleum-based product). Scented Candles such as beeswax, coconut, and soy Scented Candles are considered natural Scented Candles.
Different types of wax require different percentages of the scent oil used, which can in turn affect the scent intensity and throw, also the base wax itself will have its own unique scent (very faint and undetectable to the average nose).
Not to mention the melting point or how hot the wax gets, which impacts the dispersion of the scent oil, the hotter it get the more scent throw you’ll have; for instance, Beeswax burns the hottest out of paraffin and soy, but soy will last longer due to the slow burn effect.
- The Type of Fragrance Oil
The biggest difference in scented candles is what type of fragrance oil is used. Most scented candles (especially paraffin based candles) are made using synthetic fragrance oils, the different types of Fragrance Oils are:
- Essential Oils
- Synthetic Fragrance Oils
- Natural Fragrance Oils
Essential oils are made from 100% natural substances, usually just an oil extract from the part of a plant, herb, flower or even root, through the process of distillation. The down side is their low flash point which makes them useless in candle making as the candles could potentially explode (They are a fire hazard).
Fragrance Oils on the other hand are made in a lab, but don’t think they are both created equal! Synthetic Fragrance Oils are made from chemical compounds that are not found in nature.
While Natural Fragrance Oils are made by isolating aromatic components from natural scents.
- The Wick and The Jar
Even the wick and the shape of the jar used will affect the scent throw and intensity. The jar shape will contribute to how the candle gets which will determine the scent throw and the type of wick used would have the same effect.
The main thing to look for is a type of candle that will create an even melt pool, no tunneling or partial burn, the more wax melted and evaporating the more scent throw and radius you get.
Choosing the perfect scented candle
There are a few tips and tricks that can help you choose the perfect scented candle. First make sure it is made from natural ingredients, this is important because it means that the candle will not release any harmful chemicals into the air. It's also important because beeswax, coconut and soy wax candles burn cleaner than paraffin candles.
When shopping for scented candles, look for those that have a strong scent throw. This means that the candle will produce enough scent to fill up a room or two with its fragrance. Scent throw is measured in three ways:
- Scent intensity
- Scent diffusion
- Scent radius
Candles with a high scent intensity have a very powerful but brief scent. Candles with a low scent intensity have a weaker and longer lasting scent.
Scent diffusion refers to the way that the candle disperses the scent. Scent diffusion is measured by "how far away can you smell it."
Scent radius refers to the size of the area that has enough scent to make someone notice it. Scent radius is measured by the size of an imaginary circle around a candle. Scented candles with strong scent throw will have high Scent Diffusion and Scent Radius.
Choose Scented Candles with a Long Burn Time
In addition to choosing scented candles with a strong scent throw, make sure to choose those that have a long burn time. Scented candles should give off enough scent to fill up the room they are in, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. Scented candles with a long burn time will make your home smell amazing.
Choose Scented Candles Made with All-Natural Ingredients
Finally, make sure to choose scented candles made from all-natural ingredients. Scented candles that are made with all-natural ingredients will not release any harmful chemicals into the air. This is important because paraffin candles, which are made from oil, produce soot. Soot is carcinogenic, meaning it causes cancer. Scented candles that are made with beeswax, coconut or soy wax burn cleaner than paraffin candles. Scented candles with all-natural ingredients will not release any harmful chemicals into the air either.
While understanding how to choose the perfect scented candle is the key to making your home smell amazing, this is only one half of the equation. The other half is understanding the different notes and aromatic components, as a strong scent throw is not about how vivid the scent is, but how present it is.
Different aromatic notes will have different characteristics, mainly how long they linger or last for after the candle is extinguished.
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