Common Questions About Fragrances in Soy Candles

The Fragrance of Blooming Trees Following are a few of the most common questions we get asked about the use of fragrances in candles made with EcoSoya® soy wax.

Can fragrance affect the outcome of a candle?

Some fragrances can have a dramatic effect on your final candle. They can cause frosting – a lumpy surface, poor adhesion, small diameter burn pools and even poor burn (combustion) quality including mushrooming or sooting. If you are experiencing problems with your candle, make sure the scent is compatible with the EcoSoya wax you are using. Learn more on isolating problems: CB-135, CB-Advanced Soy, CB-XceL, and PB waxes.

How much fragrance should I use?

For container candles we recommend using about 5%, and for molded candles about 3%, with a maximum of around 12% for both, although people have used more.

What can I do to improve the scent throw of my candle?

EcoSoya’s chemistry make up is very different from that of paraffin so please inform your supplier that you are using it. Many fragrance companies have tested EcoSoya soy wax, enabling them to give recommendations. If you come across a fragrance that doesn’t have good hot and/or cold scent throw, try another type of scent or choose one made by a different manufacturer. You can learn more about fragrances that work well with EcoSoya soy waxes in our Fragrance Program.

A proper burn pool is critical to achieve a good scent throw. For container candles, you will have the best hot scent throw if you burn a ¼ to ½ inch deep (side to side) pool in about 4 to 5 hours. You may need to adjust your wicking to achieve this. Learn more about achieving a proper burn pool with our EcoSoya wax instructions: CB-135, CB-Advanced SoyCB-XceL, and PB.