If you want to produce powerful scented candles at home, you must first learn about the physics of fire and wax and how to improve the experience. You will also learn how to make the candle smell stronger.
What Can I Do to Make My Candles Smell Better?
So, how can you enhance the scent of a product?
- You can either add more fragrance oil to a product that already has it or make sure the ratio is high enough when making a new product.
- It’s critical to add oil at the correct temperature and allow it to cure.
- When manufacturing or buying a product, choose the proper wax and product for the room for maximum aroma throw.
- If you have a store-bought product that doesn’t smell as powerful as you’d like it to, there are several techniques you may try, ranging from utilizing essential oils to placing them in areas that are appropriate for their size.
1. Use the Right Amount of Fragrance Oil
The greater the aroma, the more oil in the product.
Because fragrance oil is so expensive, some producers try to save money by using as little of it as possible.
This mild perfume isn’t necessarily a loss if you purchase a product for atmosphere and lighting rather than scent.
If you’re creating products at home and they’re not as strong-smelling as you’d like, it’s possible that you’re not using enough fragrance oil. One ounce to 1 pound of wax should be the normal wax-to-oil ratio.
2. Use the Proper Temperature to Add Fragrance
You may still add aroma oils to the candles in any scenario. Add the aroma oils when the product reaches a temperature of nearly 170-180 °F.
3. Let The Candle Cure First
It would help if you allowed your products to cool after pouring them into your chosen candle jar. Candles must be cured before they can effectively throw aroma and burn evenly. Allow your products to cure for at least three days before using them. However, a cure time of 1-2 weeks is ideal if you can wait long enough.
4. Maintain the normal size of the wick
The smell throw may be improved by using a suitable wick size to obtain the proper burn pool. A too-small wick will result in a small burn pool and limited smell throw. A wick that is too big may burn too hot and burn out the aroma, resulting in a poor smell. Finding a wick with a beautiful steady flame and a complete burn pool of about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep will assist in getting an adequate smell throw.
5. Make Use of a Candle Topper
Product toppers keep the heat close to the candle’s diameter, allowing the wax pool to melt faster. This aids in the dispersion process.
6. Properly Store Candles
Hand-poured products should be kept in a cool, dark spot away from any heat or sunshine, which will reduce the candle’s smelling power. Keep the lid on when the product isn’t lit to prevent the smell from leaving.
Why Don’t My Candles Have A Strong Fragrance?
There are a number of reasons why your products may not smell as powerful as you had hoped. A list of causes has been compiled.
Fragrance Oil Not Enough
The inclusion of fragrance oils in candles gives them their scent. The product would not smell powerful if the product maker used too little fragrance oil.
The heat evaporates the aroma oils if you apply their higher degrees. This will result in a reduction in product odor.
The Candle Is Inappropriate for The Space
If you’re making scented products for yourself, consider the size of your space. You should use a larger container if you intend to burn the product in a large room. It will generate a stronger odor that will pervade the entire place. However, if you pick the little tin, the product’s aroma will be insufficient.
Is the smell strength affected by the wax type?
It certainly does. The aroma oils must combine effectively with the type of wax used in the candle, regardless of their grade.
Some waxes have higher smell retention than others. Natural waxes, such as soy or coconut wax, carry more aroma than paraffin wax.
The wax density also influences the smell. Paraffin wax is less thick than soy wax.
As a result, soy wax needs more heat and time than paraffin heating.
This has an impact on how quickly the aroma oils disseminate. When compared to soy wax, paraffin wax has a stronger smell.
Important Variables That Enhance Oil Dispersion for A Richer Aroma
Well, let’s look at what occurs when the product is lit. The trip of those oil molecules to your face is known as diffusion, and diffusion rules guide it. In other words, scientific calculations may be used to calculate how much diffusion you can expect from certain products.
But you don’t need to know any of these equations since I’ve simplified them down to a few important parameters that help the oils diffuse better in the lit candle. Now they are, from most to least significant:
- The space between your nose and the product
- The oil concentration in a candle
- The wax’s temp
- The product wax’s viscosity
- The oil molecule’s molecular weight (or size)
- The room’s airflow
- The size of the pool of melted product wax.
Consider how a smell gets from the candle to your nose. This can happen in two ways:
One is called “cold throw,” and the other is called “hot throw.” The aroma you detect when the product is unlit and chilly is called “cold throw.” Before purchasing your preferred product, you must sniff the candle closely for a cold throw, just like you would at a shop.
As you might expect, the aroma you smell when you bring it home and burn it is called “hot throw.” You’re smelling the molecules of oil emitted by the candle in both circumstances.
What essential oils make candles smell stronger?
There are several essential oils that can make candles smell stronger:
- Cinnamon essential oil has a warm and spicy scent that can make candles smell stronger and more inviting. It blends well with other essential oils like clove, nutmeg, and orange.
- Peppermint essential oil has a refreshing and invigorating scent that can make candles smell stronger and more energizing. It blends well with other essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, and lemon.
- Lavender essential oil has a soothing and relaxing scent that can make candles smell stronger and more calming. It blends well with other essential oils like chamomile, lemon, and peppermint.
- Lemon essential oil has a bright and citrusy scent that can make candles smell stronger and more refreshing. It blends well with other essential oils like bergamot, grapefruit, and lavender.
- Eucalyptus essential oil has a fresh and invigorating scent that can make candles smell stronger and more uplifting. It blends well with other essential oils like peppermint, lavender, and lemon.
It’s important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used in small amounts when adding them to candles. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use caution when working with essential oils.
Now that you know how to make products smell stronger, you can relax and enjoy your scented candles’ pleasant ambiance and fragrance. If you’re purchasing scented products, be sure you pick the proper size. Make the proper inquiries.
Keep in mind the following questions: What kind of wax did they use? Is the wax completely natural? In the candle-making process, what type of aroma oil did they use? Check for high-quality wax and fragrant oils in the product. Make the proper decision, buy the right product, and enjoy the aroma.
Carole Brooks has been making candles for many years. She loves to create candles of all different types and for all different purposes. Here she shares her experience and knowledge. Carole is a graduate of Texas A&M University.