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Shirley

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Hi, I am new to this site and I am in the business of making soy wax candles. I would like to make some good quality aromatherapy candles. I have been using fragrance oils up until now, but I don't think they will give the same effect as an essential oil that is made directly from the plant. Can anyone tell me about how much of the essential oil I would need to add to a pound of wax? thanks, Shirley

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Hey Shirley - well it depends on the essential oil. Not all essential oils as you can imagine are suitable for using in candles - some like the citrus essences just don't have the tenacity to make much of an impression. The strongest contenders might be oils like Geranium, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Cinnamon bark, Clove, and even Peppermint perhaps, but cost-wise you'll proably have to restructure your pricing to accommodate what I would expect to be an increase over your fragrance oils. Depending on what you're shelf-life expectancy is, you'll probably also have to up the concentration of pure eo's compared to fragrance oils. I havn't made candles from scratch - but I have made soap often, and found that using the sorts of eo's mentioned above with the required aromatic punch to them, I needed at least 20ml of pure essential oil to 10 lbs of made soap - which equals about 18grams weight =- although of course all essential oils weigh differently depending on their viscosity. If you purchase at wholesale prices in 100ml bottles, this could cost you anywhere between $10 to over $50 depending on the oil you select - but then you'd be able to offer pure essential oil candles with all the benefits they provide and avoid the potential irritations with the use of synthetic fragrances. It'll be a sort of suck it and see process I reckon depending on your priorities. Hope this helps

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I use 11g essential oil for 6oz of soy wax and have had no problems. But as has been stated, not all essential oils are suitable for candles. I recommend starting with fir needle, peppermint, cedar, patchouli and clove.
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