Types of Oils Used for Candle Fragrance

These days you’re not limited at all when it comes to candle fragrance oils. Candle making is a popular hobby and a booming industry worldwide, and scent manufacturers have not been slow to realize the potential for marketing different types of fragrance oils. Though there are many types of scents available, oils for candle fragrance fall into 2 categories.

Essential Oils

Essential oils, as the name indicates, are derived from real things in nature. Plants are harvested for their oils, fruits are pressed to obtain concentrated juices, roots are gathered for their properties, herbs are an excellent source of unusual fragrances, and bark and leaves from trees offer still more possibilities for attractive odors to enrich candles. Essential oils are not used only in candle making. The oils are diffused in various ways for the purpose of aromatherapy. To this end essential oils are used in bath preparations, massage oils, lighting, and inhalation devices. Anyone who prefers the natural approach or has an interest in aromatherapy will choose natural essential oils.

Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are the other type of oils used for candle making. These are made up of synthetic odors, mixed and blended to approximate any number of scents you recognize or perfumes you enjoy. Not all scents from nature can be obtained in the form of essential oils, and these are also provided through synthetic means in the form of fragrance oils. Though these synthetic oils do not have the healing properties, many believe essential oils do possess these and their scents can linger in the air for longer. Synthetic fragrance oils can be cheaper to produce and to buy than essential oils. They should not always be viewed as the poor alternative though, as many candle fragrances can only be produced through synthesis.


For virtually every flower you can think of there is an essential oil for adding a scent to your candles. Gardenia, golden rose, honeysuckle jasmine, hydrangea, lilac, plumeria, and sweet pea are just some of the fragrances available. Essential oils from flowers and plants are especially beneficial from an aromatherapy point of view, and many candle makers like to experiment by mixing different scents together to create new and interesting aromas.


Renowned for their healing properties, herbs are a great source of essential oils for candles. Herbs to choose from when it comes to candle scents include basil, mint, moss, arrowroot, chive, oregano, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, and verbena.

Sweets and Desserts

Synthetic fragrance oils are able to approximate the scents of many of your favorite sweets and desserts, so that with candles you can fill the room with luscious aromas. Desserts to choose from for fragrance include banana nut bread, brown sugar and fig, buttered rum, chocolate fudge, chocolate chip cookie, chocolate milk, cinnamon buns, crème brulee, and pecan pie.


For anyone who appreciates a fine perfume, synthetic fragrance oils will provide a great many aromas to please. Virtually the entire range of perfumes is catered for in candle fragrances, with musk being one popular choice among consumers. Other, lighter fragrances suit more refined palates and there’s really no end to what can be created.