Fragrance is the essence of scented soy candles, so obviously everyone that makes soy candles wants to make their candles the best scented out there! There are so many different fragrances and fragrance oil suppliers that it can be difficult to know which fragrances throw well in soy wax and which suppliers carry the best fragrances.
Hot scent throw is what every candle maker strives for. A candle can have an awesome cold throw, but then when you burn it for awhile it may do poorly with the hot throw.
This is why it’s so important to buy the right fragrance oils. There’s nothing worse than spending a bunch of money on candle fragrance oils and then finding out they do not have a good hot scent throw!
The thing with soy candles is that not all oils throw well in soy wax, so you need to make sure you buy fragrance oils that are made for soy wax or known to throw well in soy.
So I am going to list oils from a few different soy candle fragrance oil suppliers that I know to give a good hot throw in soy candle wax. These are oils that I have used and highly recommend. I have by no means tried all the oils that these suppliers carry, so that’ll be up to you if you want to try some other kinds. Many candle making suppliers carry 1oz samples of their oils, so it is wise to start with that and do some testing of your soy candles before deciding on buying more in bulk.
And remember, just because a fragrance oil from one company throws awesome, that does not mean the same fragrance from a different company will do the same! Oils will vary from company to company (though some may use the same manufacturer, so might have some of the same fragrances).
When I was searching for a good coffee scent, I bought samples from 4 different places and none of them smelled the same. I thought that the coffee scent from Candlesoylutions in the list below was the truest black coffee fragrance (I do use the max amount of that one since it is harder to get any coffee scent to throw strong)
And to answer the question “Can I make candles with perfume?” No, most perfumes contain alcohol, and even if they don’t, candle fragrance oils are specifically made to use in candle wax.
List of Best Fragrance Oils for Soy Candles
Unless otherwise stated, these are all fragrances I have personally used.
Apple Harvest (recommended by group members)
Citron and Mandarin (recommended by group members)
Coffee (recommended by group members)
Coriander and Tonka
Grapefruit Mangosteen (recommended by group members)
Orange Chili pepper (recommended by group members)
Peach Nectar (recommended by group members)
Sunwashed Linen (recommended by group members)
Very Vanilla (recommended by group members)
Black Coffee (light throw)
Sunflower (I used to have a perfume like this. On of my all time favorite fragrances!)
Blatantly blueberry (recommended by group members)
Brandied Pear (recommended by group members)
Coffee pumpkin (recommended by group members)
Crushed Strawberry and Rhubarb
Ginger Chiffon (recommended by group members)
Malayan Mango (recommended by group members)
Masala Chai (recommended by group members)
Melon,Fig and Apricot
Peony White Tea (recommended by group members)
Vanilla Voodoo (recommended by group members)
Winter Woodlands Whisper
Relaxing (recommended by group members)
Rosehip Jasmine (recommended by group members)
Fresh Cut Grass
Oatmeal, Milk and Honey (More of a lighter scent, but it does smell good when burning)
Baby Powder (medium scent, smells just like baby powder)
Midsummer Night (like the Yankee scent and very strong!)
Pearberry (not a really strong scent, but you can smell it and it smells nice)
Enchanted Apple (recommended by group members)
Avocado Mint (recommended by group members)
Chili Pepper (recommended by group members)
Love Spell (recommended by group members)
Sweet Orange (recommended by group members)
There may have been some fragrances that I missed and there are definitely more that I will be testing, so check back as I will update this list as I test more fragrance oils.
If you know of some other oils that are great in soy candles, please feel free to share in the comments!