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Why I don't use essential oils in soy wax candles | Pretty Frank
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Why I don't use essential oils in soy wax candles

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Essential oils have long been used in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Those who use them, claim benefits like antidepressant abilities, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties. Essential oils are regarded as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns.

Although they might be a perfect solution for some ailments in some people, I made the decision not to use them in my candles.

Candles and essential oils aren’t compatible

There are many reasons why I chose not to use essential oils to fragrance my candles, however, the key point is that they’re not great performers in soy wax candles and therefore won’t result in candles of a reliable nature with a far-reaching scent throw.

All essential oils have differing compositions. When each oil is heated, they react differently and some will break down, some will evaporate and some will lose any therapeutic benefits. These different reactions mean that when they meet the hot soy wax when pouring a candle, there’s no way to guarantee the condition of the oils in the candle that you’d end up burning. Some may give a quality throw, however, a few degrees difference could vary the result greatly.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic benefits and can become toxic

Citrus essential oils and absolutes can break down when exposed to their flash point - this is the temperature at which a particular organic compound gives off sufficient vapour to ignite in air. This makes mixing oils difficult and unreliable, and with no certain therapeutic benefits.

Some essential oils can become toxic when heated, which makes them risky for me to work with and certainly risky for you to burn in your home! It’s not worth the risk to your health, your children, your pets and certainly not if you’re carrying a baby!

Essential oils aren’t a consistent product

Due to the fact that essential oils are created from their raw origin source, the batches can have variations. This can be due to harvesting at different times in the year or from different locations. When making large quantities of candles, it's important to have a reliable "recipe" to use for every batch of candles to ensure a consistent product for customers.

So, what’s the alternative?

The other choice for chandlers is to use fragrance oils created especially for use in candles. When using these oils, quality is guaranteed for every candle you make. These fragrances adhere to RIFM and IFRA standards for safety and purity and are packaged in phthalate-free, recyclable, PET plastic bottles. The oils are not tested on animals.

I've sourced fragrances which are designed, tested and manufactured in Sydney. The variety allows me direct access to many new and different fragrances and allows me to create new recipes to call my own.

Do you use essential oils? Did you know that they're not compatible with candles?

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