What is a Scented Candle?

R. Kayne

A scented candle, made with fragrant oils mixed into the wax, gives off a pleasant aroma when burning. A scented candle is a nice touch in a bathroom, especially when guests are over, in a bedroom, or any room of the house. A scented candle can create an ambiance of healthfulness and well-being. Unlike incense, scented candles do not add smoke to the air.

Jasmine lotion and jasmine-scented candle.
Jasmine lotion and jasmine-scented candle.

There are many different ways to make a scented candle. If poorly made, the wax will smell nice when brought to the nose, but lighting the candle might not produce any scent whatsoever. This can be a frustrating waste of money, but a little knowledge can help you to identify quality candles.

Unlike incense, most scented candles do not produce smoke.
Unlike incense, most scented candles do not produce smoke.

Many scented candles are made with different varieties of pre-blended wax which each have their own saturation point for fragrance oils. Adding more oil than the wax can absorb will result in the candle sweating the oil out. This limitation falls between one-half to one ounce of oil per pound of pre-blended wax (15—30 ml oil per .45 kg wax).

A better grade of scented candle, called a "triple scent," uses a different blend of wax that can hold 1.5 oz. (45 ml) of fragrance oil per pound (.45 kg), or three times the old standard of one-half ounce (15 ml). These candles will produce an aroma when burned.

Some candle makers might also use a proprietary blend of wax that can hold even more fragrance oil to make super-scented candles. One such candle maker with an online presence claims to use more than 2 ounces (59 ml) of fragrance oil per pound of specially blended candle wax, and guarantees their candles will satisfy or your money back.

A scented candle can come in many varieties, but most are either tea candles, votives or jar candles. Popular scents include apple pie, bayberry, cinnamon spice, ocean mist, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, jasmine, caramel and sandalwood, but this short list is just a sampling. Aromatherapy asserts that certain scents can create a relaxing mood and enhance well-being. A scented candle by the bath is certainly a nice treat in any case. Entering a home where a scented candle is burning creates an instantly pleasant impression and usually leads one to think, What smells so good?

Burning a scented candle can help with household odors or simply make your home smell great. A well made scented candle with a properly trimmed wick will melt to oil and burn as liquid, neither dripping wax nor releasing smoke. When it is burned out, it will leave no residue. Because scented candles melt to oil as they burn, they are made to burn in containers of glass or, in the case of tea candles, tin.

You can easily find quality scented candles online that are guaranteed to produce an aroma and enjoy the warm scent of tropical paradise, hot apple pie or exotic jasmine for no more trouble than it takes to simply light a candle. Your house will love you for it.

A scented candle by the bath is certainly a nice aromatherapy treat.
A scented candle by the bath is certainly a nice aromatherapy treat.

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Discussion Comments


I have done an experiment to see which candle would burn faster and scented candles take longer compared to a regular one and because of the harsh chemicals put in them!


Lately, I've been trying to find good candles. I have found that aromatherapy candles have been the best type to buy lately. They not only have a good scent but they also make the atmosphere within the room very soothing.


I enjoy burning scented candles and have found that some really have much stronger scents than others. I went to a Gold Canyon candle party and loved all the unique scents there were to choose from.

After awhile they all started smelling the same and I had a hard time deciding on just a few. You can find just about any scent of candle that you can imagine. If you like chocolate, I have even seen chocolate scented candles!


I have scented candles scattered all over my house and burn them a lot. It seems like I will use them much more often in the winter than during the warmer months, but I never get tired of them.

I like to change the scents depending on what the season is. In the fall my favorite scented jar candles have apple and cinnamon spice scents. During Christmas I love the candles that smell like pine, and my favorite springtime scent has to be a vanilla and raspberry combination.

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