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Beeswax Candles made with Essential Oils & Fragrance Oils

 

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 Fragrance Oil?    Essential Oil?   What is the difference and how are they used in candlemaking?

 


 

 

What is a fragrance oil?
A fragrance oil is a mix of various chemical components, some natural (from plants or even animals), and some synthetic.

 


 

What are essential oils?
beeswax tealitesAn essential oil is a concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. They are also known as volatile or ethereal oils, or simply as the "oil of" the plant material from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential Oils usually cost a lot more than fragrance oils.

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics and bath products, candles, for flavoring food and drink, and for scenting incense and household cleaning products.

Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades, with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific aromas carried by essential oils have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer or by heating over a candle flame, or burned as incense, for example.

 

We have beeswax votives and Tea Lites made with the following essential oils:

Christmas Pine  - The oil is from the Siberian Fir that grows in North Eastern Europe, Finland and North America. The pleasant aroma is pine forest fresh and balsamic.

Peppermint  - Peppermint oil, from premium USA peppermint - The absolute best, sweetest, most candy-like peppermint you will ever smell!

New Holiday Spice   - A unique blend of the sweet, woody fragrance of cinnamon and the spicy, sweet, warm, pleasant and christmas-candy fragrance of clove.

Floral Blend - A blend of Lavender, Litsea Cubeba and Patchouli.

  • Lavender Oil is fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous, slightly fruity.
  • Patchouli was one of the favorite perfumes used in India and shawls and blanket were impregnated with this rich oil. It is an aphrodisiac and become very popular again in 1960s for this reason. The oil is extracted from dried, fermented leaves of the small shrub and emits an intense, woody, sweet-spicy, balsamic odor.
  • Litsea Cubeba oil, China, is also known as May Chang. A member of the Laurel family, the small tree is common throughout Asia. Although its fragrant properties were widely known for centuries, it wasn`t steam distilled until about 60 years ago.
 

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