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Title: EOs in candles
Post by: alishelly on April 07, 2011, 04:37:06 PM
Has anyone tried EO's in soy wax candles, and if so did you get a good result? So far I have only used FO's but would like to give EO'S a try  ;D


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: PurplePrincess on April 07, 2011, 04:50:48 PM
I found some worked better than others but got a really off putting fuelly smell with grapefruit & eucalyptus oils. Petitgrain worked reasonably well but did fade over time. Lavender worked better when mixed with something else & I think patchouli worked fairly well but it was a long time ago & the memory is fading!  Of the ones that worked reasonably well I found it better to use them in melts, the scent throw was stronger as there wasn't a candle flame burning so much of the e.o off.

If I want an all natural candle I just leave it unfragranced now rather than use a lot of expensive essential oils that I could be using in a soap instead plus I have soooo many candle oils for fragrance so try to use some of them up.

Good luck if you do try e.o's in your soy wax.

Sally x


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: alishelly on April 07, 2011, 05:10:39 PM
Thankyou Sally, I was a bit unsure about using them and did not want to waste any, as I suppose you have to use up to 10% and that is an awful lot of essential oils I also thought the scent throw wouldn't be as good either, so on reflection I may be better sticking with FO's :buttrf:


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Hayley on April 07, 2011, 05:17:57 PM
I used some sweet orange EO and whilst is did smell nice, it did not throw the scent.  I stuck with FO, but I suppose melts would work better maybe with lav and geranium  :)


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Suzanne on April 07, 2011, 06:23:50 PM
I use EOs in soy candles. It has worked for me - so far.


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Michelle on April 07, 2011, 11:07:21 PM
Dont use 10% Eo in candles they can be pretty flammable. I use to cheat and use mix o Eo and Lavendar.
Different EOs are different re flammability its an absolute nightmare wicking.
OK in wax melts though as no direct flame.


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: alishelly on April 08, 2011, 09:12:25 AM
Dont use 10% Eo in candles they can be pretty flammable. I use to cheat and use mix o Eo and Lavendar.
Different EOs are different re flammability its an absolute nightmare wicking.
OK in wax melts though as no direct flame.
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Many thanks michelle to be honest I didn't consider the flammability issue, will defo stick to FO for the candles and make some nice melts with EO


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Michelle on April 08, 2011, 10:07:43 AM
But Suzanne says she uses them ok. so may be worth asking what ones and at what percentage.

I just found wicking was a problem and some EOs are heavier than others so you could get flare ups. So I dont risk it when Im selling. Suzanne may have found her ideal percentages.I knwo mine were pretty low so not huge fragrance throw and I use Soy


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Suzanne on April 08, 2011, 06:11:59 PM
You should only use 6-8% of EOs in candles but I tend to use only 6% as I find that is more than enough. The soy wax does throw very well.


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: alishelly on April 08, 2011, 08:49:52 PM
You should only use 6-8% of EOs in candles but I tend to use only 6% as I find that is more than enough. The soy wax does throw very well.

Thankyou Suzanne I will try some over the weekend I think just to see how I get on with them I will do as you suggest and add at 6%
Thanks :buttrf:


Title: Re: EOs in candles
Post by: Suzanne on April 08, 2011, 08:54:18 PM
No problem, just don't put them near your curtains. :mwaha: