Updated: May 10
When it comes to buying, gifting, or making candles the most important factor is typically choosing the best candle scents. How often have you raised a candle to your nose to smell the scent?
While you can go about sniffing unlit candles until you’ve overloaded your olfactory system, there is a better way. You see, choosing a scented candle is similar to choosing a personal fragrance such as perfume, body spray, or cologne.
Step 1: Consider Your Space
The first to consider when choosing a candle scent is where you plan to use it. Take, for example, the size of the space you plan to use a candle in. You wouldn’t want to use a big overpowering scent in a small space such as a powder room, but in a large family room, the same scent might smell quite nice.
This can also be said for types of candle scents, a soft floral scented candle such as my homemade lavender mason jars candles can be relaxing in the bedroom, but in the kitchen, it could interfere with food aromas creating an unappealing smell.
So if you are wondering if it’s OKAY to have a different candle in every room, the answer is of course!
Step 2: Choose Your Candle Purpose
Candle Scents for Ambiance
Scented candles undoubtedly are one of the fastest ways to create ambiance. They can introduce a warm glow into any space, but it’s the candle scent that often gives the room a heightened ambiance.
So consider your purpose when choosing a candle scent for ambiance. A zingy, citrus scent is perfect for energizing a workspace. While an exotic scent such as sandalwood can be stress relieving in the bath.
Odor Neutralizing Candle Scents
Many times the purpose of a candle is to mask odors. Fresh citrus and woody candle scents are often excellent at covering up odors. Yet there’s always one aroma that stands out to me for masking any odor – coffee! The irresistible smell of roasted coffee beans is one just about any nose is drawn to. And its bold unique aroma is helpful for banishing any odor – pets, seafood, garlic, even bathroom odors are no more with a coffee scented candle. Use my tips to make a coffee mug candle or wood wick coffee candle.
Step 3: Choose Your Candle Fragrance Type
Once you’ve picked your space and purpose, the next thing to consider is the type of candle scent. As a candle maker, I’ve been asked many times over, “What is the best candle fragrance type? or “What is the best fragrance oil for candles?” There are three options when it comes to candle fragrance types and each has its own pros and cons.
Standard Fragrance Oils:
This candle fragrance type is most commonly used for scented candles. Often listed as broad terms such as perfume or fragrance to hold the trade secret of a candle maker’s scent. Standard fragrance oils give a great cold and hot scent throw. And the choices of candle scents are basically unlimited. I personally do not buy or make candles with standard fragrance oils, but the choice is yours.
Essential Oils have become incredibly popular for all kinds of things, candles included. Each is 100% natural and made from plant material – who doesn’t love that? Essential oils are loved for their therapeutic capabilities and are the most common way to experience aromatherapy. But, they are limited to a selection of scents derived from specific plants and they are the most expensive option. Nonetheless, I enjoy using essential oils to make scented beeswax candles.
Natural Fragrance Oils:
I didn’t come across natural fragrance oils until years after I began making candles. Each is composed of aromatic isolates from nature and essential oils. Quite similar to the way the French have been making perfume for centuries, extracting scents from nature – pretty cool, right! Unlike standard fragrance oils, these are phthalate and paraben-free.
Step 4: Choose Your Best Candle Scents Category
Now onto the part, you’ve been waiting for – choosing your best candle scents!! All scents can be broken into scent category types. What are the different types of scents? Fresh, Woody, Floral, and Exotic are the four main scent categories that match up with our four primary olfactory groups. Each group has a distinct list of characteristics that I share below.
Interestingly, everyone tends to have a scent category that they gravitate too over all other scents. This scent category more often than not reminds someone of a certain time in their life or evokes their sense of style almost perfectly.
These scent categories are a great way to uncover what the best candle scents for you are. Then you can look for candles that fall under that category. While some companies do sell their candles in scent categories, others that do not can be easily revealed by reading the descriptions of the fragrance. And if you’re making candles you’ll know what oils to look for.
So which are the best candle scents for you?
If you’ve gone through each step, you’ve likely gained a good grasp on what candle fragrances you gravitate to most. But, if you’re still unclear, Melanges Apaisants has a wide range of candle scents! Head on to our shop today!