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Every DIY candlemaker wants to make the candle smell stronger, because aromatherapy is such a tremendous benefit of lighting candles regularly, and no one should miss its benefits.

If you want to make strong scented candles at home, you need to understand the mechanics of fire and wax, to understand how you can enhance the experience. We will also be discussing tips on using your candles more efficiently if you don’t find the scent throw satisfying.


Common Reasons that Why Your Candle Do Not Smell Strong

The scent throw is a critical feature of many commercial and homemade candles that people can be very disappointed if the scent throw is not strong enough. If you have recently purchased an expensive candle and can’t smell it enough in the air, there might be a problem.

Our first troubleshooting tip would be to light the candle in a smaller room. This would reduce the overall space where the off-gassing of the essential oils needs to cover. If a smaller room doesn’t improve the potency of the off-gassing of the candle, there are several possible reasons you’re not selling the fragrance oils enough.

The first potential reason is that the manufacturer did not add a sufficient quantity of the fragrance oils for the candle’s size.

The smells of scented candles should be prominent at all times, and there should also be a build-up of these smells over time, as the candle burns for hours. If you can’t get this experience, there is something wrong.

Another possible reason is that the creation of the candle is inherently flawed, and you just bought the wrong candle.

Fragrance concentration issues often result from errors in the assembly line or workshop. If the scent throw has gotten you off-kilter, it may be time to switch to another scented candle brand so you won’t reencounter the same issue. We recommend purchasing from smaller stores and candlemakers as homemade candles are made with love. The smaller candlemakers are often more honest about the number of fragrance oils and petals they put in their candles.


How to Make Strong Scented Candles at Home?

You are probably already aware of how to create candles at home. The basic process of candle making applies to a lot of candle types already. However, influencing the scent throw, or how powerful the scent is when the candle is lit.

However, the process of influencing that property of the candle requires some level of experimentation. Fragrance oils are commonly used in candles. These oils can either be synthetic or natural, depending on the manufacturing process. Many people prefer organic essential oils because they bring some therapeutic benefits when inhaled.

There are also specially formulated fragrance oils that produce a strong scent when burned. We recommend that you buy the highest grade of essential oils that you can find for the best results. In the end, two main factors influence the scent throw: the quality of the oil and its concentration.

Essential oils vary in purity. Manufacturers usually combine the primary essential oil with a carrier oil. The carrier oil has a neutral scent and does not adversely affect the smell of the essential oil.

Adjusting the scent throw of a candle takes place after melting the wax with a double boiler. Add the fragrance to the wax as it heats. Do not add any oil to the wax when the wax is at peak temperature, as the heat may negatively affect the scent of the finished product.

As the wax gently melts, use a stirrer to distribute the essential oil evenly throughout the batch of wax. This is important because if you don’t stir the essential oil gently into the batch, you will have scent throw problems. After combining the fragrance oil and the wax, take a quick whiff of the melted wax.

Is the scent throw sufficient? Are you satisfied with the fragrance level? If you are, there is no need to add more fragrance oil to the batch. However, if the scent is barely there or you are unable to catch a whiff (at all), that means you have to adjust the quantity.

Put the wax back onto the double boiler and repeat the process. Add half of the previous quantity of fragrance oil to the batch, and perform a whiff test again.

As always, make sure that you stir the fragrance evenly to make sure that all of the wax receives an even amount of fragrance oil before it hardens.

Otherwise, only parts of the candle will throw a good amount of fragrance – other levels of the candle levels will not have a good scent if they will throw any fragrance as the wax burns.


Factors That Affect a Candle’s Scent Throw

  1. Wax type – Fragrance oils have different performance levels depending on the type of wax used during candle making. Soy wax is known for being very picky with fragrance oils. No matter how much fragrance oil you add, the soy wax fails to blend with the fragrance oil properly, resulting in poor or no scent throw.
  2. Oil brand – The higher the amount of solvent in the fragrance oil, the less potent the resulting scent. It’s nearly impossible to gauge this quality by simply looking at the fragrance oil.

If one brand doesn’t produce the potency you want, switch to another brand to better. Fortunately, there are many fragrance oil brands in the market, and you can even buy from overseas if you want.

  1. Wax temperature – Adding fragrance to candles is a tricky business. The ideal temperature range is 180°-185° F (82°-85° C). If the temperature is too low, the wax may not be sufficiently viscous to blend with the fragrance oil. If the temperature is too high, the heat may burn off the fragrance oil and reduce its overall effectiveness. The fragrance oil should be able to tolerate the heat as it blends with the wax.


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