10 Best Candle Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are manufactured scents that give a great smell to some of our favorite candles. Although they are artificial, they emulate natural aromas and are used as they are much stronger. They are used most commonly in soaps, make-up, perfumes, and of course candles.

This list will definitely be subjective, as everyone will have their own opinion on what are the best smelling. Therefore, the list doesn't rank these sense in any type of order, as the saying goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Here's some background information first about these powerful oils

Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils - Understanding the Difference

Before I jump into this Top 10 list, I want briefly to explain the differences between these two oils. Many people get these confused, but the differences are easy to describe. As I briefly touched on in the introduction, fragrance oils are artificial, while essential oils are natural. Examples of essential oils include rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and much more. They are not only used for their beautiful fragrances, but also for medical benefits.

The point of fragrance oils is to imitate these essential ones. So, you may be asking why not to just use the essential ones, as they are more natural and therefore take no work to create. They are pure distillations of flowers, herbs, roots, or resins, what could get better than that, right? However, there some negatives to these oils

The first, and to many most important, is that they can be quite expensive and harder to come by. If you are mass producing candles, you will want to take the cheaper route so you can sell them for a profit. Another major drawback of these natural fragrances is that the quality depends on the crop; no two plants will have the exact same potency, so you will have some inconsistencies.

Looking at those disadvantages, and you can see why fragrance oils are manufactured. Most people can't tell the difference between them and their natural counterparts, they are much cheaper to manufacture, the smell will always be consistent, and they are much stronger in smell. These reasons are why fragrance oils are so popular today for use in almost anything scented, especially candles.

Although fragrance oils originally started out as completely natural smells, now they have begun to transform into creating entirely new smells. They are still are derived from natural products, but instead have several smells blended into one that creates a unique, incredible new smell. The best part about this is that there are almost limitless amounts of possibilities for creating these. It also is really an art, as it shows how skilled some of these candle makers can be.

So, now that you have some basic knowledge about these types of oils, continue to read for the list of the 10 best of these oils for candles.

The 10 Best 

Now, you have to smell these scents yourself to really get a feel for them, but I will do my best to explain them. I've included a wide variety of oils that cover different types of scents, from fruit based to pine needles.

In the list, I also included the flashpoint in Fahrenheit of each oil. The flashpoint is the temperature where it will combust if exposed to a flame, so keep that in mind while reading this list.

Love Spell

Love Spell has been a popular fragrance oil for about a decade, and for a good reason. You will find many variations of this scent, so I will go into the most common. This is a fresh oil with a combination of many fruits. It strongest smell comes from grapefruit, clementines, and strawberries. It also includes hints of peach, black currant, and rose petals. It is non-GMO, soy, alcohol, and gluten free. It can be used in candles or anything with non-contact to skin, up to 100%. Its flashpoint is 175 °F.

Very Vanilla

Vanilla has been a popular scent in candles for nearly as long as scented candles have existed. It's a popular natural scent that almost everyone finds pleasing. This fragrance builds off of this popularity, as it is almost entirely vanilla. What makes it a fragrance oil is that a small hint of cream is added to give the blend a unique twist while still maintaining the ever so popular vanilla.

Clean Cotton

You may not think of cotton as having a beautiful smell, but this oil gives a sort of nostalgic smell to it of fresh clothes right out of the laundry. It smells heavily of dryer sheets but also has a very natural feel to it. A unique part of this is that it is blended with some fragrance and essential oils at the same time. The oils used are lemon, lime, green apple, clean ozone, violet, cedar, jasmine, lavender, and lily. Its flashpoint is 210 °F.

Aspen Winter

If you grew up with a snowy winter time and the smell of pine trees all around you, this fragrance will definitely bring back memories. It is a festive combination of bay leaf, fresh pine, red cinnamon and with some hints of various holiday fruits. This is perfect holiday or winter oil, and guests to your home may mention how pristine and how much it smells like nature. It has a flashpoint of 200 °F.

Apple Cinnamon

The title is pretty self-explanatory about what is included in this oil; delicious red mac apples and swirls of cinnamon added throughout give this a sensuous, clean, and strong aroma. It will remind you of a fresh, warm apple pie just set out to cool. There are a lot of very popular apple based fragrances, but in my opinion, this is one of the most relaxing and crisp. It also has a flashpoint of 200 degrees and is perfectly designed for household candles.

Balance and Grow

Designed specifically to use during a yoga or meditation routine, this amazing creation will keep you balanced and focused. It has a perfect blend of honey, various citrus blends, and infused with lavender and Echinacea blooms. Also lightly added are small amounts of vanilla and honeycomb. With a 175 degree flashpoint, this fragrance will calm you and make you much more relaxed.

Peach Nectar

This fruity aroma is great for the summer time and will give you energy and uplift your mood. The scent of delicious fresh peach dominates the fragrance, and it is also blended perfectly with a hint of various tropical fruits. Having a flashpoint of 212 degrees, this scent would be perfect for a household candle used to freshen up the air. 

Citron and Mandarin

This oil combines some of the brightest and best summer time fruits. Orange and grapefruit dominate the smell, giving it a beautifully crafted citrus smell. Add a hint of lemon, and this gives it a well-balanced fragrance that is great for anywhere you'll use a candle.

This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including grapefruit, orange, and lemon oil. A low flashpoint of 147 °F means you should be aware not to let the candle become too hot.

Coconut Lime

Burn a candle with this aroma, and you may start to feel like you are laying on a beach somewhere. It is a bright summer scent that can give you great confidence and a mood boost. Besides just the coconut and lime, other natural oils that are included are lime and orange. Flashpoint: 200 °F.

Hazelnut Coffee

For those cold or rainy days trapped inside, this is a perfect scent. The coffee gives you a warm feeling, as that is what people naturally associate coffee with. It also can give you a sense of increased motivation. The hazelnut compliments and counterbalances the coffee very well, giving a sweeter, lighter feel to it. Add to it a hint of cinnamon and cream and you are talking about a delicious mocha wrapped into a candle. As well, it does have a fairly light flashpoint, sitting at about 152 degrees.

What We Use Here at Chicago Candle Factory

So know that I have included a list of all the best available, you may be asking what we use here. Here's what the owner of the shop has to say about the fragrance oils used in the shop.

I would like to tell you a bit about the fragrance oils I use and what I tell our customers.

I tell the customers there are no chemicals or phthalates and that is true. I only select fragrance oils that meet my criteria.  The fragrance oils I choose can all be made to use lotions or soaps as well.  This means they are safe to touch the skin.  In the over 7000 candles that have gone out, I have never had a single complaint about irritation.  This means a lot to me.

I only bring this up because the tone of the article doesn't touch on the cleanliness of them.  It makes them sound like a cheap alternative to essential oils.  What I say is that they are "built on essential oils" to dilute the oil, but it is done without chemicals or phthalates.  This brings the cost down while maintaining the standards and quality of the rest of the product.

- Jared Wisbrod


Above are some great fragrance oils that are perfect for using in candles. As you can tell, there is a lot that can go into making these fragrances, as many use many combinations of different already created oils. The great thing about creating these is that there are infinite combinations, as the amount used of each oil can greatly alter the smell.

Make sure you stay up-to-date on our blog, as we will be providing news about the shop, new products, and informative articles such as this one that will educate you more on the art of candlemaking. Hopefully, it will make you appreciate it more, and you will learn some interesting information you would have never thought of before.

As I only created a Top 10 and there are thousands out there, I'm sure I missed some of your favorites. If that is true, leave a comment below, telling us which are your favorites and why.

Dustin Holta
Dustin Holta


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