10 Best Soy Candle Fragrance Oils

If you haven't noticed by now, soy wax and candles made from it is our specialty. We love this wax as we have talked about time and time again. It is one of the most environmentally safe and healthiest for you to inhale. If you are a candle enthusiast like us, you will find a lot of great info in this article. It is a top 10 list for the best fragrance oils that you can use in soy candles. Fragrance oils are what give the candle its smell, so you could say it's the most important ingredient, right along with the wax.

Now, this list will be completely subjective, as the fragrance or scent of a candle is something that everyone has their own taste for. You may not like every single aroma on this list, but I guarantee you will love a majority or at least find some good characteristics in each. Purposefully, I include smells of all different types, which only increases your chances of finding one that's perfect for you. It's a little hard to describe these scents, but I'll do my best to try and paint a picture in your mind about what these oils smell like.

We actually already have an article on our blog detailing our 10 favorite fragrance oils period. While this list may look similar, it won't be the exact same. There are some fragrances that we prefer better with our signature soy wax. So, if you are interested in making your own candles and want to know what fragrances are best to use, or if you are just interested in some of the best scents, then this article is for you.

What Are Fragrance Oils?

For those of you who aren't familiar with this candle term, it will be good for me to define and explain it since you will see it a lot in the candle world. Fragrance oils are basically what is added to candles to give them their signature aromas. They are made from naturally occurring essential oils and there is an unlimited amount of combinations out there. Many fragrance oils, especially the ones on this list, can have anywhere from a couple of essential oils, to nearly a dozen. 

Each fragrance is meticulously hand-designed by fragrance makers, as finding what essential oils to use is only half the battle. The other half is to determine what percentage to use in each. You may have the exact same oils as one product, but just changing up the percentages can make an entirely new scent.

These designers usually go into each fragrance with a theme in mind they want to capture. For example, if they want a summertime fragrance, they may consider using bright fruit aromas, or if they want a winter styled one, they may use pine needles. There are so many themes that are common among these fragrances. Here are some of the more popular ones.

  • Berry
  • Christmas
  • Citrus
  • Fall
  • Floral
  • Food
  • Outdoors
  • Spicy
  • Tropical/Fruity

Our owner Jared also points out that fragrance oils 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. 

So although they aren't quite as pure or as natural as their essential oil counterparts, they still maintain the exact same quality with a much cheaper price. Its a no brainer as to why we use fragrance oils in the candles we make here. Now that you have a little bit of background on exactly what fragrance oils are, let's get into the 10 of our favorites. 

The Top 10

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. 

Apple Cinnamon

This one is a popular among many, whether soy candle or not.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.

Fresh Linen

You may not think of linen 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.

Bahama Mama

If you want an aroma to take you to the beaches of a tropical island, then you will find this fragrance very soothing. It smells of fresh coconut, mixed with oranges, nectarines, mangos and lemon and lime blended with pineapple. This is your ultimate tropical fragrance.

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. I think that this style of fragrances are the best, as it's hard to beat the refreshing and strong smell of serene nature.

Black Tie

What does a black tie smell like you ask? Well, I'm not really sure either, but what I do know is that this oil perfectly combines the smells of  Italian bergamot, tobacco flower, lily, oakmoss, cashmere woods, patchouli, and a hint of vanilla. It's a sexy fragrance specifically designed for men, as it has a very classy and formal smell to it.

Beautiful Day

This strong flower scent should remind you of warm beautiful summer of spring days.   It is composed of sun-kissed apple, wild daisies,  pink peonies, dewy pear, and several others. If you are every in a bad mood, this oil can lighten up your mood and make you happier.

Birthday Cake

A pretty self-explanatory scent, as most people can identify as what a sweet, moist birthday cake with delicious frosting tastes like. Be aware of this scent, though, it may make your mouth water.


Outdoor scents are my favorite and this one will bring back some memories if you ever went camping. It includes hints of red berries, mandarin, damask plum, cassia bark, summer amaryllis, vanilla bean, and a touch of campfire smoke that is perfect. A very well rounded scent.

Buttered Maple Syrup

Finishing off this list is another fragrance that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. It has a great combination of sweet creamy butter blended with rich maple syrup mixed with hints of vanilla. If you love pancakes, you will love this scent!

If you want to order fragrance oils in bulk, one of the best places to look is The Candle Maker's Store, as they have thousands of fragrance oils that are easy to find and can all be purchased in large quantities.

Number 11: Your Own Scent

Ok, so I know that this was only supposed to be a top 10 list, but I couldn't help but try to inspire some inner creativeness in some of you. My point of this section is to encourage you to experiment a little bit with these fragrances if you plan to make your own candles. If you are just starting at making your own candles, I would first try to just use one of these fragrances, to get a feel for the process. Once you start to become more comfortable and familiar with it, then the fun starts and you can begin to experiment a little.

If you want a much more detailed procedure on how to make your own fragrances, I would encourage you to read our article on the subject here. 


We love soy candles, as that is the only variety we make and sell here, and all of these 10 fragrances listed above will go perfectly with them. If you want to start making candles, the hardest part can sometimes be finding the right scents. This list is a great place to start, as I am sure everyone will be able to find one they enjoy. I strategically included all of the different types of aromas, from summertime to winter, fruit to chocolate, it is all covered.

There are so many great fragrances out there that will compliment any candle, but the hardest part of this article was that I could only choose 10. Therefore, I'm giving you the power and encouragement to share with us your favorites, either if you have made candles with them yourself, or if you bought a candle with that fragrance. There are thousands of fragrance out there, and I'm sure we aren't familiar with all of them. Let us know about one, and who knows, we may even start to make our candles with it.

Dustin Holta
Dustin Holta


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