Triple Scented Candles…
we’ve seen them at least once in our life. Pay a premium amount of money because these candles are triple scented so they will be super, super, SUPER, strong…right? I mean lets face it, we’ve all been stung with buying some sort of expensive candle and been disappointed with how little ( or none at all!) the fragrance gets released into the room of choice, so by buying a “triple scented” candle this is sure to be THE strongest candle on the market? WRONG!
To the unaware customer, they are assuming that these candles contain 3 times the amount of fragrance compared to any other candles, this is just physically impossible ( and quite dangerous)
Wax (whether it be Soy, Paraffin, Bees etc) can only hold a certain amount of fragrance oil in order to bind together properly, in most cases this is 10% of fragrance oil per 100g of Wax. That means a 100g candle will have 10g max of fragrance oil. Doubling or even TRIPLING *clutches pearls* this amount of fragrance oil means that the fragrance oil will not bind with the wax and can separate. Guess what happens when a lit candle comes into contact with separated fragrance oil…
Unfortunately some inexperienced candle makers are believing this very clever marketing tactic and are adding 3 times the amount of fragrance oil in their candles and are in fact creating a very lovely smelling, fire bomb for your house.
SO WHAT DOES TRIPLE SCENTED ACTUALLY MEAN???
I’m going to use a very well known candle brand who famously label their candles as triple scented as an example (y’all know who I’m talking about)
What THEY mean by Triple Scented is that their fragrances ( say Caramel Mudslide ) contain 3 layers of fragrance notes. A top note, middle note and base note. And just so we’re clear nearly 98% of all fragrances available to literally anyone, contain top, middle and base notes so this is nothing new and revolutionary.
Let’s use OUR particular type of CARAMEL MUDSLIDE fragrance to show you what we mean by top, middle and base notes.
Top notes: Buttery, Balsamic
Middle Notes: Salted Caramel, Coconut
Base Notes: Creamy vanillla, Tonka Bean.
Using these fragrance notes creates the scent as a whole.
And as you can see, we COULD label our candles a Triple Scented, but we aren’t gonna cos we’re not total wankers.
So now YOU know what Triple Scented ACTUALLY MEANS, but does the candle maker your thinking of buying from know??
As mentioned before, some candle makers are falling for this marketing tactic and creating dangerous candles.
So if you see a candle maker going: “Buy my Triple Scented candles!” Don’t assume the worst, but shoot them an email or message and ask them to explain HOW they are triple scented. ( A reliable candle maker will be more than happy to answer any questions about how they make their candles, if they refuse or don’t give you the information your after, or in fact doesn’t even KNOW the science behind candle making, take that as a hint to mayyybee look at another seller)
“it means my candles have 3 notes of fragrance, but I only add the maximum amount in” – GOOD
“it means I have 3 layers of wax each with a different scent in them” – GOOD but may need clarification of how much fragrance oil is in each layer. “It means that while other candles have 10% fragrance oil, I add 30%”- BAD BAD BAD RUN AWAY! RUN. AWAY!
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR IN CANDLES?
Look out for the term “maximum scented” this means that the candle maker is aware of the maximum amount of fragrance oil to use in wax and is creating safe candles for you to use in your home *thumbs up*
Thanks for reading, and i hope you are now informed enough to now purchase safe candles.
I’ll GIVE YOU A CHALLANGE
Ask your candle maker (whether you’ve been buying loyally from them or are just thinking about purchasing in the future) “How much fragrance oil do you put in your candles?”
And here’s a DOUBLE challenge question;
“Do you have insurance incase I have an accident involving your candles?”
IF WE HAVE TICKLED YOUR FANCY FOR CARAMEL MUDSLIDE.
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