How Much Oil Scent Should I Put in My Candle Wax?

By Danielle Hansen
Lavender is an extremely common variety of fragrance oil.

For Stronger Scented Candles

Commercially sold candles often contain high amounts of fragrance oil.

The most commonly used ratio is 1 part fragrance oil to 16 parts melted wax, so 1 ounce of fragrance oil for every pound of solid wax is a safe bet for highly scented candles. This will produce a strong scent when the candle is burned that most people enjoy. Any more than this and you will have a candle that's too greasy and hard to set.

For a More Subtle Scent

Tea light candles are used decoratively and work well with little fragrance oil.

For a less overpowering scented candle, the amount of fragrance oil used can be cut in half, or 1 ounce of fragrance oil per 32 ounces of melted wax. Those sensitive to perfumes often prefer a subtler scent and may use even less if their personal tastes call for it.

Bottom Line

While there is certainly a limit on how much oil you can use before compromising the structure of a candle, there's no set minimum of fragrance oil required, so candle-makers should experiment until they find the perfect ratio. That being said, many prefer the stronger scent of 1 part fragrance to every 16 parts wax, making it the best choice for most.

About the Author

Danielle Hansen began writing professionally in 2006. Her work can be found on various websites, specializing in home improvement, gardening, food and craft articles. Hansen is currently studying business administration at Globe University.