Candlemaking - Fragrance Oil Measurements...

Every supplier will provide a starting point of how much FO you can use in your candles. The amount needed to create a strong candle will depend on a few factors such as:

  • Quality of the FO
  • Amount of FO your wax will hold
  • Type of wax used (type of candle)
  • Using the correct wicks (to push the scent out and burn properly)

Always weigh your FO's because each FO will vary in weight so you cannot use volume as a measurement and expect to get accurate results. I like to use percentages when weighing my FO's because I can get consistent results no matter what size candle I am creating. For example if I know I will need 16 oz. of wax (this amount fits my 4" diameter apothecary jars if using the 6% FO load), then I will take 16 and multiply that by my percentage of 6% (.06) which means I will add 1 oz. (.96 rounded up) of FO for that candle (or per pound). Your total 16 oz. candle will weigh in at 16.96 oz. as the 16 oz. just references the size of the jar.

For larger candle batches the easiest way to figure out the amount of FO needed is to take your entire batch of wax and multiply that by your percentage. For example if you are creating four 16 oz. candles (with 16 oz. of wax in each jar), you will take 64 oz. of wax and multiply that by 6% to come up with 3.84 oz. of FO that you will need.

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