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May 13, 2010
Can anyone tell me if it is okay to use the peppermint oil I make candy with to make candles? Or do I need to stick with candle scent only? Also, the candle scent you buy in the stores doesn't seem very strong to me and I like candles with lots of aroma. Can someone suggest an alternative or tell me how much to use? I am new here and am really enjoying myself reading this whole website. Would really appreciate any advice. Thank You, Angela
Welcome! This is a great place to be! I am not sure about the peppermint oil, I have peppermint essential oil, which can be used when I make lip balm, I don't see why you could not use this for your candles. I recently bought some fragrance oil at Walmart to use for candles and it did not work very well, very little fragrance. Your best bet would be to buy some oils for candles like the Yankee fragrance oil's you put into the burners, I am sorry I am not much help, but I have used the Yankee fragrance oils for candles and they seemed to work out much better. I am also looking for way's to fragrance my candles that I don't have to order online to buy.
Welcome to the site! Will you go over to Introduce Yourself in the Welcome Forum so everyone can say HI ?
You can really add anything to candles to scent them, as long as they don't contain alcohol or water. The alcohol will evaporate when heated, and sometimes taking the scent with it. And you know water and oil don't mix up. You want it to be oil based. Many times you can find fragrance oil in stores like Walmart, they are cheap, but you will be paying for what you get….
You can use food stuffs, too -- like vanilla beans, fresh herbs, rinds from oranges & lemons, cinnamon sticks, apples. Whatever you use, you want to DRY it COMPLETELY first. Water doesn't mix with wax either! If you're using these whole, put them in a cloth bag and simmer in the wax for 30 minutes at 170F. You don't want whole items to be in the candle -- they can catch fire! -- or you could put them around the edges. If you're using crushed, you can leave them in the candle if you want, just pour them in the wax and let them simmer for a bit (maybe 10 minutes) to infuse the fragrance. Those will color the candle, too! Also there will be texture.
So, all in all, your peppermint OIL should be just fine! I checked mine and all is says is Peppermint Oil. I also checked my foodgrade oils -- Lorann -- online. They contain little or no alcohol. But for the price of these little 1 fl oz bottles, I'm sticking to buying my premium fragrance oils! I can buy an 8 oz bottle for the same price of a 1 oz bottle of this candy oil!
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