How do you find the perfect fragrance?
Candle making is a hobby that is hard to put down. Being able to control the candles you create and have a tangible, usable product at the end is a fantastic feeling.
For those that have made the shift from hobby to business, creating the right fragrance not only means you've found something you like, but something you can share with your customers.
But arriving at the right fragrance isn't as simple as doing one test.
We've lost track of how many times we've re-made our candles with incremental changes in materials until we've hit the final result that we love.
Part of any hobby is understanding the materials you're working with, how they combine and working through the process until you're comfortable repeating it. You'll often find that these candles are the ones you turn to as a staple choice/product as they become the most comfortable to make.
In short - the result is consistent.
Being in the Right Mindset
Besides creating, finding a fragrance that matches the tones you are looking to achieve won't be perfect the first time you make it.
Perhaps you added too much of one oil, and the scent becomes overpowering, or maybe the result is close, but you feel like it needs a hint of something different.
Redoing candles needn't feel like a chore. It provides a method to hone your skills while simultaneously learning the inner working of combining materials. It also helps build muscle memory for when you work on future candles too.
Like any business or hobby, being in the right mindset and understanding that the perfect result won't come immediately helps keep you focused and working towards a goal.
Perfecting Your Fragrance
Fragrances don't necessarily need to be blended; for example, Lavender is lovely on its own. You'll notice in our fragrance list that we often compliment Lavender with another fragrance. That's because it just works so well with other scents!
Other fragrances like blood orange, vanilla, cedarwood and rosemary also work great as complementary scents.
When looking to blend two, consider what you want the top note to be. This is the scent that you smell first. These are usually lighter in smell, more often than not citrusy. Then factor in the middle note, which is the most prominent scent.
Creating a killer combination is unlikely to happen instantly. There are so many fragrances to choose from and so many potential varieties that it really boils down to experimenting with what you like.
Also, consider what your audience may like if you are selling the candles you create. Experimenting allows you to introduce and generate buzz around new products or reel in a new audience with discounted trial candles.
Once you start experimenting, you won't want to stop!
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