While B&T puts emphasis on Natural Beauty & Wellness this does not always translate to All-Natural. We want to use and encourage you as a consumer to make decisions about what you buy based upon the 3 R’s-Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. But also which products better serve the environment, in doing so we leave a smaller footprint. So just because something is All-Natural does not mean it is safe or eco-friendly. Let’s discuss Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils in candle making.
Not all candles are created equal so if you are seeking out the best candles to use do your research.
Fragrance oils & Essential oils are not the same and you should stay informed on what you are using, whether you are a maker or a consumer. Even though fragrance oils have been mostly criticized for not being “natural” some are made with natural & synthetic compounds such as essential oils.
Fragrance oils are also thoroughly tested and scientifically proven to be safe for use not just in candles but also in topical Bath and Body products like soaps and lotions(though we will discuss this in another blog post). In some instances, fragrance oils are even safer to use in candles than essential oils!
Here we will walk you through what fragrance oils are, and why good quality fragrance oils are not toxic and how they compare to essential oils when it comes to candles and the environment.
What are fragrance oils?
Fragrance oils are synthetic oils developed for their scent to use in candles and body products. Safety of fragrance oils is governed by two scientific bodies, the RIFM which stands for Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, and then IFRA which is the International Fragrance Association. There is a process for determining if an oil is safe. It involves each individual ingredient being tested by the RIFM with their findings being published in a peer-reviewed journal. Then from there, the IFRA takes this data publishes it and makes their recommendations with usage guidelines. Guidelines will include whether or not the oil is safe to use in Bath and Body products, as well as in candles or diffusers.
Having said that, even though I believe quality fragrance oils to be safe for use in candles they may not always be safe for Bath and Body products.
What are the essential oils?
You have probably heard a lot about essential oils and the power of essential oils. And it’s true that they have been used for thousands of years to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual well being. Now fast-forward to today with so many promoters of the benefits of essential oils there is a risk of over-use (to be continued in another blog post, hence I digress).
Uses for essential oils include diffusers, applications and in candles. However, if you’re trying to find a candle made exclusively with essential oils, your options are going to be severely limited as well as very expensive.
Essential Oils all by themselves are not the answer to the kind of candles consumers want or can afford to have. These oils are all-natural because they are extracted directly from the plant. That does not mean they’re automatically good for you as with any natural product. Just because it is natural does not mean it is always good for you or sustainable for the earth. It’s important to remember that they too, are chemical compounds and need to be treated with care and respect. Tea tree oil is a good example it is treated as hazardous waste if there is a spill.
Mindy Green, an aromatherapist and founder of Green Scentsations as well as Author of “ Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art “. Says it often takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil. It takes around 50 pounds of eucalyptus to create a pound of essential oil, and 250 pounds of lavender for one pound of lavender oil and a whopping 10,000 pounds of roses for one pound of rose oil. That is a lot!!
So making Candles with pure essential oils has a few problems!
#1 No one could afford them
And if they could afford them, you have to wonder what kind of essential oils are being used or the degree of their true value as essential oils can be very expensive to use in candles. With a 25-milliliter jar of rose essential oil, costing around 200 to $250 USD with 22 pounds of rose petals used to make that jar.
Then the amount of oil you would need to put into the candle to achieve any kind of scent would be ridiculous.
#2 Essential oils don’t always act well with heat
So as I’ve said before, and if you have heard me speak on this subject before you’ve probably heard me say it,” burning essential oils is just plain stupidity”. It’d be like burning money basically. Even if you had the money to make a rose essential oil candle, not all essential oils can survive the heat of a burning candle. While the candle may have a good cold throw, which means how it smells when it’s not lit. The oil can actually burn right up as soon as you light it and you won’t even smell all that expensive essential oil, essential oils also evaporate quickly. On the flip side, essential oils also have a really low Flashpoint which means if there’s a high concentration of essential oil in the candle there is a possibility it will combust.
#3 It’s not sustainable
In a world where have hunger, dirty water the idea of taking up so much land and water to grow and harvest 10,000 pounds of roses for a mere one pound of rose oil is not exactly eco-friendly, not to mention on the flip-side the rain forests that are being cut down for oils such as sandalwood essential oil.
This is where a fragrance oil infused with smaller amounts of essential oils is much more sustainable than purely using essential oils. So the bottom line is when it comes to scented candles, is that essential oils are great but not cost-effective, nor sustainable in large quantities, and they also are not regulated. fragrance oils which are approved and regulated by a scientific community are more budget-friendly, eco-friendly, safer, cruelty-free and sustainable which equates to greener than using essential oils!
Beets & Tansy candle designs use only phthalate-free fragrance oils infused with essential oils. We believe that they will offer the best and the safest, eco-friendly candle burning experience.
This is Why B&T uses Fragrance Oils Vs. Essential Oils in their Candles.