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How do I weigh fragrance oil?

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A good idea when weighing fragrance oil is to use a percentage because you are guaranteed to always get the same results. Most waxes have a 12% maximum fragrance load or approximately 2 oz. per pound. A typical amount is about 6% or 1 ounce per pound. Be sure to check the product page for the wax you will be using to find out the maximum fragrance percentage that it can hold. You will see this listed under the properties section for easy reference.

To calculate your fragrance:

  • Use a candle and soap scale for weighing your fragrance oil.

  • Determine how much wax you're going to melt. Let's use 1 lb. (16 oz.) as an example. If you're going to add 6% fragrance oil, multiply 16 x 6% (or.06). You will get .96 which you can round up to 1 ounce.

  • Place a small dixie cup or glass on the scale and "tare" it so that the weight of the cup is removed. You should see 0.

  • Pour 1 ounce of fragrance oil into the cup. Fragrance oil can react to some containers, so don't let the fragrance sit in the paper cup for more than a few seconds and be sure not to use any plastic containers.

  • When the wax reaches the recommended temperature of 185*F, remove it from heat and add the fragrance. Stir gently and thoroughly.

If you're making a large batch of wax, take the entire amount and multiply it by the percent of fragrance you're adding. For example:

  • If you're making 8-8ounce candles, multiply 8x8=64 oz of wax. Then 64 x 6% (.06) =3.84. You could round that up to 4 ounces of fragrance oil for 64 ounces of wax. If you wanted to add 8% of fragrance oil, then multiply 64 x 8% (.08)=5.12 or about 5 ounces of fragrance oil.


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