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Are fragrance oils safe?

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When used as directed, fragrance oils are perfectly safe to work with and enjoy. 

Here at CandleScience, the safety and quality of our fragrance oils is our top priority. We’ve always exceeded industry safety norms for our fragrances, but after years of diving deep into the science, we knew there was more that could be done to make fragrance oils even safer. That is why we developed our own set of safety standards for fragrance that takes the standards set by IFRA to the next level: CandleScience Clean Scents.

CandleScience Clean Scents are simply safer fragrance oils, free of carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and other concerning chemicals. These industry-leading safety standards mean that the products you make, sell, and enjoy in your home contain the safest scents on the market and are toxin-free. Learn more about Clean Scents and the work that went into developing them by checking out the article here.

It is important to note that fragrance oils without the Clean Scent designation are not unsafe or dangerous to use. While the ingredients we exclude have been flagged as potentially toxic or hazardous in large quantities or as raw materials, they do not pose a risk at the concentrations used in fragrance oil. 

Want to dive into the ingredients frequently found in a fragrance that Clean Scents exclude? Check out our exclusions list

Best practices for safe fragrance oil handling
Whenever you’re working with fragrance oils, it’s always a good idea to keep the following tips in mind.

  • Work in a well-ventilated area with plenty of fresh air flowing. Keep a window open or run the exhaust fan over your stove if working in the kitchen. 
  • Use protective equipment like eye goggles and gloves. 
  • Containers or jars used to weigh or hold fragrance oil should not be reused for food prep.
  • Clean up spills immediately, as they may cause damage to surfaces.

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