Candle scentThe vast majority of candles you can buy nowadays are scented, which makes them even more enjoyable.
When you light a scented candle, its perfume slowly spreads around, subtly changing the atmosphere of the room and the mood of the people who are there...
This is so true that you can now purchase a whole range of aromatherapy candles, whose scent can influence our health and/or our mood.
For example, for relaxation: tangerine and lavender; as a stimulant: mango, cedarwood and cloves; energizer: Ylang ylang and patchouli; respiration and tranquility: lavender, sandalwood and sage.
The list is very long (you can find a more complete list here) and the combinations are endless!
But besides these aromatherapeutic considerations, it is so enjoyable to add a subtle scent to the beauty of a candle flame! So do not deprive yourself of this simple pleasure: adding scent to your candles is relatively simple and not that expensive.
To add scent to your creations, you will most probably use fragrance oils, often called FOs for the convenience.
These oils are synthetic, which means that their fragrance is obtained chemically and not from natural elements. For instance, the sage-lemon fragrance oil does not actually contains any extracts of sage or lemon but the scent is nevertheless a perfect imitation.
This has multiple advantages:
Of course, such a "natural equivalent" may exist. It is called an Essential Oil (EO in short).
Most (genuine and quality) Essential Oils are painfully expensive because a large quantity of primary product is needed to obtain a rather small volume of essential oil (to give you an idea, to produce 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of violet essential oil, 1400 kilos (3080 pounds) of fresh flowers are necessary!)
So as far as candlemaking is concerned, your wallet will probably be better of if you decide to use fragrance (or synthetic) oils...