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Fragrance handbook: Creating a Winning Candle Fragrance—from Brief to Manufacture

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No surprise, candle fragrances are the bread and butter of many midsized fragrance houses, and many considerations need to be taken into account to create a winning submission. In my career, I have encountered many fragrance briefs for candles, which, to say the least, present the perfumer with many challenges. Some typical customer comments:

  • Example 1: “We love that new duplication you made of DKNY Red Delicious. Can you make it for a candle at $6.00 per pound?”\
  • Example 2: “I tried the sandalwood musk fragrance you sent, but I can’t smell it when I put it in the candle.”
  • Example 3: “The Herbal Essences-type fragrance I use in my shampoo bleeds out when I try it in a candle.”

Indeed, most of the important issues that come up when creating candles can be summed up with three “C’s”: cost, compatibility and cold throw.


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