Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! You want sensational and different seasonal fragrances that set you apart from your rivals, but you just don’t know what to mix. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this short tutorial that will get you brainstorming, while giving you some beautiful, timely fragrance combinations right out of the gate. Let’s get started:
This one implements a good standard practice for beginners and advanced blenders alike. Take a gourmand base, and mix in an earthy element as the complement . Some examples of AAA gourmand bases are: French Custard, Brandied Custard, Hot Buttered Rum, and Vanilla Pound Cake. For this blend, we’re going to choose a base without carbs and start with Brandied Custard, because it has a distinct fragrance profile of European custard with a smooth brandy liquor note. When combining a gourmand and an earthy fragrance, gourmand fragrances without carbs tend to work best, but don’t worry, we’ll include carbs in another recipe. For our earthy note, we chose Marseilles Fig. If you aren’t familiar with the extraordinary scent, you’ll want to get acquainted; it works perfectly well by itself, but shines as a blending agent. Combine equal parts of each fragrance oil. We found that a 12% concentration (1 oz. per pound) in 464 soy wax produced a noteworthy throw.
Orange Jubilee Trifle
We promised we’d get to those carbs, so why wait. This type of blend incorporates a bakery scent the includes a vanilla note as our base, which works beautifully with its kissing cousin, a hybrid scented vanilla. This particular recipe begins with one of our most popular fragrances, Vanilla Pound Cake as our base, and blends it seamlessly with an equally popular Orange Vanilla as the complement. What you get here is a candle with not only a rich bakery aroma with a superior scent throw, but also with a complex aromatic fruit note as well. The carbs in our Vanilla Pound Cake successfully anchor and tame the fruity orange note, transforming it into a lovely, flat, citrus note reminiscent of zesty oils extracted from waxy orange peel. It’s an upscale bakery scent that really works! The best thing is, this one works for Autumn and Winter. Just name appropriately. Again, sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones; this one is another 50/50 blend, at 12% that has proven to throw wonderfully in 464 soy wax.
Jingle Bell Brûlée
What if you want something that really highlights citrus, but you don’t want it to dominate the blend. AAA’s Lemon fragrance is one of the most authentic and versatile lemon fragrances you’ll find, and one we’re proud of for good reason. So, we’re going to demonstrate its versatility in this simple 50/50 blend recipe. In this recipe we’re going to return to our gourmand base, this time using French Custard (sans the liquor note of our Brandied Custard), and blend it with our true Lemon fragrance as the citrus complement. We recommend 12% concentration, as it has shown remarkable throw in 464 soy wax. The result is a scrumptious fragrance with a familiar note of lemon, with an irresistible rich custard aroma to back it up. We found this combination is popular even with those that don’t like vanilla. Our French Custard works so well with other fruit fragrances, we encourage you to get creative and try embarking on a few experiments of your own using your favorite fresh fruit of fruit preserve fragrances as complements.
For those that want to try blending and don’t want to use a gourmand base, but want something elegant for the holidays, we’ve formulated a blend with universal appeal.
Partridge In A Pear Tree
Begins with a spiced fruit as the base, and juxtaposes it with our hearty, earthy, Marseilles Fig. Hopefully, you kept the Marseilles Fig within reach from our first recipe! In fact, both Figgy Pudding and Partridge In A Pear Tree are worthy additions to your holiday collection, and we recommend placing the finished candles right next to each other on the shelf. The spice in our Spiced Pear fragrance oil is present, but not overpowering, and therefore plays off the earthy notes in our Marseilles Fig. But you could experiment with other earth-centered fragrances, including AAA’s line-up of fig fragrances like Turkish Fig, or Fig Tree. The result is a fragrance that suggests warmth and holiday cheer, but could just as easily be used year round. Given that this combination is another 50/50 solution, it’s as easy to create as it is sophisticated. At 12% in 464 soy wax, you should expect a good scent throw, but be advised that the cure time on this one is about three weeks for the fragrance to bloom; a bit longer than the other recipes in our tutorial.
We hope you enjoyed learning about fragrance blending. Remember that AAA is here to assist you, so please reach out to us with any questions or comments. We may have some additional suggestions or guidance for you, and we love to hear your success stories as well! AAA wishes you and your family a safe, happy, and profitable holiday season!
Blog by Tim Triolo