Fragrance Oils FAQ

Fragrance Oils FAQ



Fragrance Oil Questions

How are Natures Garden’s fragrance oils packaged?
All of Natures Garden fragrance oils are packaged in phthalate-free, recyclable, HDPE (resin code No.2) or PET plastic bottles.
Are Natures Garden fragrance oils tested on animals?
Absolutely not.  None of our fragrance oil, or other products, are tested on animals.
Are your fragrance oils made in the United States?
Yes, all of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils are made in the USA.
Do Natures Garden’s fragrance oils comply with IFRA and RIFM standards?
Our fragrances comply with the strictest global RIFM and IFRA standards. In addition, all of our perfumists are members of IFRA.
Where can I find MSDS Sheets and IFRA Certificates?
We provide MSDS sheets and IFRA certificates for each of our fragrances. Before using our fragrance oils in a specific application, please review the associated IFRA sheet. IFRA certificates show the maximum amount of fragrance that is considered safe per application.
Are Natures Garden’s fragrance oils concentrated?
Yes, all of our fragrances are 100% concentrated.  We do not dilute them.  Our fragrances are premium grade undiluted, cheap grades sold by many companies.
What are the ingredients in your fragrance oils?
The fragrance oil ingredients are protected by trade secret laws. When labeling your handcrafted products, the INCI name for fragrance oils is fragrance.
Why does the fragrance oil bottle read, do not use directly on the skin?
Since our fragrances are 100% concentrated, fragrance oils cannot be used directly on your skin.  Fragrance oils must be diluted in a product or solvent first.  So, you will need to check the IFRA certificate for each scent to determine how much you will need to dilute the fragrance oil before applying it to the skin or placing it in a bath and body product.
Can fragrance oils be used in lip balm?
No, you should never use fragrance oils in lip balm, you will need to use one of Natures Garden’s flavorings.
Why does my fragrance oil smell differently in the bottle than in my finished product?
A fragrance will not smell the same out of the bottle as it does in a finished product.  When you smell a fragrance oil in the bottle, you are smelling mostly top notes.  Once the fragrance oil is put into a product, you will be able to better smell the middle notes and base notes.
What is the shelf life of a fragrance oil?
The shelf-life for fragrance ranges from 6 months to 1 year.  This is providing it is properly stored.  So, to ensure the longest fragrance shelf-life of your fragrance oils, store the fragrances in opaque bottles in a cool, dry atmosphere away from sunlight.
Why does my citrus fragrance oil have a fuel smell in my homemade candle?
Citrus fragrance oils can have a fuel-like smell when burning.  We suggest pouring your citrus scented homemade candles at the lowest possible temperature.  You can also add a small amount of a vanilla scent to these fragrance oils to avoid the fuel smell.
Why is my fragrance oil turning my bath and body products brown?
Fragrance oils for body products can cause discoloration.  You will need to test each new fragrance oil in your finished product.  Often times, it is caused by the vanillin content of the fragrance oil.  Although, it can be caused by other ingredients in the fragrance oil.  You can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to lessen the discoloration.  However, it should be noted, Vanilla White will only help with discoloration caused by vanillin, it will not help with discoloration from any other fragrance oil ingredient.
Are your fragrance oils sold by weight or volume?
Our fragrance oils are sold by fluid ounces unless otherwise noted in the description of the fragrance oil. 

Why are my testing results different from the results you have listed in your fragrance oil description?
We always recommend doing your own product testing.  There are many factors that can affect testing results.  Some examples are temperatures the ingredients are mixed, the ingredients themselves, and even the climate in your area just to name a few. The testing notes on the Natures Garden website should never take the place of your own personal testing. Always test fragrance in all applications. We do not take responsibility for our test results differing from your test results. Natures Garden is not responsible for any finished products made with our raw ingredients.
Why did my body product thin out as soon as I added fragrance oil?
Some fragrance oils may thin bath products. If this occurs, we suggest that you use Xanthum Gum Thickener or another cosmetic thickener to thicken your product.

Can I return or exchange my fragrance oils?
No, due to sanitary reasons, we do not accept exchanges or returns on our fragrance oils.  All Fragrance sales are final. We suggest that you test sample sizes before ordering larger quantities of new fragrances.

Are your fragrance oils phthalate-free?
Out of our over 800 fragrance oils, there are very few that are not.  In the description of each fragrance oil, it will give you this information.  In the description, located in the “Important Fragrance Specifics” chart, you will find this information.

What is the best way to store fragrance oils?
Fragrance oil is best stored in a cool, dry place.  Fragrance oil should be stored in glass bottles, HDPE (resin code No.2), or PET plastic bottles. 

Can I use fragrance oils in an oil burner?
Yes, Natures Garden’s fragrance oils can be used in an oil burner.  However, since the fragrance oils are 100% concentrated, you will need to dilute the fragrance oil first.  You can mix it with a carrier oil or DPG.  This will thin the fragrance oil out and prevent smoking in your oil warmer.  In most cases, a 50/50 mix of fragrance oil and carrier oil will work.  However, some fragrances may require more others may be okay less.
Can fragrance oils be used to make incense sticks?
Yes, they can!  The fragrance will need to be diluted first though.  We actually offer a step by step incense making tutorial.  Click here to learn how to make your own incense.
Do you offer descriptions of what the fragrance oils smell like?
Yes, you can find the description of the fragrance oils in the description of that fragrance oil.
What is a flash point?
A flash point is the possible lowest temperature that will inflame the vapors of a liquid when introduced to a source of ignition. Flashpoints are available for every fragrance and essential oil that Natures Garden carries. They are located website under the fragrance oil’s description and SDS for each fragrance oil.  Fixed oils also have a flashpoint.
Where can I find more information about your fragrance oils?
You can find information about the fragrance oils in their description.  In the description, you will find the notes of the fragrance oil, usage rates, testing results, color recommendations, MSDS, IFRA Certificates and much more!
Do you offer samples of your fragrance oils?
We send aroma buds, which are scented flowers, with each order.  In addition, we offer one ounce sample size bottles that you can purchase.  If you purchase 10 or of the one ounce bottles, you will save 50 cents on each bottle.
Are your fragrance oils all natural?
Our essential oils are 100% pure and natural fragrance oils.  However, fragrance oils can be a combination of essential oils and synthetic ingredients.
Are your fragrance oils suitable for soap making?
Yes, our fragrance oils can be used for soap making.  In fact, you can view our soap testing results in the description of each.  We do, however, have a handful of scents that are not body safe.  So, you always want to check the description to be sure of the usage rate for the soaping fragrance oil.  We also offer videos showing you how each scent performs.  In these videos, we also will give you our recipe and discoloration results.

How much fragrance oil should I use to scent homemade soaps?
The amount of fragrance oil that you use in your homemade soap will vary dependent on the fragrance oil itself.  In the description of the fragrance oil itself, you will find our maximum recommended usage rate for the fragrance oil.  You will also find the IFRA certificate for the scent on our website.
How much fragrance oil can I add candles?
The amount of fragrance oils that you use in your candles will depend on the candle wax itself as well as the fragrance oil.  However, in most cases, you can use about 10% maximum. 
Are Natures Garden’s fragrance oils gel wax compatible?
Some of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils will be gel wax compatible.  In the description of each scent, you will find our testing results.  However, we recommend testing each fragrance oil for compatibility as well.  There are times when IFRA mandates changes that can affect gel wax compatibility.
How do I test fragrance oils for gel wax compatibility?
The flash point needs to be at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit. The fragrance oils also need to mix with the wax and need to be tested for solubility. In order to test for solubility, mix 1 part fragrance to 3 parts mineral oil. Then, shake it and allow to set for a few minutes. Once it has set, look to see if the fragrance oil mixes completely with the mineral oil. Now take 3 parts fragrance oil to 1 part mineral oil. Once again, shake and allow the mixture to set a couple of minutes. Again, check to see if the fragrance oil has completely mixed with the mineral oil. If you notice separation or cloudiness, the fragrance is not good to use in gel wax candles.
What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?
Natures Garden’s essential oils are pure and natural oils.  In most cases, they can be used in candle making, soap making, and cosmetic making.  Fragrance oils can be used in the same products, on the other hand though, may not be completely natural.  While they may contain essential oils, they may also contain synthetic ingredients.
Where can I find pricing information for your fragrance oils?
Pricing will vary from fragrance oil to fragrance oil.  However, the price of the scented oil will be listed in the description of the fragrance oil.
What are fragrance oil notes?
Fragrance oil notes are the aromas that make up the scent.  In most cases, fragrance oils are comprised of top notes, middle notes, and base notes.  Top notes will be the very first to hit the air.  They are followed by middle notes which are the heart of the fragrance.  Finally, you have the base notes.  The base notes are used to anchor the scent.  This means they are the part of the aroma that lingers and will be the last part of the scented oil that you will smell.  Out of the bottle, you will get the top notes.  It is once a fragrance oil is in the product that all of these notes truly come together.
Do you have MSDS information available for your fragrance oils?
Yes, the MSDS can be found in the description of the fragrance oils.  To the right of the description, you will see a blue link that is labeled, “Fragrance Oil MSDS”.  If you click on that link, it will take you to a pdf format of the MSDS.  Then, you will be able to download them or print them.
What does "type" mean when it appears by a fragrance name?
When a fragrance oil has “type” next to it, it is likely that it is a duplication of a designer fragrance oil, or our version of a scent.  Our Designer Duplication Chart can be found here.  This chart will give you the name of our scent and the popular brand that it smells similar to.
How much fragrance oil should I add to melted wax?
The amount of fragrance oil a wax will absorb will depend not only on the fragrance oil but also the wax itself.  In most cases, our waxes will hold about 10% fragrance oil when making candles.  However, if you are using a wax that is not ours, you will need to check with the manufacturer to be sure.  That being said, when making wax melts, there is not a flame.  For that reason, you should be able to go up to 12% fragrance oil when making wax tarts.
How do I calculate the amount of fragrance oil I need?
First, you need to determine how much fragrance oil you plan to use.  For this example, I will use 10%.  So, you need to weigh out your candle wax.  The equation to determine the amount of fragrance oil you should use is simply the weight of your candle wax multiplied by the percentage of fragrance oil you will be using.
For the below example, we will use 18 ounces of candle wax by weight.  So, to determine the amount you will need just put your weight in place of the 18 and the percentage of fragrance oil in place of the 10% and do the math.
18 x 10%=1.8
This means that in this case, you will use 1.8 ounces of fragrance oil.  Since my 18 was in ounces, so is my 1.8.  If you were to weigh your wax in grams, your result would be in grams.
How do I blend my own fragrance oil?
When mixing fragrance oils, I typically start by mixing equal parts.  Then, once I sniff the scent, I add more of whichever scent I wish to smell more of.  As far as mixing ideas, you can get some of our suggestions by clicking here.
Can you use soap fragrance oil in candles?
Yes, you can use the same fragrance oils in candles that you use in your soap.  Although, there are a few exceptions.  So, we recommend checking the recommended usage chart for our maximum fragrance oil recommendation in each application.
What are different ways to use fragrance oils?
Fragrance oils can be used in a variety of applications.  You can use them in handcrafted soap, homemade candles, handmade cosmetics.  In addition, you can use it in a variety of fragrance fun recipes like scented shoes or scented markers.  The sky is the limit!

How can I make my fragrance oil last longer on my skin?
Often, fragrance oils are added to oil bases, as opposed to alcohol bases, they tend to be stronger on your skin.  This is because dry skin does not as easily absorb the fragrance.  So, if you are using an alcohol based perfume, be sure to moisturize before applying your perfume.  Also, more complex fragrance oils, when added to perfume or other body products, will linger on your skin longer.  When a fragrance oil is a single note scent, it will not have middle notes and base notes to anchor the fragrance oil.

What are water soluble fragrances?
Water soluble fragrance oils will mix with water.  Natures Garden’s fragrance oils are oil soluble, not water soluble.
What does oil based perfume mean?
An oil based perfume is mixed with oil.  In most cases, this means a carrier oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or argan oil is mixed with a fragrance oil.
Can I wear all of your fragrance oils?
Most of our fragrance oils are body safe when added to a carrier oil.  Since they are 100% concentrated, they will need to be diluted.  You can find the maximum recommended usage rate in the description of each fragrance oil.  You always want to check to be sure the fragrance oil is safe for body products on the NG Recommended Usage Chart in each scent description.
Are essential oils longer lasting than fragrance oils?
This really depends on the essential oil or fragrance oil itself.  Some essential oils will naturally be stronger than others.  In the same manner, some fragrance oils will naturally be stronger than others.  However, that being said, typically fragrance oils will last longer because, in most cases, they are more complex.  Essential oils are single note aromas.  This means they do not have middle notes and base notes to anchor them and help them.  Whereas fragrance oils have more complex notes, meaning they will linger longer.  However, there are some fragrance oils that are single note scents and essential oils can be mixed with other notes as well.
Why do fragrance oils differ in price?
Fragrance oils from Natures Garden can differ in price because of the ingredients used in the scent.  The prices are based on the costs of the raw ingredients used in that fragrance. 
How can I color fragrance oils?
You can add color to fragrance oils using liquid candle dyes.  You only want to use the candle dyes though in products that are not going on the body.  If you are wanting to color a body oil that is added to a carrier oil, you will need to use our lip tints.  These will work in body products because they are oil based colorants.  Water based colorants will not work because oil and water do not mix.
What is a carrier oil, is it the same as a fragrance oil?
A carrier oil is a natural fixed oil that does not contain fragrance.  Some examples of these oils are coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, and sweet almond oil.  These oils may have a natural aroma, but do not have scent added to them.  However, you can mix a fragrance oil with a carrier oil before adding the scent to your oil burner.
What are fragrance oils?
Fragrance Oils are scented oils made from a combination of both natural and synthetic fragrance compounds that when blended together produce differing aromatic scents.
Are essential oils safer than fragrance oils?
Not necessarily. To give you an example, if you are allergic to certain essential oil, you could have a worse reaction to the natural essential oil than you would to a fragrance oil.  This is because an essential oil is a pure essential oil from the plants.  However, fragrance oils may contain the essential oil, but will not carry as much of the essential oil. Fragrance oils also carry unnatural ingredients as well.
Why are fragrance oils so much less expensive than traditional perfumes and colognes?
Fragrance oils a concentrated oil based scents.  Colognes and perfumes may contain fragrance oils, typically, in a cologne or perfume they are added to an alcohol base.  So, when buying a cologne or perfume, you are not only paying for the packaging but other ingredients, as well as the brand.
Can all fragrances be used in soap making?
In most cases, fragrance oils can be used in soap. However, there are a few fragrance oils that are not body safe.  In the description of each fragrance oil, you will find an NG recommended usage chart.  In that area, you will find the amount of fragrance oil that is safe to use in soap.
Where can I find fragrance oil descriptions?
Fragrance oil descriptions can be found in the descriptions of each fragrance oil.  In this area, you will find the notes of the fragrance oil, the fragrance oil testing results, the fragrance oil usage rates, coloring suggestions, and much more.
Some of your fragrance oils are much more expensive than others.  Why?
Fragrance oils can vary in price dependent upon the ingredients used.  Some ingredients can be more costly, raising the prices of the ingredient.  In fact, sometimes, there may even be a shortage of an essential oil used in the fragrance oil, raising the cost.  Since essential oils are plant based, if there is a season that the crop does not do well due to Mother Nature, it will raise the price of the oil. 
Are your fragrance oils clear?
Not all fragrance oils will be clear.  In fact, fragrance oils can vary in color from batch to batch depending on the raw ingredients used in the fragrance oils.
Do fragrance oils contain preservatives?
No, a fragrance oil does not require a preservative therefore, they do not contain preservatives.  Since fragrance oils do not contain water, bacteria cannot grow in them.  Bacteria requires the presence of water in order to grow. 
What does INCI mean?
INCI stands for: International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient. When need to have an INCI listing. Fragrance oils are proprietary therefore and simply need to be listed as “Fragrance Oil” on your label.
Can any fragrance oils be used in any application?
Fragrance oils can be used in a variety of products.  You can create candles, soaps, cosmetics, and more.  However, each scent is different. Some fragrance oils can be used in bath and body products, but some may not be body safe.  So, you will need to check the fragrance description of each fragrance oil or the IFRA Certificate of the fragrance oil to determine which products each scent can be used in.
Why do some fragrances discolor in handmade cosmetic recipes and soap making recipes?
Fragrance oils can discolor, most often, due to a vanillin content.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients fragrance oil manufacturers use that can cause discoloration in bath and body products.  For this reason, we recommend testing each new fragrance oil in your body products for discoloration.
Can your fragrances be used in reed diffusers?
Yes, fragrance oils can be used in reed diffusers by mixing it with reed diffuser base.  You will need to test each fragrance oil.  Basically, the fragrance oils need to be thinned out enough to travel up the capillaries of the reeds.  Since some fragrance oils are thicker and others are thinner, the ratios can vary.  Some scents that are thicker, like vanillas, for example, may require more reed diffuser base.  So, I would suggest testing a mixture of 4 parts reed diffuser base to 1 part fragrance oil.  On the other hand, citrus scents tend to be thinner and may only require 1 part reed diffuser base to 4 parts fragrance oil.  Then, of course, you will have some that are somewhere in the middle, requiring a 50/50 mix of reed base to fragrance oil.
Can you use fragrance oils to scent a craft string bracelet? 
Yes, whenever a fragrance comes into contact with the skin, you will need to follow the specific IFRA Guidelines for the fragrance, using category #4.  You will want to dilute the fragrance oil with DPG or a carrier oil to cut the fragrance before putting it on the bracelet.
What is meant by double and triple scenting a candle?
So, typically, homemade candles are scented with anywhere from one-half ounce to one and a half ounces of fragrance oil.  A double scented candle is a candle with one ounce of fragrance oil per pound.  A triple scented candle is a candle that uses one and a half ounces of fragrance oil per pound of candle wax.
Why do some of your fragrances smell different in my finished products than in the bottle?
When you smell a fragrance oil out of the bottle, the top notes are very strong.  However, once it is placed in the product, all of the notes will come together.  It is then, that you can get the true and complete aroma.
Do I need to dilute the fragrances?
Yes, you will need to dilute the fragrance oils, in most cases, in your product.  The amount of fragrance oil you can use will depend on the product you are making, as well as the scent you are using.  In the fragrance oil description, refer to the “NG Recommended Usage Chart” for the amount that can be used for each type of product.
Can I change the name of the fragrance when I label my finished candle?
Yes, you can change the name of the fragrance oil in any of your finished products.  In fact, if you are planning to resell the fragrance oil, we require you to repackage and rename the fragrance oil.
Can I put fragrance oils in lip balm?
No, you cannot put fragrance oils in lip balm.  When creating lip balm, you should use flavorings.  The ingredients contained in flavorings are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA.    
What is the shelf life of an essential oil?
The shelf life of an essential oil, when properly stored, is usually 24 months.  However, it can vary from oil to oil.  So, you should check the description of the essential oil to be sure of the shelf life.
Should I weigh or measure my fragrance oil? 
We recommend weighing the fragrance oils instead of measuring them by volume.  We make this recommendation when measuring all ingredients including candle making supplies, soap making supplies, and cosmetic making supplies.
Does the color of the fragrance oil affect the color of my soap, candles, and cosmetics?

Some fragrances have ingredients that have a color which will discolor your product. It is important to work with a dye color that will incorporate the fragrance oil’s natural color.
How do I mix my own fragrance oils?
When mixing fragrance oils, you want to choose notes that blend well together.  Below, is a list of fragrance notes that I have found work well together.  While there are many fragrance oil mixing options, below are simply my favorite.
Musk and Floral
Oriental and Fruity
Oriental and Gourmand
Citrus and Woody
Fruity and Floral
Floral and Oriental
Can I use fragrance oils for skin?
Yes, fragrance oils can be used in body products.  However, they will need to be used in a placed into a product and cannot be used directly on the skin right out of the bottle.  The fragrance oil description will give you information on how much fragrance oil can be used in soap, lotion, and more.  You will need to look at the NG Recommended Usage Chart in the fragrance oil description.
Can I use fragrance oils for candles?
Yes, you can use fragrance oils for candles.  However, you will need to check the NG Recommended Usage Chart in the description of the of fragrance oil itself.  You also want to check with your wax manufacturer to see how much fragrance oil the candle wax will hold.

Can I use fragrance oils for soap?
Yes, most fragrance oils can be used in soap making.  However, you want to check the description of the fragrance oil to find the recommended usage rates.  You can also check the IFRA Certificate, found to the right of the description.
Can I request a particular fragrance oil?
You are welcome to suggest fragrance oils.  We are always looking for suggestions when adding fragrance oils.  However, we do not create custom fragrance oils or exclusive fragrance oils.  When we add a fragrance oil to our line of scents, we will offer them to all of our customers.
Is it okay to change the name of the fragrance oil I purchased? 
Yes, you can change the name of the finished products.  If you are reselling the fragrance oil, you will need to rename and the fragrance oil and repackage them.
Do you have essential oil scent descriptions?
Yes, you will find a description of the essential oil’s scent in the description of each of the pure essential oils.  You will find this information in the “Appearance and Odor” area.
What are your most popular candle fragrance oils?
Our most popular candle fragrance oils can be found by clicking here.  These fragrance oils are our best-selling scents with candle makers.
What are your most popular soap fragrance oils?
Our most popular soap scents can be found by clicking here.  These are our best-selling scents for cold process soapers due to their performance.  However, they are equally popular with those that make melt and pour soap.
Can I mix fragrance oil with DPG?
Yes, fragrance oils can be mixed with DPG to be added to an oil burner.  In addition, DPG can be mixed with fragrance oil, using proper amounts, to create a perfume oil.
Do you offer discounts on bulk fragrance oils?
We offer discounts on our wholesale fragrance oils.  Discounts are listed on the website and vary from fragrance oil to fragrance oil.  However, we offer the fragrances in 1 ounce, 4-ounce, 8-ounce, and 16-ounce bottles.  In addition, we offer five-pound, ten-pound, and twenty-five pound quantities.  The prices and bulk fragrance oil discounts will be listed on the website.
Can fragrance oils be used in liquid paraffin?

You can use our fragrance oils in liquid paraffin wax, but do not know how much
Do your fragrance oils contain glycerin?
No, Natures Garden’s fragrance oils do not contain glycerin.
What is the pH level of your fragrance oils?
Although it is not standard for our perfumists to test the specific pH of fragrance oils, our perfumists know from experience that on average, the pH of a fragrance is 5.25 with a very small range of 5.0-5.5.
Are Natures Garden fragrance oils oil soluble?
Yes, our fragrances are oil soluble.
Are Natures Garden fragrance oils water soluble?
No, our fragrance oils will not mix with water.