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Jun
20

How Much Fragrance Do I Add?


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How Much Fragrance Do I Add?How Much Fragrance Do I Add?

If you have ever asked yourself and been unsure how to answer the question “How much fragrance do I add to this cosmetic or candle making recipe?”, then this is the perfect craft blog for you! We at Natures Garden would like to help you learn about essential oil and fragrance oil usage rates. So, you can know exactly how to scent your own homemade candles and cosmetic recipes. Not only will we provide a bit more insight on both our recommendations and IFRA’s, but we will help you figure out how to calculate the amount of scent you need for your homemade craft recipes. So, let’s get started!

How Much Fragrance Oil Do I Add?: What is the Usage Rate Used for?

Simply, the usage rate for a scent tells you how much of a scent you can add to your homemade candle and soap recipes. The usage rate is given in the form of a percent, which tells you the percent of this aroma that can be used in your candle, soap, and cosmetic recipes. So, you would take the overall weight of your craft recipe and multiply it by the percent to determine the amount of scent that you can include.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: NG Recommended Usage Rates

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Where Do I Find the Usage Rate?How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Where Do I Find the NG Usage Rate?

For each fragrance oil we at Natures Garden have an NG Recommended Fragrance Usage chart. On the page of each fragrance oil, you can find a chart that provides you with the maximum amount of fragrance that we would suggest for various products. Once on the page for your scent, just scroll down and you will find the chart in the description.  Each fragrance oil will have its own chart.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: IFRA Usage Rates

What Is IFRA?

If you have never heard of IFRA before, they are a globally recognized organization that manages the safe use of scented oils. These guidelines are based on assessments from the Research Institute For Fragrance Material (RIFM). So, they will determine the amount of a specific scented oil that can be added to a certain product. So, the limits given by IFRA on the certificates are the absolute maximum that you can use in a product and should not be surpassed. Of course, you don’t have to add their maximum amount on every occasion. You can add less than this amount. This is the maximum scent limit that you should never go over.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Where Do You Find the IFRA?Where Do You Find the IFRA Certificate?

You can find the IFRA data sheet for each one of our scented oils. Each Natures Garden fragrance oil page has a link to its individual IFRA Certificate. If you aren’t sure where to find this information sheet, then take a look at the picture to the left. The link that you are looking for is on the right side of the page beneath the “Add To Cart” button. If you click on the blue colored link that says ” Fragrance Oil IFRA Certificate”, then you will be shown the IFRA Certificate of Compliance with all the maximum usage rates for various products with that particular fragrance oil. This data sheet will pop up in front of the current page to either be reviewed or printed out.  Note: On our mobile site, you can find this information at the end of the description, right above the videos section.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: How Do I Read an IFRA Sheet?How Do I Read an IFRA Certificate?

The IFRA sheet is broken down into eleven different categories. Each of these categories are based on different types of products.  So, you will first need to know the product that you intend to make. The products are separated into categories because they are used different ways either in room scents or on the body. Each category is listed with the maximum level of fragrance that can be added. However, if you below that list, then you will find a description for each of the categories that were listed above. You can use these category descriptions to find where product that you want to make would fit in. Once you have determined which category that you scented product falls into, scroll back up to find the usage rate for that category. This will be the maximum amount of this scent that you can add to your handcrafted recipes.

Example of Reading an IFRA Certificate

For instance, let’s say you wanted to create a face mask recipe with the Angelica Fragrance Oil. You would scroll down and look for this product in the descriptions. A facial recipe would fall under category 5, which you know this because it is in the description for this category. Then, you would need to go back and look at the amount for category 5. For this scented oil, the most that you can add to this cosmetic recipe is 6%. While you can add less than this amount, you can’t add any more than the 6% to your facial recipe.

Is There An IFRA Sheet For Essential Oils?

There sure is! For each individual essential oil you can find an IFRA Certificate in the same area of the description that you would find in the fragrance oil description.

 

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Why Is the Natures Garden Usage Rate Different From IFRA?

If you already know about the IFRA sheets, then you may have notices that the Natures Garden recommendation may occasionally be different. This is because there are two things to consider when adding fragrance oil to your homemade soap and candle recipes. First, the IFRA sheet will provide you with a maximum amount of fragrance that you can comfortably add to you various craft recipes. This amount is the most scent that you are allowed to use in a recipe before it is too much. If there is more that this amount of fragrance, it could potentially irritate the skin.

Second, we at Natures Garden have a maximum amount of fragrance that we include in products to maintain integrity of the recipe. While you may be able to add more scent to your homemade craft recipes, it is possible to add to much fragrance. If you add too much fragrance oil to your recipe, then it may leak out of the product or cause other possible issues. So, we have a set maximum that we use for various products.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Adding More or Less Than 5% Fragrance Oil

So, can you add more than our recommend scent amounts without ruining your products? Technically, yes when the IFRA allows it. But, you will need to experiment to ensure that your products maintain their integrity. Remember that just because you can do something doesn’t mean that its a great idea. We find that adding more than 5% of fragrance oil, when IFRA allow for it is just too much fragrance oil in soap. So, we will never suggest that you use more than 5% of the fragrance in our homemade soap recipes.  On the other hand, there are some fragrance oils that have lower usage rates.  Below, we will talk about both scenarios.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Can I Add Above 5% Fragrance Oil?How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Can I Add Above 5% Fragrance Oil?

While we at Natures Garden never recommend that you use above 5%, but you will sometimes find that the IFRA will permit you to use more. For some, this difference can make it confusing as to what amount to use in their products. So, let’s look at a scent where the IFRA allows more than our suggested amount. According to the data sheet, you can technically add up to 15.2% of the Alpine Snowdrift Fragrance Oil to a homemade soap recipe. However, they do not take into consideration the quality of the product. Their recommendation simply means that you have the ability to add scent up to that amount without irritating the skin.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: What If The IFRA Has No Restriction?How Much Fragrance Do I Add: What If The IFRA Has No Restriction?

Another difference between our recommendation and the data  sheet is when IFRA has no restriction for adding the scent to bath and body products. For example, the IFRA sheet says there is no restriction on the amount of McIntosh Apple Fragrance Oil that you can add to you products. However, it wouldn’t make sense to add 100% or 99% fragrance oil to your soap recipe. Think about it for a second. If you went to that extreme, you wouldn’t have a bar of soap.

 

https://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mcintosh-apple-fragrance-oilHow Much Fragrance Do I Add: Why Is The Usage Rate Below 5% for Fragrance?

Although our maximum usage rate for making soap is 5%, not all fragrances can be added at this high of an amount. If you check the IFRA sheet for this scented oil, you would find that category 9, which includes soap, and the carrot cake scent can only include up to 1%. While your homemade soap has the potential to carry more fragrance oil, you shouldn’t add any more than the 1% amount. This scent can only be included up to 1% according to the IFRA’s standards and anymore could irritate the skin. So, we provide a recommendation that is in compliance with IFRA at 1% usage rate for the carrot cake scent.

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Need More Help With Percents?

If you aren’t necessarily math inclined, then you may benefit from practicing a bit more with percents. The Percentages in Real Life article from GCF Global will walk you through a few different situations that involved using percents. These real world situations use the same method as calculating the usage rate, so this practice will definitely help with craft making. Plus, you can use this knowledge to better navigate sales tax, markdowns in retail, and calculating a tip at a restaurant. So, you will definitely want to check this page out if you need the practice!

How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Any Questions?How Much Fragrance Do I Add: Any Questions?

We hope that you have learned something new about how to add scented oils to your candle and soap recipes! If you have any more questions then feel free to reach out to us to ask your questions. You can talk to us on the phone, in the Natures Garden store, and online. An easy way to reach us online is through our social media. First, we are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on both Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social media platforms to ask us any questions that you may have, but you can share your own scented craft recipes, too! So, we hope that we hear from you sometime very soon!

Jun
16

Top 25 Essential Oils


This entry was posted in Candle Making Recipes, candle making supplies, essential oil, essential oils, free recipe, fresh scent, lavender essential oil, Natures Garden, Natures Garden Essential Oils, patchouli essential oil, peppermint essential oil, soap making recipes, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Top 25 Essential OilsTop 25 Essential Oils

This list of the Top 25 Essential Oils from Natures Garden reviews some of our favorite essential oils. Not only do we quickly run over each of their beneficial properties, but we have quite a few recipes that incorporate these essential oils wonderfully. Some recipes utilize an oil’s unique properties to enhance the quality of the product. Other recipes use the oil to scent the product to create a natural fragrance that is unique and lovely. Regardless of the reason to add essential oils, you will find that this additive is as wonderful for bath and body products as it is for room scenting.

Top 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil has been said to have many beneficial properties, such as soothing skin irritation, relieving stress, cleansing the skin, and even more! This oil would be perfect for creating soy candles, soaps, and other DIY projects.

Top 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential Oil

The blood orange essential oil is a perfect choice for bath and body creations or even DIY home scenting. These products will be enhanced by the aphrodisiac, uplifting scent as well as the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia essential oil has a scent that is similar to cinnamon. Plus, this oil has some benefits that would be great for your homemade bath and body products. For example, this oil has been said to possess antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Essential Oil

The Cedarwood essential oil has a multitude of amazing benefits that include the skin and hair growth. So, this oil would be a nice addition to any kind of body products.

 

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential Oil Beard BalmSince this oil is good for promoting hair growth, it is perfect for our Beard Balm Recipe! This recipe contains all kinds of ingredients that are great for beard care and this essential oil is one of these ingredients.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential Oil

This cinnamon leaf essential oil is an energizing scent with some calming properties. This oil has been known to have a warm, calming effect on the body that eases aching muscles. So, this would be wonderful in a bath and body product to use after a long, tiring day.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential Oil

It is well known that citronella is a mosquito repellent and the essential oil is just as potent. Plus, this oil can be moisturizing when mixed with a carrier oil, to make it safe for skin use.

Top 25 Essential Oils Clove Buds Native Distilled Essential Oil

Clove bud essential oil has a strong, unique scent that is perfect for homemade cosmetic products. Plus, this essential oil has known benefits, like reducing skin issues like warts, wrinkles, or sagging skin or the antiseptic qualities. So, this essential oil would be wonderful for a natural skin care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This strong scented essential oil is perfect for scenting a room or even body products. Breathing this oil has been shown to clear sinuses and relieve asthma. Further, this oil is considered to be an insect repellent. Also, bath and body products can benefit from eucalyptus, as it is thought to be a muscle pain reducer.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Foot Balm RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe not only has all the benefits of this scent but would be great for reducing muscle pain. If you have been on your feet all day, then this is the foot balm for you!

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for cleaning cuts and scrapes as well as the air. First, this essential oil has been known to be great for naturally purifying the air. Plus, this oil is great for the skin, as it is an antiseptic that promotes healing. So, this is perfect to add to recipes from candles to body products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Gurjun Balsam Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Balsam Essential Oil

This Gurjan Balsam essential oil has a wide variety of benefits and uses, but the most interesting for projects are the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and stress reducing properties. These effects make this essential oil great for creating calming scented candles, as this oil has been said to reduce stress hormones, or cleansing bath and body products, as this oil is said to have germ eliminating abilities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil

Lavandin Grosso essential oil is a hybrid of spike lavender and true lavender that creates a plant all it’s own. This essential oil has been said to prevent infections in cuts, relieve inflammation, and reduce marks on the skin. So, this oil would be perfect in bath and body creations.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Soap RecipeThe Snowball Soap Recipe contains both lavandin and peppermint essential oils. This provides both soothing properties of peppermint and the skin loving properties of lavandin. An added bonus to this recipe is that this essential oil combination smells just like our Jack Frost Fragrance Oil. So, this is a perfectly natural way to scent your soap!

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Lavender is both well known and well loved. This essential oil has been said to relieve stress, calm anxiety, and promote better sleep.  Plus, this plant based oil is perfect for skin care! Lavender essential oil has been known to restore skin complexion, help heal the skin, and even reduce acne.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil BalmThe Soothing Baby Non Petroleum Jelly Recipe is a perfect way to utilize the healing natural of lavender essential oil.  Plus, this recipe is perfect for sensitive skin as it is natural and skin loving.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Lip BalmSince lavender essential oil has been said to help the skin heal, we thought it would be perfect for lip care. So, we created the White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe that has a unique and delicious flavor, as well.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil PowderNot only is lavender great for the skin, but it has a wonderful scent. Our Natural Lavender Vanilla Body Powder Recipe takes advantage of this beloved aroma to create a perfectly scented body powder.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Bath Tea

This recipe is a great choice for someone looking for ideas on how to get rid of a sunburn overnight. This oil is perfect for the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe because it helps promote healing in the skin. Plus, the calming scent is perfect for relaxing in a nice bath.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for natural body products! Among this oil’s many benefits are headache reduction, bug repellent, and skin healing properties. So, this would be a very beneficial oil for the skin or for creating a natural bug repellent.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential Oil

This lime essential has a fresh scent that is bright and sweet. Plus, this oil is a natural disinfectant! So, this oil would be perfect in household cleaners or in bath and body products.  Plus, this essential oil would be perfect for cleaning the air in a natural candle creation.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Distilled Essential Oil Foot PowderAnother great way to utilize this essential oil’s beneficial properties is the Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe. This bacteria eliminating power combined with the anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil creates the perfect foot powder!

Top 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

This essential oil has a bright, citrus scent that is similar to a lemon. Plus, this oil has been known to have some wonderful healing properties as it fights infections and kills harmful microbes. So, this is another great cleansing essential oil that would be great for all kinds of natural products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oil Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for creating natural household cleaners! Not only does this oil possess a clean, citrus scent, but this essential oil has been said to have antibacterial properties. Plus, this would be a nontoxic way to clean your home!

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil

This essential oil is a strong, relaxing scent that can be great as a natural scent for products. Plus, this oil has properties that can help issues related to inflammation or fungus, as well as assist your body in healing. So, this essential oil would be great for all kinds of homemade recipes.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Massage Recipe

This essential oil was included in our Sensual Massage Oil Recipe to add a calming scent with anti-inflammatory properties. This can be used to relieve inflammation related issues, such as rashes or eczema. Also, this recipe uses the lavender essential oil, too! This is perfect to add to the relaxing mood of a massage.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Conditioner Recipe

Furthermore, the Patchouli Infused Hair Conditioner Recipe is perfect for hair products! This oil has been known to be great for hair growth and preventing hair loss! Also, this recipe includes lavender and grosso, which have been know to help with hair loss and prevent dandruff on the scalp. So, this is a great homemade hair care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential Oil

This peppermint essential oil has a cool, relaxing scent that is wonderful for the body. This aroma would be perfect for creating calming room scenting products. Plus, this essential oil has some wonderful benefits that can be beneficial in bath and body recipes.  his oil is great for calming sore muscles, relieving headaches, and much more!

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Lip Balm RecipeThis Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe includes real peppermint oil for its amazing effects. First of all, this oil is perfect for helping heal chapped lips and leaving a cool feeling. Plus, the oil has been known to work as a lip plumper. This could be a great lip balm for ladies looking for fuller lips.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Face MaskAlso, this oil is great for the Candy Cane Facial Mask Recipe! First of all, the scent of the peppermint oil is a perfect choice for a candy cane. This pure mint scent smells strong and true! Plus, this oil is a cool and relaxing, which is wonderful for a homemade facial.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Winter Balm

Of course, Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe contains the cooling sensation of peppermint oil. Just like in the other peppermint oil lip balm recipe, this recipe is wonderful for masking bad breath and may even lead to more plump lips!

Top 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential Oil

This essential oil is considered to be an uplifting scent with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Thus, this product would be perfect for handmade soaps, natural deodorants, or any sort of bath product to add some extra cleansing ability.

Top 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

This oil has a bright, energizing scent that would be perfect for naturally scenting your home. Plus, this essential oil contains tons of Vitamin C, which is great for skin. This vitamin helps protect your skin from the effects of aging and help some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. So, this is a perfect oil for enhancing any bath and body product recipes!

Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil

Rosemary is an amazing additive for skin care products! This oil is great for blood circulation and promoting clear skin. Plus, this essential oil is an anti-inflammatory. Thus, this oil has been known to ease redness, puffiness, and irritation, as well as reduce acne and excess oils. So, Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil would be a perfect addition for facial cleansers.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil Recipe

One perfect way to use this essential oil is the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe. This recipe uses herbs and oils that are perfect for promoting clear, healthy skin. Not only does this recipe contain that properties of rosemary, but there are other ingredients, such as activated charcoal, that are perfect natural cleaners.

Top 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential Oil

Anise can be used to create all kinds of natural bath and body creations. Plus, it has been known to help to treat acne, oily skin, psoriasis, and spotted and damaged skin. Also, it helps to bring a beautiful glow to your skin and keep it smooth and soft. Plus, this essential only has a lovely scent that is similar to black licorice.

Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

Another great essential oil is one made from fennel. This oil has an interesting scent that is perfect for naturally scenting products. The scent is similar to the anise essential oil with the distinct sweet and spicy aroma. Plus, fennel would be great for hair products as it has been known to treat an itchy scalp and reduce any bumps on the scalp.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil Mask Recipe

One way that you can use this essential oil is our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe! This recipe is a natural and herbal creation that is perfect for refreshing and moisturizing your face. Plus, the fennel essential oil in this recipe provides a unique scent that is entirely natural. Furthermore, this recipe contains the added properties of the lavender essential oil!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential Oil

This tangerine California essential oil is often used in skin care products for its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Plus, this oil is wonderful for stress relief. So, Tangerine California Essential Oil would be perfect for creating bath and body products that are cleansing and relaxing!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

This natural essential oil is best known for its medicinal uses, as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. So, tea tree can be used for treating toenail fungus, yeast infections, the flu, chest congestion, persistent body odor, sunburns, herpes, vaginal infections, ear infections, scabies, pulmonary inflammation, and many infections of the mouth and nose.

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe is a great way to moisturize your feet and make sure that they are free of nasty foot odor. So, this recipe has two fantastic functions!

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

Since tea tree oil is perfect for destroying fungus and bacteria, it makes sense to use this essential oil in soap. The Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for removing foot issues, like athlete’s foot for example.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap RecipeWhile many people need tea tree oil to solve foot fungus or odor, there are a ton more instances where a regular Tea Tree Soap Recipe would come in handy. For example, this soap can come in handy for treating acne, cuts, ringworm, skin bumps, bug bites and fungal infections.

 

 

Natures Garden sells our essential oils for external applications only.  In the above written post, we discussed how wonderful they are and the many various uses across different industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes.  We provide this data for educational purposes only.