December Candle Fragrance and Jar Testing

I’ve been busy testing the new jars and fragrances I purchased. I have a love/hate relationship with testing. On one hand, it’s really fun to try new fragrances and jars. On the other hand, it makes you want to pull your hair out when things don’t go as planned.

I bought Candle Science’s Tumber Jars, and they are absolutely gorgeous. They are 3 1/4 in diameter at the top. Since I’m using GW 464, a wax I am very comfortable with, I was pretty sure an Eco 14 wick would be perfect. I was wrong. For some unknown reason, the melt pool the wick is creating isn’t reaching the edge of the glass. Or even close. I replaced the Eco for an RRD wick and then an LX wick. Nope. Not working.

I ended up double wicking the jar with Eco 8. That’s crazy–it seems like overwicking on a major scale–but it is burning so nicely now. I have about a 1/2 inch melt pool after about 3 – 4 hours of burning, the flame is a good height, and though it does flicker a little more than I would like, it looks good. I might try a couple Eco sixes later. We will see.

Moving on to fragrances. All tested in GW 464 with Eco wick at 7% fragrance load. I make little votives for my fragrance testers. They don’t require a lot of wax or fragrance, and it gives me a good idea if the scent will throw at all. All of the fragrances are Candle Science Brand except for the Pumpkin Souffle which is Peak’s.

TestVotive

Here are my results from this batch:

Red Velvet Cake  –  Excellent hot/cold throw. Very strong to the point of almost overwhelming (and a little nauseating out of the bottle). My husband swears it’s a true red velvet cake smell–vanilla with a hint of chocolate. I smell carrot cake. Whatever. It’s definitely a bakery scent, and my son was really bummed when he found out it was a candle on the counter and not a cake in the oven. It’s much yummier burning than it is as a straight oil.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Type – Excellent hot throw, decent cold throw. After about an hour and a half, the little votive completely filled my bathroom with scent. Very pleasant, and it smells much nicer burning than it did straight from the bottle. I detect very little vanilla fragrance, but the raspberry is pretty true.

Peach  – Good hot/cold throw. This is a pleasant peach scent. Maybe a little sugary, but my husband really likes it that way. Not much to say. I like it; I’m happy.

Apple Harvest  – Excellent hot/cold throw. I’ve made dozens of candles in this fragrance, so there was no reason to test it. It’s awesome. Beyond awesome. After pouring the candles, my kitchen was filled with this fragrance for a good day and a half. They are boxed up now, but I can still smell them. This isn’t a traditional cinnamon apple. It’s a little brighter, a little more complex.

Blueberry Cheesecake – Excellent hot/cold throw. This is the free sample I received, and I’m very happy with it. Honestly, I don’t think it smells much different than the Blueberry Cobbler (which is also really yummy). I get a faint cheesecake note, but really it’s the blueberry that shines through. Everyone seems to like this one.

Rosemary – Haven’t tested yet. I’m the only one who seems to like this scent, so I think I’m going to save it and make myself a few Rosemary/Orange/Spruce candles after Christmas.

Pumpkin Souffle (Peak Candle) – Excellent cold throw, weak hot throw. This was the free sample that came with my wax. As I mentioned a few days ago, I haven’t had much luck with Peak fragrances in GW 464. I’m not going to give up on this one yet. I have a bag of EcoSoya Advanced, and I have noticed that many fragrances that don’t do well in 464 work great in it. The scent itself is different. I don’t smell much pumpkin. It’s a very sweet spicy smell. I’m not sure I like it, but both my mother-in-law and Jake say it’s not bad. I don’t want to judge it until I really smell how it burns.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I’ll be posting the tutorials soon!

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