A list of unfamiliar candle fragrances and how to say them
By Chandler Cat
The candle smells great but what the heck are these fragrance notes? As always, your Candlefish chandlers are here to help. Check out our list of common but unfamiliar fragrance notes you don’t want to miss, and some of our favorite candles that feature them:
A fancy name for orange flower, extracted from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Possibly a secret ingredient in Coca-Cola! Shhh.
Notes of honey, orange, and florals with subtle spice and green notes.
“Armoise” is French for the herb “mugwort” or “wormwood”... we agree, armoise sounds much more appealing! The oil is distilled from the leaves of a shrub called Artemisia and has a fresh, cool scent with green undertones.
Library No. 67 combines armoise with bergamot, lemon, and tarragon for an excellent spring citrus.
Frankincense or Olibanum
The dried sap (resin) of the ancient Boswellia tree. It’s often burned as incense, and has many medicinal properties as an essential oil (such as relieving pain, inflammation, chronic stress, and anxiety). In a fragrance it’s notes are sweet, warm, balsamic, and spicy.
We love Library No. 1 for a frankincense fix, and the Sage candle by Produce has hints of olibanum.
A sticky brown resin obtained from a western Mediterranean shrub called cistus. Labdanum is the main oil used when creating notes of “amber” by perfumers. It’s fragrance is rich and complex, also described as sweet, woody, ambergris, musky, leather, and animalistic.
Often used in place of vanilla, tonka bean grows in South America and has a delicious, warm, spicy vanilla, and cherry aroma with powdery, fruity undertones.
You simply must try top seller No. 70in the library.
You either love it or hate it! Patchouli is an evergreen perennial plant and is closely related to sage, mint, and lavender. It’s most recognizable in deep perfumes and musky incense, and it’s fragrance is musty, sweet, spicy & earthy.
Aldehydes are a group of aromatic compounds that can have various fragrances, typically they are strong notes and can be fresh, clean, lemony, green, herbaceous or floral. The infamous Chanel No. 5 boasts three aldehydes with notes of green, orange peel, and lilac.