Pros and cons of aromatherapy candle fragrances

The best thing about an aromatherapy candle is the wonderful scent. As an estimated 75% of candles sold in the U.S. are scented with a combination of natural essential oils and synthetic fragrance oils, it would be good to consider whether there is any true aromatherapy benefits to aromatherapy scented candles fragrances, and are candle fragrances from natural essential oils any safer.

Fragrance Candles aren't True Aromatherapy

Scented candles are safe but most fragranced candles are not true aromatherapy candles. Aromatherapy creates physiological or therapeutic effects through the use of essential oils that are absorbed in the body through massage or smell. Many scented candles contain no essential oils. Candle fragrances that are from essential oils rarely contain enough oil to produce true aromatherapy effects. Instead, most scented candles create pleasing psychological effects from the ambient aroma of the fragrance. Just having one or more lighted scented candles burning in a room, with the lights turned down will definitely help you feel more relaxed, balanced, and with the right person, set the mood for romance.

The aroma from the candle fragrance is released through the evaporation of the fragrance or essential oil from the hot wax pool and from the solid candle itself. An aromatherapy candle that uses essential oils for the candle fragrance is not necessarily safer than those candles with synthetic fragrances as some essential oils are extremely toxic when heated.

Essential Oil Fragrances

Essential oil fragrances that are most popular, and are safe as aromas in aromatherapy candles include lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, orange, peppermint and Ylang Ylang. You can also purchase aromatherapy candles with essential oil blends.

Ultimately, you'll want to choose candle fragrances that suit your personal mood, and choosing aromatherapy candles with natural essential oils will scent your surroundings with the natural, pure aroma that you'll only get from an essential oil. But if you're in the mood for a tropical or garden aroma, then candles with synthetic fragrances might just be what you need once in awhile.