Demystifying the Flash Point of Essential Oils in a Candle
We are often asked about the danger of flavoring candles with essential oils. Let's try to clear this!
You can put essential oils in your candles, without danger. We asked Robert Tisserand the question: No danger.
A candle is not going to take on fire due to an essential oil. Believe me, if it was the case we know, the video of candles that take on fire would be legion online. This is not the case, because the candles do not take on fire because of essential oils. Essential oils are found in small quantities in the candle (around 5 %) and are dispersed in wax (soy, sunflower ...).
The only reason to worry about the lightning points (which differ a lot from one company to another for the same essential oil) is for the smell (and to avoid waste). If you add an essential oil to a better warm wax than its flash point, you burn it and you do not keep the smell. Sometimes the new manufacturers of natural candles are disappointed, they find that it does not feel strong enough. This can be explained by lightning points and temperatures. Note that there are few essential oils whose lightning point is less than 40 degrees C and that the soy wax for example begins to melt around 50 degrees C (no need to take it to a temperature of 80 degrees VS).Do your little research for lightning points.
Beyond the temperatures, let us remember that it is natural, that there are no harmful synthetic products to fix the perfumes. If you want it to smell strong, use a diffuser or a nebulizer With that, make your candles with your essential oils without fear.
- Marie-Christine Vallières