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Scentsy Fragrances & Wax


Scentsy uses a custom, food-grade paraffin wax blend selected for its superior scent loading capability, melting point and firmness. Vegetable-based waxes do not produce a quality candle bar. There are potential health risks from chemicals released while burning petroleum candles. Scientific research suggests there are health risks with burning any type of candle. Scentsy’s candles are wickless, flameless, sootless & do not have wax evaporation. Scentsy candle warmers do not burn wax so no chemicals or pollutants are released into the air to contaminate lungs, walls or furniture.


What Kind of Wax Does Scentsy Use and Why?

Exerepts taken from Official Scentsy Statement by CEO Orville Thompson originally dated 2/10/2006

Many customers have asked about the wax we use and why. We use a food-grade petroleum wax. We chose this wax because of it’s superior scent loading ability, melt point and firmness. We looked into vegetable based waxes and we just couldn’t get a quality candle bar.

The issue of vegetable versus petroleum waxes is raised primarily by vegetable wax candle makers because of the health risk associated with “burning” petroleum waxes. Most of the scientific research (as opposed to sales literature) suggests that there are plenty of health issues with burning candles of any type of wax. Switching to vegetable based waxes does not seem to reduce the health risks. The Scentsy solution is simply not to “burn” the wax. The wax is not burned, and therefore, not released into the air to pollute our lungs, walls, and furniture.

The issue of the type of wax we use is a non-issue, with regard to the chemicals released while burning, because we only warm the scent out of the wax–the wax remains in the warmer. I would rather have a petroleum wax in a warmer than a soy wax dispersed into the air of my home. With Scentsy we practice “safer scents” – we abstain from wicks!


What Fragrance Oil does Scentsy use?

Scentsy fragrances start with fragrance oils, which can be made of natural or synthetic ingredients. Most Scentsy fragrances contain…

Essential Oils which are natural oils extracted from plants & flowers.
Absolutes which are natural materials extracted from plants & flowers.
Synthetics which are man-made scents that duplicate a particular fragrance.

Scentsy uses these fragrances oils to achieve the highest quality and longest lasting wax bar.


Fragrance Education

How does Scentsy come up with all of their scents? To date Scentsy has created 335 scents since it first started in 2004. Each catalog contains 80 current scents. What happens to the rest? They fall under the discontinued category & can be brought back into the catalog seasonally or during Scentsy’s “Bring Back My Bar” campaign. Fragrances can be very simple to very complex. Scentsy utilizes the Scent Pyramid for the structure of Fragrance design.

Scents evoke memories, create moods, & speak to the heart. Scentsy is passionate about their fragrances through the entire production process from inspiration & design, to manufacturing, & quality control. Fragrance design includes top notes, mid notes, & base notes. There are 9 distinct fragrance families, 3 in each note group.

Top Notes

Top Notes are the first notes to warm and dissipate. Fragrances in these families tend to be light and fresh. The 3 fragrance families included in the top notes section of the scent pyramid include…

Citrus which are fresh, clean, tart, or sparkling. Examples: Sunkissed Citrus, Groovy Grapefruit
Green which are herbaceous, grassy, or minty. Example: Shades of Green
Ozonic which are crisp, fresh, marine, or airy. Example: Wishing Well, Thunderstorm

Mid Notes

Mid Notes are heavier than top notes. Fragrances in these families tend to be perceived as stronger than those in tp note categories, and can be fruity, sweet, flowery, spicy, or a combination. The 3 fragrance families included in the Mid Notes section of the scent pyramid include Floral, Fruit, & Spice.

Floral which are Soft, Full-Bodied, Heady, or Sweet. Ex: Forever Pink, Luna, Mums & Marigolds
Fruit which are Juicy, Ripe, or Sweet. Ex: Cherry Limeade, Pomatini, Rio Beach, Tea Party
Spice which are Dry, Warm, or Rich. Ex: Cinnamon Vanilla, Welcome Home, Fall Scents

Base Notes

Fragrances in the base, or dry down families tend to be heavy and long-lasting. They can be powdery, woody, musky, fruity or a combination. The 3 fragrance families included in the Base Notes section of the scent pyramid include Gourmand, Musk, & Woody.

Gourmand which are creamy, baked, or edible. Ex: Cocoa Clementine, My Wish, Oats & Honey
Musk which are Sweet, Powdery, or Animalic. Ex: Route 66
Woody which are Earthy, Green, Dry, or Resinous. Ex: Embers, Satin Sheets, White Tea & Cactus

Scentsy uses the scent pyramid & each of the fragrance families to create each Scentsy fragrance to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses, & Inspire the Soul.

View Current Scenty Scents with Scent Descriptions.
View the complete list of Discontinued Scentsy Scents with Scent Descriptions.