Choosing the Perfect Fragrance

It can be a very daunting task to choose a fragrance for your latest candle or soap making project. Fragrance can add a whole new dimension to your candles. Fragrance has the ability to set the mood or bring back memories. We thought this article could give everyone a little guidance on how to choose the perfect fragrance for your project.

Choosing Fragrance Based on Holidays/Seasons

One of the easiest ways to choose a fragrance is based on a particular holiday or season. Below you’ll find some guidelines and examples for choosing a fragrance for a particular time of the year.


Spring & Summer – Spring and summer fragrances are often fruity, floral, or fresh scents.

  • Examples: Citronella, Cucumber Melon, Fresh Cut Roses, Fresh Rain, Lavender & Lemongrass, Lilac Blossom, Lime Kiwi, Peach & Sweet Berries, Strawberry Margarita, Sweet Pea & Ivy, Tulips & Lilies

Fall & Winter – Fall & winter fragrances tend to be spicy or bakery type fragrances.

  • Examples: Apple Pie, Cinnamon Spice, Gingerbread, Hot Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Winter Forest


Valentine’s Day

  • Examples: Fresh Cut Roses, Strawberry, Strawberry Margarita, Lavender Vanilla


  • Examples: Tulips & Lilies, Sweet Pea & Ivy


  • Examples: Banana Nut Bread, Hot Buttered Rum, Pumpkin Pie


  • Examples: Apple Pie, Cinnamon Spice, Gingerbread, Hot Cocoa, Sugar Cookie, Winter Forest

Choosing a Fragrance Based on Popular Trends

Some fragrances tend to go in and out of popularity within the general population for many reasons. Below you’ll find the fragrances that were most popular this month on Crafter’s Touch.

Our top ten fragrances of the month (May 2007):

  1. Lilac Blossom
  2. Vanilla
  3. Mint Leaf & Chamomile
  4. Lavender Vanilla
  5. Lavender & Lemongrass
  6. Fresh Rain
  7. Baby Powder
  8. Tulips & Lillies
  9. Cucumber Melon
  10. Strawberry

Choosing a Fragrance Based on Age/Sex

There are certain fragrances that are more popular with kids than adults or more popular with women than with men. Below are some general observations for fragrances that have been popular with certain groups. Don’t forget that there are always exceptions to these rules!

Fragrances for kids – Vanilla based or fruity fragrances tend to be popular with children.

  • Examples: Baby powder, Sugar cookie, Vanilla

Fragrances for men – Men tend to go for clean or herbal fragrances and steer away from strong floral scents

  • Examples: Clean Cotton, Lavender Vanilla, Eucalyptus

Fragrances for women – Women enjoy a variety of fragrances – florals are often quite popular

  • Examples: Lilac Blossom, Fresh Cut Roses

Choosing a Fragance Based on Categories

Most people tend to prefer a particular category of fragrance. This can change based on what the fragrance is used in. For instance, I tend to enjoy Bakery-Type scented candles but enjoy Floral-Type scented soaps.


  • Examples: Apple Pie, Banana Nut Bread, Blueberry Cobbler, Cinnamon Spice, Gingerbread, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Sugar Cookie, Vanilla


  • Examples: Hazelnut Café, Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Cocoa, Strawberry Margarita


  • Examples: Floral Violet, Fresh Cut Roses, Honeysuckle Peach, Lilac & Jasmine, Lilac Blossom, Sweet Pea & Ivy, Tulips & Lillies


  • Examples: Baby Powder, Citronella, Clean Cotton, Fresh Rain, Winter Forest


  • Examples: Blackberry Sage, Citrus Cream, Cranberry, Cucumber Melon, Ginger Appletini, Ginger Plum, Lime Kiwi, Mango & Papaya, Peach & Sweet Berries, Strawberry, Wildberry


  • Examples: Eucalyptus, Lavender & Lemongrass, Lavender Vanilla, Mint Leaf & Chamomile, Sage & Citrus, Verbena Lemongrass

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