Candles have come a long way since their initial purpose as a source of light. They have evolved into every shape, size, and scent – providing a soothing, calming ambiance wherever placed. Scented candles have been scientifically proven to play an essential role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, working capacity, and overall mental health.
It is no wonder that the demand for scented candles surged during the pandemic, a time when many people experienced strain and uncertainty. The scented candle market doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, with a trend report from Research and Markets indicating that the global scented candle market will grow to $690.8 million by 2028. 
Functional Fragrance and Aromatherapy Scented Candles
Over the past few years, functional fragrance has risen in popularity among consumers. They want their fragrance to not just smell good but also do good for them. Andrea Donohue, OnScent’s fragrance design manager, said that she noticed an increased demand for natural fragrances for candles. She also said that clients are requesting more natural, “green”, and overall safer fragrances. “Consumers are becoming more health conscious. Many clients are developing ‘clean lists’ that remove any ingredients that might be considered bad for the environment,” she said.
This has led to increased demand for essential oils as a fragrance in scented candles. Essential oils are derived by steaming or pressing various parts of the plant to capture the compounds that produce fragrance. This makes essential oils environmentally friendly and sustainable.
It not only smells great, but it also offers a wide range of benefits for the mind and body. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.  “Aromatherapy candles can help you relax or energize you, depending on which essential oils you use,” said Donohue.
OnScent’s Top Requested Aromatherapy Scents for Candles
Lavender is one of the most popular aromatherapy scents because of its calming benefits. It treats anxiety, allergies, depression, insomnia, nausea, and menstrual cramps.
Peppermint gives an instant energy boost. It can also clear the respiratory tract, stimulate circulation, alleviate feelings of nervous tension and stress, and soothe feelings of irritability.
Lemon is a popular scent used for its health benefits. It relieves cold and flu symptoms, depression, and stress. It also provides an uplifting environment and positive mood.
Looking for a Natural Fragrance Partner?
At OnScent, we have unique expertise in creating ISO all-natural fragrances and distinctive essential oil blends vital to the evolving market.
We are also certified and recognized in:
- Organic NOP and Ecocert Certified Materials
- Distributor and Processor of Organic Fragrances, Flavors, Essential Oils and Extracts
- Quality Assurance International
- NOP Certified and Compliant Oils and Butters
- NOP Certified Essential Oils
Speak to an OnScent representative today to learn more about our certified organic essential oils for your scented candles and air care products.
 Scented Candles Market Study, 2021-2028, https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5450199/scented-candles-market-size-share-and-trends?utm_source=BW&utm_medium=PressRelease&utm_code=mcrxkl&utm_campaign=1627400+-+Global+Scented+Candles+Market+Report+2021%3a+COVID-19+Lockdown+Candle+Making+Trend+had+Positive+Effect+on+the+Overall+Market+-+Forecast+to+2028&utm_exec=chdo54prd
 Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work? John Hopkins Medicine, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/aromatherapy-do-essential-oils-really-work#:~:text=Aromatherapy%20has%20been%20used%20for,be%20absorbed%20by%20the%20skin