Candle Scent Strength Rating
The experience of fragrance varies greatly from one person to another, as well as one house to another. Our Scent Strength rating system is based on a majority interpretation of our scents. We have done our best to give you a accurate scent strength rating for every fragrance we offer. Scent is subjective, just like art. So, what may be strong to one person may be considered light to another person.
Scroll down to view a sneak peak of some of the scents offered in each rating. View each fragrance strength rating for a complete list of all fragrances offered. You can also use the filters on each page to filter selections by strength rating. The filters are Wow, Very Strong, Strong, Moderate and Light. For example, Select WOW to view all the scents offered with the WOW fragrance strength rating.
Placement of your candles in your home will have a great influence on how the scent travels and lingers. Each time you burn it place it in a different area and see which area in your home gives you the best results. Read on to learn more about how fragrance travels and lingers.
Before you look at the fragrance strength ratings below I would like to tell you about how scent travels, what affects how scents travel, and how certain scents travel and linger low to the ground and how other scents travel and linger high.
How does fragrance from a candle diffuse into the air?
When a scented candle is burned, the fragrance is released into the air through a process called volatilization. Volatilization is the process of a substance turning into a gas, and it occurs when the heat from the candle flame melts the wax and vaporizes the fragrance oils that are mixed into the wax.
As the fragrance oils vaporize, they form a plume of gas that rises from the surface of the candle. This plume is typically the most concentrated area of fragrance, as the vaporized molecules are initially confined to a small area near the flame.
As the plume rises, the fragrance molecules diffuse into the surrounding air. This process is driven by diffusion, which is the movement of molecules from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration. The degree of diffusion will depend on a number of factors, including the size and weight of the fragrance molecules, the temperature and humidity of the surrounding air, and the degree of air movement.
In addition to diffusion, air currents can also carry the fragrance molecules further from the source of the candle. This can be due to natural air movement or the use of fans or other air circulation devices. However, it’s important to note that excessive air movement can cause the fragrance to dissipate more quickly, so it’s important to strike a balance between air circulation and the strength of the fragrance.
Overall, the scent from a scented candle disperses into the air through a combination of volatilization, diffusion, and air currents, resulting in a gradual spread of fragrance throughout the surrounding space.
How are fragrance molecules carried by air currents?
Fragrance molecules are carried by air currents through a process called diffusion, which is the random movement of particles from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration.
When a fragrance is released into the air, its molecules will initially be concentrated in the area where the fragrance was applied. However, as the fragrance evaporates and diffuses into the air, the concentration of fragrance molecules becomes more evenly distributed throughout the surrounding air.
Air currents, which can be caused by factors such as temperature differences or the movement of people or objects, can then carry the fragrance molecules further from the source of the fragrance. This is because air molecules collide with the fragrance molecules and carry them along with the movement of the air.
The strength and direction of the air currents will determine how far and in which direction the fragrance molecules are carried. In a still environment, fragrance molecules will spread out relatively evenly in all directions. In a more turbulent environment, such as a windy day or a room with air conditioning, the fragrance molecules may be carried further and more unevenly.
Once the fragrance molecules are carried by air currents to our noses, they interact with olfactory receptors in our nasal cavity, allowing us to detect and perceive the scent.
What determines if a fragrance diffuses high into the air or low into the air?
Several factors can influence whether a fragrance diffuses high into the air or low into the air. These factors include the size and weight of the fragrance molecules, the temperature and humidity of the surrounding environment, and the degree of air movement.
Smaller and lighter fragrance molecules tend to diffuse more easily and can travel higher into the air before settling, whereas larger and heavier fragrance molecules tend to settle closer to the source of the fragrance.
Temperature and humidity also play a role in the diffusion of fragrance. Higher temperatures and lower humidity levels tend to increase the rate of evaporation, which can result in more fragrance molecules being released into the air and diffusing higher. Conversely, lower temperatures and higher humidity levels can slow the rate of evaporation and limit the diffusion of the fragrance.
Finally, the degree of air movement can also affect how a fragrance diffuses in the air. Air currents, such as those caused by fans or ventilation systems, can increase the diffusion of fragrance and allow it to travel higher into the air. Conversely, still air can limit the diffusion of fragrance and cause it to settle closer to the source.
In general, a combination of these factors will determine how a fragrance diffuses in the air, and it can be difficult to predict exactly how a particular fragrance will behave without testing it in a specific environment.
In conclusion placement of your candles in your home will have a great influence on how the scent travels and lingers. Each time you burn it place it in a different area and see which area in your home gives you the best results.
Light Fragrance Strength
Moderate Fragrance Strength
Strong Fragrance Strength
Very Strong Fragrance Strength
Wow Fragrance Strength
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