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Green packaging Learn about our eco-conscious material choices and how to give your fragrance containers a second life.

We're committed to minimizing our environmental impact. One way we do this is by using sustainable packaging for both our products and your orders.

We use eco-friendly materials whenever possible and we want to empower you to join us in reducing waste.

Read on for all the details about the materials we choose and discover tips for reusing and recycling them!

Biodegradable peanuts

Since late 2006, every CandleScience order has been packed with biodegradable packing peanuts.

Made from corn starch, these peanuts are 100% biodegradable, compostable, and dissolvable in water!

While we encourage customers to reuse these peanuts whenever possible, if they do end up 'in the wild' we're happy to report that no harm comes to the environment.

Recyclable protective packaging

Sourcing dependable, protective product packaging that is also recyclable has been a priority for us from day one.

Fragrance oil containers

All of our fragrance oils are packaged in plastic containers that are recyclable through most curbside recycling programs. 

The 1 oz., 4oz., and 16 oz. amber bottles are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, which features the #1 recycling symbol. 

Our 5 lb. fragrance jugs and 25 lb. fragrance pails are made of HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic with the #2 recycling symbol.

These containers can also be reused for storing fragrance blends. See the tips below for cleaning them out for this purpose.

Essential oil bottles

Our pure essential oils are packaged in amber glass bottles. The glass not only protects the oils from degradation due to light exposure but it's easily recycled!

Keep reading to learn how to properly clean out these bottles so they can be successfully recycled or reused.


Many other products CandleScience products like wicks and lids are packaged in reclosable bags.

These bags can be recycled at most store drop-off locations for plastic bags or reused in a multitude of ways. One of our team members likes to protect their scale from wax residue and fragrance oil spills by putting the scale inside a former wick bag. 

Recycled-content cardboard boxes

Shipping boxes take a huge amount of abuse. We all know how much 'attention' our friends at UPS and USPS can give our packages!

For this reason, CandleScience-branded brown boxes are constructed of 200# corrugated cardboard for durability and to ensure your items arrive safely. 

They're also made with at least 30% to 45% recycled components.

These boxes are recyclable in many municipalities and can be reused for your own shipments or storage purposes.

How to clean out fragrance and essential oil containers

Ready to recycle that empty 1 oz. bottle? Don't toss it into the recycle bin just yet! Most curbside recycling programs require that plastic and glass bottles be clean and dry to be recycled.

Or perhaps you want to reuse a 16 oz. fragrance bottle, or a 5 lb. jug, to store that awesome fragrance blend you concocted. 

Whether your goal is to recycle or repurpose, follow these steps to clean out fragrance and essential oil containers:

  1. Gather a thick stack of paper towels, rags, or cotton balls.
  2. Turn the open bottle upside down over the paper towels, rags, or cotton balls so any residual oil is absorbed.
  3. Pour isopropyl alcohol into the bottle. How much you use will be proportionate to the container's size.
  4. Screw on the bottle’s lid tightly and gently shake so the alcohol thoroughly coats the inside of the bottle.
  5. Unscrew the bottle’s lid and pour the isopropyl alcohol into an absorbent material to empty the bottle.
  6. Wipe off the inside of the bottle’s lid and the outside of the bottle with isopropyl alcohol to remove any remaining fragrance.
  7. Turn the bottle upside down onto an absorbent surface so it can dry out.

Once dry, the bottle is ready to be reused or recycled!

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