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Black Cherry Merlot is a boozy, sophisticated twist to the classic black cherry. Top notes of black currant and apple brighten the red wine and black cherry heart of this fragrance oil. Aged oak and amber base notes highlight the merlot, while vanilla balances the sweet finish. Patchouli and nutmeg essential oils enhance the wood and spice notes for added depth. Deep, dark, and luscious, Black Cherry Merlot adds beauty to wax melts, tarts, and candles. Reed diffusers evoke the distinct aromas of a wine cellar, while homemade bath and body products bring a fruity sweetness to any washroom.

This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including patchouli, nutmeg, and davana.

Blends well with: Cashmere Plum

Alternative branding ideas: Merry Merlot, Full Bodied, Uncorked 

Note Profile:
Top: Black Currant, Apple
Middle: Black Cherry, Red Wine, Clove
Base: Oak, Amber, Vanilla

Note: Black Cherry Merlot is too strong out of the bottle for the fragrance notes to be in balance. It should therefore only be evaluated in a candle or personal care base.

Suggested Colors: Burgundy
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Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.


Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 2-4%
Vanillin Content 2.01% - 5%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 203 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible Yes; Up to 15%

*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.



Average Rating:

(based upon 59 reviews)

Great Scent

Mixed with pipe tobacco to get a smooth masculine scent. Love the hot and cold throw. Highly recommended

Pulliam Creek Farms

Cold Process

I used this fragrance oil in my cold process soap and it performed beautifully. It did not accelerate trace, it did not separate. I made a four color soap and it was a wonderful fragrance to work with. I also have to say I was a little concerned about the smell. It smelled one way OOB and when I added it to the batter, it changed it completely and it was a great change. It's a lovely smell, the only thing was my colors somewhat changed when I added this fragrance oil. It was a bad change just slight but enough I noticed. I totally recommend this fragrance.


Good CT bad HT

HT performs better when mixed with other stronger fragrances. Not the best fragrance in the collection.


About 8% FO in 444 soy very nice HT & CT. Also used it in a blend and it came through nicely at 3% blended with a lighter FO. Versatile.


Smells Devine!

I absolutely love this FO. Black cherry and wine! wow!



LOVE LOVE LOVE This mixed with a small % of the Whiskey fragrance and it is AMAZING!!!! The added Whiskey takes the sweetness of the BCM down just enough for it to come through but not as strong. It's a great blend and my customers are pre-ordering like crazy!!

Heaven Scent

Cherry Cough Syrup

I wish it smells like cherry cough syrup. I was hoping it was going to smell like cherry fruit than cough syrup. I don't like it.



such a gorgeous scent! I love the fruity side and the merlot side. Great CT and ht

Elsewood Creations

Smells amazing


Great Scent in Candles!

I ordered this scent to test it and was not thrilled with the OOB smell. I detected a perfumey-ness that I was not hoping for. I went ahead and mixed it with 464 soy wax and let it cure about 2 weeks. Wow! What a fragrance! I wouldn't call it a straight up black cherry scent--more of a cherry and berry fragrance. No perfumey-ness after it was added to the wax. Really didn't pick up much merlot, either, but for me, that wasn't a bad thing. It has great hot and cold throw. I might call it "dark berries" or something else. I LOVE this fragrance and bought more right away. This is going to be one of my signature scents from now on! LOVE IT!

Kim B.

A little disappointed. From the description it sounds a type of scent id like, though i was a bit weary of it might have a cherry artificial smell to it. When crafting my candles I usually smell the full scents and the underlying notes due to how potent it is. With this scent i strongly smelled cherry cough medicine,. Now that's its been curing it smells a bit less like the cherry cough syrup and i do get the notes of amber and a sweetness from the vanilla. Perhaps it might smell a bit better if i light the candle, though like I've mentioned before. when crafting i do get the full aroma so im not sure how much of a difference there might be.


Nice Clean Smell

I have this scent going in a couple of my tealight diffuser warmers right now in both the living room and kitchen area of our home. Doesn't really smell like Black Cherry Merlot to me. For some reason, it just makes it smell really fresh, airy and clean throughout the house. Which I love. But, if you're expecting it to smell like an open bottle of Black Cherry Merlot held up to your nose or something really fruity, you might be a little disappointed. The scent throw is a 9/10. I can smell it throughout our entire house, just from two warmers in two different areas. I think it's worth a try. You may need to sample it first though.



Disappointed. OOB, CT & HT were all very faint. If it were stronger, would have been great.


Owner of The Cubed Canvas

I first got this scent as a sample I made a few candles and wow, it smells awesome strong cherry scent very popular with the customers. I bought a bigger bottle can’t wait to make more for Valentine’s. I use 444 soy wax and I use 10% fragrance oil.

Cynthia Bernabel

Absolutely love!

this is a very full bodied scent that somehow smells even better in candle form than it does in the bottle. It’s not overly sweet and has just the right amount of cherry.


Soap Maker

This is a best seller for me and my own personal favorite. So far, I have only used it in melt and pour soaps, but I am wanting to make cold processed with it. I have been patiently waiting for Candle Science to do a test and see if it accelerates or separates...cough cough, hint hint. (I do not deal with surprises.)

Ashley B


This FO smells amazing! The black cherry scent comes through very clearly and is followed by warm vanilla. Strong, but not overpowering, and the perfect mixture of sweet and fruity. I have used this fragrance in soy candles, reed diffusers, and car diffusers, and the scent throw is excellent in each product.

Shaleyah-Milo+Jax Candle Co.

Very faint CT, HT not so great either

Used this FO with 464 wax for container candles. I can usually gauge if the HT will be pleasant based upon CT, and this one was very faint. After 5 days cure, the scent was still dull. Giving another 5 days or so to light it I'll return with an update.

Mrs. GT

Not horrible, but certainly not good

First, the pros: the price was okay, and it is quite strong. I make cold process soap and used about 3/4 of the recommended amount in a batch. It stayed quite strong and didn't morph. There was also no discoloration.
The oil was highly accelerating almost to the point of being unusable, but it came out okay in the end.
Now the cons: it doesn't smell good. Ignoring the fact that I appear to be mildly allergic to it, the smell just isn't genuinely pleasant. Everyone (about six people) who've smelled it in my house agree that, while it's not offensive or actively terrible, it's just not nice. I feel that it could be good in a blend or at about 25% strength, but it smells so overwhelmingly artificial that the full bars I made aren't worth using personally. They do seem to have mellowed out a bit after a few weeks of curing, so that shouldn't be ignored.

Takeaway: not worth using unless you already know you like it. I don't know why this is all they have (at time of purchase) in the black cherry category.


Best seller fragrance

Smells delicious... all my clients love it. Sweet and warm fragrance!

La Mèche candles

Black Cherry Merlot Experience

This is a warm and delicious fall and holiday scent. Smells like a glass of wine. Used for my soaps. Purchasing a larger for candels and soaps. Love it



I use Black Cherry Merlot in my Aroma Ornaments, Candles & Tarts & it sells pretty good. It’s not a real strong scent, but it does linger in smaller areas. It’s one of those scents you either love it or you don’t, my customers love! Thank you CandleScience for another wonderful scent!


Black Cherry Merlot

Not a big fan of the scent alone. Is there another scent to add with this?


Love this

Smells so good. Very close to the BBW version. I feel it's even better. Sells super quick. My friends love that it can easily fill a room.

Sweet Scents

A beautiful fragrance on it’s own, and even better as a mixer. Hot throw is excellent, and the candles I’ve made with these are top sellers.

Mae Radd

It's worth it! Hot and Cold

I used this fragrance in my wax melts and I am just like wow! Every other fragrance I have it takes 2 blocks to fill my whole apt. With this Fragrance 1 definitely was enough. I am a beginner and this is a hobby for me at the moment so. What I do know is that this fragrance really smells great it works like butter in wax melts and I've already ordered a big bottle.


Very sweet, heavy on the cherry

it's nice, very sweet and almost candy scented. I smell a lot of cherry and not a lot of the merlot. Not my favorite but it's still okay!



Soooo good!

Dancing Orchid Soapworks



I recieved this as a free sample and it is spot on. It smells exactly as described, will definitely be ordering some of this FO. It seems as if it will have a strong hot throw especially in wax melts(tarts) form.

Candle Lust

Such a pretty scent!!

Black Cherry Merlot has an amazing combination of scents. I know some people wrote reviews saying they didn't get enough black cherry but I think that's a bonus!! It's a fruity merlot with an excellent hot throw! It sells out fast at shows.


Very Little Scent

This has very little scent throw, cold or hot. Very disappointing. Will not be purchasing again.



This smells AMAZING! Definitely adding one this to my line! I'm glad I tried it despite some of the negative reviews

Wonda T. of Flambeaux Cocktail Candle Co.

very little smell, bring back the old "black cherry" please

Loved the old black cherry as it had a very strong cold and hot throw. Clients looking for fruit forward loved it. The new black cherry merlot has almost zero cold throw and minimal hot throw. I won't be re-ordering. :(


smells like cherry cough syrup at first

I bought this to blend with a wine scent that I had found from another company. At first mixing it I had a fright. It smelled like Cherry cough syrup. Do not dismay though as it cooled the other notes really came through. While I wont purchase this scent again.. do not be afraid to try this one out!


Beautiful Complex Scent in soy

This has been a great seller for me. I stock anywhere from 80-100 candles so I had to change the name a couple of times to get people to pick it up. But now that they pick it up it sells well and people "oooo and ahhhh" over it. This is a high end, complex scent. I can't pick up any "merlot" or "wine" notes, but the cherry comes through and definitely tobacco notes. I would have given this 5 stars but merlot notes don't really stand out for me. Haven't tried it in cold process so can't speak to how it performs. I'll definitely keep purchasing this one.

TerriLin Pistorius


I am in LOVE with this fragrance! It has the perfect combination of black cherry and merlot. Not an overpowering black cherry scent. It's just right! It reminds me a little of Black Currant Absinthe but more complex. It has a very strong throw in 464.


Too Sweet

Evaluated a sample of his fragrance in a GB 464 candle and was not impressed. The cloying sweetness drowns out any complexity and the cherry scent is overwhelming. Doesn't smell high end at all.


Black Cherry Merlot

Love this one!! I use Soy and it smells great ct and Ht. And it is a lot like the BBW one!!


In my opinion this isn't even a close alternative to the Black Cherry. I mixed it the same strength as I do with my other scents and it doesn't throws scent as well. Not impressed. Please bring back the classic Black Cherry.

Melissa Brawley

Owner, Shore Soap

My customers LOVE this fragrance as do I! It seems any scent I have that is "alcohol" based is a favorite, meaning wine, whiskey, or liquor. These seem to not be too sweet and not similar to lavender at all. I made "Libation" soaps this summer and they are almost gone.


Stellar Fragrance

This fragrance quickly became a top seller for me- it’s an exquisite and seductive take on black cherry. Stellar throws and blends beautifully. A staple and far superior to the BBW version.

The poor reviews are truly confounding to me- surely they’re not talking about the same fragrance!


False advertising

The Black Cherry Merlot is nowhere near a substitute for black cherry. They dont even smell close to each other. It is almost false advertising to say that Merlot is a replacement. I dont know why Candle Science keeps getting rid of good scents, but when customers leave, they will get the point.

CandleScience Reply

Hello! We're sorry that you are disappointed with Black Cherry Merlot. While we do recommend this as a substitute for our previous Black Cherry, it is not intended to be the exact same fragrance. It shares many of the same notes, along with elements of red wine and oak that give it a deeper complexity. We suggest trying this fragrance as a similar alternative but acknowledge that it is not the same. If you would like to return any remaining fragrance oil, our support team would be happy to help!

Love it!

A must have


Disclaimer: I don't make candles. I make melt and pour soap, typically exclusively for kids so fruity, bold scents are the norm. That being said, I've already used 2 full 1oz of this fragrance in 2 months. It is BY FAR my best seller ever. The scent is fruity, but deep and complex.



Very nice of my best sellers.

Montford Wicks

Owner, The Happy Lotus

I love this fragrance. It has a spicy kick to it, with the black cherries mellowing it out. It scents up a room without overpowering it, too.


Cherry WHAT?

This evaluation is after a 30 day cure in parasoy. Lovely scent. Good throw. No merlot. The earthy/woodsy notes are coming through as a tobacco. This is a nice cherry tobacco-like scent though.



This scent smells sooo good! It's yummy and my favorite now.


Issue with scent

I really like the scent a lot, but I am not having the best luck with the hot throw. I used 464 soy wax and its not as strong as other scents that I have tried. I am ordering 444 soon so maybe that will help.

Jenny T


This is a great cherry scent. A tad bit syrupy for my taste but it sells well!


Don't like it

I am disappointed in the scent of the merlo. Its smells like old furniture. Please bring the regular black cherry back


Owner of online candle store

After a long time of only buying small bottles, this will be my first large bottle purchased. Unbelievable HT. Smells like grape lollipop to me but my kids said black cherry as soon as they walked in. Six thumbs up.

Carrie H.

Candle Science pulled a Henry Higgins and made a sophisticated and dignified Dr Pepper. It's not heavy and syrupy. It's bright, deep, and would charm the heck out of a bathroom candle. Summer evening savoir faire.


One of my absolute favorites! Strong but not overwhelming. Wasn’t sure I’d love a cherry scent but it’s our family favorite. Looking forward to selling this one!



Ok, so I thought I was going to open the bottle and smell a strong, bright, candy like cherry...nope! This one is more complex; it has a nice deep warmth to it! I can detect the merlot, and it's very different than any other cherry scent out there.... this one is S-E-X-Y! Sure to be a hit!


Very Nice!

I made a few test candles and reed diffusers. The cold throw in the candle is amazing. I have the diffuser sitting in my office, and everyone is loving it. I was hoping to make it a wine scent, however, I think it is too overpoweringly cherry. Beautiful, sweet, fruit forward and a little exotic. I am not sure how it will burn, but I can't wait to try.


Awesome Scent

I have had a very hard time finding a Cherry FO that isn't medicinal but Black Cherry Merlot hits the mark. Definitely a bright cherry scent OOB, so I'm really excited to use this in some summer candles!


It has a very strong scent out of the bottle. I can definitely smell the cherry right away, the merlot is a stretch. When I made the candles, the entire house smelled amazing. Now that the candles are completely set, they smell great, very fruity and summery.