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Olfactive Description: Spicy, Pungent, Fresh, Woody, Dry, Dusty

A spicy, warm scent, Black Pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of a flowering vine called piper nigrum, also known as black peppercorns. If you’re considering your own handmade blends, Black Pepper is a well-loved middle note that helps bring together airy florals and heavy spices.

Approved for use in multiple products, we recommend this essential oil for use in candles, wax melts, tarts, and reed diffusers. It’s also safe for use in bath and body products like bar soap, liquid soap, lotion, and scrubs.

Candle Maker’s Notes:
Black Pepper essential oil makes our list of recommended essential oils for candle making. On our soy performance scale, this essential oil has one leaf out of three. So, while it is safe to use in candles and is true to the out-of-bottle scent, it has a light throw in wax.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Lavender (Bulgarian), Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Clary Sage

Fragrance Wheel Family: Spicy

Vibe Check: Invigorating, Warm, Energizing

Suggested Colors: Tan

See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Storage Tip: Best stored refrigerated away from food products or in a cool, dark place.

Returns: Essential oils can only be returned with an unbroken, original seal on the bottle.

This Product has Shipping Restrictions
Due to the low flashpoint of this product it's not shippable by air.
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Botanical Name
Piper Nigrum
This product is not Certified Origin
Plant Part
Dried Berries
Extraction Method
Steam Distillation
Soy Performance
1 of 3
115°F (46°C)
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required

Recommended Applications

This product is Candle Safe usage: 6.0% - 9.0%
This product is Bar Soap Safe usage: 1.0% - 6.0%
This product is Liquid Soap Safe usage: 0.5% - 1.0%
This product is Lotion Safe usage: 0.5% - 2.0%
This product is Room Spray Safe usage: up to 5.0%
This product is Perfume Safe usage: 15.0% - 25.0%
This product is Diffuser Base Approved usage: up to 25.0%
Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired essential oil strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Cold Process Soap Performance

Light Tan

Lye Water Temperature 113ºF (45°C)
Oil Temperature 115ºF (46.1°C)

We experienced slight acceleration but no separation. The oils and lye water were slow to reach a light trace, so we continued blending to a medium trace. As we poured the soap into the mold, we saw it was thickening slightly. Hand stirring the oil in at a light trace should allow plenty of time to work on more detailed designs. After 24 hours, we observed the soap reached a partial gel through the center of the loaf. They had a very slight tan discoloration. The scent was strong. After 30 days, the discoloration remained a very subtle light tan. The scent had faded but was still distinguishable.

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Great Quality

I usually buy my essential oils straight from a manufacturer but was in a pinch and I knew I could count on CS. This is a great quality black pepper. I'm usually afraid to buy EO's from candle suppliers based on cheap quality that I've experienced in the past. This is a great quality black pepper eo.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Well Balanced

This essential oil is perfect if you enjoy the spicy nuances of earthy black pepper. I can't wait to use it in my blends.