Cardamom and Star Anise Fragrance Oil - CandleScience
Cardamon and star anise fragrance oil
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Cardamom and Star Anise infuses spaces with the aromas of a spice bazaar. Peppery top notes of ginger and cardamom mingle with the star anise to create a fusion reminiscent of a cup of masala chai. Middle notes of alluring star anise and a dash of nutmeg combine into this super fragrant spice blend. The base of smooth vanilla bean and anise balance the spice and add a touch of sweetness.

Create unique and distinct wax melts, candles, and reed diffusers, or turn your handmade soaps and other bath and body care products into chic gifts. If you’re looking for a spicy holiday experience, try out this exceptional scent.

Note Profile:
Top: Cardamom, Ginger, Eucalyptus
Middle: Anise, Nutmeg
Base: Anise, Vanilla

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

Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 3-6%
Lotion Safe Yes Usage: 1-2%
Vanillin Content 0%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 189 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible Yes; Up to 25%

*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.

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Cold Process Soap Performance
Acceleration Discoloration Separation
None Light Yellow None

Lye Water Temperature 100ºF
Oil temperature 115ºF

We did not experience any acceleration or separation. The batter was very easy to work with and was slow to come to a light trace. After 24 hours, there was no sign of discoloration and the scent was strong. We did not observe any sign of the soap going through gel phase. After the cure, the scent stayed strong, and the bars discolored to a light cream color. This fragrance is ideal for creating intricate swirls or designs that require a very light trace.

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Average Rating:

(based upon 16 reviews)

I'm just getting started, and picked this FO because it sounded different and interesting. Some people don't like anise, but I do. It's not overpowering at all, it's actually really delicate and sweeter than I expected. I tried 6% in soy wax (that I bought somewhere else and isn't the brands here, sounds similar to 464). I made a handful of candles using different FOs and this one is my 10-year old son's favorite. It's not like a jelly bean, maybe if a higher percentage was used maybe it is. I keep coming back to this candle with no color in it and I do really like it. I'll be getting more for sure. I like the idea somebody else had about using it to add complexity to other FOs.

I know licorice can be polarizing, but I'm still surprised at the negative reviews here! For me, this scent is a MUST HAVE mixer! Have a favorite Pine/woodsy scent that you'd like to make more "cozy fall/holiday"? Put in a touch of this & voila! Want your Chai or Pumpkin Pie to really stand out? Add this & it will blow you away. Looking for a way to add complexity to your Apple or Maple candles? It's this scent. Mix with Patchouli & yr most of the way to a home-brewed Witches' Brew. You know what turns cozy Amber into a sexy powerhouse? A drop of this. Want a unique take on Orange & Clove pomanders? I hope by now you know what to do. I'm sure I missed a whole bunch of possible combos, but that's because there are so many! To my nose, it takes a full 2 week cure for this scent to settle in (I use 415), so give it some time. I highly encourage mixing a bit of this scent into some of your standards -- you will not be sorry you bought it!

Cardamom with a kick! Shame it's a hit or miss, because it's easily a top five for me. Bright, spicy, beautiful as just an undyed candle. Great replacement if you're bored of cinnamon-tinged scents. It's a fresh out of bed and didn't need coffee on a sunny morning scent. It's friends laughing in the hallway, putting on coats as the party ends. It's joie de vivre.


I love complex, expensive fragrances and have come to depend on Candle Science to deliver top notch fragrance compositions. I read some of the reviews and was certain that the negative remarks were from a skewed sample that found the fragrance offensive. And then I got my own one ounce bottle, and you can imagine my surprise when I opened the bottle and found myself in agreement with the negative reviews. What is this? Toilet cleanser? Hmmm, let me try to paint a picture for you. If this were candy, it would be horehound; that weird hard candy that no one likes, and not a single person can accurately describe what they think it tastes like. Anyway, let me try to describe the smell for you. It is as if I started with a can of cola, and added some cinnamon, microwaved pieces of licorice, lemongrass, and oven cleaner. I'm sorry but this is the one and only CS fragrance oil so far that I cannot get behind. Candle Science, what happened?

Not a fan

I got this hoping that I would find a new scent that I loved. I did not. It smells purely of black licorice. Just not for me.

Did NOT like!

I just couldn't stomach this fragrance. I sent it back and didn't feel bad about it.

Cardamom and Star Anise

This scent is different - smells like black licorice to me. I have a couple customers who love it. It's not overpowering, but not subtle either. I'm glad I took a chance on this one - I'll be using again.

One of my favorite scents-not annoverpoweonf scent but both cold and hot throw are wosderfu. A customer favorite and will be a staple in my line.

This is such a unique and complex fragrance, simply stunning! I have used this in both candles and soap and it is divine. Definitely on my top 10 list. Make sure to give this a try out of the bottle as it's fairly strong when you first take a sniff. Keep this fragrance available all year long!

Candle Company Owner

I LOVE this aroma. It is so rich and unique!!


I absolutely love this scent! I needed a new Anise as a previous supplier discontinued their version which I depended on. I looked for a replacement for over 3 years, nothing compared, everything was so unnatural smelling, until now! CandleScIence's version is very natural, beautiful and gently sweet. I am very happy.

A Good Cardamom Scent

I've been looking for a good cardamom scent for awhile and am very happy with this one. I was wary of the anise scent it was paired with because I usually dislike anything with anise in it, but wanted to try it. I really like it! I don't get an overwhelming anise scent but it gives a nice complexity to the fragrance. Will definitely be ordering more!

I really wanted to like this scent oil. I truly did. I opened the bottle for just a little sniff and was not pleased at all but I decided to give it a chance anyway. I wanted to judge it out of the bottle as it can smell a little different in the wax, you know? So, I add it to my wax and was assaulted with the scent of...licorice! Not just any licorice, but the dark licorice I remember and didn’t like as a kid. The scent is cloying. I usually adore CS scents but they missed the mark with this one.

Spicey & Unique

As always anything candlescience puts out usually gets 4 or 5 stars from me. Number one for originality number two for the best in scent throw. Cardammon & 🌟 Anise may not be for everyone but its complexity works for me. Especially the Licorice and I don't even like licorice. And for the life of me people..sniffing off the bottle is not a good way to judge a fragrance.

Linked Keys, co-owner

This scent is absolutely wretched! I’m sorry, but I simply can not find any other way to describe it. In the bottle, it smells like Sprite with a touch of cinnamon. Out of the bottle in you soap or candles, it smells like that black licorice that pretty much everyone loathes. We ended up deciding NOT to include it in our lineup of candles and soap.


I was so excited to see the new fragrances available and we just got our order today. I was disappointed though in a few of the new fragrances including this one. I cannot smell any ginger, nutmeg, or vanilla. All I smell is a bitter licorice. It almost has a pine cleaner smell too. Definitely not what I was expecting.