Cardamon and Star Anise Fragrance Oil
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Product Notice, August 2, 2021: The soap safe usage rate for this fragrance oil has been impacted by recent regulatory changes. While this fragrance has not been changed in any way, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) amended use standards that impact this fragrance.

The information displayed in the Properties section on this page is accurate; however, you may receive a bottle with the soap safe usage rates allowed before the IFRA change. These bottles were printed prior to the regulatory change and are being phased out. You have until May 10, 2022, to use the product at the prior usage rate for any existing products while you reformulate. 

Learn more about IFRA 49: What Candle and Soap Makers Need to Know and IFRA 49: Soap Usage Recommendation Changes.

Product Update March 17, 2021:

In 2020, we launched CandleScience Clean Scents™, a fragrance oil line we developed according to our own rigorous, industry-leading safety standards. As regulations evolve and new research becomes available, the criteria a fragrance must meet to be a Clean Scent evolves, too. Unfortunately, this fragrance no longer meets our strict requirement to be labeled a CandleScience Clean Scent™. At this time, we have no plans to discontinue this product until we have a replacement Clean Scent fragrance.

Cardamom and Star Anise infuses spaces with the aromas of a spice bazaar. Peppery top notes of ginger and cardamom mingle with 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 and candles, 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.

Blends well with: Ginger and Spice, Cinnamon Chai

Alternative branding ideas: Bazaar

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: 2-3%
Vanillin Content 0%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 189 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible No

*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.


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.

*Note - This fragrance was tested at a 5% fragrance load. With the release of IFRAs 49th Amendment this fragrance can now be used at 3% to remain IFRA compliant.

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Average Rating:

(based upon 34 reviews)


WoW!! Why haven't I ordered this before?? It is my ABSOLUTE favorite smell!! I used it with coconut apricot creme wax and OMG!!! Hot and cold throw are PERFECT!!! I can smell this all day long!!


Performed well in CP

Loved this in CP - the anise note faded over the cure which is what I was hoping for. Performed really well, no issues.



After 7 days of curing I was inpatient and lit the candle and the HT was WEAK!! Blew it out after 4 hrs. On the 12th day I lit the same candle and OMGEEEEEE!!! AMAZING!!!


No Throw

I have been making Soy Candles since 2002, I use 464 at 10% and this fragrance has ZERO THROW in 464. Beware!

Candle Maker



This is the most incredible scent EVER!!! OMG!!! Dont ever discontinue this please!!! I love the smell of cardamon anyway but I didnt think this was going to hit the nail on the head like it did! This is by far the best scent in the entire universe. Will be a permanent addition to my line!

Magicis Herbis Et Olea

Surprising and Unique Scent

I actually expected this to be more spicy than is it, but it's been a happy surprise regardless. I'd say you first smell the citrus, then some spice, with a subtle sweet undertone. It's such a unique, uplifting scent. I renamed it with a fun Holiday name and customers have loved it for Christmas (though it makes a great Fall/Winter scent). It's not as strong as some scents, but with an 8% fragrance load, the HT is great. I only gave it the 4stars because of having to play around with the fragrance strength to get it "just right." This is also one where it's important to let it fully cure. Great job on this one CS!

AG Candle Co.

Chai spice base

Used this as a base for a chai latte scent. I would definitely recommend mixing it with another scent. It smells so yummy combined with Cinnamon & Vanilla.


Fresh fragrance

The name defies the fragrance. It seems like it would be a heavy fall fragrance, but it is surprisingly fresh. I used this in a pink and light yellow combo that did not conflict with the scent. I use this year round and mix up my color combo. I'm about to make a cp soap for a winter festival. I give it a high five stars.

Studio Pansy

A must to add to pumpkin pie.

Put a bit of this in your pumpkin pie fragrance oil and you'll have just about the most delicious smelling candle you can imagine with a hot and cold through that cannot be beat. I just got an order for a fall wedding for 30+ of these after giving someone a small wax melt sample.

PYT candles


Correction...this reminds me of sassafras, not horehound! :D


Bright & Clean Fragrance

I wasn't sure what to expect with this fragrance. I added a little vanilla. It reminds me of that old fashioned horehound hard candy. It is kind of a root beer, licorice/minty, spicey scent. I like it!


Fantastic in CP Soap!

I can't say enough how much I really love this fragrance in CP Soap. I had no real issues with it in my batter, it's an excellent blender, and adds an elevated, quality that is both spa like and yet exotic and a bit bold at the same time. It is complex and clean and an undeniably unique and intriguing fragrance. I haven't used it in candles yet but you can be sure that I will be for the upcoming fall and holiday season!


One of my favorites!

Both cardamom and anise are scents that I love and I'm so happy that this blend exists. It smells true to description and it gives the right pop I was looking for in one of my own blends.


Minty Fresh Fragrance

I'm diffusing this fragrance in my bathroom right now. It makes my entire bathroom smell like a minty cool mouthwash. I like it!



We all make mistakes, and while I'm usually considered to be spot on with regard to fragrances, I got this one wrong. If you read my previous review, I crucified this poor fragrance. What I didn't realize is how wonderfully this scent blends with so many other fragrances, and the fragrance is wonderful after it's cured in a candle. I use 464 wax at 12%, and based on a recommendation from a friend, I started to blend this with some other fragrance oils and I've been incredibly impressed. In fact, I've used ¾ of a pound creating test fragrances. So, I feel that I owe CS and the candle making community an apology. You do get an undercurrent of anise spice with this one, but I promise that eucalyptus smell that I described in my original review as oven cleaner and Sprite combined, completely disappears in the wax. What you are left with is a very lovely, complex spice fragrance that will add that something extra to otherwise boring fragrance recipes.


Surprised by this one

I didn't know I would love this so much! I let it cure for several months before I melted and it is lovely. Very true scent.

Flower Road Candle Co.

Perfect for Winter Blends

This gives the kick I need for my winter scents. Love it.


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.

Danielle D

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?

Milwaukee Tim

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.

Crafty Cat`

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.

Lisa; Ginger&Vine

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.

Flora Oddchild

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.

Peter Camacho

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.

Kimberly Boateng


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.