Driftwood (Discontinued)
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As of 01/16/2020:

This version of Driftwood (Discontinued Version) has been discontinued and replaced with the new Amber and Driftwood. Click here to check it out!


REVISION NOTICE: It is CandleScience policy to notify customers if any part of a fragrance was changed for any reason.

As of January 16, 2020 our Driftwood was revised to meet our new stringent safety standards to remove ingredients with similar characteristics to those on the Prop 65 List. See new version.

Great as a masculine or feminine scent, our Driftwood is a woody, earthy mix of vanilla and sandalwood, warmed with musk and a touch of patchouli for a calming and long lasting fragrance oil. This fragrance is infused with with natural essential oils, including Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Clove leaf. Note Profile:
Top: Sea Salt, Spice
Middle: Cedar, Patchouli
Base: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Dark Musk
Note: The patchouli note is dominant when smelled straight out of the bottle, but those notes are tempered to create a fuller fragrance once in wax.

Suggested Colors: Blue, Grey, Brown
See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.


Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 3-6%
Vanillin Content 2.01% - 5%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 212 °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.



Average Rating:

(based upon 49 reviews)

Strong vanilla, Discolored

OOB, I could definitely pick up the masculine woody tones, but in soap all I can smell is sweet, but not cakey, vanilla. It's not bad, just unexpected based on scent notes and reviews. It also discolored bright yellow at first, but then turned pretty dark brown. I likely won't purchase this again, unless by request, simply because it didn't meet my expectations.

Fun story, though - Pair this with Cardamom & Anise and I SWEAR it smells just like Dr. Pepper!

Everyday Oapsay

Amazing Mild Scent

Love this scent! If your looking for a nice cool scent that is not overpowering this is a great choice!

Willow House Mercantile


This literally smells like a LITERAL piece of wood! 3 stars because it smells like what its called but won't be attempting to use this. Perhaps it needs a mixer but I'm new to candle making so just looking for straight-up scents for my first collection.


Why is it yellow?

Am I the only one having issues with this turning bright yellow? The scent is decent but this is oddly the only CS oil that I've experienced discoloring.


Owner, Susan's Soaps & Oils

Out of all my fragrances, this is the ONLY one that my Father in law likes. I made soap with it yesterday for the first time, and it behaved beautifully. No ricing, seizing, nothing untoward. Next time I'm ordering a bigger bottle. :-)

Susan Darsey

Weird On Its Own, Blends Beautifully

By itself this FO to me smells like celery sticks, like the remnants of a failed diet that has lingered in the fridge far too long, is what it reminds me of haha. However.. When I blend it with other FO's, it adds a neutral yet distinct wood quality to a blend and the strange celery note vanishes. Try doing a 3:1 blend between this FO and vanilla FO to see (smell) what I mean. 2:1:1 blend of this FO, a vanilla FO and a black pepper FO was pretty amazing. The Driftwood FO held its own with a neutral wood quality at just 50% of the blend, wasn't loud but was definitely notably present in the character of the overall scent, again sans weird celery smell. I recommend getting a sample of this FO to play with if you like to make multi-FO blends.



I used 464 with 8% FL. Will try 10%. I love this smell, but wish it gave better throws!


One of my faves!

Right out of the bottle, I was in love. This is hands down one of my favorite fragrance oils EVER from any supplier. It's earthy and nostalgic. It makes for the best mixer and if CS ever stops selling this, I'm in big trouble because I use it for one of my favorite blends. Its great on its own as well. Good in 464.


Cold, not hot

Love the cold throw of this one, so much that I'm determined to keep trying with it. But overall I haven't been impressed with the hot throw. Maybe it just needs a really long cure time? I've tried it in 464, 10%, with one and two week cure times and can barely smell it in my bathroom, which is small. It's such a nice smell, though!



Beautiful, mysterious fragrance that comes across slightly masculine but popular with woman customers. Definitely ordering more.

Candle Artist

Not for Me

I experienced this scent as being extremely powdery and perfumy in my candle. I liked it much better OOB. It does have a woodsy, masculine smell OOB. I mixed it 10% with GB 464.



I do wish this was a bit more "woody" but other than that it's great. I mix it with a little Blood Orange.

Modern Magix

Descent Scent

I got this FO as a sample. I'm not sure what driftwood smells like so I can't speak to whether or not this FO smells like it. It's a descent woodsy smell. I think it blends well with other woodsy scents. I experienced acceleration in my CP soap. It didn't cause any separation or ricing though. I can't speak to discoloration yet.


Very balanced! Very warming!! If you try it you won't regret it!!


Did it change?

I ordered this scent months back and it had a leading woodsy and musk smell, which was very nice. I just ordered it this week and it doesn't compare well with my previous scent. It now has a sweet molasses, almost Butterscotch, scent to it.

Last Order 5 stars - This Order 3 Stars.

Ashton Read
CandleScience Reply

Hi! We are sorry to hear that you had some trouble with this fragrance. The formula has not been revised or changed since your last purchase. Customers often notice a difference in smell out of the bottle of a fragrance when they purchase a larger size than before. Have you had a chance to try the fragrance in your products? Please let us know if you still are having trouble and we would love to help!

Lovely Day Fragrances

OK, I want a huge bottle of this next purchase. I love it and I'm sure most men will too as it is light and masculine. Good job Candle Science!



this is one of my favorites and best sellers. great throw in parasoy and paraffin wax melts and with a cure time of 5-7 days in GB415 soy for jars. I use at 10% fragrance load


OMG! Must try this one!

I bought this for the first time back in the fall and it has been such a hit in my wax tarts,soap & beard oils. My boys who are 26&23 make sure I always keep them in stock with soaps and beard oils made with this! Definitely more a unisex scent so I see why women and women both like it! Nice earthy scent to it, which is great for someone who doesn't like that strong cologne smell. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! Will for sure stay in my product line.



Very nice scent. Driftwood is a good description. I kept the name! One customer said this dosen't smell like drift wood. . but I mean pick up a stick or drift wood and smell it. you wouldn't be able to sell that in a candle. So I love the description for this one! masculine scent but both men and women love it. nice soft scent! cold and hot throw are good! 464 at 12%

JB Wicks Candle Co.

Reminds me a little of men's cologne

This isn't a bad scent at all, but I prefer cleaner scents, like citrus or mint. This scent is a bit more rich and musky. Because it's less flowery than other scents, I imagine men may enjoy it more.



we have three bestsellers so far driftwood, cinnamon chain and coriander tonic. and this one is my personal favourite!
ps. i have an actual waitlist for this one!!


Love love lovw

This by far is my top selling fragrance in my men's line. I've bought other Driftwood ones and none compare to this one.


Good scent but it just isn't selling. Wouldn't recommend for general sale unless requested



This scent is absolutely amazing!! It's definitely one of my faves to use in my candles alone or as a mix! Mixes great with 464.


Good for base notes but not a powerful wood scent

I purchase driftwood for a lot of woody and papery scents but note that it is not a top note scent. This provides a nice base note to candles and enhances other woody/papery scents but will not really stand out on its own. I still use it in a lot of my candles for these combinations but it's not a very strong scent by itself.

Brittany S.

Here smell this

My company is called Here Smell This. It's what I tell my husband every time I discover a new fragrance I like. And I LOVE this one! He likes it even better than I do. Calling it driftwood doesn't work for me. I think of sea salt and ozone when I hear driftwood, but that's easy to fix. I just renamed it! And, oh my goodness, this is a popular fragrance for me. I use it in dry oil body sprays and bath teas.


Not my favorite..

This smell was fine in the bottle, but I would not recommend it for candles. It has a weak scent and you are better off with the Black Sea or Caribbean Teakwood scents.

Cate L

Turns wax bright yellow

Love the scent... and definitely a best seller but I have had to pull a number of jars due to the wax turning bright yellow.


Can't stop sniffing it

I don't know what it is about this scent, but everyone who smells it falls in love -- myself included!!


Turns wax yellow

I love this scent and so do my customers. One big problem- it is the only scent I use that turns the soy wax yellow every time. Not a problem in tins, but huge problem in mason jars.


Exactly as it sounds

If you like the smell of wood with vanilla, then you'll like this scent, because that's exactly what it smells like. I personally don't like it but we've had some positive reviews of it.


i love this scent. very clean, soft, excellent cold and hot throw.


One of my Favorites for men

I use this often to make CP soap. Soaps like a dream but discolors to dark brown but works with a name like driftwood. Sticks like crazy and I love when my husband uses a bar in the shower. The whole bathroom smells awesome

Julie Batchelor

Masculine, but nice!

Strong scent, but maybe a tad too masculine. I feel like this could be mixed with a smidge of something to tone it down a little bit.


Sell more to men

Made this into a candle, called it Driftwood and Dunes. Men seem to like this better than women. We colored it a greyish dark blue. We sell at least one per outing. It has a high musk overtone that can be overpowering. It has calmed down now that it has had a chance to cure.



This is a great relaxing scent! It's good for all year around.


Too masculine

This only reminds me of a man's cologne! No wood at all. :(


Awesome scent!

I was a little skeptical, even with the good reviews. Boy am I glad that I took a chance! I absolutely love this scent! Using GB 464 with a 9% fragrance load, the throw is amazing!

Spa Creations

Lovely smell but weak hot throw.

I really think this smells wonderful. Its a warm and sensual scent for sure. I smell the vanilla pretty strong OOB. Unfortunately the hot throw is pretty subtle. I really wish It was stronger because I really like this scent. Used GB 464 and a 5 percent FO load in an 8 ounce candle. This scent deserves more like a 2 leaf rating in my opinion.

Carlo C.

Earthy, Sweet, and Warming

Adore this scent! My favorite one from Candle Science so far. Perfect balance of earthy and sweet with a touch a vanilla.


Warm & Inviting...one of my favs BUT

This scent is one of my personal favorites. The only issue is that the oil causes soy wax to yellow after a few weeks even without any UV contact at all (stored in a box). Need to add dye to it or give a discount down the road.


Great for Men and Women

A wonderful, subtle mix of sandalwood and musk. A nice, unique unisex fragrance. Everyone who smells it loves it. Strong in soy!


Smells amazing!

This fragrance oil is just awesome. It is very smooth and refreshing. Woodsy with just enough creaminess to keep it more on the mellow side. A great unisex fragrance.
Works great in soy wax. It is also awesome as a unisex fragrance in bath and body products. I cannot keep enough of this in stock.


Very intriging!

This is a nice earthy fragrance. Glad I purchased it.

wax lady

Great fragrance oil!

I used this in 444, and it is very strong in this wax. It has a great got throw, and the cold throw is amazing. I really like this fragrance. It is both earthy and sweet. I will definitely be ordering a bigger bottle of this soon!



Very pleasant unisex scent, I really love it just wish it was a little stronger :)


Nice, but a little light.

Very nice fragrance - you can really smell the vanilla. But I wish it was stronger.


Not impressed use CP soap

floral - soft cant tell what it is



This is absolutely amazing! Wonderful patchouli and vanilla tones. My husband and I both love it so it does work great for masculin or feminie. I used the 1 oz sample in the ecosoya CB advanced wax and I would have liked it to be stronger. I would recommend using the full max load for your wax.