Dulce de Leche Fragrance Oil Clean Scent
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Dulce de Leche transforms any space into an artisanal confectionery shop filled with the warm aroma of buttery caramel. This sweet, decadent fragrance tempts your senses with notes of rich butter before giving way to a heart of luscious caramel and cream. Vanilla and tonka bean in the base reinforce the sweetness and warmth that makes Dulce de Leche such an appealing scent. Candles and melts made with Dulce de Leche will satisfy the most discerning gourmand scent lover, but this skin-safe fragrance also makes for scrumptious bath whips, sugar scrubs, and other body care items. Dulce de Leche handmade creations can be either fancy or fun for any occasion.

NOTE: Wondering why there is so much variation in feedback? We believe this is a solubility issue. The wax needs to be at 185 F when the fragrance oil is added, and stirred thoroughly, or it will not go into solution. If not mixed properly, the result is poor cold/hot throw and a candle with all the fragrance oil pooled at the bottom of the container.

Blends well with: Caramelized Pralines, Pumpkin Caramel Crunch, Fresh Coffee

Alternative branding ideas: Waffle Cone, Ice Cream Shoppe

Note Profile:
Top: Butter
Middle: Caramel, Sugar, Cream
Base: Vanilla, Tonka Bean

Suggested Colors: Honeycomb, Ivory
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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 > 225 °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
Excessive Dark Tan Excessive

Lye Water Temperature 110ºF
Oil temperature 100ºF

While the batter never seized, it accelerated to a mashed potato consistency within seconds after reaching an emulsion. It was easy to stir and only stiffened a little, but it was not going to smooth out enough to get into the mold and have it hold together. We put it all in a crockpot and tried to finish it with a hot process but the mixture stayed very clumpy and would not come together. After 30 days the soap was very crumbly and did not hold its shape and was a very dark tan color. We would recommend using this in melt and pour soap or other personal care products than CP soap.

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Average Rating:

(based upon 58 reviews)

Do not buy!

Let me start off with saying I complete loveeeeee this scent!!! But the formula just does not work. I followed the instructions above to add fo at 185 and the fo just sat in the bottom, literally. I made sure to stir well and on another try do it slowly with a different degree and no difference! & everytime I poured fo no matter what degree I could visibly see some smoke wandering out of it like if it was a hotttttt tea enough to worry me that the vessel might even crack. Thank god my vessel is clear so I’m able to see before selling as it is a FIRE HAZARD. Candle science needs to take this off or reformulate. This ended up delaying my fall collection and I’m so pissed about it.

Karen Garcia
CandleScience Reply

Hi there! We're so sorry to hear that you've been having some trouble with your Dulce De Leche Candles! Dense fragrance oils such as Dulce de Leche can sometimes be a little tricky but typically a few adjustments can really really help improve the bond between the wax and fragrance oil. A member of our Support team will be reaching out to you via email today to see how we can help!

Candle Maker

The scent of this candle is warm and cozy so I have no issues with that aspect. My problem with it is every time I make a batch of candles I have at least 1 out 4 candles that does not solidify properly. The top 3/4 of the candle solidifies, but the bottom 1/4 of the candle is still liquid. Due to this issue I am not able to sale those defect candles.

Darrin Yates
CandleScience Reply

Hi there! Thank you so much for leaving a review. We're sorry to hear that you're having some separation issues with some of your candles. A member of our Support team has reached out via email to better assist!

Dulce De Disappointment??

So I placed an order and decided to get the 1oz size of Dulce for free. Upon receiving I LOVED the smell of this scent!! I purchased an 8oz bottle and got to work. Upon pouring, half of my first batch had separated from the wax and pooled at the bottom. This is very disappointing because of two reasons (1) The cost and (2) the wasted time and effort. I'm usually a big fan and frequent customer for my business but CS seems to fall short with this one. Ill try one more time since unfortunately I bought an 8oz bottle.


Sweet Caramel

This sweet, dessert awesomeness is perfect.

People need to learn how to use fragrance oils, judging by some reviews.

10 out of 10!


social director

I absolutely love this scent!!!This scent smells of caramel candy being baked in your kitchen. I am on my second order of this scent. I LOVE CANDLE SCIENCE

octavia cotton

It’s good!

It’s a very accurate, true to its name scent. It smells like warm caramel.


Very light

Too light and it doesn’t cure well with the wax. It separates and you can hardly smell it. Won’t be ordering this one again.

CandleScience Reply

Hi! We're sorry to hear you experienced separation with this fragrance. This fragrance oil is a bit denser than many others. Making sure your wax is at 185° F before adding your fragrance oil will help to avoid any separation issues, and will help to ensure a good cold/hot throw. Feel free to reach out to us at support@candlescience.com for further assistance!


This is a fantastically decadent fragrance with a strong scent throw.


I really like the smell of this dulce de leche. This fragrance is a bit tricky.. I used 494 wax. I added 10% fragrance at 185, stirred for two minutes and poured at 150. I poured three clamshells and cured for 2 weeks. After the two weeks, two of the clamshells were perfectly fine and one had the oil pooled in two of the cavities.

Cynthia P

Wax Melt

Loved it in wax melt . read reviews and was scared but i used the crepe brûlée as a binder for the oil not to settle and it worked great. that’s the closets fo to dulce so it didn’t throw the scent of at all i used 2 1/2 table spoon of dulce de leche to 1/2 tablespoon of creamer brûlée to bind it. The scent is amazing soft milky caramel smell. i wish i could make a perfume from it lol



Not sure why this scent has received so many mixed reviews. Personally I love this scent!! Blended well with other fragrances! Maybe the type of wax used makes a difference in the outcome. I used 444 wax and came out perfect! HT and CT was amazing. No crystallization issues nor burn issues. I also made a fragrance spray mix with this and my customers absolutely love it! Please dont discontinue this fragrance!

Zen Body Creations

SOOO Potent

This fo is so potent, I tried it in igi 6006 wax at 8% in a 9oz straight sided jar, cured for 2 days. When I lit it, my entire home smelled like it in under 1hr. CS does have some fo on their site that smells amazing but fail miserably in their hot scent throw, this is not the case. Creamy, caramelized sugar, milky notes! I f you have a bakery/sweet fragrance oil line, add this one! I buy my fragrance oils from different sites depending on how well this works, cs is my go-to place for Dulce de Leche!


Wonderful - may be tricky in certain products

A wonderful scent - hearty blend of caramel, cream and a touch of maple. Have seen in other reviews that this scent might be tricky or difficult for candle-making, though, have not tried it myself as a candle scent. It seems a little touchier than their usual scents. Something to note, but it seems to work great as a blend for a body product using oils.


Really Doesn't Bind to Wax

I wish we had read these reviews before pouring 250 candles for a client who picked this scent out of dozens of options. They loved it, and our first tests were fine. Now the client is very unhappy because the amount of fragrance oil that has seeped accumulated on the top of the candles is excessive. We're using a coconut-soy blend, poured at 10% load. We melt to 185F, blend at 180F and pour around 150F.

We regularly purchase many different Candle Science fragrances and have never seen such poor binding. This is the first review I've written because clearly there is a problem with this fragrance and it should be made more clear on the listing.

CandleScience Reply

Hi there! A member of our support team has reached out to offer further assistance.

Won't Bind to Wax

This FO smells so good. However, it won't bind to wax. Even if I mix it with another FO it still seeps out of the wax. I used it with C3, C6, 444, 464, Coconut wax, and it won't bind to any of these waxes. I will use up what I have and won't purchase anymore. What bummer, it smells good.

CandleScience Reply

Hi! We're glad to have helped troubleshoot this for you!

One of my new faves!

This is a fantastic scent. I love it!


Most Difficult Fragrance Ever | Stay Away!

This is hands down the worst fragrance we've worked with! Wasted over 16oz of fragrance just trying to get it right. We try to stream line our process to make everything as easy as possible. We add fragrance at 185`, cool, pour at 135`. Then make adjustments as necessary. We've gotten nothing but wet spots from this fragrance (soy 464). Typically if we get wet spots or bad tops we pour at a slightly higher temp (get go up by 5's). We have went from 130,135,140,145,150,155 and continue to get large wet spots. This fragrance doesn't give! I've emailed Candle Science support and they've just copy & pasted info from their website not even addressing the issues we emailed in detail about. I would absolutely stay away from this fragrance at all cost. Especially considering Candle Science won't take the time to stand behind their product or help troubleshoot.

CandleScience Reply

Hi! Thanks for leaving a review! we're sorry that you're having issues with your candles, but our support team will be reaching out to better assist you!

FO Doesn't Bind

I've found that when I mix the Dulce De Leche with other FOs from CandleScience, it doesn't bind well and the fragrance oil falls to the bottom which can be extremely dangerous if not extinguished correctly. I love the scent but I'm not happy with how it works.

CandleScience Reply

Hi! A member of our team will be reaching out shortly!

The scent is amazing but it doesn't work well in my Solid Goat's Milk Lotion. I made four batches useing a different candlescience fragrance in each. In the Dulce de Lech batch the goats milk powder became clumpy. The other batches turned out smooth and perfectly fine. I was able to blend it and it is almost ok but still a little grainy so not something that I will be offering to my customers.


difficult to work with

So I poured this soy blend wax at 185F and I kept it on heat around 180F for a few minutes to blend the oils with wax well. I poured the wax into the jars at 152F, no issues however when I had to re-pour to smooth the top, that is when I noticed the pooling in the center of the candle around the wick, every one of the candles as it hardened it started pool. I heated it with a heat gun and had to take the top 1/8" off the jars and smoothed the candles with heat gun. tons of work went into to. I lit the candle it lighted beautiful nice fragrance, due to all the work, will not be purchasing this scent again. Glad I only got a 8oz bottle.


Potentially dangerous but great when it works

I love the buttery sweet smell of this! It has proven slightly dangerous for me, though. Ive never experienced anything similar to what I have with this scent and have made hundreds and hundreds of candles: After mixing at the proper temperature and curing etc, I had a little 2oz tin just to burn for myself. It was burning in my bathroom and ended up blackening the tin and causing a sooty black mark on the counter. It almost looked like there was a mini explosion in the tin. After checking out one of my tea-lights from that same batch, I noticed the FO had gathered at the bottom and not fully inducted into the wax, despite heating wax to 185 and stirring gently for at least 2 mins. I tried another batch hoping it would work, but I saw the liquid pooled at the bottom again. When it does work, customers love it!

CandleScience Reply

Hi! Thank you for your review! I'm sorry to hear there had been some fragrance binding and soot issues! I have reached out via email with some more information.

Worth the risk in CP

So delicious smelling! I used this in my first CP soap using whole milk instead of water for the lye solution. It didn't make my batter seize, persay (I associate seizing with lots of ricing and panic, haha), but it definitely thickened it. I put it in the fridge to prevent gel, and while in there droplets of fragrance oil formed on the soap that never quite soaked back in. I'm glad I didn't try for any swirls or patterns, because the soap darkened to a deep chocolate brown! Since it smells like a good chocolate cake, I think I'll just call it something like that instead of Dulce de Leche. :)


Dulce de leche!!!

I'm from Argentina and this scent smell just like real dulce de leche! I tried in 464 soy wax and the hot throw was very strong but not overwhelming.
Now my house feels like an argentinian bakery! Thanks CS :)


Not sure why?

I’m not sure why this scent has low reviews? It’s a fabulous scent! It is a little quirky to work with but well worth the time. It does take a little longer to blend, and it can leave Bumpier tops that usual, nothing that can’t be fixed with your heat gun. ( I always smooth my tops with a heat gun anyways.)
Customers absolutely love this sweet caramel concoction. It has a wonderful hot and cold throw in the new coconut soy wax. I love it!

Mr Toads


Love love this scent , customers looooove this scent! Easy to work with! Even with discoloration! Still amazing.

Dancing Orchid Soapworks

I tried to make Wax melts. No matter how much I stirred it still separated from the wax. A complete waste of my time and money.


Candle Science is unbelievable

This scent is........GLORIOUS!
Candle Science, is by far the BEST company for candle fragrances.. & this here specific scent will drive you to write a review like this lol. I love this scent. Please don’t discontinue.
-A happy customer.


Absolutely love Dulce de Leche!!

It is my favorite scent now for my candles..my husband loves the smell too! I am ordering more too put some in my soaps too.....it just smells so good..love love love



This was the first time I had issues with a fragrance oil. I use soy wax 464. I noticed when I poured the oil into the wax it was unusually viscous compared to other fragrances I use. My candles ended up with large holes and crystallized tops. They looked completely unacceptable to sell. I tried to make them one more time making sure I was perfect with my temperatures and the same thing happened. I will not use this fragrance again. It does smell amazing though!


This is amazing

I love this new scent it is great in any product u choose to use it in. I have had nothing but positive feed back from friends, family, and customers.

Victoria F Spencer

Same issue with mixing, had to cut it with another oil

My customers really like this scent, but the amount of work that goes into fixing the tops isn't worth it. I've found that I had to cut it with vanilla oil in order to avoid separation and have the wax sit at the bottom of the candles, as well as mix for about 20 seconds before pouring them. Can't do anything about the crystalized tops and sink holes beside using a heat gun.


Does not mix well

I used this fragrance in 463 and C-3 wax and experienced glass adhesion issues as well as bumpy or crystallized tops. I am relatively new to candle making but I have not experienced this with any of the other fragrances I’ve used so far.

Scentology candles


deliciously delicious Dulce de Leche 100% recommended one of my favorites

Vanessa santana

Won’t Blend

Disappointed that this oil wouldn’t blend in my comfort wax. I’d bought over 20 different oils. And had no issues at all with the blending. With this one. The oil separated and sat on the bottom of the candle. Not a good choice for candles. I wish I can post the pic of my candle.


So disappointed

In September I made my first batch using Dulce De Leche, I mixed it with Apple Harvest. I noticed when I was pouring the wax was steaming! I added FO at 185 and pour at about 160. They also took forever to cure and the tops looked crystalized. I thought maybe I just did something wrong, but after reading the reviews of this fragrance, it has to be the Dulce De Leche. I just did another batch and the same thing happened. Not happy with the candles at all. Love the smell, Love CS, but not happy with the outcome of this FO.


Smells good but similar to others

So I bought this, hazelnut coffee, and Hansel and Gretel's house. They all smell quite similar. I would say buy the hazel coffee and Hansel and Gretel's house because they at least have a stronger scent. Not a bad smell at all, just a little disappointed that I bought two other scents that are very, very similar.



Dulce De Leche smells like an amazing dessert on its own, but I always mix oils to make my own combinations. Since I’m just now reading the solubility note and issues, I wasn’t aware of the problem and have been adding the combinations at my usual temperature of 165-175. Some combinations are effected by the vanillin content and have a darker appearance, but this is normal and not an issue for me with glass jars. I hope my love affair with Dulce De Leche won’t be short lived from it being discontinued soon. If you’re having trouble, I've had wonderful results mixing it with oils with 0% vanillin content.


Tried a 1oz sample of this during a recent sale, made a note to be sure I heated wax enough after reading reviews..had no issues with it segregating, using IGI 6006 and heating to around 185~190F and stirred thoroughly. Smells delicious; only issue I did run into was getting the candle to stay lit initially..first try it went out, used another match on it and was fine...although the flame went down + some minor tunneling after around 2-3 hours. I put it out and added another piece of wick from my scrap, then tried lighting again the following evening..noticed a very small amount of oil at the top of the cooled wax at this point > have since lit it again twice during a couple of evening, no further issues with tunneling/getting it to stay lit nor segregation. I reckon it's due to the FO's high flashpoint; it's very thick - could see that just from looking when I poured it out of the bottle. Probably would need to mess around a bit with the wick size/fragrance load to get it to burn well initially. But overall not too much of an issue, and definitely liking the smell of it.



This smells AMAZING. But I have NEVER had more trouble with a fragrance oil. I’m so disappointed! We use 464 and the tops come out with like a sugary coating every time. Super odd. We’ve tried lots of tactics but can’t make it work.


Love.. Love..Live this oil.

I’m new to this craft and after reading the reviews I was leery. I had absolutely no issues I used the “chandler and me” that I bought form CS and Folden soybtartvwax and followed the directions and had to issues. The color is absolutely beautiful without a coolant but this was just for testing. I wanted to see what the wax looked like naturally. It’s forgeous but I would use a colorant for tarts for sale. I love this so much I’m back buying another 16oz .. but in know this oil will be a 5 lb buy in the near future. Thank you Candlescience. I give it 10 stars!!!


Dulce de Leche - Heavenly!

Wow what a scent! This made a great beeswax candle that we will enjoy for quite a while. Had no problems with the scent's performance in the beeswax - and I am not an experienced candle maker. Will repurchase a larger size!

Linda Frank


This one is so yummy. I’ve had no problems with blending this fragrance into 464 or coconut soy waxes. I just made sure I had the wax melted to a high temperature before adding the fragrance, and kept the fragrance to 7% as it’s very heavy. Then stirred well for a few minutes.


Separation Issues

I too experienced a problem with the fragrance oil separating from the wax...wax looked horrible as it was cooling ... didn’t think it would ever solidify! Now there are oily pools at the tops of all my candles...I give it three stars just because it smells so good!


Oil Seperates

I love the smell as CT. I made two 8 oz and three 4 oz tin container candles. After curing for a week I've noticed a brownish/yellow oil sitting on top of the candle. The wax used is premium coconut and the color dye used was ivory. I opened all containers and every last one of them had colored oil on top. I'm wondering if this is the Vanilla causing this. However, it really smells great.



The smell was great when it came. Once we used it for our soap it separated and was a mess!!! This was the first event we've had that have us do much trouble.

H M Farms

Works great for lotions and creams!

Smells great and works well for lotions, creams, and body butters!


Customers love!

This is a fabulous new scent! My customers love it!
I am using the new Cargill coconut soy wax and it blends perfectly fine. The scent throw is amazing as is the cold throw. No issues at all.

Mary @ Mr. Toad’s

Does not work with Soy Wax

The scent is wonderful I got a lot of compliments on the scent from family around while attempting to make these candles. Unfortunately this FO does not combine with the wax. I always follow the same process of bringing the wax to 185F adding the FO stirring for 2 minutes and pouring at 140F. At first I thought it was just taking a while to cool because of how hot the day was, but I was able to start and complete my batch of the peppercorn pomander before these did much of anything. That’s when I looked up reviews and saw I wasn’t the only one with issues. My candles never set. They stayed wet and the wax that did solidify was weird and grainy. I would have contacted CS, but they’re closed for the long weekend. It’s a shame I had a lot of people looking forward to this scent.


Love this scent but it does not combine with wax. After candles set, when turned upside down, you can literally pour the fragrance oil out. It all settled at the bottom. Tried heating the wax to a higher temp and it still not work.


No go

All of the FO settles to the bottom. I heated the wax to the desired temp. but it does not blend together. Glad I only bought a sample.


Fragrance seperates

Love the fragrance but won't be using in my fragrance line. This fragrance oil doesn't bond properly and left FO at the bottom of the jar. CS customer service suggested that I either poured it too low temperature or had water in the pouring pot. As a seasoned candlemaker, I've never had this experience before so unless you have the time, the desire and supplies to spare on experimenting with it I recommend you leave this new fragrance behind.


Great scent but won't blend with my wax

This scent smells amazing. I made two 3 wick candles and when I poured the scent in it would not blend and kept itself separated in little oil beads. I know that I did not over pour, I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle. At the bottom of both candles you can see the leftover scent settled at the bottom. I just made two more candles just to see if it would do it again and it did. I can still see the oil beads. I'm not sure what's going on with it but I don't want someone else to have this problem.


Seepage in Wax

I loved this scent out of the bottle, but it’s too heavy and thick—I tried using it In concentrations of 10%, 5%, then 2% and finally 1%. All caused seepage in my parasoy blend for tarts. The 2% and 1% had the least seeping, but I could barely get any throw. Will not repurchase. Too bad—it has potential.


Candle Maker

This scent is so delicious! As soon as it was released as a fall candle I knew I had to have it! It's definitely lived up to it's expectations. I can't wait to sell these this fall!


oh myyyyyyyy!

As a Cuban woman, I grew up with Dulce de Leche. This sweet caramelized treat was very loved and has its niche in the Hispanic Culture. Once again, Candle Science has come out with another winner. Definitely a must for your holiday wax melts and candles! A++

Lillian Newman

Love this scent

We tried this in HP soap. It has been wonderful. There were no issues with the out come and it smells absolutely wonderful.

Zoapo Artisan Co

So good! I was hesitant to try it but I'm so glad I did!

Such a creamy, sweet caramel scent!


Owner, Wax Canvas Candle Co.

Oh my!! This smells SO delicious. Reminds me of creamy caramel - definitely going to be a hit in the fall!