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French Lilac Fragrance Oil
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French Lilac captures the serene beauty of a field of lilacs in peak bloom. This floral fragrance oil contains notes of green leaves, lily of the valley, and honeysuckle blossoms enhance the alluring bouquet of French lilacs. Clean powder and woody amyris round out this floral scent with a soft, romantic touch. 

This classic fragrance fits right in with any candle or wax melt line, and its delicate beauty blooms in handmade lotion, melt and pour soap, and other personal care products.

This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including peppermint oil.

Blends well with:  English Garden

Alternative branding ideas: Butterfly Garden, Lilac and Tulip, Snapdragon, Tiger Lily

Suggested colors: Pink, Purple, Lavender, Lilac

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Fragrance Notes


This product is Candle Safeusage: 3-10%
This product is Soap Safeusage: 2-3%
This product is Lotion Safeusage: 1-2%
This product is Phthalate Free
This product is not Diffuser Base Compatible
Soy Performance
3 of 3
> 212°F (> 100°C)
Vanillin Content
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required
*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. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Product Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
Legit Lilac

I am the proud caretaker of three large lilac bushes and this smells exactly like real lilacs- my husband and I went outside with the bottle to compare and it was indistinguishable. I have blended this with tobacco & sandalwood (different brand) for candles and I am not picking it up in the CT, that said the other fragrance is a pretty strong one (might have been a mistake). I am hoping it comes through in the HT. I think this scent would be lovely in soap or lotion, have yet to try it.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Good scent, but very little throw in incense, and not quite true lilac

I’ll update my review if I buy another bottle and can get it working after more experimentation, because this was my first ever batch of dip incense, but after diluting this with two parts dipropylene glycol to one part fragrance oil and soaking unscented incense sticks in the mixture for 24 hours, and then burning a stick after letting it dry for four days, there’s really very little lilac scent. I can smell the burning wood, and a faint hint of floral sweetness, but I don’t think I could walk into a room and identify the scent as lilac. It’s a pretty smell, but too weak to identify.

It smells nice on the unburnt sticks, and unburnt the scent is decently strong, but even before burning there’s something slightly off when compared to the lilac bushes outside my house - it’s a good smell, and gets better when it’s in something and not straight out of the bottle, but there’s a lightly soapy and vanilla note that just doesn’t go away, and it lacks some of the green freshness of a real lilac plant, with a bit too much sweetness. It’s not cloying like a lot of lilac fragrances, and it’s a pleasant smell, but it’s unfortunately just not quite a spot-on lilac. I think a lot of people would be satisfied with this as a lilac-adjacent scent in a body care product, but if you want to make a candle with intent for your house to smell like garden-fresh lilac, this won’t quite get you there.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Very pleasant scent!

I am no where near a flower scent person but this scent smells amazing! It is such a light flower scent! It does not give me a headache like most flower scents! I mixed it with Lemon Verbena & I AM IN LOVE!

1 out of 5 Stars.
smell amazing but I’m very disappointed

First time I ordered this scent was one month ago, I started with smaller 16oz bottle, tried it with multiple waxes. HT and CT were amazing. It smells like a real lilac. A week ago I ordered 5lb canister thinking that it is the most perfect scent for spring and once I started doing candles ( I make sculptural candles with a natural soy wax) I was shocked. All of my candles got pinkish and yellowish shade that looks terrible. Would never buy it again.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Great in candles, not so much in CP soap

I used this FO in a 464 soy wax candle at 7% and it was lovely. Then I made Goat Milk Soap with it. I divided the batter into two batches because I planned to use two different Candle Science FOs: “Rose Petals” and “French Lilac.” I read the reviews here so I knew they would accelerate and tried to plan accordingly. I used the Lilac at 3% and the Rose at 6% since those were CS’s recommended usage rates. Before all that I made my GM lye solution in an ice bath and ensured the temps did not exceed 84 F. I mixed that with a mini blender after the frozen GM dissolved. I then added my completely pre-dissolved Na Gluconate and Sorbitol to the lye solution and mixed thoroughly. Once that was done I added to my warm oils (103 F) and SB’d to emulsion. At that point I split the batter into two batches and added my colorants then hand stirred the French Lilac to one batch and immediately poured into individual cavity molds. The batter thickened rapidly and was very gloppy by the end. I repeated the process for the other batch with the Rose Petals and it poured a little more easily, and was not as gloppy by the end of the pour. Amazingly (for me), I was able to unmold both batches after 4 hours and put them on my curing shelf. The next day I noted orange speckles on the Lilac batch. The Rose batch was fine and smelled like roses. Over the next three days the lilac batch didn't smell like lilac at all. In fact, it was a bit unpleasant. On day 5 the lilac scent is beginning to emerge ever so faintly, but not near as much as I'd hoped. Probably won't use again for CP soap.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Best seller year round

I originally grabbed a sample of this scent as a customer request, and it’s become a year round staple for me. Lots of customer nostalgia for lilac, plus it’s a great floral alternative to lavender. I’ve tested other lilac oils but this one is the best I’ve found by far.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Nostalgic floral scent

Growing up in rural NY, lilac season is a something I looked forward to every year. I'm an avid gardener and have sniffed many lilacs in my day, as well as FOs. CS really did a great job with this one. It's truly smells like authentic French lilac and I LOVE that it's clean. I use a coconut/soy/bee blend and get great HT and CT at 8%. Keep up the amazing work, guys!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Lilac all the way

Smells just like lilac. Very satisfied with this purchase

5 out of 5 Stars.
LOVE it! True scent

This truly smells like lilacs, which are some of my favorite flowers. I have used this in CP soap & candles & wax melts using IGI 6006 wax, and all were very strong after curing and true to the flower scent. Soaped like a dream too. I am so glad you came out with a pure lilac fragrance rather than a blend with another scent. My customers love this scent and so do I.

5 out of 5 Stars.

This scent has great CT and HT and smells of lilac bushes..