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Candle Science Clean Scents
Safer Scents For The Home

CandleScience Clean Scents™ are free from carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and other potentially hazardous chemicals often found in fragrance. Choose Clean Scents and create safer home fragrance products you and your customers can enjoy with confidence.

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Now Phthalate-Free!

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

As of May 2, 2019 our Fresh Coffee was revised to meet our stringent safety standards of being Phthalate-free. The original fragrance characteristics have been preserved. To see details of the previous version, click here.

Bring the warmth of fresh brewed coffee to your handmade creations with this comforting, familiar fragrance. Top notes of just-ground coffee beans start this scent off strong, while a touch of sugar and cream add the perfect amount of sweetness. Fresh Brewed Coffee candles and wax melts transform any space into your favorite neighborhood cafe. This scent makes for invigorating soaps, lotions, and scrubs that perk up any washroom or kitchen.

Note Profile:
Top: Coffee
Middle: Sugar
Base: Cream, Coffee

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

Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 3-5%
Lotion Safe Yes Usage: 1-2%
Vanillin Content 2.01% - 5%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 206 °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.

Cold Process Soap Performance
Acceleration Discoloration Separation
None Tan None

Lye Water Temperature 116ºF
Oil temperature 126ºF

We did not experience any acceleration or separation. Once an emulsion developed, we saw the mixture shift to a dark brown shade. After 24 hours, the soap was too soft to remove from the mold, so we allowed it to remain in the mold an additional 3 days. Once the soap was out of the mold and cut we observed that there was only a small golf ball size gel spot in the center of the loaf. The bars had discolored to a tan shade. The scent was mild and not quite the robust coffee odor we had expected. After 30 days the soap bars had a unique discoloration pattern, the gelled area was brown, the majority of the bar was tan, while portions around the edges were light brown. The scent was mild but definitely smelled like fresh coffee beans.

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Average Rating:

(based upon 67 reviews)


I purchased this fragrance recently and although I read some viewers state that it smelled like burned coffee beans...I have to admit that I thought they were slightly stretching the truth. HOWEVER, I found that they weren't :-/

Coffee Shop!

This literally smells like a coffee shop & I love it!! I honestly wasn't sure at first because it kinda smelled like popcorn in the bottle but it works so well in my coconut wax candles at about 5-6% fragrance load. VERY STRONG so take it easy- you can add more but you cant take it out!! CS great product! <3


Don't listen to the Nay-Sayers!
This is the best seller of all time! It smells like fresh ground coffee, or when you walk into a coffee house.
I cant make enough of these!

Least favorite CS scent by far- sorry!

I love Candle Science and they have AMAZING fragrance oils, but in my opinion this is not one of them. First of all, it is obnoxiously strong. Like, I could smell it without even opening the box. You could smell it for hours after opening the bottle once. On top of that, it's just bad. I don't know where people are getting the "sweet creamy coffee" scent from, because to me and the multiple testers I have showed it to, it's an acrid, burnt coffee smell. I took a chance and made a few candles with it just to see if it got better, and it was the worst mistake, the smell lingered in my house for days.

If you actually like this scent, then by all means, go for it, it's definitely a strong one! But jeez, it is not right for my line. I would really like to see some more coffee options from CS!

Candle Newbie

I was really hesitant to purchase this but I’m so glad I did! I mix this with vanilla chestnut and it’s now one of my top sellers. It smells like fresh ground coffee and has an amazing hot throw. 10/10 in my book!

Overwhelmingly Bad

The smell is really strong and its is more like burnt coffee beans. The whole time I was nauseous. I'm glad we only used an oz of it to test the scent before we sold it to customers. To sell this would be a waste of money. I've lost the cost of two candles and FO, but its a lot less than what could have been. This FO needs to be pulled.


I do not understand how this sent got bad reviews. Guys, accept the fact that, some FO should not be mixed in order to stand out in the market. This scent is GREAT as it is.
If you do not have the experience of mixing, do not try it, I love re-name them instead of mixing. Some FO are great if you mix them but others like this one can go wrong.
Coffee is a great scent by itself.

I use 10% of FO on my Coconut Apricot Wax depend on how strong of weak is the scent and I have no complain at all

Evis York
Smells like fresh ground coffee beans😍

In my opinion, this smells like fresh ground coffee beans. Not coffee in a cup but the dry beans! I can't keep this candle in stock. Extremely loud fragrance (although coffee generally is), but definitely my favorite out of all the suppliers I use. I'm making container candles with IGI 4627, and wax melts with a parasoy blend. No disappointments here!

Big Beard Candles & Waxes

Fantastic! My customers light up with a smile when my coffee candle reaches their nose. Amazing CT and HT!!!
Not one of my top sellers.
THE top seller 🧡🧡🧡.
Great job Candle Science ✔️✔️


I love it and my customers do too!!

Love this scent!

Personally speaking, I've used this fresh coffee scent in candles, soaps & bath butter. The reg version & the clean. It has a consistent scent, I have used it with fresh coffee grounds and I think the addition enhances the scent. I think it's perfect, for sure my favorite!

Literally repulsive

I really can’t believe anyone actually enjoys this fragrance. I have not used it to make a candle but I really don’t think the soy or any other fragrance will make this smell any better. I’d hate to make my money go to waste but I’m 100% throwing this away! It’s actually so awful & it’s so strong too! As soon as the bottle opens, it goes straight to my nostrils and leaves an awful smell behind. I hate this so bad. I really need a nice coffee fragrance because this is not it. Awful just awful!!! I can’t even describe what it smells like. Lol I’m so sorry but this is utterly disgusting. 0 stars if I could.

Not happy

I bought this and made several candles… The cold throat is amazing but the hot throat is nonexistent… I use 444 soy. Wasted a lot of wax vessels and the money on the fragrance

DeAnna Hepburn
I'm sorry but it's horrible

I bought this one with the intent to mix it in with a few other scents. Big BIG mistake. It's horrible. So horrible that I actually gagged when I took it out and get really sick every time I catch a wiff of it in my kitchen (from attempting to be the bigger woman and mixing it anyways). It's an abomination to fresh coffee which is one of the earth's finest smells. This rendition smells like chemicals and really sour ones at that. There was absolutely no hint of coffee, sugar, or cream which the description claimed...just really horrid incense and maybe an overpowering dose of patchouli. Please save yourself and skip this one! However, this is only the second or third scent from CS that I have had a bad reaction to, all the others are pretty amazing!! I would love to request that the people in charge of mixing oils there take this one down and recreate a new coffee scent that actually smells like delicious coffee grounds :)

Daria B
CandleScience Reply

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

Love love love this scent. This fragrance is not a "black coffee" scent... you obviously do get the notes of the cream and sugar, which I love. I quickly opened my bottle of this to let a friend of mine smell it and hours later I still smell it in my kitchen. This is the type of fragrance oil that you can leave it at a 6% fragrance load in 464 and get a GREAT CT and HT.

Good N Strong

It's definitely a good strong oil! After smelling it for so long though, it started to smell more like a tootsie roll than coffee.

Jessica M
Not my favorite, but others like it!

Used in 464 soy wax with a 10% fragrance load.

I was hoping this one would be more of a black coffee smell, but it’s definitely a lot sweeter and creamier. I mixed it with an apple cider donut FO from The Flaming Candle, and it made a super cozy candle.

Strong throw

Mixed .7oz/lb Coffee with .5oz/lb of Whiskey for my Irish Coffee candles. Amazing hot/cold throw in 464. I dont use color blocks or dyes, but the dark color of the coffee AND whiskey fragrances add a tint to the wax after curing, making it look like a small amount of color was added. Almost looks like a Cappucino color at the end. HUGE favorite for my coffee loving customers. The little hint of whiskey I added seems to really boost the overall performance and really appeals to my male customers. Only complaint is the color it adds to my candles, other than that im very pleased. Wish i didnt have to wait 3 more weeks to be able to order more!

Love this Scent!

When I ordered this scent, I was expected coffee grounds or coffee beans, and it is definitely not that. It is sweet like you added cream and sugar- but my customers LOVE it. People come back again and again for this scent. So definitely not what I was expecting, but customers love it!

My top sellers!

I love coffee and this definitely smells like coffee! My customers love this fresh coffee scent I can't keep it in stock!

Kandles By Kilman

This was the first time I tried making a coffee scented candle and unfortunately this oil was not the right one. It smells more like coffee flavored ice cream. I was really hoping for something that smelled like fresh black coffee but this isn’t even close. I am also quite surprised, as all of the other oils I have purchased from you have been fantastic!

undeniably coffee!!!

I love the smell of coffee!!! really happy with this, it doesn't smell artificial and definitely smells like black coffee with a bit of nuttiness, like maybe a hazelnut coffee brew. used this with coffee grounds and a bit of an apple scent to make it a little sharper, and it turned out really well! not too strong but definitely, undeniably coffee.

Too sweet

I got this based on recommendations that it smelled like straight black coffee but it does not. After making my wax melts my husband and I find it smells like a mocha scented oil. If you like that kind of smell then it is not a bad smell, but I’ve been searching all over for an oil that smells like straight black coffee and have yet to find one.

Truer to OOB in Candles vs. CP Soap

I really like this coffee scent! I didn't want something that was spiced or latte-ish, etc. and this smells like a cup of black coffee. Maybe a darker roast, with a nuttiness to it. It stays true to the initial OOB smell in C-3 candle wax; in cold process it mellows out a lot and is more like a coffee with cream and sugar smell.

My Customers go CRAZY for this scent!!

My #1 best seller is this scent mixed with a pumpkin oil.. people LOVE it! Well done CS!


At first was worried was very strong for few weeks and smelt burnt but once settled downed smells good just like should fresh coffee you just have to wait it out.

Dancing Orchid Soapworks
Fabulous mixer!

So far I've mixed Fresh Coffee with both Pumpkin Caramel Crunch and Chocolate Fudge and it is AMAZING in both!!! I've sold sooo many Pumpkin Caramel Coffee candles I can barely keep in it stock and I'm not complaining lol!!! It's my #1 Best Seller!! Love it! Thanks CS!:)

Shuster Candle Company

This revision is absolutely terrible, I gaged when making it and couldn’t stand the smell burning it. Another disappointing revision!

I had two experiences

My first order on the site included a 1ounce Fresh coffee. it was an instant hit at work, and my roommates loved how our home smelled for days and days. I got inspired, and ordered the next size up.
the second bottle was nothing like the smaller version. It had a very burnt smell right out of the bottle. Being new to this, I assumed it might have been because there was a lot more of it in one spot, so maybe that had an effect. I measured out an ounce and made two samples. It made the house smell bad. I tried using a little less on batch two, and while it wasnt bad, It wasnt pleasant either. Batches three and four, I used a little less and a little less, and the cold throw is like a weird chemically burnt coffee.

I can see this being a big seller, based on my experience with the smaller bottle. I loved it almost as much as my dog (almost...). Im going to try the one ounce again and see what happens

Can't Put My Finger On It

I'm new to candlemaking and looking for the perfect coffee scent to add to some nice glass coffee mug vessels that I purchased. when opening the bottle, the smell was strong and "chemically" and smelled burnt. I made a candle using 9% and the cold throw is strong and fairly decent. When burning the candle, it gives off a "sickly" coffee scent that is overpowering. Smells like coffee mixed with something toxic. I gave it to a friend to test and she stated that it was a bit much for her senses. Very artificial smell


When I first opened the bottle, I was not impressed. Thought it didn't really smell like coffee. After making the candles and letting them sit for a week with cling wrap covering the tops, the house smelled fantastic! Coming home from work the house smelled like fresh coffee and I hadn't even burned them yet. Lit them tonight and love them.

Scent changed over time?

When I bought this, I smelled it out of bottle, and it was absolutely fantastic. Exactly like coffee grounds. I let it sit in my cabinet (away from light and heat) for a week or two, and when I went to go make some candles, it did not smell like coffee grounds out of the bottle, and had strange notes that almost smelled burnt or nutty. It's as though contact with air caused the scent to change somehow.

I'm going to make a few candles and let them sit for a week or so to see if the scent changes, but I'm not sure if I can buy this one again if it doesn't.

I like it!

I agree with everyone - mine smelled horrible when I first got it. I contacted customer service and they suggested letting the candles sit for a bit. After a week that gross after smell went away and they smell nice now. The oil smells better now too after waiting a week.

I know it sucks to wait, but coffee is one of my best sellers, it's worth the wait.


Unfortunately, I've got to agree with a lot of the recent reviewers. I ordered a bottle because several of my customers were asking for a coffee candle. When I opened the bottle, I didn't care for the fragrance, but I thought it might mellow a bit once it was combined with 464. Therefore, I made a tester candle for customers to smell. Nope...HUGE turnoff. Several said it smelled like tuna. Unfortunately, I have to agree that it's not optimal.

That said, I will check out the hazelnut coffee fragrance to see if that's any better, but I'd love to see if CS can create a Fresh Ground Coffee FO to replace this one. Basically like walking through the coffee aisle at your grocery store. That would sell like hot wassail off an Old Williamsburg street cart in late-November.

Strong black coffee

Candles made with this fragrance smell like strong BLACK coffee (no cream, no sugar). It is a wonderfully powerful scent. If you like strongly scented candles, this is a must.

Not what I expected

I bought this scent, to make a special candle for a very close friend and I went to take a whiff and it did not smell like fresh coffee. And it made my stomach churn :( I was sad and disappointed because I was looking forward to making an amazing candle with it. I say that this scent should get a newer version made.


Does anyone else feel like this is totally different than a few months ago (AFTER the May 2019 change..I ordered the first time around sept/oct i believe, loved it)? My most recent order was just a few days ago, 1st week january 2020.....Just does NOT smell the same it seems to me and a few other people....


This smells awful! It smells rotten and I HATE when I catch a whiff from my canes that I need to throw out.

CandleScience Reply

Hi Sarah! To better assist you, we have reached out to you via email!

Not the same as it used to be

We've been using this fragrance oil for over 4 years. It's our #3 seller! But after it was revised, we started to notice the difference in the smell. The last two pounds have been awful. In fact, we've had to pull it from our website because it has a repulsive skunky aroma to badly burned coffee. One bottle with less than an ounce remaining smells normal, but the latest new bottles are really bad. Can it go rancid? Bad batch? We really need to figure out what went wrong, so I appreciate any response.

The Candle Barn Co.

My husband and I loved this scent! I got it as a free 1oz sample since a lot of "coffee" things I have smelled don't really smell like coffee.. but this was fantastic. Looking forward to ordering more to sell!


This is torture. I mixed this with 464 and I had to leave the room after pouring. It smells SO BAD. I can’t help but gag every time I go back into the room where I make my candles. Not only does it smell terrible, but it’s soooo strong and it sticks to you like glue. I get different people smell things differently and all, but there is no way people like this scent. I would give it a negative star if I could.

Trevor Underwood
Love coffee!!

Oh if you love a strong black coffee this is for you. I'm in love I can tell you that! I love black coffee. I was sceptical because I have tried other coffee fragrance oils and was not happy at all but with this one its spot on.

Fresh Coffee

This is amazing. Absolutely one of the best smelling fragrances to come from Candlescience. And they have many that I love, so this is a huge compliment. :)

Great Scent

I guess us humans have different smell receptors, which is why we differ in our scent favorites. I love this scent. Perhaps the fine people who rated this low star review might try upping their scent load. Just Saying.

Rob Pete

THATS it & thats all.....luuuv it


This is one of my best sellers! You don’t even have to melt it to have it fill up a room with the fresh coffee smell. If you don’t like Fresh Coffee brewing, don’t purchase this and save yourself complaining.

Kathy R

I was really excited to try this and I just can’t stomach this smell. It hits my gag reflex very strongly. What is that smell? It’s like a fleeting top note of burnt coffee and an eye watering strong base of SKUNK.


I got this scent for my free sample and I mixed it with 1 1/2lb 415 soy to 1oz scent. It was way to strong. I got complaints of it smelling like skunk/weed. Don’t think I will get this one again.

Bobbie Jo Dopp
Coffee Shop

I was very excited for this scent and hoping it would turn out with a strong hot throw. It definitely did NOT disappoint. Smells like walking into a coffee shop!

Strong Coffee Scent

I love this scent and there were no problems with this scent behaving in soap. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts is because it smells sweet now that it's curing in the soap. Out of the bottle smells like a nice fresh brewed pot of coffee. Now it smells like you put a bunch of stuff in the coffee. Still smells great but not quiet the same smell.

I was really hoping to like this one

This one smells great while making it but cannot smell it when burning. I tried mixing it with vanilla chestnut and still nothing. I made it at 8 and 10% using 464 soy wax and still a no go. I read all the reviews and followed some of the suggestions listed and I will keep watching for more feedback to see if I can get this one to work.

Ann Marie
Fresh Coffee

I'm new to candle making but wanted to try this fragrance. So glad I did. I did not use the full 1 oz as recommended. I used .6 to 1 lb of wax and it was amazing. That delicious "just brewed" coffee aroma was in my house for days and I never had to light the candle. You could smell the coffee scent just picking up the tin. Good job. I will be purchasing more.

Barns & Burley

I give this more of a 3.5. It's an okay coffee scent. To me, coffee is a more robust scent. This fragrance is strong yet not robust, is that makes any sense. Made CP soap with it and it lasts after curing but I think it will benefit being blended with another fragrance oil.


This fragrance is definitely strong. I only used a 1 oz sample bottle to make two candles (1 oz/pound, as recommended) and my home smelled like fresh coffee for several days. It was wonderful. The candles gave off a pleasantly strong scent when they were finished. Just be prepared for a strong, lingering scent!

Claire W

That’s one Porten fragrance the smell will permeate your house with freshly brewed coffee sent love it good job guys

Scarlett Lites
good stuff

I like this very much I got a small one but this time I will get a bigger size it kills any smell like it a lot

Fresh Coffee

Absolutely beautiful coffee fragrance! Smells very high-quality. Delicious on its own or blended with other scents.

most popular fragrance

I sell so many candles with this fragrance oil! it's the best coffee fragrance I've come across. It has just the right amount of chocolate and vanilla without smelling sweet or overpowering the coffee scent, in my opinion.
Also just want to say that I love Candle Science and their amazing customer service! It can't be beat.

Too strong

I used 1 oz. per pound and still had complaints about the strength being too much.

CandleScience Reply

Hi! Fresh Coffee is certainly a strong fragrance. While we recommend starting at 1oz per pound when testing a new fragrance oil, that percentage can be adjusted depending on results. If you find that 1oz per pound is too much fragrance for your products, lowering the fragrance load will help to soften the hot throw.

Seasonal Scents

This is my best seller. Its so strong and fragrant that it fills the entire office (a very large building) when I light it at my desk. I sell at least 5 of these a week just to people at work and they go through them like crazy. Everyone loves coffee, so this is a huge hit! I also mix with creme brule or a vanilla hazlenut for a slightly different hint of coffee scents.


from opening the bottle to mixing it with wax to burning the candle, this fragrance oil was amazing all the way!! its so strong its difficult to get the scent out of my poring jug!

Owner, Salty Candle Company

This scent is my absolute favorite. I use Soy 464 wax with 10% fragrance and it smells just like a fresh brewed pot of coffee. I sell out of this candle everytime! Some of my customers buy 2 because the cold throw is outstanding and they keep it on their desk at work. You can smell this candle anywhere in the room. Do not go by what it smells like in the really have to make the candle! I can't keep this one in stock.

Would not recommend!

I received very poor feedback on this scent! personally I think its because it smells like skunk spray!! Sorry sad I really wanted a good coffee scent!

Katie Moore
Happy Customers

To me, this scent is really strong (hot and cold throw). This scent is not for me, but my customers love it. They buy 2 and 3 candles of this scent at a time. So I would say Candle Science hit their mark with the Fresh Coffee.

Charles B.

This coffee fragrance is heavenly mixed with with a nutty fragrance oil, smells like delicious coffee candy. Everyone who smells these candles closes their eyes and smiles and LOVES it. It's one of my very favorites.


Needed a coffee fragrance to try for candles and wax melts, and was ordering other frags from here so thought 'why not?'
Really does smell like fresh brewed coffee. Strong out of the bottle...and super strong when in the product. In fact, that's my only negative - I used it at 1.3oz to a pound of 464 in my first set of candles. lowered it to 1.1 in my second set and settled on 1.0 in my third. Perfect. Amazing hot throw in both candles and melts.


I have always wanted to try the coffee scent but haven’t because it wasn’t phthalate-free until now. I just went to read the previous reviews on the old version and some are 5 stars and some are 1 star. My first experience with this FO and I’m having to give it 1 star. It smelled great out of the bottle but when I poured it, my wax actually started smoking a bit and then it smelled like straight up burnt coffee and skunk. I am writing this review so that maybe Candlescience can explain if there’s a reason this FO smells burnt— could I have burnt it? Is it super sensitive to its flashpoint? I really feel like I may have burned it somehow but I’ve never experienced this with any other fragrance and I love CS fragrances. I’m at a loss :(