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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.

Bring the warmth of fresh brewed coffee to your handmade creations with this comforting, familiar fragrance oil. Top notes of just-ground coffee beans start this fragrance oil 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. 

Blends well with: Dulce de Leche, Cinnamon and Vanilla, Cinnamon Chai

Alternative branding ideas: Coffee House, Death Before Decaf, Cup o' Joe

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 No
Vanillin Content 2.01% - 5%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 206 °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.



Average Rating:

(based upon 133 reviews)

Spoiled Coffee

This is not a fresh coffee scent - more like burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pot. Unfortunately, this is not a smell I would like any place I'm relaxing in to smell like!



This is by far the best coffee oil I've ever bought. It smells exactly like freshly brewed black coffee. The amount in the bottle is definitely enough for 4-5 candles. I am so very pleased. Will be ordering again. 🤗



I usually don’t write reviews on the scents I don’t like because it’s all based on preference, but this scent literally made me sick to my stomach. I usually love the smell of coffee, but this smells like burnt coffee bean and dirt and literally had me gagging the more I smelled it. I made one candle and the whole house smells like it before burning, and not in a good way. I’m so disappointed.


Intense Scent

This gets three stars because it does smell exactly like coffee but it depends greatly on how you prefer your coffee, that will determine if you will enjoy this scent.
When I first opened this scent the fragrance was intensely strong, it does smell just like coffee grounds! but it's a very bitter coffee, if you like a Bold unsweetened blend this is for you.
As for myself I enjoy my coffees to be softer and sweet with a mix of mocha, hazelnut, toffee or vanilla. unfortunately for me, this does not have any hint of sweet in it.
I appreciate that it does smell like coffee, I just haven't been able to find a scent to mix with it because it is a very powerful fragrance.


I would not recommend

I thought that you cant go wrong with the coffee scent and I was wrong. The HT is weaker as the candle cure more (464)! It has a faint smell and it smells like cocoa. Usually coffee fragrances are so strong in the candle and this one is not. Why all the fragrances cant be strong? There are fragrances of value in the selection. Its the inconsistency in quality that is a major problem that needs to be solved. I have 8oz bottle that will go to waste. I should have read more reviews or order only a sample.

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Coffee? Nah, this smells like canned dog food.

CS, please get some good coffee scents in your line


Doesn't Smell Great

opening the bottle, yes, you will immediately smell a coffee smell. After working with it, you begin to notice how you want to describe this fragrance as an odor instead of a scent. Is odorous a word? I use Candle Science for most of my scents but a think their Fresh Coffee needs a little work in my opinion :/

Looking for a fresh cup of coffee, not-so-much week old coffee grinds.

Thanks CS! :)



I found this scent to be very strong at even a scent load of 4%, with an overpowering smell. Although I have found that it combines well with Hot Apple Pie, but much trial and error was required to get a nice balance with good coffee hints, but not overpowering the Apple Pie. It is an oil that requires some patience to get right, once I did it became a great seller!


love it

This is my favorite scent to put in my warmer in my kitchen! It enhances the smell of my brewing coffee. Helps me to enjoy it even more! Love it!


All Time Fav!

I am a coffee fiend, and this did NOT disappoint. I'm addicted to it and could have it burning in my house all year long. I used coconut soy wax with a 10% load. My only concern was that it smoked SO MUCH after being lit, so I will have to scale back on the scent. HT is incredible, and very strong. Thanks!



This scent smells terrible, my entire house smelled like baby poop from it!



If you're looking for a great Coffee House scent, this is it! It really does smell like freshly brewed coffee. CT is enough to pull you in for good. I have added this one to my everyday collection. It's very strong, but soothing still.

Danielle M.

Owner, Kepi's Custom Candles

Smells EXACTLY like taking a stroll down the coffee aisle of your local supermarket and smelling that freshly ground coffee. Great for coffee fanatics everywhere!



One of my best requested candles! When made properly! I’ve have the perfect recipe that took me six months to do! I nailed it! Wholesale orders went like crazy ! Bammmmmm! This better stay in stock !

Southern Dezires


One of my best requested candles! When made properly! I’ve have the perfect recipe that took me six months to do! I nails it! Wholesale orders went like crazy ! Bammmmmm

Southern Dezires

Burnt Popcorn smell

I wanted to love this, but it seriously just smelled like burnt popcorn to me 😭


Candle maker

I had really high hopes for this scent. Ootb it, but I know not to judge so I went ahead and uses it in soy candles. The scent was horrendous, I threw out the whole batch and had to open up all of my windows to get the smell out. I don't know if I got a bad batch but I will not be ordering this scent again. 😕



Beware! Although I had high hopes for this “revised” coffee scent — it totally failed. It smelled just as strong and powerful as the original and seemed fine in my 464 candles. The 2 week cure was also fine. A little different than original, but enough the same that I wasn’t worried about customer reactions. I pulled a candle that was 5 months old and lit it — and NADA! Normally 464 wax HT gets STRONGER as it cures. This totally disappeared. Almost no HT at all. I have no idea how long the candles are “good” for. So my search begins for another coffee scent from somewhere else. I have pulled all my fresh coffee candles from the shelf. So disappointing.



This scent is amazing I used 415 soy wax with an 8% fo load and it is very strong but that's how I like my candles, my house smelled like fresh coffee for like 3 days.


Overwhelming Scent

I made a small batch of test candles using 464 Golden Wax and 5% / 10% fragrance oil loads in each. This scent made my entire kitchen smell horrible for days. The 10% ones are insanely strong -- I definitely do not recommend a fragrance ratio that high for this. The 5% smells just as strong as the 10%, but unfortunately, it is not a good smell. I am a huge coffee lover and this smells nothing like coffee. I can vaguely tell that it is trying to imitate a coffee scent, but it's more like a nutty... almost cocoa.. but burnt and bitter scent. I would not recommend this fragrance oil. I took a chance on it after seeing some negative reviews because scent is subjective, but I think this is objectively terrible.


If you are looking for strong coffee, this one is for you. I made clamshells with 10% FO and I can smell this through the cardboard box where they are stored. This is a very good coffee smell, just keep in mind that it is very strong.

Cynthia P

This smells so good, just like fresh coffee!


Mix This One

This is a nice, strong scent, but I would plan to mix it with something else. Whether that's Creme Brulee, or Pumpkin Souffle, or some other nutty, spicy scent. Alone, it has an almost sulfuric scent which ruins it a bit when it's on it's own. As a base, a little goes a LONG way (I use betweent 5-10% max when I want a coffee scented candle, and I let the complimentary oils fill the rest of the space). It smells like coffee, but really only in the presence of other smoky or nutty scents.

Kaliya Lockett (Respool Candles)

Very dissapointed. I came to reorder and seen this newest version is not skin safe 😞


Not sure about this one...

I wanted a coffee scent that was a rich ground bean smell, however, this one *to me, smells like burnt beans. I am throwing this entire bottle away, what a waste...CS usually delivers the best, but this one I don't even think I can add another scent to enhance it, it just smells burnt.


Hair Dye Anyone?

I'm making a coffee house collection, and thought this would be perfect. OOB smells ok, however as soon as the oil it my bath bomb mix it immediately smelled like cheap hair dye. Absolutely horrible. I'm not even sure if I want to try to finish the other products in the collection. Very disappointed.


Coffee all day everyday!

LOVE this scent! Poured the candle and let it cure for 2 weeks. Tested it last night and it was perfect! I am so excited because I am a huge coffee drinker. I actually poured these in enamel camping mugs and was just impressed all around. I'm looking forward to also blending with this oil to make a whole cafe collection! Thanks to Candle Science!

Caldwell Cottage Co

love it!!

I love this scent! It smells just like a fresh cup of coffee!


Candle maker

I don't understand the bad reviews. This scent smells amazing! Compared to other coffee scents from other suppliers, this one is the best. My brother-in-law is a coffee roaster and I have just tested and perfected a candle for him to include in his business. We love CS Fresh Coffee!

Marie Crowder

Horrid Smell

When I first opened the bottle the smell made me gag. I figured that it would probably smell better in the candle and it unfortunately wasn't. Most definitely won't be purchasing this scent again.



Was so excited to compare this to some other coffee scents I have. It was horrible - it smelled burnt chemicals and nothing like coffee - couldn’t wait to close the bottle - would not recommend this one.


coffee shop

I had my sister come over and smell this candle (added a hint of vanilla) and her eyes got wide "ohhhhh that smells like a coffee shop!" BINGO. Definitely stronger. May not enjoy the scent right away out of the bottle. Get your mix going on, let the candle dry and sit. It seriously seems to be getting better and better the longer it's on the shelf.


surprised how popular this is

I bought this to add a different scent to spring collection . I made a few and can't keep it stocked. Everyone loves it. It is a pleasant coffee scent that is not that gross heavy type if you know what I mean. It is everyone's favorite and will now add it to my regular line. Thanks

Linda - Owner



Love it! Number one fragrance oil on my website! All my customers love it!!!!! Thank you Candle Science.


Oh, My Goodness!

This is by far THE best scent I have used in my candles. This smells exactly like fresh, rich coffee. Everyone who has one of my candles loves this and raves about it. The cold and hot throw are amazing, and will fill an entire large room or even multiple rooms. I have an unlit candle with this scent in my upstairs hallway and I can smell it at the bottom of the stairs. Every time I walk through the area I find myself craving a cup of coffee!
Scents are subjective, and it IS a strong scent. You may want to test it with a lower fragrance load at first and work up, or even blend it with another fragrance to tone it down a bit. It WILL throw in 464 soy wax. I am experimenting mixing it with other scents for a real, coffee shop experience in a candle. It's a keeper!

Kim B.


This fragrance smells just like walking into your favorite coffee shop - literally!. The cold throw is 10+ and hot throw is 9-10. I use 464 wax and tested in 8oz metal tin with 6% fragrance. I lit in my small bathroom and could smell it down the hallway and into the kitchen. I even walked outside and back in and it smelled like a fresh pot of coffee was brewing. My husband loved it too. This is a winner!


Best Coffee Fragrance!

I have tried multiple vendors (4 diff. kind) for the coffee smell until I found this one! It smells like you just stepped into the coffee shop--I am a heavy coffee drinker, so I was very picky about coffee fragrance—the aroma just had to be right. And this is it! I tried with Eco Soya Advanced, and so far, it is excellent! Highly recommended.

Slice of Candle


definitely coffee! it smells so good and i cant wait to make a candle out of it for my sister, sue loves coffee and the oil scent


Fermented Coffee?

I can't remember "Fresh Coffee" smelling like this is the past. Just opened my most recent bottle and it's really really bad. Smells like burnt chemicals or like the oil has fermented... nothing like coffee. I purchased before and never remember it smelling like this. I definitely wouldn't recommend using this scent, unfortunately.

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Best Seller

This is my best seller! It's the most accurate coffee fragrance that I've found.

Stella Candle Co.

Smells good - extinguishing flame

I got this scent just over a week ago, made a candle, let it cure for a week and I lit it yesterday. I used soy 444 and two eco 6s in a 3.25in diameter jar. It started burning great, but after about 2.5 hours it was clear it was going to burn itself out, so I blew it out. I scooped the wax out, melted it down and tried again with two eco 8s. It's burning better, but still looks like it might burn out. I'm using about 9.5% fo. What am I doing wrong? I love this fragrances, but it's giving me trouble!

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Great smell out of the bottle

This fragrance is really strong out of the bottle. I'm dying to add a coffee candle to my line. I used it tonight with 6006. It almost looked like it was separating after it was stirred. I heated wax to 185, added fo. The candles just poured and not much of a CT when they became solid. I'm hoping maybe tomorrow it'll be different. Otherwise back to the drawing board.

Marc L

Still a little bit sweet

I think coffee scent should not have too much sweetness and creamy feel. It smells little bit like coffee candy.
If it could have more smoky and nutty smell instead to give it more bean roasting feel, it would be much better.



First, the OOB scent is horrendous. Its nauseating and fills the entire building with a VERY strong scent. Cold throw has the same smell, and im afraid to even light it. I definitely get the coffee ground smell, but its buried under an intense burning/chemical smell that completely overtakes the scent. Will be looking for a different straight coffee scent, feels wasted.


Hot throw

Is there a recommended % for fragrance? I have no hot throw and I’m using 8% w/ 464 wax. :( The CT smells great !

Hot throw
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Smelled horrible

Smells horrible. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch but it smells like sewer water.


Would not recommend

Smelled like chemicals... would not recommend.


Favorite scent!!

I would have never thought fresh coffee would be a top seller for my business. Smells amazing! Just like fresh Coffee. I hope this never gets discontinued!


This is one of my top sellers. This is a straight up coffee scent. It smells like you're brewing fresh coffee.

Billie Marie

Horrible scent

I loveeee coffee. The smell and the taste but this here.... makes me want to throw up. I was attempting to make a body scrub and i was using actual coffee. Something told me not to add the scent because it smelt good my itself i should have listened. This has a horrible smell and it made me sick to my stomach!

Shani frazier
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Burnt Acrid Coffee

I was so excited to try this fragrance oil. I love coffee and the smell is the best part of the morning. I I understand scent is subjective, so while I find the smell of the fragrance oil acrid and unpleasant, I powered though making a test candle and had multiple people smell it for their opinion. So far the most complementary opinion was "smells like cheap burnt coffee". I don't know if there is a bad batch of this oil, but I will not be using the rest of the bottle. I was so excited for a real coffee scent, I will need to keep looking.


Liking it a Latte!

It's up there with my favorites. Not too bitter but also not too sweet. Smells like a nice strong brew of coffee with a splash of creamer and a bit of sugar. I'm definitely planning on getting this again for my future batch of candles.


Nothing like coffee!

Really enjoyed this scent! I made a “morning coffee” candle and it smells amazing. Also used it in my “cafe con leche” (coffee with milk) blend, and it smells just like the latinos drink their coffee!! Loved it


Love it

Customers love fresh coffee. I feel it smells right on point, just like fresh coffee.



Yes this is a pass. Get the Hazelnut coffee instead.



I have tried a few coffee scents and this one sells the best BY FAR! Great HT and CT, the little hint of brandy and sugar is just perfect! It’s one of my best sellers.

Patti Mcdermott

Love This Scent!

The HT AND CT on this scent is out of this world. I will say, it does smell more like coffee with cream and sugar in it as opposed
to just a coffee bean smell. So if you're thinking you're gonna get a coffee bean smell, this is not it. I am beginning to start a small shop for candles and this is definitely going to be a scent that I keep :)


Best Coffee Scent

This is my second year making candles for Christmas gifts and my family all love the scent of coffee. After using this scent in our personal candle, I decided to add a touch of vanilla and go for a cappuccino scent. For being an amateur, I got high compliments on this scent. It's a ringer.

Kayla L.


This does not smell like coffee AT ALL. It honestly smelled like fish, it was kind of sickening. Really disappointed cause I was hoping to use it :(

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Cannot stand it

I ordered this fragrance oil due to the great reviews. I was sadly disappointed. I ended up throwing it out, didn't even finish the bottle. Not worth the purchase.



This scent literally reminds me of stepping foot into my favorite coffee shop ! PLEASE BE ADVISED , it is very strong. The CT and HT is phenominal. I found it alittle too strong for my liking so I chose to blend a tiny bit of it with " Hazelnut Coffee" to make my Best Seller candle "ALARM CLOCK !". My customers LOOOVVVEEEE this candle and wax melt, it's in high demand all year round.

I am reading the comments stating that the FO is "repulsive" and "terrible" when in all actuality its true to its name a FRESH BREW ! It is not meant to be settle. Blending with another oil to create a true coffe shop aroma or blending it with something floral to add an unexpected bottom note could add something special and unique to you candle, soap, or defuser... similar to how YSL perfume created their "Black Opium" perfume which has a coffee note limgering from a floral note.

Moral of the story is, be creative with this FO ! and watch the % that you're using. Blend it if necessary also ( if you know how to blend FO's properly)
-Home Vibez Candle Co.

Home Vibez Candle Co.

The best coffee FO I have tried

I have tried several coffee fragrance oils from various suppliers and this one is BY FAR the best and the strongest! This one is the keeper. The fragrance is bold and yummy and gives a strong hot and cold throw. This is one of my best sellers in my candles and wax melts.



I can't keep anything l make in this scent in stock, my best seller!!


This is the coffee fragrance I've been looking for!

I've tried coffee fragrance from other suppliers but this one is by far the best! My customers go crazy over this one! Wonderful scent and the throw is strong! This is a fragrance oil I make sure to always have in stock.


Not what I was expecting

It smells more of bad coffee breath than fresh coffee from a coffee store, I am not that big of a fan. Out of all the fragrences I have gotten from CS there has only been 2 I didn't like and this was one of them. :(



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
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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 :(