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Vanilla Chestnut Fragrance Oil
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Vanilla Chestnut is a warm, woodsy scent that’s at once comfortingly familiar and unexpectedly complex. Top notes of caramelized sugar envelop toasty chestnut and hints of clove and cinnamon, while notes of tonka, vanilla, and cedar provide an equally sweet and earthy finish. Try Vanilla Chestnut in candles and wax melts for an intriguing alternative to typical woodsy or cedar-driven scents. Or, make this fragrance oil a trendy addition to soap, sugar scrubs, and other body care products and scent collections.

This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including cedarwood, fir needle, patchouli, lemon, geranium, and coriander seed.

Blends well with: Brown Sugar and Fig, Very Vanilla, Butterscotch and Bourbon

Alternative branding ideas: Roasted Chestnuts, Tonka and Chestnut

Suggested colors: Brown, Ivory

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Fragrance Notes


This product is Candle Safeusage: 3-10%
This product is Soap Safeusage: 3-6%
This product is Lotion Safeusage: 1-2%
This product is Phthalate Free
This product is Diffuser Base Compatibleup to: 15%
Soy Performance
3 of 3
210°F (98°C)
Vanillin Content
0.01% - 2%
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.

Cold Process Soap Performance


Lye Water Temperature 105ºF (40.6°C)
Oil Temperature 115ºF (46.1°C)

There was some acceleration but no separation. The oils and lye solution came to an emulsion quickly and seemed workable but then accelerated to a medium trace. When we added the lye water we observed this caused the mixture to turn brown, and as an emulsion developed the batter turned an orangey brown color. Despite the acceleration, we did not have trouble getting the soap into the mold and tamping it on the counter smoothed out the surface nicely. After 24 hours, the scent was strong with a warm nutty character and the soap shifted to a caramel color. We did observe the soap reached a partial gel with minimal insulation. After 30 days the scent has not faded and has remained true. The bars have discolored to a tan shade. Due to the discoloration you could create interesting color variation by adding various amounts of titanium dioxide to portions of the batter. We would recommend mixing in colors before adding fragrance to allow more time to work and create your pattern.

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Product Reviews

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3 out of 5 Stars.
Not my preferred scent

I think this fragrance oil is truly a hit or miss and depends on personal preference. I thought to give it a try because of the vanilla in the title, but do agree that the chestnut and overall woodsy scent overpowers and takes attention away from the vanilla. I will have to be very explicit with my customer base so they know that this is not a traditional vanilla scent and more of a woodsy scent. Additionally, I don't know if anyone has had this happen to them, but I am not allergic to nuts, but when I was creating my candles the some got on my skin, I immediately developed hives. It may be good to label that this could affect people with nut allergies (if it did for me and I do not have any allergies).


Lynn from TranScent Candles

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CandleScience responded: 2023-01-05

Hi Lynn! Thanks so much for your review, though we're sorry to hear about your experience with the concentrated Vanilla Chestnut fragrance oil. While our soap-safe fragrances are safe when used as intended for skin-contact applications, they can still be irritating to the skin at their full, undiluted strength.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Very Nice

I ordered a 1 ounce to give it a try.. I was so pleasantly surprised. Soy/coconut + hard vegetable wax candle. AMAZING throw.
Subtle vanilla sweetness, creamy roasted nut scent.. So good!

2 out of 5 Stars.
Not a good smell

Chestnut overpowers the vanilla it just does not smell good to me maybe it's a personal preference.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Cozy Vanilla

The is the best vanilla ever. It's a great combination with vanilla eggnog. This will be my new holiday favorite!!!

5 out of 5 Stars.

Smells amazing

3 out of 5 Stars.
Low hot throw

Compared to all the other Candlescience scents that I have tried, this has the lowest hot throw. To other newbies, I would really read the description of the scent rather than relying on the actual named scent. The main notes that I smelled are cloves, vanilla, peanut, and something that makes me think grassy. I suppose that’s where the “woody” description comes in. I wish that the name wasn’t misleading. Cloves or something spicy should definitely be in the name of the scent. Also, when so many reviews mention low throw, that is definitely something to take heed of. I like the scent fine. It probably would take upping the scent % to achieve a good throw.

1 out of 5 Stars.

The hot throw is not very good for me.

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CandleScience responded: 2022-07-15

Hi there, we're sorry to hear that your hot throw hasn't been as strong as you'd like with this fragrance. A member of our team has reached out to you via email to help!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Nutty vanilla

I like this vanilla with a hint of nuttiness.

1 out of 5 Stars.
Expired Medicine

I returned it because it smelled awful. I love my other CS FO but this is a no go.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Favorite Vanilla

Finally found the vanilla I was looking for! This scent is great on its own or as a blender. Used in 464 soy wax, love it!!