Odor Control Candles: Why Manufacturers Use Our Additives

Candles have been preventing mankind from stumbling in the night for centuries untold. To light the way though the darkness was their original purpose, which remains a noble one even in this modern age of occasional black outs and power shortages.

Candles, however, as is with all things that last, have reinvented themselves down through time to accommodate the needs of a dynamic civilization.

Modern perfume companies like ours have perfected the art of creating a myriad of fragrances for modern candles that serve dual purposes; namely to enhance ambient environments with pleasant aromas but also to eliminate unwanted odors with highly effective, vaporous odor neutralizing additives.

The original smoke odor candle, featuring Metazene, by Alpha Aromatics!

Original Smoke Odor Candles

Odor Eliminating Candles vs. Scented Candles

The question of how an odor-eliminating candle is different from a regular scented candle is more important than it might otherwise seem, as what appears to be redundancy actually reflects some very distinct differences.

Scented candles are known to “throw” a scent that serves to mask a malodor for as long as the candle burns, while an odor-eliminating candle neutralizes the odors and sends them far away, perhaps to the home of an unpopular relative, never to darken that particular spot (or your doorstep) again.

Scented Candles Fragrances

Odor eliminating candles have the ability to do what they do best because they contain a special enzyme formulation for odor neutralization, which scented candles do not have. Although manufacturers don’t define the exact identity of the enzymes they use in their odor eliminating candles, they are usually allied with marketing words on the label such as: deodorizing, odor eliminating, or odor exterminating.

Alpha Aromatics, on the other hand, proudly boasts our odor neutralizing additive, Metazene, which is featured in many brands of odor control candles and is the best found anywhere in the world today.

What Exactly Is Metazene?

In terms of the odor neutralizers that are infused in their products, there is only one that stands out among others and that is Metazene. This odorless and colorless additive was invented back in the 1940s, but due its intrinsic volatility, its power could not effectively be harnessed until decades later with a little help from advancements in technology and industrial science.

We offer an array of odor neutralizing additives for every type of product.

Best Odor Control Additives For Scented Products

Metazene is a a vapor-phase neutralizing additive that  provides superior fragrance-free effectiveness in the air via spray, aerosol, atomization, fogging and thermal diffusion. It annihilates malodors via a process of chemical reaction and represents a fusion between deodorizers that  are described as “100% natural,” and those that originate chemically by modifying natural molecules.

According to the President of Alpha Aromatics, Arnold Zlotnik: “Metazene does not breakdown in heat and is a vapor-phase, true molecular odor neutralizer that is effective for most odors. It is compatible in soy, paraffin wax and gel matrixes, and is the most effective and original additive that has been in use since 1940’s. It can be added directly into fragrances to simplify processing and inventory.”

Things To Look For When Selecting Odor-Eliminating Candles

When shopping for odor-eliminating candles, consumers often take note of the following factors.

Soy Vs Paraffin Wax

Deodorizing candles are made primarily from wax just like all other candles. Most manufacturers use either paraffin or soy wax, or a blend of both, but which is better?

Soy is the ideal choice if the objective is odor neutralization because soy-based candles burn cleaner than paraffin because they emit less smoke and soot. Soy is also sustainable and renewable, as it is made from a natural source; namely, soybean oil.

Paraffin wax is not sustainable as its source is crude oil. In addition, paraffin is thought to be carcinogenic, although the risks are low with the occasional use of paraffin-based candles. It has a more portent scent as well.

Targeted Odors

Go specific when selecting a deodorizing candle. A specialized candle will do a better job than one that is not. If the problem is smoke, a candle formulated specifically for treatment of that malodor is the best choice. Be careful here because most deodorizing candles are formulated for either smoke or pet-related odors and may not be effective against others.


It is here where our expertise comes into play. A truly effective odor eliminator candle must also emit a pleasant scent and we have myriad of scent options to consider. A selected scent for an odor-eliminating candle should match the personal preferences of the purchaser, whether it be soft and floral or bold and piney.

Here are 12 of the most popular fragrances for candle manufacturers.

Top Fragrances For Candle Manufacturers

The scent should also be appropriate for the area in which the candle will be placed. In the case of kitchens and bathrooms, scents are not interchangeable, and those that will work well in the kitchen will not in the bathroom and vice versa.


As a rule of thumb, cheaper candles tend to contain more chemicals, and should be avoided when selecting an odor-eliminating candle. In addition, these chemicals emit unpleasant odors, which can make them harmful to both humans and pets. Deodorizing candles should be free of all chemicals.

Burn time

While burn time might not be of interest to every consumer, candle selection should be for a long burning one because it reflects the quality of the candle in question. Burn time will depend upon the amount of wax used in candle production. It is important to check this out because even with two candles that may contain the same amount of wax, one may burn longer than another due to formulation and quality disparities.


This is an important consideration because usually when deodorizing candles are called for they are needed on a regular basis, especially if pet odors are involved. With this in mind, think about how costly it would be to buy an odor-eliminating candle in the long run.

Relevant Statistics

According to Mintel, U.S. retail sales of candle products are estimated at approximately $3.14 billion annually and more than 1 billion pounds of wax are used in producing the candles sold each year in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 10,000 different candle scents are available to U.S. consumers.

Alpha Aromatics And Odor-Eliminating Candle Scents 

A leading pioneer within the perfume industry and proud member of the National Candle Association, we are a family-owned business that has been in continuous operation since the 1940s. Our continued success is no accident, as we invest heavily in the most innovative scientific tools.

The laboratories in our expansive 85,000-square-foot Pittsburgh Technology Center are equipped with state-of-the art innovations, such as gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, head-space analysis, distillation, extraction and quality control technology.

Alpha Aromatics Leading Pefume Manufacturer

Our founder and CEO of Alpha Aromatics, Arnold Zlotnik, has had 40-plus years in the fragrance and air care industry and has dedicated his life to nurturing and deftly maneuvering Alpha Aromatics into a position of global supremacy and leadership across the modern perfume landscape.

Today, thanks to his loving touch and dedicated staff, the range of designer fragrance compositions accommodate the ambient branding demands of a myriad of diverse industries that include soap and skin care applications, the production of candles and diffusers, fragrances for the home, odor neutralizers, private label brands, industrial air freshener fragrances, household cleaning products and fine, customized perfumes.

The following list represents some popular scents Alpha Aromatics often employs in odor control candles.

Pomegranate Violet

This fruity, floral fragrance opens with a top note of crisp apple, tangy raspberry, fresh and furry casaba melon and subtle, green and winey “fruit of paradise” red pomegranate.

Pomegranate Ginger Blossom Fragrance

A heart note soon follows marked by aspects of romantic rose, deeply sensual jasmine and powdery, woody violet. The scent completes with a base note nuanced by candy-sweet, elegant vanilla and earthy musk.

Applewood Oakmoss

Inspired by a forest drenched with rain, this scent features a top note of fruity and waxy-nuanced crisp apple and succulent, tropical pineapple.

Crisp Apple Fragrance

These elements soon acquiesce to a heart note brimming with intense and haunting jasmine, aromatic rose, rich, spicy, warm and exotic ginger, musty, green cyclamen, and sweet, woody and floral violet. A base note of potent, earthy oakmoss, dark, intoxicating patchouli, warm, woody and dry cedar wood and sensual white musk finish the fragrance.

Wild Apricot Orchid

First cultivated in China thousands of years ago, fuzzy soft and fruity wild apricot dominates the top note of this pleasant scent, which also features aspects of juicy pineapple, fresh and inviting apple, velvety, aromatic peach and juicy, sugary, green and spicy strawberry.

Wild Apricot Orchid Fragrance

A middle note of rich, bright ginger, blushing, romantic rose, delicate, floral, lily-of-the-valley, flowery, vanilla-like orchid and sour-sweet and lemony tamarind soon follow. This olfactory delight completes with a rich, honey-like amber and woody musk base note.

Pomegranate Ginger Blossom

A fragrance with an historical context as many Jewish scholars believe it was the pomegranate and not the apple that was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. This scent is highlighted by a top note of tart citrus, green, powdery sweet-sour pomegranate and fresh, juicy and sugary orange zest.

Pomegranate Ginger Blossom Fragrance

These elements soon surrender to a heart note of intoxicating jasmine, sweet and woody violet, light, floral and bitter neroli, soft, peachy, and creamy plumeria and spicy, citrusy freesia. The scent finishes with a base note of rich, bright and exotic ginger and slightly smoky and woody cypress.

In Conclusion

Odor-control candles can be as versatile, if not more so than regular scented candles, but they’re only as good as the fragrances and the odor neutralizing additives within them.

For questions about how a specific (or even new) fragrance and our odor control additives can be infused within your candle line, send us a message or call our team today — +1 (412) 252-1012.

Final thought on candles: All good things. start with ”C”. Candles, candy, chocolate and more candles. ~Pinterest

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