Regulatory

Whilst making candles and other home fragrance products can be an extremely rewarding hobby, side-hustle or primary business venture, it is important to remember that these types of products can be dangerous. As a maker of home-fragrance products, one of the responsibilities of every candle maker is to ensure that their products meet the required safety standards when placed on the market.

Goods are ‘placed on the market’ in the UK when a written or verbal agreement (or offer of an agreement) to transfer ownership or possession or other property rights in the product is exchanged. ‘Placing a good on the market’ refers to each individual good, not a general type of good. It does not require the physical transfer of the good.

Products must comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, and also with the specific regulations for each product type. For example, candles are covered by the CLP (Classification, Labelling & Packaging) Regulation, but toiletries are covered by the Cosmetic Regulation.

The maximum amount of fragrance oil in a fragranced product must not be greater than the amount specified for that product group in the IFRA Certificate of Conformity. Further details can be found at the links below.