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Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Its softness and "fleshiness," combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets. And this is an amazing Merlot fragrance oil paying homage to its namesake! Sweet, fruit, and sophisticated. Plums, strawberries, and pears float above a light layer of fresh green leaf, gardenia and Neroli. Middle notes are anchored with a soft and delicate musk. No perfumey or overwhelming notes, the result is just fun! Will appeal to all ages, from children on up. Pair with cedar or woods to make a more mature, grown-up scent. A candle or tart melt made from this fragrance oil will have anyone who smells it licking their lips. Would make a great flirty summer lotion or body spray. A nice treat as a shower steamer any time of the year. Yummy!

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Compatibilities & Technical Information

FP: >200°
Paraffin wax: Yes
Polarity/Gel wax: safe
Bath/Body Safe: Yes
Soy Throw: Strong after 14 day cure
Vanillin Content: 7.25%
Melt & Pour Soap: Yes
Oil Color: varies from batch to batch between yellow tint to very dark.
Phthalate free: Yes
Vegan friendly: Yes
Cruelty free: Yes
Non-GMO: Yes
Soy-free: Yes
Gluten-free: Yes
Alcohol free: Yes

IFRA Guidelines - Maximum usage

Soaps solid and liquid: 2.47%
Shampoos/conditioners and other hair products: 2.47%
Lotions/creams/body oils: 2.47%
Deodorants: 0.49%
Talcs and powders: 2.47%
Perfumes: 2.47%
Non skin contact items: up to 100%

All About IFRA

IFRA guidelines - what does it mean?

Let's discuss IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and what that means for you...

From their website: The IFRA Standards form the basis for the globally accepted and recognized risk management system for the safe use of fragrance ingredients and are part of the IFRA Code of Practice. This is the self-regulating system of the industry, based on risk assessments carried out by an independent Expert Panel.

The Expert Panel is made up of renowned independent experts from the fields such as dermatology, toxicology, pathology and environmental sciences. Their role is to evaluate the data on a fragrance ingredient to see if it supports the current use level, to make sure that there is no risk for the consumer. In cases where the safety assessment does not support the current use, the Panel instructs IFRA to issue a Standard either restricting or banning a material.

We have IFRA on all fragrance oils and flavor oils on our website. Click on the product name and below the description you'll see a set of tabs. IFRA is one of those tabs. You can click on that to see the *max* levels allowed for specific applications.

What do the max levels mean? Let's use Almond Paradise as an example. The IFRA guidelines on this state that there are no restrictions for soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. So does that mean you can use 100% in your product? No. That would mean your product consists of straight fragrance oil.

The IFRA states the *max* that can be used, not the recommended amount. It is the responsibility of the maker to do their research to see what the recommended usage rate of fragrance oil for their particular recipe is.

For soap, as a general rule of thumb you will use up to 5% of fragrance oil in Cold Process (CP) soap and up to 3% in Melt and Pour (M&P) soap.

So if you see a fragrance oil and the IFRA says 23% for soap, don't use 23%. IFRA is important when it comes to lower numbers. There are a few fragrance oils that have max usage rates that are less than the percentages shown above. In that case, you can only use the max shown for the oil.

SDS & Technical Data

Click to download the SDS and Allergens files for this fragrance oil.

Merlot SDS pdf document
Merlot Allergens pdf document
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Average customer rating:
(7 reviews)  

5 Most recent customer reviews (see all reviews):
Dr. Eleanor Thorne
Jul 24, 2019
I got Merlot FO as a sample with one of my orders, and tried it in CP soap. The scent is fantastic It smells like a rich grape juice. (Makes me happy because I don't like the smell of wine.) It behaved well, though it discolored to a dark khaki-green brown (which can be worked around). At only 3% ppo and with kaolin clay added, the scent lasted clear and strong over a year (when I used the last bar :)). I'll definitely be buying more!

Advantages: Staying power in CP and behaves well no ricing or noticeable acceleration.

Disadvantages: discolor to green-ish brown
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Mr. Helen Kratochvil
Feb 21, 2019
This customer purchased the item at our site.
I cant keep this in stock, everytime I make it, it goes FAST. It smells fruity but deep like red wine, its the best! I make cold process soap and candles as a gift set. It behaves nicely, it does turn dark but I add just a touch of the stabilizer and some maroon mica and its a nice deep burgundy after cure and the scent STICKS well, nice strong and perfect! I'm back for more!

Advantages: everything

Disadvantages: nothing
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Stephanie Ritthaler
Oct 7, 2018
This customer purchased the item at our site.
A beautiful scent! Although I do smell tart grape as a top note, I also get hints of dryer Merlot. My customers love it!

Advantages: Beautiful scent. Strong CT and HT

Disadvantages: Needs a bit more umph in the true Merlot department but, dont let that keep you from purchasing! It is lovely.
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Pam Head
Aug 29, 2016
This customer purchased the item at our site.
Another customer favorite! I have used this in bath bombs, body butter and m&p and it is a best seller.
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May 13, 2016
This customer purchased the item at our site.
This scent was wayyyy too sweet for a Merlot. It smelled more like grape juice, and my customers said the same thing. I'd love this scent if it was "dryer", but again, it reminds me of white grape juice!
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