When working with Fragrance Diffusers it’s important to take into consideration the VOC content of the fragrance you are using to ensure it remains within Federal Regulations.
Here’s a crash course in VOC content and why this little acronym is so important to consider when working with your home fragrances.
WHAT IS A VOC?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. … VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. They include both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds.
WHAT’S VOC COMPLIANT?
The California Air Resources Board, also known as CARB has set the Max VOC standard as 18% for air fresheners (this includes reed diffusers). Any product containing 18% or less VOC is within regulations.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE YOUR VOC?
- (Percentage of Base being used x Percentage of VOC in Base) + (Percentage of Fragrance being used x Percentage of VOC in Base)
- For example: You’d like to use 20% Fragrance Load + 80% Base. Your Fragrance has 10% VOC and your base has 1% VOC.
- Your formula would be: (80% Base x 1% Base VOC) + (20% Fragrance x 10% Fragrance Base). Your total VOC content would be 2.8% and you are fully compliant with VOC regulations.
WHAT VOC IS CONSIDERED LOW?
Many bases on the market contain over 5% VOC so it is important to know both the VOC content of your base AND your fragrance to ensure you are compliant with regulations.
The Wooden Wick Co. bases are formulated to be far lower than others in the market. Our All Natural Reed Diffuser Base contains 0% VOC content, and our Coco Vegan Reed Diffuser Base contains less than 1% VOC (.133% to be exact). This means you can use more fragrance without fearing VOC issues.
HOW MUCH FRAGRANCE SHOULD YOU USE?
We suggest using between 20-25% Fragrance Load in reed diffusers. All of our fragrances are compatible for use in diffusers, but you’ll need to test at your desired fragrance load to ensure that you are getting the throw you desire.
Do not use more than 40% Fragrance Load with any of The Wooden Wick Co. fragrances. If you are using fragrance oils from another manufacturer, please be sure to find out the VOC content of that fragrance. You can use the formula above to ensure you are using an appropriate amount of fragrance.