Candle Making Laws Oregon


Oregon has enacted laws related to candle making, mostly in response to safety concerns. These laws are designed to ensure that candles sold in the state of Oregon are properly registered and inspected before being put on the market for sale. All materials used in the manufacturing of candles must be inspected for flammability and safety requirements by the Oregon Fire Marshal. Additionally, all containers or packaging used to hold any combustible material must meet certain standards set forth by law. Finally, labeling and warnings must be attached to every package or container of candles that is sold in Oregon.

Candles must have child-resistant labels or closures if they contain a combustible liquid. Some products may require additional certification from an independent laboratory or other approved source before they can be legally offered for sale in Oregon. It is also important for those involved in selling or manufacturing fire-related items such as candles to understand the regulations surrounding hazardous materials storage and handling. Most importantly, though, all businesses selling candles must adhere to all applicable fire codes and regulations when it comes to production, storage, and display areas. Failure to do so could result in hefty fines and other penalties. Finally, everyone selling candles should avoid false claims about their product’s safety considerations as well as making sure that consumers understand potential risks associated with burning them indoors or near flammable materials.

Overview of Oregon Laws

In Oregon, it is an offense to manufacture, distribute, store and sell candles that do not comply with various candle making regulations. These laws are in place to ensure public health and safety. The state has specific standards for the material used to make candles as well as for wicks and containers. In addition, labeling requirements must be followed, and compliance is regularly monitored. For example, Oregon does not allow the use of asbestos-containing wick materials or the sale of burned or petroleum-based candle waxes. Candles that contain lead salts are also prohibited from sale in Oregon. Waxes containing colorants must be tested before sale in order to ensure they meet US Food & Drug Administration standards of purity. Many other regulations exist, including fire safety codes and product packaging laws designed to prevent potential ignition sources when burning a candle indoors or near combustible items such as curtains or paper products. Finally, retailers must clearly mark containers with volume size and safety warnings pertaining to fire hazards associated with burning candles indoors and in the presence of children or animals.

Definition of Candles & Waxes According To Oregon Law

In Oregon, the law considers candles and waxes as manufactured articles that are composed of beeswax, paraffin, tallow, stearic acid, or other materials. These substances are carefully blended to form a chemical substance used in creating candles and waxes for burning purposes or for other purposes such as waterproofing or lubricants.

Candles – These objects consist of one or more wicks which may be made from cellulose, cotton, paper, wood or similar combustible substances that hold the flame-producing material in place. When lit, such materials will combust and give off light and heat. Candles may come in different shapes and sizes such as pillars, votive holders/containers, tea lights and floating candles.

Paraffin Waxes – Paraffin is a type of wax derived from petroleum-based sources and a common ingredient used in candle making. It is odorless and often tinted with liquid colorants to create decorative effects when melted. Paraffin may also be mixed with other ingredients such as microcrystalline wax to produce various qualities of the candle. Common shapes include container candles including tapers, jar candles & novelty shaped molded items like hearts & animals.

Tallow Waxes – Tallow is made from animal fat usually taken from cows & sheep but can also be sourced from lard or vegetable oils instead. It is considered harder than paraffin when solid & creates less soot when burned so it is an ideal choice for making pillar & votive candles where the wick can stay securely embedded in place when lit. Tallow holds dye better than most types of wax allowing the creation of vibrant colours during candle making processes too.

Making Beeswax Candles From Comb

Stearic Acid Waxes – Stearic acid is a type of saturated fatty acid primarily used as an additive for cosmetics & food products because it helps maintain consistency & texture under varying temperatures whereas beeswax does not hold this same property as effectively. Stearic acid can also be used for creating longer burning votives due to its slow release rate when heated up resulting in it being mixed with paraffin and/or tallow mixtures to add extra stability while preventing shrinkage during cool down processes after production has occurred.

Compliance Regulations

In Oregon, any business or individual crafting candles must comply with the local government regulations governing their production and sale. All consumer candles sold in the state must meet certain standards set out by the Bureau of Labor & Industries, which include but are not limited to type of wicks used, amount of fragrance you may use in scented candles, and the packaging requirements for any advertised claims made about the candle product in order to ensure consumer safety. Manufacturers must also adhere to stringent labeling guidelines related to burning times, potential hazards associated with flame and/or smoke sources, ingredients information, cautions regarding usage and storage, product registration numbers and more. Additionally, businesses must obtain a permit in order to sell at farmer’s markets or craft fairs. Any supplier fees associated with these permits should be considered when factoring first year start-up costs involved in setting up shop as a candle maker in Oregon.

Labeling Requirements

In Oregon, all candles must carry a label stating the candle-maker’s name and address, as well as a statement warning of the fire hazard associated with burning candles. Additionally, all labels should specify the materials used in the production of the candles (for example: “made of 100% soy wax”). Candles should also carry an appropriate warning indicating any potential adverse health effects, such as if its made with scented oils or lead in the wicks. If liquid wax is present in a container candle, these should be labeled with a statement that reads “keep hot liquids away from children”. Finally, for any jar candles or pillars that are too close to walls or other flammable objects when lit, there should be an additional cautionary label indicating this risk. In summary, all candle makers in Oregon must carefully consider their labeling requirements before selling any products to ensure compliance with state regulations.

Health & Safety Regulations

In Oregon, candle making laws include health and safety regulations that ensure adequate protection for customers. The state requires all companies involved in the manufacture of candles to comply with safety standards set by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). This includes a requirement for testing all raw materials and finished products to ensure that they meet safety specifications. Additionally, companies are required to provide accurate information about their ingredients, instructions for use, hazards associated with the product, and relevant warnings for consumers. In order to sell their candles online or in shops, businesses must complete an annual registration form that confirms they are meeting ODEQ’s requirements and have submitted necessary documents such as certificates of compliance and cosmetic product safety reports. Companies are subject to inspection by both ODEQ officials as well as local public health inspectors who can take action if any unsafe products or practices are discovered. Moreover, businesses must maintain records on every type of candle they make and keep them on file so they’re available if needed in investigations or legal proceedings.

Required Licenses & Permits

If you are a candle maker in Oregon, there are certain permits and licenses that you need to be aware of and obtain in order to lawfully operate your business. The essential license required for operating a candle making business is an Oregon Department of Revenue Tax License, which grants permission to legally sell retail items within the state. This permit also allows you access to the tax collection service provided by the state. Additionally, many local governments require registering with their offices before gathering sales taxes from customers.

Candle Making Wax And Wicks

You’ll also need to become familiar with material safety data sheets (MSDS) that pertain to your materials. MSDSs provide essential information about chemicals and other materials necessary for producing candles, including the hazards they might present when handled or used improperly. Many counties and states may have special requirements or ordinances related to such substances that you must comply with.

Finally, businesses dealing with food items must register their product labels with the Food & Drug Administration for approval before willingly distributing or interacting with these items in any way. Additionally, all suppliers must abide by good manufacturing practices (GMP) and continuously meet specifications set forth for utilizing accurate measurements when making wax mixtures for candles. Violations of these regulations can lead to hefty consequences if enforced by government agencies or other regulatory bodies

Overview of Enforcement & Penalties

It is mandatory for candle manufacturers to adhere to the laws and regulations in Oregon. If a manufacturer fails to do so, they could face hefty fines or penalties when receiving citations from law enforcement bodies such as the Fire Marshal’s office. Manufacturers must ensure they are familiar with applicable federal, state, and local product safety standards as per the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and other relevant laws related to regulation of “candle making” such as filing for permits for food establishments or registering with FDA and/or health departments.

In addition to understanding all applicable laws, manufacturers should take specific steps to reduce the risk of noncompliance: maintain up-to-date documents (invoices, receipts, product labels etc.) on file; obtain certifications from third-party laboratories who have tested and certified compliance with standards; complete fire safety tests conducted by a professional agency; follow instructions provided on all scent, dye and wax products handling forms; only use appropriate candles-burning liquids based on flashpoints, never mix phases i.e. solids/liquids; use proper ventilation while candle pouring or molding etc., get adequate insurance coverage; consider hiring safety consultants who understand candle making process hazards and can recommend preventive strategies following recognized local industry standards & protocols; find out how long an agent has been in business and if they have ever served on board of directors in national organization such as NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency).


Candle making in Oregon is regulated by the State Fire Marshall and County Environmental Health Departments. In addition to fire safety, proper labeling requirements and appropriate storage of materials are all essential. All candle makers should familiarize themselves with the fire safety codes and ensure their product meets the standard for selling candles in the state of Oregon.

In conclusion, when making candles in Oregon, it’s important to adhere to fire safety regulations as well as any labeling or storage rules set forth by either the State Fire Marshall or county environmental health departments. Candles must meet applicable standards before they can be legally sold. Furthermore, it’s encouraged that each candle maker review all applicable local laws which may further govern their production processes. Helpful resources available include those provided by both the Industrial Safety Committee website and Department of Consumer & Business Services website. Through these websites you can access additional information including but not limited to standards, self-inspection checklists, contact information regarding inspections, licensing applications and additional questions related to candle making in Oregon

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