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Q: If one had a scented Havdala candle, could it be used for two Brachot?
A: The big question is whether you make a brakha on scented candles. That's a big machlokes haposkim, stemming from the question of "reiach shein lo ikar" -- like clothing that have absorbed incense. Many contemp poskim (SSK, RSZ, V'Zos HaBrakha) think no, but others (CI, Rav Sheinberg, Rav Melamed) think you can. So it appears one may be meikel and make a brakha, but there is certainly room to be stringent and not make it.
Makor Sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19bPY2k0nCPmQr3NrSPRQzDNv4BYybNeuJTz9sv776-c/edit?usp=sharing