Find yourself wondering how to make scented candles with essential oils?
This blog post will show you how! You’ll learn all the necessary steps, from gathering your ingredients and equipment to pouring your finished candle.
Candle making is an ancient craft that dates back as far as the Egyptians and Romans who used wax from bees for their creations.
Today it’s a very popular hobby amongst people of all ages – whether they are looking to just enjoy smelling the scents of different natural oils or looking to sell their handmade goods on Etsy!
Essential Oil Candle Making: Step-by-Step
In order to create the best candles possible, it’s important to purchase essential oils that are labeled as “CP,” or carrier-grade.
These have a high level of purity and will not affect how your candle burns or smells in any way.
Choosing materials for your candle
Making candles with essential oils is surprisingly easy. After you’ve gathered your materials, the process will take you less than 10 minutes.
What you need to make your own scented candles are:
- essential oils,
- containers for pouring into (such as a muffin tray),
- and thermometers.
To get started on this project, gather these materials from your local craft store or hardware store before heading home.
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If you want to keep your candle all-natural, use soy or beeswax.
Another option is paraffin wax, which is non-toxic and can be colored with dyes that are made from plant materials like beet juice or turmeric.
You can also add a cotton wick for a cleaner flame.
To start off, measure out eight ounces of pure wax into an old pot you don’t plan on using for anything else (you can also buy premeasured wicks from most craft stores). Put this pot onto low heat.
while waiting for the wax to melt–which shouldn’t take more than three minutes at this point–prepare your work area by setting up newspaper and cutting board nearby; these materials will be used later when pouring the melted liquid into molds.
Add the essential oils to your pot, and stir with a wooden spoon until they are thoroughly mixed in.
When all of the wax has melted completely, remove it from heat–the liquid should be hot but not boiling at this point–and carefully pour into each mold using an old measuring cup or pitcher (you’ll need two cups per candle).
The first layer should fill up about one inch below the top of your molds; if you’re just making votives, then that’s enough space for you to add another half-inch worth before pouring again.
If you’re going for taller candles, then plan accordingly by adding more material later on: For example, tea light holders require five inches of height to accommodate the wick, while votives can get by with three.
Place your molds in a safe place to cool completely–either near an open window or in front of a fan should do just fine.
Once they’re ready (usually after about two hours), carefully remove them from their container and trim off any excess wax using kitchen shears; this step is optional but will prevent messy drips later on when you go to burn it.
Now’s also the time for you to consider how high you want your candle’s flame: The higher up it is, the brighter its light will be at night! Just remember that if there are children around then don’t make it too close to anything else as it may cause a fire.
Once all of your containers are filled with melted wax (and now we know how much!), carefully lay down your chosen wicks so they penetrate through the liquid to their appropriate level–this can be difficult but just keep at it!
If you end up having too many problems getting them straightened out then consider using metal skewers as makeshift molds to keep them in place.
While the wax is still hot, drop a few essential oils onto each wick to your desired scent strength–they should sink down into the liquid as they’re added and mix with it; this will create what’s known as an aroma lamp effect when lit.
The more scents you use, the stronger their individual smells will be so if you want something light then try just one or two drops of oil but if you wish for there to be a strong smell then add up to six!
Now comes time to wait until it’s completely cool before popping out each candle from its container with care. You can decorate these as desired: some people might like this step while others don’t.
To make sure your fragrance is locked inside the jar without leaking out, place a lid on top of your container when you’re done – remember not to push down too hard on the sides just yet though!
Let cool completely before lighting.
FAQ About Making Candles with Essential Oils
- If using votives (or any small container), make sure that once cooled they are standing upright by either propping them on top of coffee mugs or milk cartons or by using metal skewers as makeshift molds to keep them in place.
- When burning, be sure that you hold the votive candle in such a way so as not to get wax on your skin–make sure any loose clothing is tucked away from it and use an appropriate holder if necessary.
- If there are children around then make sure they’re supervised at all times when candles are lit because they may try putting their fingers (or other things) close enough for injury.
Soy Wax vs. Beeswax for Candles
Soy wax candles are great for people with allergies because they don’t release strong chemicals that might trigger asthma or other allergic reactions.
Beeswax candles have a beautiful honey scent and burn longer than most candle types on the market, but may not be safe to use around children who can lick their fingers after touching them.*
Both soy wax and beeswax candles emit negative ions into the air which help boost moods and relieve stress.
A good rule of thumb is to experiment with both types of materials before you decide what kind of scented candle you want to make.
Building a Candle Scent Profile
Start by considering what kind of mood you want your candle to set
You can use a top note, middle note or base note (or all three) in order to achieve the desired effect.
Top notes are lighter scents that evaporate quickly and these are often citrus oils like lemongrass, lime, orange etc.
Middle notes will linger for longer periods of time but do not last as long as base notes which give off heavy richer smells such as vanilla or sandalwood.
Base note oils are heavy and can linger for days. These oils often have a “warm” smell such as vanilla or amber.
Top Notes: lemon grass, lime, orange, etc
Middle notes: jasmine, lavender
Base Note Oils: sandalwood, rosemary bark oil (or any other type of concentrated fragrance)
You must also consider how strong the scent should be – this is known as “fragrance concentration” on our website and we have four categories from lowest fragrance concentration at 0% up to 100%.
The higher the percentage number then the stronger the fragrance.
Remember that we only really need 10% fragrance oil, so if you’re using two different oils you might want to add 5% of both. Keep in mind that some fragrances might overpower others, so there will be times when you might want to use 3% of one and 7% of the other.
An example of this would be rose and jasmine, as a rose has a more subtle aroma. The strength of the oil will also vary by manufacturer.
Try to maintain this ideal ratio, as the oils have a high scent throw, therefore, if you want to maintain the aromatherapeutic properties, remember that sometimes less is more!