How To Scent Candles With Herbs? Your Guide Here

Most people know that the most important ingredients when it comes to making candles are wax, wick, and color.

It’s easy to forget that the scent is just as important. It’s the main thing that makes your candle fragrant, so it’s important to find something that smells nice.

A lot of people like to use a wide variety of herbs in order to scent their candles. Candle scents should be light and refreshing.

If you overdo it, your candle will smell overpowering, and the scent may burn off too quickly. The best thing to do is experiment a little to find what works best for you.

How to Use Dried Herbs for Candles

When using herbs for candle making, start by thoroughly drying the plant material to prevent mildew. To scent a candle, herb plants can be finely chopped or crushed to help release their fragrance.

Some candle makers prefer to steep the chopped herbs in the hot wax for a period of time to allow the fragrance to be incorporated into the wax.

The wax is then strained before making the candle. An alternate method is to add the chopped herbs to the candle as it is poured.

The powdery herbs add a design element to the candle, especially if the herbal mix contains colorful flower petals. Adding sprigs of leaves and small flower stems around the edge of the candle while it’s being poured is another decorative way for using plants in candles.

This method works best for wide, clear candle jars. Keeping these larger pieces far away from the wick will prevent them from catching fire or sparking.

Why Put Dried Herbs In Candles In The First Place?

Nothing beats a quiet evening unwinding while surrounded by heavenly scented candles. Even if that isn’t exactly your idea of a perfect evening, you’ve got to acknowledge the niceties of aromatic candles and the freshness and ambiance they bring to any space.

Besides, the health concerns associated with chemical-based fragrances in candles have caused enough jitters for many folks to switch to homemade candles scented naturally.

Consequently, DIY candle makers are constantly looking for ways to add a natural scent to their candles, and adding dried herbs to the mix is one of those solutions.

You might also want to put dried herbs in candles to give them more charactertexture, and even an interesting design if you’re using glass vessels. This is particularly true if you want to add oomph to your candles without turning to synthetic dyes or artificial embellishments like glitter. 

Is it Safe to Put Dried Herbs in Candles?

It goes without saying that dried plant matter and a flame can be a recipe for smoky disaster if you’re not careful.

However, it is still generally safe to put dried herbs in candles if done correctly. As long as the herbs do not come into direct contact with the wick when it is lit, you won’t end up burning down your house. 

Dry herbs can get really dramatic once they touch the wick. You can get anything from smoldering to sporadic flames, an eruption of tiny angry sparks, crackling, sputtering, and emitting soot. 

To enhance safety and avoid such unpleasant incidents that will sure put a damper on your relaxation and freshness efforts, be sure to:

  • Grind or chop your dried herbs into finer pieces before using them to make candles. The larger the pieces, the angrier the flame and the more dangerous the candle.
  • Use a large jar with a wide diameter to keep the dried herbs as far as possible from the wick and closer to the walls of the container.
  • Do not place dried herbs right on top of a ready-to-use candle. The dried herbs are to be added to the molten wax during the process of making the candle. This way, they gradually sink to the bottom while the candle melts.

How Do You Safely Add Dried Herbs To Candles?

You’ll come across various methods of adding dried herbs to candles, including stirring them into the molten wax before pouring or sprinkling them on top of the wax while pouring.

With these methods, there’s a higher chance of the dried herbs coming into direct contact with the wick as there’s no control of the distribution.

How To Safely Add Dried Herbs to Candles

Here are guidelines on how to safely add dried herbs to your candles:

  • Assuming you already know the candle-making process and have poured your hot wax into a wide brim jar, sprinkle the chopped or crushed dried herbs around the molten wax.
  • Do this closer to the outer edge of the vessel. Check that there’s a reasonable area of about half an inch diameter around the wick that is free of dried herbs. The herbs will slowly sink into the molten wax to the bottom of the container.
  • If you’d like your dried herbs to be suspended within the candle height, pour the wax in layers and sprinkle the dried herbs in the same manner prescribed above.
  • Wait in between layers. The first one (bottom layer) should start thickening before sprinkling more herbs on top and following with another layer of molten wax until you fill the jar.
  • You can use this layering method to separate different dried herbs, for example, lavender at the bottom, mint at the middle, and rosemary at the top.
  • Want to use sprigs, stems, stalk or petals without crushing them to add a design element? Place them inside the empty container, slightly angled such that the walls provide support for them to remain in that same position during pouring. Slowly and carefully pour the wax inside.

What Dried Herbs Can You Put in Candles?

Rosemary, lavender, mint, chamomile, sage, thyme, lemongrass, and licorice are the go-to dried herbs used in candles by many crafters. It’s really about your taste and preference.

Whatever you choose to go with, always pay attention to your dried herb candle as you would any other candle. 

Best Herbs for Candle Making

By now, you may be wondering what herbs are best for candles? Aromatic herbs, like those used in aromatherapy, are popular as are herbs that evoke emotion.

Flowers bring a gentle fragrance inside the home and many types of leaves can be used to decorate the outside of the candle. Consider the following candle herb plants:

  • Lavender – One of the most popular choices of dried herbs for candles, lavender elicits calmness and reduces anxiety. Use crushed dried lavender to scent candles and dry flower buds for decoration.
  • Mint – Use homemade peppermint-scented candles for a holiday table centerpiece or give them as Christmas gifts. Burn spearmint scented candles year-round for that clean, fresh minty fragrance.
  • Rosemary – Like lavender, rosemary can be used for both fragrances and as a design element in candles. Rosemary can be grown in a container or in the garden as a perennial shrub. Harvest the leaves before the plant blooms for the richest aroma.
  • Chamomile – With its daisy-like flower, chamomile imparts both aroma and decorative value to candle making. Harvest chamomile flowers midday when they are fully open, but after the dew has dried.
  • Lemon Verbena – This lemon-scented perennial shrub is so aromatic it releases a fresh citrus scent every time its leaves are touched. Harvest and dry lemon verbena leaves individually on screens. Dried leaves can be stored in zippered bags.

Use Your Imagination

There are many herbs that delight our senses that may not be the first thing you think of when making scented candles. Lemon basil, pineapple sage, and apple mint come to mind. You can even experiment with flowers and plant leaves. Roses are popular, but what about tomatoes or witch hazel leaves?

You can make your herbal candles even more flavorful by adding other plants, too. You can bring a hint of the tropics by using a peel from fruits like orange, lemon, or lime. Or use eucalyptus for a spicier scent.

Spices like cinnamon and cardamom are classics, white cedar, pine, and vanilla are holiday favorites that work well with a variety of herbs.

Best Wax

There are a lot of different waxes out there for candle making. You want to choose a wax that is natural – like soy wax and beeswax – that won’t emit chemicals when you burn it. You can purchase organic options or make your own beeswax if you have hives.

Paraffin wax is cheap – but dirty. Paraffin is a by-product of the oil industry. Studies have shown that it emits harmful substances such as toluene and benzene. These two chemicals have been linked to respiratory illnesses.

Best Wicks

When I first started making candles I thought any piece of yarn or string would do as my candlewick. Not so. The wick has an important job and you want it to burn clean without making smoke.

There are many types of wicks. Some wicks are a single strand and some are braided. Most wicks are round, but square wicks are popular with people who use beeswax. It’s important to size your wick for the jar you plan to use. There are a variety of online guides to help you match the wick to the jar.

How To Make Scented Candles With Soy Wax? Your Guide Here

When making candles, you can choose from many different types of wax, but soy wax is one of the most popular and versatile waxes.

You can use soy wax for candlemaking, body care products, and crafting. Soy wax comes from soybeans and is biodegradable, which is a plus.

If you are trying to make your own candles, soy wax is a good choice, as it is easy to work with and provides a long-lasting burn.

What is a Soy candle?

Soy candles are candles made from soy wax, which is a processed form of soybean oil.

They are usually container candles, because soy wax typically has a lower melting point than traditional waxes, but can also be made into pillar candles if certain additives are mixed into the soy wax.

What is Soy wax?

Soy wax is made by the full hydrogenation of soybean oil; chemically this gives a triglyceride, containing a high proportion of stearic acid.

It is typically softer than paraffin wax and with a lower melting temperature, in most combinations. However, additives can raise this melting point to temperatures typical for paraffin-based candles.

The melting point ranges from 49 to 82 degrees Celsius (120 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the blend. The density of soy wax is about 90% that of water or 0.9 g/ml. This means nine pounds (144 oz) of wax will fill about ten 16-oz jars (160 fluid ounces of volume).

Soy wax is available in flake and pellet form and has an off-white, opaque appearance. Its lower melting temperature can mean that candles will melt in hot weather. Since soy wax is usually used in container candles, this is not much of an issue.

Some soy candles are made up of a blend of different waxes, including beeswax, paraffin, or palm wax.

Soy candles

Sоу candles dіѕtrіbutе frаgrаnсеѕ and ѕсеntѕ slightly less than paraffin candles. Paraffin is usually added to make a ‘soy blend’ which allows for a better scent throw and works better in hotter weather conditions.

Soy is often referred to as a superior wax in comparison to paraffin but in reality, there is very little difference in soot production and carcinogenic compounds released by both waxes. The low melting роіnt trаnѕlаtеѕ to сооlеr burning longer-lasting саndlеѕ in temperate areas.

It also results in a larger-sized liquid wаx рооl, whісh then helps in disseminating еѕѕеntіаl fragrances into the аіr. Soy wax is 100% biodegradable in comparison to paraffin which is not.

Candle Fragrance Terms

Cold Throw: 

What is the candle fragrance term cold throw? It describes the amount or strength of fragrance that is emitted from a candle when it is unlit. 

What makes a candle’s cold throw important? If you are giving a candle as a gift or selling candles the first thing anyone does is smell the candle before it’s ever been lit. And if they can’t smell anything or it’s a really weak scent, they are likely going to assume it won’t smell any differently when lit (even if that’s not true). 

Hot Throw: 

What does hot throw mean? This candle fragrance term describes the strength of fragrance that is emitted from a candle when it is burning. 

A hot throw is the part of a candle that is enjoyed the most. Striking a match to light a candle that will fill your home with moody musks, rich spices, or fresh florals can lift your mood and truly transport your senses. So, it’s important to get this candle making step right. 

Sweating: 

What does candle sweating mean? Sweating is characterized by little beads or sometimes pools of fragrance gathering on the top of a container candle or seeping out the sides of a pillar candle. 

There are many reasons candle sweating can occur, but it has a lot to do with the fragrance load. 

Fragrance Load: 

What is a fragrance load? The fragrance load of a candle correlates to the percentage of fragrance used in candle making. It will determine the scent throw of the candle which includes the cold and hot throw. 

How much fragrance should you add to a homemade scented candle? 6% is the most common fragrance load. All though some waxes can hold up to 12%. However, there are several things to keep in mind when you want to make strong scented candles at home. 

PARAFFIN VS. SOY WAX

Making these candles is particularly easy because soy wax is not nearly as sticky as the paraffin used in most commercial candles.  

Soy wax washes right off of everything.  If you google paraffin vs. soy wax, there are lots of people out there who will tell you that soy candles burn cleaner than paraffin, but to me, the biggest advantage is how easy and clean these are to make at home.

Reasons to Learn How to Make Scented Candles at Home:

  • Homemade scented candles cost less than store-bought.
  • Choosing candle containers is just the beginning of the fun.
  • Creating your own blend of fragrances is inspiring and you can easily control the strength of the fragrance to make strong scented candles or lightly scented candles.
  • You can also go green by upcycling containers such as glass yogurt jars or coffee mugs.
  • If you like to decorate for the seasons, you’ll love creating candles for each season.
  • Did I mention homemade scented candles make great gifts for any occasion?
  • And you can make candles at home to match your decor and style from the container to the scent and even color.

SOY CANDLES – How To Make Them

In case you ever wondered what $15 worth of soy wax and 30 minutes in the kitchen will get you…

This is one of the easiest crafts projects around, and these little beauties make awesome gifts. 

It all starts with a bag of soy wax.


You would be shocked to know how fast we blow through candles around here.  I mean fast.  I think it’s the coziness factor.

Thanks to all that candle-burning, my collection was looking pretty haggard
But then, I discovered that making soy candles is super easy.

About a month ago, I had friends over and we experimented with making soy candles in all sorts of sizes and “flavors” (using essential oils).

They all worked great, although they don’t project aroma as much as most commercial candles.  (Purchasing special oils designed for candles helps to increase the intensity of the scents.)

TOOLS

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make soy candles. All you need are these totally affordable, basic tools.

I often use mason jars like those linked above (especially if making these for gifts), but any jar will work. Candle wicks (also found on Amazon), a wooden skewer (or pencil), scissors, and double-sided tape (or glue) are also good to have around.

Basic Supplies for Making Soy Candles

  • 2 cups soy wax flakes for container candles (available at your local craft supply store)
  • Glass bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Candy thermometer
  • Essential oils (lavender, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, etc.)
  • Wick sized to fit container
  • Glass jar or other containers
  • Clothespin
  • Scissors

Optional Supplies for Making Homemade Soy Candles

  • Wick holder
  • Candle putty

8 STEPS ON HOW TO MAKE A SCENTED SOY CANDLE

1. Melt 1 lb of GB 464 (16 oz.) using a double boiler. Heat wax to 185 F. (It is also a good idea to pre-heat the glass jelly jars to about 125 F to avoid “pull away.”)

2. Break the canary yellow dye block in half, add to the melted wax, and stir. If you ever see little specks of solid color in the bottom of your candles, try adding the dye block at a slightly higher temperature.

3. Add fragrance. We’re using 1 oz. of Honeysuckle Jasmine fragrance oil. When adding fragrance, stir well and remove from heat. Do not let fragranced wax continue to heat as the fragrance will evaporate out of the wax.

4. While the wax is cooling, place a wick stickum on the bottom of the pre tabbed CD 8wick and center the wick inside the 8 oz Jelly Jar. Repeat this step for your second jar. Note: You will have some leftover wax. You can use it in smaller containers such as tealights or save it for your next batch. 

5. When the wax cools to 135 F, carefully pour the wax evenly into the 2 jars.

6. Place the wick bar with the center peak facing up on top of your jar. Pull wick taut and gently press the wick into the opening of the wick bar. This will keep the wick straight and centered while the candle is cooling.

7. For best results, let the candles cool at room temperature overnight.

8. Trim wick to 1/4 in. before lighting (do this each time you light it) and enjoy your candle.

Voila!

Congratulations, you just made your first soy candle!

When you sit back and light it for the first time take pride in the fact that you just made an eco-friendly candle from an American grown, renewable product. If it’s just for your personal use tell your friends about it. If you are selling your candles make sure you really market them as an environmentally responsible product.

How To Make Perfume Scented Candles? – Find Out Here

Candle making is a great hobby. It is a fun, easy, and relaxing way to make products that you can enjoy and share.

Scented candles are especially popular as their wonderful fragrances can be enjoyed for hours on end when lit and allow you to create a wonderful mood in any room.

They are also a great way to give your home a personal touch. This article will provide you with information on how to make your very own perfume-scented candles.

How to Make Perfume Candles

Candle-making offers you opportunities to create a wide range of signature colors, textures, and fragrances.

Making candles with perfume is a project for even beginner candle-crafters and is possible as long as the perfume is an oil-based formula.

Present your perfumed creations as gifts or use your homemade fragrant candles to decorate your home and create an atmosphere with pleasing scents.

Add 1 cup melt-and-pour candle wax to a 2 qt. glass mixing bowl. Melt and pour varieties include beeswax, eco soya wax, and soy wax.

Microwave the bowl on high until the wax melts into a thin, clear liquid — from two to four minutes.

Pour the melted wax into an 8 oz. candle jar.

Stir in 1 oz. of perfume oil immediately, before the wax begins to cool. Choose craft-grade perfume oil, or use your own personal perfume oil fragrance or attar perfume.

Drop the anchored wick into the center of the fragrant, melted wax. Let the anchor settle to the bottom of the jar. Bend the excess wick over the outside of the jar to keep it from shifting out of place or falling into the wax.

Place the candle in a cool, dry place for six hours. This gives it time to cool and harden. Snip off the excess wick until only 1 inch remains above the wax.

Scents of Perfume Candles

Perfume candle scents mimic popular fragrances that women and men often wear.

While you can purchase ready-made candles created by the fragrance manufacturers, there are also many imitation scents available allowing you to make your own perfumed candles.

Buying Perfumed Candles

Candles that carry the familiar scents of perfumes can be found in many stores that sell high-end candles, and you can also get them where you would buy perfume or cologne.

Oftentimes these candles come as part of a gift set, along with a bottle of the perfume itself.

The main thing to keep in mind when purchasing these specialty items with perfume candle scents is that the candle may not smell exactly like the perfume when burned.

Fragrances that are worn on the skin can change slightly depending on the person wearing them, while the candle will be the pure scent. There can be slight but noticeable differences between them.

Perfume Candle Scents for Candle Making

If you want to try making a candle that smells like your favorite perfume, the easiest way to accomplish this is to find an imitation fragrance oil.

These scents are man-made blends of synthetic fragrance, and you’ll find a good variety of them at candle supply shops, both in-person and online.

Perfume candle scents come in both women’s and men’s fragrances, and are usually labeled with the name of the perfumer, followed by the word “type.” In this case, “type” means that the scent was not blended or endorsed by the creator of the perfume, but is meant to smell just like the original.

Most of the perfume scents available for candle making are based on popular and common fragrances.

If you prefer more obscure or different perfume or colognes, you may have a difficult time finding the exact scent you’re looking for.

Where Can I Find Perfume Candle Scents?

Here are some places online that carry perfume fragrance oil that is suitable for candle making:

  • Candle Science – Candle science carries a good basic variety of candle scents, from sweet scents like blueberry cobbler and cinnamon buns to plumeria and baby powder.
  • Sweet Cakes – It can take some digging, but at Sweet Cakes you’ll find lots of different perfume fragrance oils for both women and men. There are copies of many of the popular Victoria’s Secret scents, as well as classic and trendy perfumes and colognes.

Making Candles with Real Perfume

If you can’t find the right perfume scent for candle making, you may be tempted to just pour in some of the real perfume or cologne along with the melted wax. This is a bad idea and can cause many problems.

  • Fire hazard – Perfumes and colognes are usually alcohol-based, and alcohol is extremely flammable. Any type of candle containing straight perfume is an instant fire hazard.
  • Problems with wax – Fragrance oils blend well with melted wax and, if used in the correct proportions, will not affect how the candle wax sets.

    Perfumes can cause the wax to be brittle, chunky, and discolored.
  • Scent burning off – Even if you can successfully make a candle containing real perfume instead of fragrance oil, the scent itself will bur off very quickly because of the alcohol base.

    A scented oil burns much more slowly, giving the candle staying power.

If you enjoy blending your own scents, you can try to create your own perfume imitation fragrance.

Just find a detailed description of the scent itself, which will give you the notes of the fragrance, and play around with combinations of scented oils to try to match it.

Take Pleasure in Your Perfume Candles

Whether you’ve purchased your perfumed candles or made them by hand, they can add a lovely scent to your home. Burn only one or two at a time to avoid an overwhelming amount of fragrance. These candles also make terrific gifts!

Note: Use perfume in place of fragrance oils: Just like crayons, perfume is NOT meant to burn. It will not throw well and it could clog your wick. Always use fragrance oils that are designed for candle making. We have nearly 400 fragrances to choose from and we are adding more each year!

Why Using Perfume In Candle-Making Is A Bad Idea

You might be curious about whether you can use your favorite perfume or cologne in candle making. While it would be great to have your home filled with the same unique scent of your favorite perfume, you might not want to delve right into the craft.

Using perfume to make candles is a bad idea. Apart from being a fire hazard, perfume releases toxic gas such as formaldehyde, which causes cancers of the nose and throat.

However, you can use fragrance oils to make scented candles; they’re not only safe but cheaper.

Using perfumes in candles has many effects on the human body, including but not limited to sore throats, nosebleeds, itchy eyes, and coughs.

Read on to understand the dangers of using perfumes in candle making, how to use fragrance oils as an alternative, and the best scent you can select for your candles.

4 Risks of Using Perfume in Candle-Making

Different events have different moods. Whether it is a dinner date, wedding night, or birthday party, scented candles are a great way to create the ambiance.

However, making scented candles using perfumes isn’t the safest option at the moment. The following are the risks that you will encounter:

Fire Hazard

Imagine lighting a candle for your evening date. The wick burns for a few minutes, but you notice that the flame keeps getting bigger. That would be alarming.

One of the key ingredients when making perfumes and colognes is alcohol. We all know from science that alcohol is highly flammable.

Health Risks

Burning perfume is a dangerous idea. Studies have shown that sprayed perfume changes composition when it comes into contact with open air.

Burning perfume produces a mixture of dangerous gases such as formaldehyde, a substance directly linked to the airways’ cancer.

Perfumes manufacturers use some toxic chemicals such as parabens that produce adverse effects on the human body.

Lack of Stability

It is advisable to use oil-based raw materials such as beeswax or soy wax when making candles.

Perfume is alcohol-based, which makes it not practical for candle making.

Fragrance oils mix well with molten wax if used in the right proportions and do not interfere with how candle wax sets. Perfumes result in fragile, chunky, and discolored candles.

Short-lasting Scents

Even if you are lucky to come up with a candle that contains real perfume, the results would not be so impressive.

The candles will produce a faint scent that lasts for a short period before disappearing. The fragrances will get burned off pretty quickly because of the alcohol base.

Scented oils in fragrance candles will burn at a much slower pace than perfumes, giving the aroma the staying power.

How To Make A Scented Candle Last Longer? – Find Out Here

Candle making is a wonderful hobby. You can make candles for yourself, as gifts, or both. Making your own candles allows you to decide what scent your candle will have.

You can also decide how you want your candle to look, the color, and what type of container you want to put your candle in.

You can experiment with different scents, different types of wax, and different candle containers to create the perfect candle just for you.

Make Your Candles Last Longer. A candle will have a better scent throw if it is kept burn for its entire life. When you burn a candle, the scent is released. But, as the candle burns the scent will be reduced.

9 Techniques For Extending The Life Of Your Scented Candles

If the smell of mulled wine and turkey aren’t quite enough to get your home smelling like Christmas, a scented candle should do the tricks.

From your Yankee to your Diptyque, there’s something from everyone, but even the ‘budget’ buys can be pricey.

If it feels like you’re literally burning money and not getting the most from your candles, it might be something to do with how you burn them.

We spoke to Victoria Cator, Interior designer and Founder of Victoria Cator home fragrance to find out how to treat your candles right and make them last longer.

1. Pick The Right Candle

For smaller candles, you can get away with just one wick. However, Victoria advises that for larger ones you, ‘Choose a four wick candle where possible, as this gives an even burn and prevents any hollowing.

‘Wicks that are made of cotton allow them to burn with the candle which means that the wick doesn’t need to be trimmed.’ If you’ve already bought a candle that doesn’t have a cotton wick, though, you will need to trim.

2. Burn In The Right Location

Candles might look pretty perched on a serving tray on your carpet or on a side table that isn’t quite even, but this can be dangerous and reduce the life of your candle. Victoria says: ‘Always burn your candles on an even surface and away from drafts.’

3. Burn For The Right Amount Of Time

According to Victoria, a maximum of four hours burning each time is best. ‘If you keep the candle burning for longer than that, then hot wax can build up which can cause a scented candle to loose its fragrance more quickly,’ she says. That said, the first time you burn your candle you should do so for as long as it takes to create an even pool of wax across the top. According to Candles.org: ‘Candles should burn one hour for every one inch in diameter of the actual candle size. For example, a candle that is two inches across should burn for two hours.’ This creates something called a memory ring, which means it’ll burn evenly next time (rather than tunnelling).

4. Keep Your Space Well-Ventilated

Although you don’t want your candle near any drafty windows or fans, a ventilated room allows the scent to spread. ‘Fresh air from a partially open window allows for good circulation and an even throw of scent from the burning candle, helping the candle to circulate around the room and ensure your room is filled with the fragrance,’ says Victoria.

5. Fix tunnelling with tin foil

If you don’t manage to get your ‘memory ring’ first time around, you might notice it tunnelling. This is when the candle burns in the centre, but leaves hard wax around the edges. Prevention is better than cure, but some tin foil wrapped around and on top of the tunnelled area can help fix it so it’s not a lost cause.

6. Let The Candle Cool

Victoria says: ‘Let the candle cool down before lighting again. Most candles can take up to two hours to completely cool down. ‘This is for both safety reasons and to allow you to trim the wick if necessary.’

7. Trim Your Wick

On that note, you’ll need to trim your wick (if it gets too long) to prolong the life of your candle. ‘Trimming the wick will allow for a gorgeous bright flame, and ensure for even burning,’ says Victoria. You can do this with nail clippers or a special tool (can be bought online or from homeware stores) – ideally you want it at about a centimetre.

8. Use The Hot Water Trick

If your candle is no longer burning but there’s wax still in the jar, you can use very hot water to get the last of it out. Pour hot water in the jar and leave to cool. The wax should float to the top, so you can pull it out and either use it in a wax melt burner or poke a hole in the top and add it to the top of another candle (threading the wick through).

9. Reuse The Jar

Victoria says: ‘Reuse the jar. Candles are often housed in beautiful jars so why not use it to store pens, make-up brushes or cotton wool? A beautiful addition to your dressing table.’ Although its life might be over as a candle, that doesn’t mean it can’t make for a brand new piece of home decor.

The Dos and Don’ts of Burning Candle

Trails of black smoke, a mushroom shaped wick and soot stains on the jar… sound familiar?

If you’ve got a luxury candle habit it pays to know how best to burn them – you can make your candles last longer and smell stronger, after all.

We asked candle expert Julie Bonin at Diptyque the dos and don’ts of candle burning so you can put the insider knowledge into practice.

Do Burn It For Two Hours On First Use

“You should always burn your candle for a couple of hours when first lighting it.

This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning when next lighting it. Wax has a memory so it is important not to skip this step to make sure you get the most even burning out of your candle.”

Don’t Place Your Candle In A Draughty Area

“Another way to make your candle last longer is to avoid placing your candle in a draughty area, as this means your candle will be consumed more rapidly.”

Do Trim Your Wick Regularly

“Trimming the wick is very important. The longer the wick the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer.

It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn’t over-heating. Trim it every time you use your candle and make sure it isn’t longer than a couple millimeters – the same length as when new.”

Do Re-Centre Your Wick After Each Burn

“As well as trimming your wick, to prevent soot stains forming on the glass make sure you re-centre it after putting your candle out, when the wax is still liquid.

This will prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the glass.”

Don’t Leave The Lid Off When Not In Use

“We recommend using lids to prevent dust from settling on the candle if you aren’t using it regularly. If dust has settled, you can use a humid cotton pad to remove the dust from the top of the wax.”

Do Clean The Glass

“Should your glass turn black due to the candle having been left to burn for too long, then use a wet cotton pad with warm soapy water and gently rub it on the black stains.

Make sure you dry the area properly before lighting your candle again.”

Do Reuse Your Candle Jar

“To restore the holder when your candle has completely burnt down, simply pour hot water in the glass (make sure you use oven mitts as the glass can get very hot), swirl it gently, empty the water in a sink and wipe with a paper towel.

Repeat this process a couple of times until the glass is completely clean. It makes for great brushes or pencil holders as well as flower pots!”

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Scented Candle? – Find Out Here

So you have some candles in your home, and you love them, but you have always wondered, what makes up the cost of a candle?

How much does it cost to make a candle? Candle burn for a long time and you can use them to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere in any room of your home.

This question came to me when I was shopping for candles. I was browsing the candle isle, and I noticed that there are hundreds of different candle styles, scents, colors, and shapes to choose from.

Candle styles range from votive candles, tea lights, to tapers, all the way to pillars. I was amazed by the sheer amount of options that I had to choose from.

The Process Of Making Candles

While an interest in candles seems to be more common amongst ladies than men in our modern age, the making of candles itself is a rather masculine skill that traces back thousands of years.

Especially in medieval times, the trade of chandlery (candle making) was vitally important to kingdoms and villages.

Light was obviously a necessity, and that light came from wax or tallow (animal fat) candles. Businesses, homes, parishes, etc. all relied on chandlers, making it a rather lucrative profession for the medieval craftsman.

Today, while candles aren’t a practical necessity, they can add a masculine or romantic ambiance (depending on what you’re going for) to any room.

I’ve been a candle user myself for many years, enjoying the steady, but flickering flame on my desk, along with the scents of bourbon and brown sugar, sandalwood, custard, and more.

Candles can truly be very meditative and thought-provoking.

But, they’re also expensive. 

Turns out homemade candles cost just a few bucks each, smell and burn just as well as the expensive ones, and make for a fairly easy project that won’t take you more than a couple hours.

They make for great additions to your workspace or den, as well as excellent and inexpensive DIY gifts for your loved ones.

While there a few different types of candles you can make, we’re going to focus on container candles.

Rather than free-standing wax, these are the candles that you find housed in jars or other containers (hence the name).

These are the simplest to make, as they don’t requires molds or any other specialized tools. You simply find an old mug, or buy some cheap mason jars, and you’re set.

Let’s get going!

Supplies

To get started making candles, you’ll need a few supplies and tools. The startup cost is still relatively low though, and once you have your supplies in place, you’ll be able to create numerous inexpensive candles.

The Wax

This is obviously the heart of the candle. There are three primary types to choose from in the candle-making world. Let’s take a quick look at each:

  • Paraffin. The traditional wax used in standard candles for hundreds of years, and is still the most popular ingredient for candles on the shelves today. It’s cheap, and you can easily add colors and scents. The primary concern with paraffin is its potentially toxic nature. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct, which automatically gives it a bad name for some folks. If all-natural products are your thing, it’s probably best to seek an alternative wax. Price: $2-$10 per lb. 
  • Soy. The newcomer on the block, and becoming more and more popular. It was created in the ’90s when the “natural” movement started to gain steam. It’s generally made with soybean oil, but also sometimes blended with paraffin and other waxes (palm, bees, etc.). It also easily accepts colors and scents. Price: $2-$10 per lb. 
  • Beeswax. The oldest candle-making ingredient; in fact, beeswax candles have been found in the great pyramids of Egypt. As the name implies, it’s produced by bees, and is a byproduct of the honey-making process. Because of that, it has a naturally golden color, as well as a subtle, sweet scent. It’s obviously a completely natural product, but you won’t be able to add other fragrances to it very effectively; the natural scent will interfere with any that you try to artificially add. It’s also the most expensive option. Price: $10+ per lb. 

Most waxes you buy for candle-making will come in pellet form, making it much easier to work with, and much quicker to melt.

If it does come in a block (my paraffin did), use a sharp knife to chop it into smaller chunks. In my experiments, beeswax performed the worst of the waxes. It just didn’t burn as well as the others.

And with no scent (I couldn’t detect much of the supposed natural scent), it sort of defeats one of the purposes of having a candle anyway.

I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the soy and paraffin candles; user preference wins out there.

The Wicks

The wrong wick can ruin your homemade candle. Your primary concern is size, which is really width. For the container candles that I’m guiding you through, you’ll almost always want a large wick (most are simply sized “small,” “medium,” or “large”).

Since your candle likely has a diameter of a few inches, the larger wick is the way to go. Length of wick doesn’t matter much; you’ll probably be trimming it down no matter what.

The Fragrance Oils

Without fragrance, you just have burning wax. While it looks nice, it doesn’t create the pleasing aroma that today’s candles are largely made for.

There are thousands of scents to choose from that are just a google search away. I used candlescience.com to buy specially formulated candle fragrances. You can use essential oils, but from what I’ve researched, the final product doesn’t end up as nice.

Choose from such masculine scents as Fireside (a blend of clove, amber, and sandalwood), Apples & Maple Bourbon, Blue Spruce, Buttered Rum, Coffee, Whiskey, and more.

The Double Boiler

You can use a true double boiler if you’d like, but I went with a universal model that just sits on top of any pot you already have, and it’s worked great.

Best of all, it’s cheap, and easily storable in a cupboard. This is definitely a must for candle-making; melting the wax directly over the flame in a normal pot is too hot.

The Container(s)

Coffee mugs, glassware, mason jars — anything that can withstand heat can be used as a container for a candle. I bought some 8oz mason jars, and they’ve been just right (cheap, too!).

Having a lid makes them a breeze to transport/ship as well, so you can easily give them as gifts.

The Accessories: Thermometer, Spatula, Old Pen(s), etc.

Having a thermometer on hand is nice so you can quickly take the temperature of the wax.

When you buy wax, especially some that’s designed for candle-making, it comes with instructions as to which temperature to add fragrance, when to pour into the container, etc.

Use a spatula or spoon to stir the wax and break up larger chunks. Later, you’ll find out why old pens/pencils come in handy.

As you go along, you may also find some little things you need; just be prepared for wax to end up on everything.

How to Make Your Own Container Candle

1. Prepare the Work Area

Dealing with wax is a rather messy affair. Especially as it melts, droplets can get anywhere and everywhere, and you won’t even know it until the wax dries.

Set up newspaper or paper towels around your work area. Use those to set your thermometer, spatula, etc. on; beware, they’ll probably stick a little bit.

Thankfully, wax isn’t that hard to clean (even though it may be a bit laborious), and you can usually just scrape it off with a fingernail. Also have your jars (or other containers) and wicks at the ready; once it gets going, the process goes a little quicker than you might initially expect.

2. Melt the Wax

Using your double boiler, melt the wax. Put a good amount of water in the bottom pan, put about half a pound of wax in the double boiler (this makes the perfect amount to fit in an 8oz mason jar), and watch it melt.

It’s actually pretty fun to watch. Stir it and break up big chunks with the spatula. It only takes 10-15 minutes for the wax to melt.

Be sure to keep an eye on the temperature; you want it to generally be around between 160 and 170 degrees. If it gets higher than that, take it off the heat.

3. Adhere Wick to Container

While the wax is melting, adhere the wick to the container. Some wicks have a little sticker built-in on the bottom, but most do not.

Super glue is one option, but I actually used an old candlemakers trick with great success: As the wax starts melting, it’ll form a pool of liquid.

Dip the metal tab of the wick into that melted wax, then quickly adhere it to the bottom of the container — centered of course. After just a couple minutes when the wax hardens, it’ll be stuck solid to the bottom.

4. Add Fragrance Oils and Stir

After all the wax is completely melted, add your desired fragrance oils.

Each wax is different and requires different amounts per pound of wax, so follow the instructions that come with it if you’ve purchased candle wax specifically.

If you bought a block of wax which isn’t necessarily just for candles, a safe bet would be 1 oz per pound of wax. Pour the fragrance into your double boiler, and stir for 30 seconds or so to ensure it’s evenly distributed.

5. Cool, and Pour Into Container

After you’ve added the fragrance oil, let it cool for a couple minutes. The optimal temp to pour your wax into the container is around 130-140 degrees; it sets better that way than if poured hotter.

This doesn’t take very long — just a few minutes — so pay attention to your thermometer.

Once the wax is properly cooled, go ahead and pour it into the container. Keep a light hold on the wick so that it stays in the center; don’t tug too hard though or the adhesion to the bottom could be released.

Since you’re pouring in hot wax which could melt the wax you used to stick the wick, that could happen anyways. If I gave the wax enough time to harden — 5 minutes or so — it didn’t seem to be a problem for me.

Don’t pour all the wax just yet, though. Save some in your boiler for after the initial pour sets. You’ll notice that it generally gets a nice sinkhole in the center. We’ll come back to that in just a couple steps.

7. Secure Wick

The wick, while attached to the bottom, may at first do some swaying in the liquid wax. You obviously want to ensure it stays nice and centered while the wax sets and hardens.

Having an off-center wick means it won’t burn properly, and you don’t want that. Simply place a writing utensil or two (ones you don’t care a whole lot about) on top of the container with the wick in between.

The wick doesn’t need to be super secured — it just needs to stay in place for a couple hours.

8. Let Cool, Then Top Off

As mentioned above, while the wax sets, it’ll likely form a sinkhole in the middle. You’ll have to let it cool for at least a few hours; it takes that long for the wax to fully set and for you to see how much it needs to be filled in.

Re-heat the wax that you left in the boiler and top off the candle. Don’t add too much, or you may end up with another hole; just fill in the depression, adding a touch above what was already there for a smooth surface.

9. Trim Wick

You’ll probably have a few inches of wick sticking up from your candle. You’ll want to trim that down to just about 1/4″.

A wick that’s too long will burn too big and hot. The way to know is by looking at the flame once it’s lit: if the flame is more than inch or so high, and flickers a lot, it’s too long. Trim it and light again.

10. Clean Up

You’re probably wondering how to clean up all that wax. Even doing the best you can, you won’t be able to get every drop into the container.

There will be some in the boiler, on your tools, probably on your countertops, etc. The best way to clean it is to wipe the wax away with a paper towel while it’s still in liquid form.

You don’t want to rinse it down the drain or put the tools in the dishwasher; while the wax will easily melt off, it can harden again and clog up your pipes.

That’s why a paper towel or other disposable rag is the way to go. If the wax does harden before you’re able to clean it up, it thankfully scrapes off of just about anything pretty easily, so don’t fret too much.

11. Enjoy Your Candle!

You should end up with a burn time of 6-9 hours. If your wick ever does a cauliflower thing where it gets all lumpy on the end, go ahead and trim it. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it cheaper to make your own candles? Yes! Container candles can be expensive — anywhere from $10-$50.

Though you’ll pay about that amount upfront for supplies, you’ll be able to use those supplies for a number of candles. Per homemade candle, your cost should be somewhere around $3-$5. 

How many candles can you make with one pound of wax? You can safely assume about 20 ounces of liquid candle wax per pound by weight. I prefer 8oz jars for candles, so that would be about 2.5 candles per pound. 

Can you make a candle without wax? Perhaps surprisingly, you sure can! It does always take some sort of oil or grease, though.

Shortening, bacon grease, olive oil, etc. While not the purview of this piece, we do have an article on making a bacon fat candle. 

What’s the cheapest candle wax? Beeswax is more expensive, but all natural.

Soy and paraffin wax aren’t too different in terms of price, and can often be had for anywhere from $2 to $10 per pound depending on where you source it from. 

Why are some candles (like Yankee candles) so expensive? You may be wondering why you can make a candle at home for a few bucks, but have to spend $30+ to get a nice one in the store. It mostly has to do with exotic scents and proven burn times.

The scents, per ounce, are definitely the most expensive ingredient of candle making. To source those harder-to-find smells takes time and money.

Yankees, and other luxury brands, also use special production methods that guarantee long burn times; when you calculate hours of use (which you can think of as price-per-use), the effective cost is actually much lower.

Yes, they’re expensive, but they also tend to have unique, stronger scents and they last longer. 

How Much Scent To Add To Paraffin Candles? – Find Out Here

In the candlemaking world, there is a lot of debate on how much scent to add to paraffin candles. Some people measure the volume of their candles and compare to the volume of their scent.

Others use weight. Still others use percentage of wax volume. You will find everyone has their favorite way of doing it, but they are all wrong.

Anyone who uses any of the method is wrong; the correct way to add scent to paraffin candles is by mass. Paraffin votive and pillar waxes will usually hold a maximum of 1 ounce per pound, and single-pour paraffin container waxes can usually hold as much as 1.5 ounces of fragrance per pound. For soy candles, the amount will vary between 1 – 2 ounces of fragrance per pound of wax.

Fragrance Calculations?

So, you have decided to scent your candles at 10% to reinforce your marketing messages about the strength and quality of your products.

This should ensure your candles deliver excellent hot and cold scent throw and leave your customers delighted.

Now comes time to fill your candles and you realise you have a small problem.  10% of what?

This article aims to demystify this question and help you make a decision on how to work out the correct amount of wax and oil for your candles.

Definitions:

Below, we define two different methods for describing oil content.  Please note that these are not interchangeable; i.e. they mean different things.

We recommend you watch the video and play around with the calculators until you understand the differences.  Then, choose one method and stick with it.

Fragrance/Scent Load

The ratio of oil to wax.  A scent load of 10% means that you add 10% of the wax mass as oil.

So, to 100g of wax, you would add 10g of oil.  Fragrance/Scent Load does not refer to the percentage of oil in the candle as a whole.

Fragrance/Scent Load is used in candle wax Technical Data Sheets (TDS) to describe the maximum amount of oil a wax can be ‘loaded’ with, before syneresis (fragrance bleed) occurs.

Fragrance/Scent Content

The proportion of oil in the candle mixture.  A fragrance content of 10% would mean that a 100g candle contained 10g of oil.

How much drops of fragrance oil can be used in a candle?

In respect to this, what happens if you put too much fragrance oil in a candle?

Adding too much fragrance oil can lead to impaired burning characteristics. Temperature at Which the Fragrance Was Added – Adding fragrance oil add too high of a temperature may cause it to dissipate, or burn off, in the melted wax.

Too small of a wick will create a small burn pool, which will lead to poor scent throw.

Secondly, how much fragrance oil do you put in wax melts? A common amount to use is 6% or 1oz per pound of wax.

This can be adjusted up or down depending on the type of wax you’re using and personal preference. The maximum amount of fragrance oil recommended is listed in the Properties section of each type of wax.

Also question is, how much essential oil do you put in a candle?

Depending on how strong your oil is, you can use up to one ounce of essential oil (about 1.5 teaspoons) per pound of wax.

However, pure essential oils offer a stronger scent than synthetic fragrance oils, it’s best to start off with 1/4 to 1/2 ounce per pound of soy wax.

How much scent do you add to candles?

1 oz (by weight) fragrance oil to 1 pound (16 oz also by weight) is the most common rule of thumb for our fragrance oils in soy wax.

The wax, when brought to the proper temperature, will hold 10% fragrance load, but you will run into more wicking issues if you go over 7%.

Do’s And Don’ts in Candle-Making

Dos

  • Add your fragrance at the right temp: Adding your fragrance oil when your wax is at the proper temperature will help it bind to the wax, which will help give you a stronger scent throw.

    It is usually recommended to add your fragrance to the wax at 180-185F for soy and paraffin wax 200-205F for palm wax.
  • Stir consistently for at least 3-5 minutes: This is also very important. Stirring for a short amount of time can keep your fragrance oil from binding to the wax.

    This can cause the oil to settle to the bottom of the wax which can also result in a weak scent throw.
  • Trim your wick: Not trimming your wick can result in smoke, soot, mushrooming, and can cause a large flame.

    It’s important to keep your wick trimmed so your candle burns properly, and for your safety.

    It is recommended to trim wicks for paraffin candles down to 1/4th of an inch, 1/8th for soy candles, and just above 1/4th for our wood wicks in any application.
  • Preheat your containers: Preheating your containers will help slow down the cooling process & helps prevent the wax from shrinking and pulling away from the container, developing wet spots.
  • Use a thermometer: You always want to monitor your temperature throughout the whole candle making process.

    Doing so will prevent you from scorching the wax and it will ensure that you are adding fragrance and pouring the wax at the recommended temperatures.
  • Use the right size and type of wick: Using a wick that is too small for your container can result in the wax not burning across the full diameter of your candle, and it can affect your scent throw.

    You’ll also want to make sure you are using the right type of wick for your wax.

    Zinc core wicks, for example, don’t always perform well in natural waxes like soy because they do not usually get hot enough to burn the wax properly.
  • TEST, TEST, TEST!: A common mistake that many first-time candle makers make is mass producing their candles before they do a test burn.

    There are many different variables that can affect the way your candle burns and it is always a good idea to test everything together to make sure it burns properly and gives

Don’ts

  • Use crayons to dye your candles: Crayon wax is not meant to be burned like candle wax. Using crayons can clog your wick which can cause the candle to burn poorly.

    Crayons can also affect your scent throw and possibly give off a bad smell. (ever smelled a crayon?) Always use dyes that are made for candles to ensure that you are creating a quality candle that will burn well.

    Use candle dyes in either a liquid or block form which both work great in all different types of waxes!
  • Melt your wax in the microwave: When melting your wax in the microwave, you will not be able to monitor the temperature of the wax. It may not melt evenly and you risk scorching your wax in certain areas (called hot spots). Scorched wax can result in a very unappealing odor similar to burned popcorn (yuck).
  • Use perfume in place of fragrance oils: Just like crayons, perfume is NOT meant to burn. It will not throw well and it could clog your wick.

    Always use fragrance oils that are designed for candle making. We have nearly 400 fragrances to choose from and we are adding more each year!
  • Burn your candle for more than 3-4 hours: After burning your candle 3-4 hours, your wick will need to be trimmed.

    Continuing to burn the candle after that amount of time can result in lots of smoke, soot, and mushrooming on the end of the wick.

    This can cause your hot throw to be masked by that smoky smell and could be a fire hazard if your flame gets too big!
  • Put your candle in the refrigerator: While you will be anxious for your candle to set up completely, putting your candle in the refrigerator will speed up the cooling process but can “hurt” your candle in a few different ways.

    It can cause the glass to crack or shatter, make the wax shrink up and create wet spots or sink holes, and even weaken the scent throw.

    Try to let your candle cool down as slowly as possible to avoid all of these potential problems.

    (The only time we would recommend putting your candles in the fridge is if you are making a pillar or votive candle and need help getting it out of the mold. Even then, we only recommend leaving the candles in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes MAX.)
  • Add too much fragrance: Using more fragrance oil does not always guarantee a stronger scent throw.

    Each wax has a recommended fragrance oil load and going beyond that limit can cause the fragrance oil to separate from the wax which could be a potential fire hazard (not to mention the ugly “gooey” spots it can create).

    Too much fragrance can also cause the wick to clog which will make your candle have a weak scent throw.

    You can find the recommended fragrance oil load for the wax you are using by looking in the description box of each wax on their respective product pages.

How To Scent Beeswax Candles? – Find Out Here

If you’ve ever used a scented candle, you’ve probably noticed that the smell is strongest when you first light it.

The scents we use in our candles don’t actually “burn up” in the flame, they just evaporate into the air. As the candle burns down, the wax continues to drip along the wick, and all that wax is infused with the scent.

This is one of the reasons that it’s important not to burn your candle all the way down, because the last bit of wax is actually infused with the scent of the wick, not the scent of the candle.

If you allow your candle to burn down all the way, you’re not getting the full scent experience.

Adding scents to your beeswax candles is an excellent way to personalize them and even provide some aromatherapy benefits.

No matter which kind of candles you like to make, there are a lot of beautiful scents that perfectly complement the sweet and lovely odor of beeswax.

Advantages of Natural Beeswax Candles

Though soy is light years above paraffin candles, health wise, almost all of our soy is genetically modified and filled with toxins!

Beeswax is actually a natural air purifier. It works similarly to bentonite clay in that it puts off negative ions. Many toxins in our bodies and in the air are positively charged. The negative ions bond with negative ions and help make them unavailable to your body.

Scented candles also put off toxins from the unhealthy chemical brew that is used to make fragrance oils. Essential oils added to a candle actually become a diffusion of benefits in your home rather than a tax on your health.

So, cut out the toxic air and lead from lead filled wicks and get cozy with confidence.

Study the Process

1. The Wax

Most natural candle makers will tell you, a natural beeswax candle is often half beeswax and half a softer oil like coconut or palm kernel oil (also called palm shortening) harvested sustainably. Other options are using coconut oil, tallow or lard.

100% beeswax:

100% beeswax candle has a high melting point, meaning your candle will melt down the center. This will still work. You can always melt down the leftover wax and make more candles. So, if you’d like to avoid using any palm or coconut then that is one option.

50% Tallow or Lard:

If you choose to use tallow or lard, make sure you are well aware of the source and are going to add essential oils for scent because tallow and lard can really stink.

25% Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is one of my favorites to mix into bees wax. I think a 1:4 ratio to wax works the best. Make sure your container is warm to the touch before pouring so that it sets nicely.

50% Palm Oil:

Find a sustainable source of palm and use up to 50% palm to bees wax. As with coconut, make sure your container is warm to the touch before pouring so that it sets nicely.

2. The Wick

Wick size is important. Too large and it will burn through your candle like lightening. Too small and it will not use up the wax like you want it to and you won’t benefit from the essential oil and light from the candle.

You will want to use a square braid, cotton wick. This helps bring the wax up to the flame to burn.

The numbers for sizes can be confusing. They have to do with ply, bundle, and how tightly it is braided.

The easiest quick start I would recommend is creating candles in 4 ounce jelly jars or 8 ounce wide mouth mason jars. These jars do really well with #4 and #6 wick sizes.

3. The Containers

Containers and wick sizes go hand in hand. The larger the diameter of the top of the candle, the larger the wick you will need. Since this is a quick start, I’m using 4 ounce jelly mason jars.

Prepare containers by warming them in an oven on its lowest setting. They should be very warm to the touch, but do not need to be so hot that they burn your fingers or the glass cracks.

Scenting Rolled Beeswax Candles

Making and decorating rolled beeswax candles is one of the most accessible forms of candle making. You buy wax in sheets, along with prepared wicks, and then roll the sheets around the wicks to make a candle.

As you do this, you can also add your choice of scent by putting a few drops of essential oil on the wax sheet. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Candle Creations notes that you should avoid putting oil on the wick, since the oil will cause the candle to smoke.
  • Don’t use too much oil, since the lightly heated wax needs to be able to melt slightly and stick to itself. More than a few drops could affect the sturdiness of your candle.
  • Make sure you apply the oil to the honeycomb side of the sheet, rather than the smooth side. The open cells of the honeycomb pattern will hold the oil in place without impacting the wax’s ability to stick to itself.

Scenting Melted Wax Candles

There are several methods for making candles out of melted beeswax. You can use molds, dip the candles to make tapers, or simply pour the wax into a jar or other container.

The instructions for making scented container candles with beeswax are a little different than standard paraffin candles, but they are easy and fun. You can use the same process for adding oil to dipped or molded candles.

Tips for Choosing Fragrance Oils

Beeswax has its own sweet scent that does not work with every other fragrance. Experiment with different types and amounts of fragrance to find the right strength and combination for you. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Although there are many synthetic oils on the market, natural essential oils are great for this natural type of wax. The choice is up to you.
  • Don’t try to mask the natural fragrance of the beeswax. It’s a strong scent on its own, and adding too much fragrance can make your candle overpowering.
  • Choose a scent that complements the honey smell of the beeswax. Think vanilla, cinnamon, almond, ginger, cloves, and other delicious smells.
  • Fruit smells are another good choice. Try citrus options like orange or lemon.
  • Not everyone loves the combination of beeswax with strong herbal scents. Use mint and similar herbal fragrances with caution, experimenting on a small batch to see how you like it.

Things You’ll Need

In addition to the standard candle making supplies of containers and wicks, you’ll need the following:

  • Beeswax granules for candle making, available from retailers like Bulk Apothecary
  • Your choice of essential oils
  • Popsicle stick or chopstick
  • Candle making equipment, such as a dedicated measuring cup and double boiler, stirring utensil, hot plate or stovetop, and scissors

What to Do

  1. Using a double boiler, melt the desired amount of beeswax granules. Be careful not to overheat them. As soon as they are melted, you are ready to add the oil.
  2. Remove the wax from the heat source and add your choice of fragrance. Use about 20-25 drops of oil for every ounce of beeswax if you want a strongly scented candle, less if you would like a more subtle scent.
  3. Carefully pour the wax into the container, making sure the wax remains straight in the jar.
  4. Allow the wax to cool. When it has hardened, trim the wick to about 1/2 inch above the surface of the wax.

Try Different Combinations

Whether you prefer to roll, dip, or pour your beeswax candles, have fun trying different scents and combinations of scents to find what you like the best.

You’ll love the way the sweet scent of beeswax combines with other fragrances to provide a beautiful scented atmosphere in your home.

Before you start using the wax, trim the wicks to fit the jars you’ve chosen. Tie one end to a popsicle stick or chopstick that you will rest across the lip of the jar. This will keep the wick hanging straight in the wax.

How To Make Scented Candles Without Essential Oils? Find Out Here

A candle burns as a result of a physical and chemical reaction with oxygen in the air. The wick is the most important part of a candle, as it is the element that causes the flame to burn.

A wick is typically made from cotton or hemp, with modern candles using a cotton wick. When the wick is placed in the center of the candle, the flame remains close to the wick and burns slowly.

However, if the candle burns too close to the sides, it will burn faster. (When the candle is burning away from the center of the wick, the flame becomes too high for the wick to support, and the flame begins to lean.)

Why You Should Learn How to Make Scented Candles at Home:

  • Homemade scented candles cost less than store-bought.
  • Choosing candle containers is just the beginning of the fun.
  • Creating your own blend of fragrances is inspiring and you can easily control the strength of the fragrance to make strong scented candles or lightly scented candles.
  • You can also go green by upcycling containers such as glass yogurt jars or coffee mugs.
  • If you like to decorate for the seasons, you’ll love creating candles for each season.
  • Did I mention homemade scented candles make great gifts for any occasion?
  • And you can make candles at home to match your decor and style from the container to the scent and even color.

Pros and Cons Of Essential Oils

It’s no surprise essential oils have become incredibly popular for all kinds of things, candle making included. But, do they deserve the hype when it comes to scented candles? Here are the pros and cons of using essential oil for candles.

Pros: 

  • The biggest pro of making candles with essential oils is that they are 100% natural. Each is made from plant material – who doesn’t love that? 
  • Using natural ingredients is always a good thing! And it’s a highly appealing characteristic for many consumers, including myself. 
  • Pure essential oils are highly fragrant.
  • Essentials oils are also loved for their therapeutic capabilities and are the most common way to experience aromatherapy. 

Cons: 

  • Unfortunately, despite their strong fragrance, essential oils have the least hot throw compared to other candle fragrance types. This is due to the way essential oils degrade when exposed to high temperatures.
  • When it comes to essential oils you have a limited selection of scents to choose from as they are only derived from specific plants. 
  • I hate to break it to you, but essential oils can be expensive. Considering it takes 100s of pounds of plant material to produce a single pound of oil – it’s gonna cost ya.

4 Nontoxic Scented Candles with the Best Scents for Your Home

1. Goop Scented Candle: Edition 01 – Church

Unlike most scented candles that don’t want to display their proprietary blend of fragrances, goop lays it all out by disclosing the full ingredient list in its candles. (Hallelujah!)

Here’s the full list for the Scented Candle Edition 01 – Church by goop.

Glycine Soja (Soybean) Wax, Pongostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Extract, Juniperus Virginiana (Red Cedar) Oil, Cyperus Scariosus (Cypriol) Root Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Gum Extract, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Tuscan Cypress) Stem Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Labdanum) Resin Extract, Vanillin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract

This nontoxic, soy-based candle features a scent meant to invoke clarity and focus. The line of candles also features Shiso, Incense, and Orchard scents.

2. This Smells Like My Vagina Candle

This Goop exclusive may have a surprising name, but there’s nothing shocking about its ingredients list.

Made with 100 percent pure soy wax, a lead-free, organic cotton wick, and a combination of cruelty-free scents like geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose, and ambrette seeds, this candle is the perfect way to set the mood.

3. Shiva Rose Rosewood Vanilla Candle

This dreamy candle scented with rose, agar wood, and vanilla shows that nontoxic doesn’t mean you have to compromise on scent.

Made from coconut wax and featuring a cotton wick, this hand-poured, handcrafted Rosewood Vanilla Candle from Shiva Rose will make your day every time you light it.

4. Heretic Dirty Grass Candle

Only the grass is dirty in this clean, soy-based candle infused with a fresh, green, smoky scent and full-spectrum CBD oil.

With notes of black pepper, lemongrass, and hemp, it’s the ideal way to bring the outdoors into your inner sanctum.

Making Your Own Candle Scents

There are plenty of candle scents that you can make using herbs and spices in your kitchen and garden.

The fragrance of a candle is equally as important as its look, and whether you’re a crafter or candlemaker by trade, you certainly won’t get the most out of your abilities if you aren’t blending scents.

If you want to improve your candlemaking skills, learning how to create unique scents will give you one-of-a-kind candles.

  • Measure 1 cup almond or olive oil and pour it into a 1/2 liter jar. If you are planning on selling the candles, use jojoba oil as it will remain stable for a longer period of time.
  • Raid your kitchen for spices and dried herbs. Nutmeg and cinnamon are sweet and spicy and are often used in Christmas candles.

    Bring the smell of nature into your home with dried herbs, such as rosemary and thyme. For a more flowery scent, raid your garden.

    Fresh lavender, lilac and jasmine are more subtle fragrances often used in aromatherapy candles. If you are using flower petals or fresh herbs, leave them on your windowsill to dry for a few hours before using.

    This makes them easier to crush and increases their potency.
  • Push 1/2 cup flower petals or fresh herbs to the bottom of the jar, making sure they are well covered with oil. Use a wooden spoon to crush them into smaller pieces.

    If you are using spices or dried herbs, simply add 1/2 teaspoon to the jar and mix them with the oil. Repeat the process until the oil begins to smell potent.
  • Place two cups of water into a large pan and leave it on the lowest setting of your stove for five minutes. Put your jar inside and let it sit for a further two minutes.

    This will speed up the infusion process. Don’t let the water reach boiling point, as this will adversely affect the infusion process.
  • Cover your jar and put it in the cupboard for a week. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture at least once per day.
  • Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain the oil into another 1/2 liter jar.

    Place pressure on the herbs and flower petals that are caught within the cheesecloth to extract as much oil from them as possible.
  • Cover your jar and place it in the cupboard for another week.
  • Pour a dash of your newly scented oil into melted wax when you next make candles. Continue to add small amounts until you’ve reached your desired scent strength.

Materials:

  • Herbs (rosemary and thyme)
  • Spices (nutmeg and cinnamon)
  • Flower petals (lavender, lilac and jasmine)
  • 1 cup oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
  • Warm water
  • 2 1/2 liter jars
  • Large pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cheesecloth
  • Sieve

Hint:

A little vanilla extract will leave your candle with a sweet after fragrances when burned. If you are making multiple scents, label your jars with the ingredients and amounts that you’ve used. This will help you in the future if you want to make more of the same scent.

Can Scented Candles Make You Sick? – Find Out Here

If you’re like most people, candles are part of your daily or weekly routine. They can soften and beautify any room, and they can be a relaxing way to unwind after work or school.

One of the most popular uses for candles is to create a themed ambiance, and the options are seemingly endless: peppermint, pumpkin pie, lavender, chocolate, apple, ocean breeze, and so on.

Candles are also a popular gift choice, and when you’re buying candles for others, you might want to pay special attention to the scent.

Some scents can trigger respiratory problems, allergies, or even migraines, so it’s important to know which scents are the safest.

Are Your Favorite Candles Gradually Poisoning You?

In my recent searching through the web I came across an article made me stop my scrolling and actually pay attention, “Are Your Candles Toxic?” read the headline.

I was aghast, never in my wildest dreams did I even imagine that my beloved Anthropologie candles could be poisoning me while they filled my home with lovely hints of vanilla and peaches.

I read the article, and then another, and another—all warning me that my candles were ruining my life.

But here’s the thing, upon closer inspection I found that the majority of these articles didn’t have any studies or hard facts to back them up.

So I decided that before I threw out all my lovely (and expensive) candles I should do some proper investigating to address all the internet claims that claim candles are a silent killer.

Claim 1: Candle wicks have a lead core.

One of the main hazards that bloggers cite when talking about candles are the wicks—lead wicks to be exact.

According to these writers many of the candles that people purchase are made with wicks made of lead that when lit can release seriously harmful (and carcinogenic) chemicals into your home. That, however is not quite true.

“Lead wicks have been banned in the United States for almost two decades.

But we constantly hear that candles have lead wicks and we want people to understand that that is not the case, it hasn’t been for years and years,” Rob Harrington, Ph.D., a toxicologist with the National Candle Association.

While in the past, wicks were made with lead in order to make the wick stiffer, lead wicks were officially outlawed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2003.

If you have candles in your attic from before 2003 and you’re worried those could have lead in them, they probably don’t given that National Candle Association members voluntarily agreed to not use lead wicks in 1974 (and yes, Yankee Candle is a member).

At this point one of the few ways you could end up with a lead-core wick candle is if you imported one that wasn’t governed by these regulations but even then the chances are slim as there are National Candle Association (NCA) equivalents worldwide ensuring the safety of candles.

But if you’re if you’re still not convinced that you can light your candles, there’s a simple way to see if they’re safe.

Rub white paper on the wick of an un-burnt candle, if the wick leaves a gray pencil-like mark there’s lead in it, if there’s no gray you’re good to go.

Claim 2: Candle wax contains hazardous substances that are released when burnt.

OK, so the wick is fine, but what about the big chunk of wax that is the actual candle? Well it turns out that’s not as bad as some writers would have you believe either.

To give you some background, candles are usually made from paraffin wax or soy wax, both of which are solids that act as the fuel for candle flame.

Writers often cite a 2009 study by South Carolina State University researchers that claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful chemicals such as toluene.

However, this study has been called into question by the NCA particularly because it was never published in a journal and peer reviewed.

Upon closer inspection, the NCA also found that the researcher who conducted the study never verified that the candles he looked at were actually paraffin or soy candles and that one of the harmful chemicals the researcher claimed to have found in paraffin candles (trichloroethylene) could not have been produced in combustion given that paraffin doesn’t contain the elements necessary to produce it.

It turns out that the one bad study everyone is relying on to make their case is not particularly trust-worthy, “It’s not bad science it’s non-science,” said Harrington.

So OK, one study was not reliable, that doesn’t mean wax is in the clear right? Well, nothing else has really come up to make us think otherwise.

According to Harrington (and my research) there’s no scientific basis for these claims that paraffin, or soy, or any other sort of wax could be harmful when burned.

In fact, to fight this notion that wax is harmful in any way, the NCA in conjunction with other international candle associations sponsored a study of paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax and beeswax candles to see what sort of chemicals they emit when lit.

The independently conducted study found that “ all the major waxes burned in a very similar manner and all waxes produced virtually identical combustion products…all waxes were shown to be safe when used in candles,” said Harrington.

As this other study by European researchers found, when candles burn they produce mostly carbon dioxide, water, and fragrance (if you’re burning a scented candle) and any other chemicals that are produced when burning are found in such low concentrations that they don’t pose any serious risk to health.

Claim 3: The fragrances used in scented candles are extremely hazardous to human health.

OK, so the wick is fine, and the wax is harmless, but what about the fragrance in scented candles? There’s no way that apple-pie and fresh vanilla ice cream scent doesn’t contain carcinogens right? Well, again, wrong.

Yes it’s true that the fragrances which make candles so enticing are made with chemicals (it’s not surprising you can’t pack a pine tree forest into some wax) but all of these fragrances typically conform to safety standards established by the International Fragrance Association, which ensures that chemicals used are non-toxic and safe for human use.

The caveat with scented candles is that while the fragrance itself may be safe, it can cause problems for certain populations.

According to Janice Nolen, the Assistant Vice President of National Policy at the American Lung Association, “just the scents alone, for people with asthma for example, can cause problems with breathing.”

Nolen recommends skipping scented products altogether (yes, air fresheners and oil diffusers included) but urges that extreme only with particularly vulnerable populations like young kids, asthmatics, and adults over 65 definitely stay away).

Claim 4: Candles emit particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.

Another point of contention when it comes to candles and their effects on health is whether or not they release harmful particulate matter into the air—and this is where Nolen definitely feels that candles can be harmful.

“Candles are something that people perceive as being benign and it’s important to realize that they are not benign,” she said.

If it’s been a while since you took an environmental science class, let me break particulate matter (PM) down for you.

PM refers to solid and liquid particles that are in the air we breathe, the smallest of which can go past our bodies natural defense systems and into our lungs.

When these little tiny particles get into our lungs they can cause everything from coughing and wheezing to acute health issues like heart attacks or stroke.

According to Nolen these candles emit the type of particle pollution that could contribute to these dangerous side effects.

However, it’s not that candles are the only source of particle pollution in your home but rather that they can become an added source that isn’t essential for your everyday life.

“I’m not saying don’t put candles on your kids birthday cake, but don’t think of them as a benign thing if you’re having them burning for hours on end in your home,” she said.

Another point that Nolen brings up is the fact that candles emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), chemicals that may be harmful on their own or interact with other chemicals in the air to produce harmful compounds.

Rob agrees, yes candles do release particulate matter, and yes they do release VOCs but there’s no indication that the PM and VOCs coming from candles are any worse than what you would find just taking a stroll outside.

“There’s no question that a candle does produce these but they produce very very small amounts compared to the air that you’re breathing,” he said.

So yes, candles do produce PM and VOCs, both of which have been found to be harmful to health, but as Nolen pointed out, the issue may not lie in the burning of candles themselves but rather in how long you’re burning them.

So the big deal about candles is particulate matter, so what if I really want to burn candles?

If you’re finding yourself inclined to reduce the amount of particulate matter in your environment but can’t seem to put the candles away the best thing you can do is reduce the amount of time you burn them.

There’s no hard and fast rule for how long it’s safe to burn a candle before it starts causing any trouble (the research just isn’t there) but in Nolen’s opinion, “the longer they burn the more they’re producing pollution,” so try to not to burn them all day long.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to make sure you properly ventilate whenever you do burn candles. It won’t pull all the pollutants out, but it’s better than doing nothing.

Summary

Candles are no longer made with lead-core wicks, their wax is non-toxic, and you don’t need to feel bad for enjoying their delicious scents (unless you have asthma or allergies).

So unless you are concerned about the PM or VOCs in your home you’re good to let them burn. And if you are concerned, Nolen recommends electric candles for ambiance.

Where To Buy Scented Oils For Candle Making? – Find Out Here

There are many different types of candles that you can make at home. Some candles are made with just wax and a wick, while others are made with scented oils or even fragrances.

Each type of candle has its own advantages, depending on which scent you want to make and what you want to use the candle for.

If you want to make a candle to use in aromatherapy, then you will want to use scented oils in your candle.

This allows you to use the candle to help you relax, or to help you get to sleep at night. If you want to add a splash of color to your home, then you might want to use just wax and a wick.

What is essential oils?


Essential oils are pure extracts from plant parts. They retain the natural smell and flavour, or essence, of their plant source.

What are fragrance oils?


Fragrance oils are by definition, synthetic and man-made. They are blends of essential oils and aromachemicals often diluted in a base.

4 positive benefits of essential oils in terms of home fragrance


1. Essential oils are completely natural scents derived from plants
2. Essential oils can have medicinal and aromatherapy properties
3. Essential oils can contain less carcinogens/ toxins than fragrance oils*
4. Essential oils will often have a greater depth of character

6 positive benefits of fragrance oils in terms of home fragrance

1. Fragrance oils are cheaper than essential oils
2. Fragrance oils come in a wider variety of scents than essential oils i.e Tropical Watermelon
3. Fragrance oils can be more sustainable than essential oils (i.e sandalwood is harvested by killing the entire tree)
4. Fragrance oils will last longer
5. The “scent throw” of fragrance oils is often better than that of essential oils; meaning a product will sometimes fragrance an interior more effectively
6. Fragrance oils do contain some essential oils

Types of essential oils

Lavender

This incredibly popular oil has all kinds of benefits. This subtly floral scent can help people to relax and sleep. Moreover, breathing it in has been found to help with alleviating headaches Trusted Source, while the use of the oil topically may help reduce the itching and swelling from bug bites Trusted Source.

Safety: There are a few known side effects. These include nausea, headaches, chills, and vomiting. It can also irritate the skin if you have an intolerance.

Roman chamomile

Featuring a combination of a light floral and herbal aroma, this oil has the potential Trusted Source to put your mind at ease when diffused and inhaled through steam. While this oil is great for calming the mind, it’s equally as useful on the skin, and has been found Trusted Source to treat conditions like inflammation and eczema.

Safety: Anyone allergic to daisies, marigolds, and ragweed should avoid using this oil altogether.

Rose

When the sweet, floral scent of rose oil is inhaled, it’s been shownTrusted Source to help reduce anxiety. Its antioxidant properties have also been foundTrusted Source to help treat acne and improve complexion for an overall younger look.

Safety: Skin irritation can occur when used topically, so make sure to use more of the carrier oil if you want to reap the skin care benefits of rose oil.

Hyssop

This earthy, herbal, and sweet-scented essential oil can be used on the skin to help to minimize scarringTrusted Source, decrease inflammation, and act as an overall healing agent.

Safety: Don’t use hyssop if you’re pregnant or have a history of seizures.

Ylang ylang

This flowery oil emits a spicy but sweet aroma, and has been suggested as an aid in relaxationTrusted Source, a self-esteem builderTrusted Source, and it even may act as a repellant toward certain insects. It’s frequently found in cosmetics and promises a laundry list of beauty benefits, including the treatment of combination skin and promotion of hair growth.

Myrrh

This sappy-smelling essential oil is said to treat skin issues Trusted Source by relieving acne and cracked skin, and may even help treat athlete’s foot.

Safety: Myrrh should never be taken orally. If you’re using it topically, take note that it’s been found to cause dermatitis. More serious side effects include heart irregularities and lower blood pressure. It can also increase the risk of miscarriage if taken by people who are pregnant.

Vetiver

Thesmoky, sugary scent of vetiver is often used in tranquil aromatherapy to boost your overall mood and calm your nerves. As for its antioxidant benefits, it’s been found Trusted Source to help promote skin health and heal scars.

Safety: Since it’s nonirritating and non-sensitizing it’s a great topical alternative for those who can’t handle other essential oils.

Frankincense

The aroma of this one may smell like the holiday season to you, but it also has all kinds of astringent, digestive, antiseptic, and disinfectant properties.

It may prevent oral issues like bad breath, toothaches, cavities, and mouth sores, and one study Trusted Source even suggests it can help improve skin health.

Safety: Aside from potential skin sensitivity, users can rest easy knowing there aren’t any major side effects from using frankincense.

Grapefruit

Even though this is also derived from a citrus fruit — the peel to be exact — it has more of a bitter and fresh scent, and is a popular oil to use in a diffuser. It’s been said to have antifungal Trusted Source properties that may help reduce any harmful bacteria within.

Safety: Again, similar to lemon, avoid UV rays from the sun when applying topically.

Cedarwood

Earthy and naturally woody-smelling, cedarwood is used for a number of topical beauty treatments. Studies have shown that these benefits include Trusted Source fighting acne, treating eczema, and reducing dandruff. On top of all this, it also allegedly helps to reduce arthritis and relieve coughing.

Safety: It’s important to note that none of these benefits comes from ingesting the oil. It’s not safe to consume cedarwood oil and if done so can result in vomiting, nausea, thirst, and damage to the digestive system.

Peppermint

When you inhale the minty herbal scent of this oil, some evidence has shown Trusted Source that it can relieve IBS symptoms. Likewise, a limited amount of evidence has found that this oil can help with headaches and indigestion.

When applied topically, you’ll immediately sense a cooling effect. This can help with things like muscle pain (and potentially help to increase exercise performance Trusted Source), sunburn relief Trusted Source, and itchy skin conditions like poison ivy or insect bites.

Safety: Peppermint essential oil shouldn’t be ingested as it can cause serious side effects like heartburn, headaches, an irritated esophagus, and mouth sores. So if you need to freshen your breath, just stick to actual mints.

Spearmint

This other minty option is quite similar to peppermint in both aroma and benefits, therefore it can be used as an alternative. You will find that spearmint oil has a bit of a sweeter kick to its aroma and has been found to have antifungal properties.

It also provides the same cooling effect as peppermint when applied topically, which makes it equally as useful for warding off unwanted insects and relieving bug bites.

Safety: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, speak with your doctor before using spearmint oil.

Basil oil

The essential oil extracted from basil has many topical and internal benefits. It’s been shown Trusted Source to be both antiviral and anti-inflammatory, so it could work as a cold and flu remedy and muscle relaxer.

It’s also been found to treat acne Trusted Source, and one older study rusted Source even found that it worked as a way to reduce stress. You can also add it to hair treatments to get rid of buildup and enhance shine.

Safety: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, speak with your doctor before using basil oil.

Melaleuca

You probably know this oil by its more commonly used name — tea tree oil — along with its easy to identify medicinal scent. It’s typically used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatoryTrusted Source, and antiviralTrusted Source treatment, in addition to treating hypersensitivity.

Thanks to these benefits, it’s been shown to help treat eczema, reduce reactions in people allergic to nickel, and even treat staph infections and bug bites.

Safety: You should only inhale or apply this oil topically — never ingest it. If you do, you could experience digestive issues, hives, or dizziness.

Tea tree oil comes in a variety of strengths. Be sure to dilute it, if it’s pure. It’s also possible to be allergic to tea tree oil — and any other oil for that matter.

Lemon

This citrusy oil is loaded with antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation, fight against anemia Trusted Source, boost energy levels, and relieve nausea.

Safety: You can use it on your skin to nourish it, but remember: Because it’s incredibly photosensitive, you should only use it at night and wash it off in the morning. Don’t expose skin to sunlight when using lemon oil topically.

Arborvitae

This lesser-known oil emits a woody scent and is said to help repel bugs and reduce stress. Its main draw is its supposed ability to promote a healthy, glowing complexion.

Safety: If you inhale too much, too quickly, it can potentially irritate your lungs and respiratory tract. Don’t take it orally as it’s been shown to be toxic.

Orange

It’s no surprise that this oil — packed with vitamin C — has tons of skin care benefits when applied topically. This oil is found in a variety of beauty products and touts promises to make skin appear brighter, smoother, and clearer.

As for health-based benefits, studies have found that orange may help treat anxiety and aid in some pain relief Trusted Source.

Safety: This bold and zesty citrus oil isn’t without its downfalls. Dilute it well. Never apply directly to your skin or you may experience redness and swelling, and be sure to avoid direct sunlight right after application.

Helichrysum

This oil — which smells like a mix of honey and hay — features antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to promote internal and external health. When applied to the skin, studies have found Trusted Source it can help treat athletes foot, acne, and psoriasis.

Safety: It’s generally considered a safe oil and has been said to produce little to few allergic reactions, making it an ideal option for those with skin sensitivity.

Cassia

Derived from the cinnamomum cassia plant, this oil has a similar warm and spicy fragrance to actual cinnamon, though it’s a bit sweeter. Unlike the cooling effect of the minty oils, cassia oil warms the body, which can leave people feeling tranquil.

Safety: That said, anyone who’s pregnant shouldn’t use this oil.

Oregano

This spiced essential oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal benefits that may help treatTrusted Source athletes foot, bacterial infections, psoriasis, and warts. One study Trusted Source found that it has strong antioxidant properties and could help treat fevers and respiratory symptoms, too.

Its sharp, spicy scent with hints of herbal tendencies can be used in aromatherapy, or applied topically to reap its benefits.

Safety: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should talk to your doctor before using oregano oil.


Where To Buy Scented Oils For Candle Making?

You can always check your local candle shop or scent shops nearby.
You can also Visit online shops like Amazon and E-bay.

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