Have you ever wanted to make your own cologne-scented candles?
Well, I’m going to show you how! This is a great project for any DIY-er that wants to save money while making something beautiful.
The process is easy and the ingredients are affordable. It’s perfect for anyone who loves candles as much as they love the fragrance!
What is Cologne Scented Candle?
Cologne scented candles are a type of candle made to give off the smell of colognes. They’re often purchased by people who enjoy wearing fragrances but can’t afford an expensive bottle for themselves or their home.
The fragrance they emit is usually just enough to cover up unpleasant odors in small spaces and some may even use it as part of their daily routine when going out on dates with someone new!
There is nothing quite like a fragrant candle to set a mood, or a room, just right. In fact, if you want to make someone fall in love with your home, a scented candle is often the best way to go.
Whether the candle is floral or edgy, you can get creative and make it your own.
Try making your own scented candles at home for the most fun and personal gifts.
What you need to make scented cologne candles:
soy wax or beeswax to make the candles.
A wick for your candle
If you’re using a jar; remember that this is not optional in most cases and it must be sized correctly based on how big your container will be. If you’re using a mason jar, use an 18/24 gauge wire as opposed to a 12 gauge wire because of the thickness of glass involved.
Otherwise, choose accordingly according to whichever kind of container you are utilizing (if any). The thicker the material or walls of the container, generally speaking, the thinner should be your size number.
For example: a smaller votive could do with 16 gauge whereas larger ones would need 12 gauge which can accommodate more wax.
A scented oil that you want to use for the scent
This can be any type of essential oil or fragrance oil – it’s up to your discretion here.
An eyedropper (or any other dropper like a medicine syringe)
You will need this in order to control how much wax is poured onto the wick of your candle, and also another one if you are using soy wax because soy wax does not have an open-top so pouring hot liquid into a container where there is no opening would require some help from gravity.
A spoon and pan/pot
That can hold enough water to melt all the ingredients together on low heat until completely mixed, but still warm enough not to burn anything which could ruin the cologne-scented candle.
A plastic bowl / Container
To act as a mold for your final product and also heat resistant. You will need this in order to pour the wax into it which can then be shaped how you want later on once cooled down enough so that it is no longer hot, but still soft enough to shape without difficulty.
The best container or mold material varies from person to person depending on what type of candle they want made – wax melts below 130 degrees Fahrenheit so making soy candles would not be suitable for this project because those usually need temperatures over 140F°.
If you are using glass containers instead of metal molds, wait until they have cooled completely before putting on lids with silicone seals! If not done so correctly, pressure can build up inside of the container which could lead to an explosion and injury. Always be cautious when handling hot items as well!
An old t-shirt or any other clothes
that are easy to wash because they will get dirty with all of the wax spilling over onto them while melting everything together – trust me, it’s going to happen!
- Fill a saucepan halfway up with water and heat on medium until it begins to simmer. Do not bring to boil!
- Place your prepped container inside of this pan, and stir every five minutes or so. The wax should melt within 15-20 minutes
- Stir all ingredients together well before pouring into the container of choice. Wait about five minutes before stirring again to allow cool wax to sink and cover the bottom
- Once your candles are cooled, it is time for the fun part!
- Take a dropper with some perfume oil and drip one or two drops onto each wick. You can also use any other scented oils you would like as long as they don’t have too strong of a scent
- Once you have mixed everything together, place wicks inside of your jar carefully so they reach just slightly past the top when placed horizontally.
- Enjoy your new candles! To achieve a stronger scent, use more cologne and leave them in a place with better airflow for at least 24 hours before using.
The best way to make a candle that smells like your favorite cologne is by using bottled perfume! All you have to do is pour some of the liquid into each wax cavity and wait for them to dry out, which can take anywhere from six hours up to 24 hours depending on how much fragrance was added.
Tips for Adding Fragrance to Candles
- Use a silicone mold for best results. Silicone molds are heat resistant, flexible, and will not stick to the wicks like other types of plastic or metal. When using a silicone mold make sure to use rubbing alcohol on your hands before touching it for an easier release from the clay insert after you’ve finished pouring in the wax and let cool as per instructions below.
- Add fragrance oil. You can buy fragrance oils at craft stores such as Michaels or online retailers such as Amazon that specialize in candles (search “fragrance oils DIY candle making). The amount you add depends on how strong you want your scent but start with about 20 drops of essential oil (or less if desired) added into ¼ cup of carrier oil such as olive or coconut.
- Pour the wax into your mold and let it cool per the instructions of your chosen candle-making company (typically this would be about 30 minutes).
Dangers of Using Perfume in Candle Making
Candles made with perfume are dangerous to use. The fumes from the melted wax can cause respiratory problems, nausea, and headaches.
There is a risk of toxic inhalation for both children and adults when using perfumed candles. These symptoms may be delayed up to 24 hours after exposure so it’s hard to know if you’ve been affected by these chemicals until they have already done damage.
You should always avoid burning any candle that has fragrance added because their purpose is not just decoration but also the release of scents in order for us humans to smell them
When making cologne scented candles it’s important to use high-quality essential oils like lavender or sage oil as opposed to synthetic fragrances which contain harmful ingredients such as propylene glycol and triethanolamine.
You’ll need to find a fragrance you like, rose oil is popular for candle making because it doesn’t have any scent so it won’t interfere with the smell of your cologne. You can also use orange or lavender oil because they’re not too strong and will complement many different scents
Standard Fragrance Oils:
Fragrances come in either a full or an essential oil. Fragrances are also available as synthetic, which have no natural ingredients whatsoever.
Synthetics tend to be cheaper and can last for years while oils contain more volatile organic compounds that evaporate quickly so they need to be refreshed annually by adding a new fragrance (or just top-up after it’s been used).
You should always try pure scents first because some people may not react well to artificial fragrances; alternatively, if you’re looking for something strong then synthetics might work better.
Natural Fragrance Oils:
flowery, like a garden. One of the most popular oils in aromatherapy because it is so versatile and earthy. It can be used to help relieve depression, stress, and anxiety as well as promote mental clarity.
a floral scent that refreshes your senses with just one whiff! Traditionally used for treating insomnia and promoting feelings of peace or tranquility while bringing about a sense of balance between mind body spirit.
Vanilla Essential Oil:
you can’t go wrong with this one! A rich vanilla fragrance that will relax your mind as well as your body by helping combat stress while creating feelings of comfort or happiness depending on how you use it.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils and can be used to help promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, ease pain from muscle aches or headaches as well as lessen feelings of depression that are often associated with PMS symptoms.
Grapefruit Essential Oil:
grapefruit oil contains high levels of limonene which gives it a fresh citrus scent that’s perfect for an uplifting mood during those difficult times when you’re feeling down in the dumps. It also may aid concentration making it easier to focus on what needs to be done without distractions around you.
Making this type of candle does not require any special equipment or materials, meaning it’s very easy for anyone to do at home!