Candles add an inviting scent and a cozy glow to any home. The problem with most candles, however, is the synthetic fragrances and harmful chemicals used to make them. You can avoid these toxins by creating your own candles.
Homemade candles are simple to make, inexpensive and give you an opportunity to bring out your creative side!
Essential oils are often used to create an inviting, aromatic environment, but have you considered using them to scent your very own candles? Infusing homemade candles with essential oils allows you to create a scent unique to your home that is safe.
Homemade candles make a perfect gift, too!
- Containers - Mason jars, glass jars, coffee mugs
- Wax - Beeswax or 100% soy wax
- Cotton wicks
- 100% pure essential oils
- Double boiler or glass measuring cup and medium saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Chopsticks, pen or pencil
Choosing the Right Wax
Before you begin, consider which type of wax is best for you - we recommend avoiding paraffin wax as it is known to release carcinogens into the air.
Soy wax, while great for absorbing scents from essential oils, often contain paraffin. Instead try 100% soy wax, which has significantly less paraffin.
Beeswax is another great alternative as it is 100% natural, melts at a slower rate and actually purifies the air in your home. Beeswax also carries its own scent, which is sweet and inviting. If you choose beeswax, it mixes well with warm and earthy aromas - see below for essential oil blends.
In choosing your wax, it’s important to note the amount of essential oil to include. For every 8 ounces of soy wax, use 40 to 45 drops of essential oils. For every 8 ounces of beeswax, 60 to 65 drops should be used. A good guide is to add as much essential oil as it takes before you start to smell it in the candle - the purer the oil, the less you’ll need to use.
Now, create a workstation by laying down newspaper to avoid a waxy mess.
1. Begin by filling your double boiler with water- If you don’t own a double boiler, a medium saucepan and glass measuring cup that can withstand heat will work just as well. If you’re using a saucepan, place the measuring cup into the saucepan and fill with water until the measuring cup is about one-fourth submerged.
2. Measure your wax. You should have twice as much as wax the candle container holds. For example, if your container stores 8 ounces, you should melt 16 ounces of wax. Once you have your measurement, bring the water to a soft boil and keep a close eye on your wax. Stir the wax with a wooden spoon.
3. Measure cotton wicks. Wicks should be about two centimeters taller than the height of your container. Use a pencil, pen, chopstick or similar object to hold the wick in place. Lay the pencil across the top of your candle container and wrap the wick around it. You can place a small amount of melted wax onto the pencil to help the wick stick, otherwise, tape will do the trick.
4. Stir in essential oils. Once the wax has just melted, remove the glass measuring cup from the water. It’s important to remove the wax right after it has melted to avoid burning off the essential oils. Once the wax has just started cooling (about 125 F), you can add the essential oils of your choosing. For blending basics and recipes, read our Guide to Blending Essential Oils.
5. Pour wax mixture into containers. Add your essential oil wax slowly into the prepared containers to avoid air bubbles. Be sure to leave room at the top to add more wax as needed. Sometimes, wax around the wick will sink once the wick starts to settle into the wax.
6. Cut the wick. Once the wax is fully cooled, cut the wick to about one-half of a centimeter and enjoy!
Try Our Recommended Blends
These measurements will work best with 8 ounces of melted wax. For more recipes, visit our Guide to Blending Essential Oils.
Stir Your Senses
20 drops Sandalwood
10 drops Orange
5 drop Patchouli
5 drop Ylang Ylang
Home Sweet Home
20 drops of vanilla
10 drops of cinnamon
10 drops of sandalwood
Use this one with beeswax for an extra sweet honey scent!