Have you been wanting to add the beautiful scents of essential oils to your candles? Do you want all-natural products around your home, including candles? This is an introduction and overview on how to make essential oil candles.
I will answer a lot of questions about essential oil candle making. I’ll also show you how quick and easy it is to make DIY essential oil candles from scratch. If you’ve been thinking about aromatherapy candles, this guide is the right place for you!
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What is an Aromatherapy Candle?
Candles have been in existence for a very long time! Aromatherapy candles are natural candles made with essential oils. As they burn, the candle disperses the essential oils’ scent and healing properties throughout your room.
Essential oils have various therapeutic qualities which you may incorporate into your day-to-day life. Depending on the candle scent, the aroma can be uplifting, reflective, or relaxing to the mind. Most commonly, aromatherapy candles aim to aid the emotional side of our well-being.
Most essential oil candles also like to use natural waxes as the candle base. Paired with natural soy wax as the base, these essential oil candles make a 100% non-toxic product.
Use your aromatherapy candles for any occasion you like! From dinner parties to a steaming hot spa-at-home bath, these beauties are never out of place!
The Best Essential Oils for Candles
Every essential oil has its own properties and wellness benefits. No matter the situation, there’s probably an essential oil that can aid. But some essential oils lend themselves more to candle-making than others.
Specifically, most top-note essential oils won’t work very well on their own in a candle. Their evaporation time span is too short. Blend them with a base note in a custom mixture.
After that though, the possibilities are endless. I like to make candles that use essential oils that go with the season:
- Fall: Sweet Orange, Cassia, Cinnamon, Balsam Fir, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Bergamot.
- Winter: Lavender, White Fir, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood.
- Spring: Geranium, Palmarosa, Yuzu, Juniper Berry.
- Summer: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Mandarin.
First, settle on which oil (or oils) would suit best for your ailments, mood, or situation. Then, head over to your essential oils stash, and get mixin’!
Of course, both single oils and pre-made oil blends work equally well for candle making. Both singles and blends are readily available from several reputable essential oil companies.
Are Essential Oils Flammable in Candles?
Essential oils on their own are flammable. Don’t add essential oils directly into an already burning candle. In candle making, the essential oils are blended into the waxes and other oils. Together, this mixture will not be flammable.
How much Essential Oil to add to Candles
If you’re familiar with essential oils, you’ll know that there is a proper ratio to how many essential oils to use in your recipes. You’ll need to observe this essential oil dilution chart. Essential oils are extremely concentrated substances, and you want to avoid using them too strongly.
The ratio for essential oil candles is 3 oz. solids to 35-40 drops of essential oils. This creates a scent that is pleasant, strong, and lasts through multiple uses of your candle.
If you want to make your essential oil candles smell stronger, you don’t necessarily need more drops of oil. You may be using oils that are top notes and thus evaporate quicker than other oils. Check our resource on essential oil blending and try a mixture of different oils. The scent may last longer!
How to Make Your Essential Oil Candle
Cassia and Orange Essential Oil Candle Ingredients
- 1 ½ oz (3 Tbsp) Soy Wax
- ½ oz (1 Tbsp) Beeswax
- ½ oz (1 Tbsp) Coconut Oil (solid)
- 35-40 drops of Essential Oils*
- 1 Wick
- 2-3 oz jar or similar container
* NOTE: If you’re following this recipe with the Simply Earth Essential Oil Subscription box, you’ll be using 30 drops of Orange essential oil, and 10 drops of Cassia.
Candle Making Instructions
Follow these basic instructions on how to make your own essential oil soy candles.
- Melt the solids (soy wax, beeswax, and solid coconut oil) in a double boiler.
- Right when the mixture has fully melted, remove from the heat.
- Stir in essential oils and blend for 30 seconds.
- Dip the bottom of the candle wick into the melted wax and use this to adhere the wix to the bottom of the container.
- Prop wick upright, and pour the wax into the container.
- Allow the candle to cool completely. Trim the wick to ¼” height above the wax.
- Burn the candle within sight and away from flammable objects; and out of reach of children and pets.
Get Started with an Easy Candle Making Kit
One of the easiest ways to get started with essential oil candle making right now, is the 2019 October essential oils box from Simply Earth.
Inside it, you’ll find this Cassia and Orange candle recipe and ALL of the ingredients needed to make it! When you subscribe, you’ll also get the BIG Bonus Box, which contains essential oil accessories to make the next 6 months’ worth of Simply Earth recipes.
And the bonuses don’t even end there! Use code EOHAVENFREE at checkout and get an additional $40 in gift vouchers towards your next purchases.
Simply Earth offers an easy way to make natural recipes at home. As a subscriber, you’ll get a new box and fresh inspiration delivered to your doorstep every month!
How to Dress Up Your Candles for DIY Gifts
You can make your essential oil candles in any cute container you have around home. Scour your local thrift store for glass containers that need a second life! Also, short mason jars work great.
If you’re batch-making essential oil candles as gifts, you may like to buy a set of uniform containers, such as the one below from Amazon.
Nothing says Fall like snuggling up under a blanket next to a naturally scented candle. Now that you know how quick and easy it is to make your own essential oil candles, use them anytime and anywhere you would’ve otherwise placed regular candles.