Learn how to make your own DIY aromatherapy candles and experience the health benefits of essential oils. Make them for yourself or as gifts!
I’ve always been a huge fan of scented candles. I used to count down to the seasonal release at Bath and Body Works every single year so I could stock up on the latest scents for my apartment.
But, when I started learning more about cleaning up my life, candles were one of the things I stopped buying. Luckily, I built an arsenal of seasonal scents using essential oils, so I could still enjoy my fall and winter scents.
But, let’s face it. As much as I love my diffuser, it’s really just not the same as the warm flickering of a candle.
Lately, I’ve been really trying to cozy up my home (anyone else currently obsessed with hygge?) And, candles are a big part of that.
I’ve found a few natural brands that I like, but in an effort to save some money, I wanted to make some myself.
(note: if you want some recommendations on candles you can buy, I really liked this post from The Healthy Maven!)
Actually, I’ve made candles before, but those were less about smelling good, and more about being effective. And, they didn’t smell amazing. So, I was on the hunt for a natural way to make candles that actually smell good.
How to Make DIY Aromatherapy Candles at Home – The Easy Way!
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I always thought making my own candles would be a really long, drawn out affair. My aunt did it when I was younger, and it was always a really big deal. She passed that love on to my sister, who also makes candles on a regular basis.
I’m kinda bitter neither of them told me that it’s actually really easy. They passed it off as an exact science, which is something I’ve never been good at. It’s why I don’t bake!
But making candles…at least using this tutorial…is really as easy as melting and pouring!
Now, I’m not a pro. Inevitably, I either spill wax or mess up in some other way every time I make my candles. But, they still come out great! (Which, by the way, proves that it’s not an exact science).
Want to try your hand at making some candles? Read on for my best tips and advice.
Let’s Talk Ingredients
Let’s talk for a second about ingredients, and why I chose what I did for this tutorial.
Usually, when I see people sharing tips on how to make natural homemade candles, they’re recommending beeswax, or some combination of beeswax and other ingredients. That’s the recipe I used until more recently. They work, but if I’m being honest, the scent is pretty overpowering.
I wanted something natural that burns clean, that also smells good. It turns out that soy wax flakes are perfect for this. They have a very light scent, burn clean, and they’re non-toxic!
I found this kit, and it is perfect for anyone new to candle making. It comes with your wax flakes, some wicks to start with, and some wick holders, so you can stand them up straight while the wax dries.
You’ll also want to have your favorite essential oils on hand to scent your candles. I mean, basically, aromatherapy candles are just candles scented with essential oils. If you are new to oils, my family uses and trusts Plant Therapy! They’re my number 1 recommendation on this blog, and for good reason. Be sure to check them out and shop right here. Not sure what oils to put in your candles? You can check out some of my favorite blends below! Just know that for candles, you’ll be using between 100-120 drops of oil. I know. That sounds like a lot. But, we’ll be splitting it between a few candles, so it’ll go a long way.
- 10 Fall Diffuser Blends with Essential Oils
- Summer Diffuser Blends You’ll Love
- 12 Holiday Diffuser Blends for the Christmas Season
You’ll also want to have some jars, a wooden skewer or stirring stick, newspaper or old shopping bags, and some natural wicks (included in the kit mentioned above).
How to Make Your Candles
First, you’ll want to melt approximately 6 cups of wax using a double boiler over medium high heat. This shouldn’t take long, so make sure you’re stirring frequently. I like to use a wooden skewer or popsicle stick to stir, so I can just throw it away when I’m done.
Once your wax is melted, remove from heat and add about 100-120 drops of your favorite essential oils total. (If you’re using one of the blends above, I recommend mixing your oils in a separate jar first.
Anchor your wicks to the bottom of your jar using a little bit of wax so they stick. This is the hardest part for me, but it’s important so that your wick does’t float up and get all wonky ask you pour in the wax. Then, you’ll want to secure your wicks upright so they stand straight. The kit I mentioned comes with a couple of wick holders that do this wonderfully, but if you’re winging it, you can use a chopstick or a pencil, or really, anything.
Carefully pour your wax into the jars (I highly recommend covering your work surface before you do this) until each one is full. Depending on the size of your jars, you should get about 3-4 candles out of this recipe.
Let your new candles stand until solid, which should take a couple of hours.
Once they’re solid, cut your wick to the desired length.
Make Your Home Cozy with These Natural DIY Aromatherapy Candles
I used to think candles didn’t fit in with my natural, nontoxic lifestyle, and I missed them all the time! Diffusing essential oils is great, and helps freshen the air, but it’s just not the same. If you’ve been missing the warm flicker of a candle in your home since switching to non-toxic living, give these DIY aromatherapy candles a try! With just a few ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time, you can have great smelling, healthy candles for your home. Finally. One less thing we have to compromise on as we live a cleaner life!