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Homemade Soy Candles - Make Your Own Aromatherapy Candles

Updated on March 8, 2011
You can use just about any old jar you have as an easy mold in which to make your own all-natural candle.
You can use just about any old jar you have as an easy mold in which to make your own all-natural candle.

Instructions to make your own non-toxic, clean-burning scented candles at home without the use of paraffin or synthetic fragrance. Using vegetable waxes such as soy wax makes these candles eco-friendly, while of essential oils give the health and mood benefits of aromatherapy. Avoid the hassle over creating candle molds and breaking candles out of them by recycling jam, sauce, or canning jars, with the added benefit of eliminating the need for a holder or wax guard during burning. These also make great gifts!


  • Double boiler
  • Clean, dry glass jars
  • Pencil or chopstick
  • Candle wicks
  • 1 lb soy or vegetable wax
  • 5-10 drops essential oils
  • Wax dye (if desired)


Dangle wicks in jars to find an appropriate length. Trim wicks to 1 to 1/12 inches longer than the height you plan to pour the candles. Melt vegetable wax over water in a double boiler until soft, smooth, and easily poured. Hold wicks in the center of their respective jars and use a chopstick or pencil to hold a small length of the wick to the bottom, then add a drop of melted wax and let dry to secure wick. Remove wax from heat and stir in essential oils and dye (if desired) and pour immediately into jars, holding wick taught and upright in the center. Let cool, then trim wicks to 1/4 inch.

Suggested Blends


  • 6 drops essential oil of orange
  • 3 drops essential oil of grapefruit
  • 3 drops essential oil of lemon


  • 7 drops essential oil of jasmine
  • 3 drops essential oil of neroli
  • 3 drops essential oil of geranium


  • 4 drops essential oil of cinnamon
  • 4 drops essential oil of ginger
  • 3 drops essential oil of nutmeg
  • 2 drops essential oil of clove


  • 4 drops essential oil of fir needle
  • 3 drops essential oil of cedarwood
  • 3 drops essential oil of oakmoss
  • 2 drops essential oil of juniper


  • 4 drops essential oil of ylang-ylang
  • 4 drops essential oil of jasmine
  • 3 drops essential oil of patchouli
  • 3 drops essential oil of rose

For Calm & Relaxation

  • 7 drops essential oil of roman chamomile
  • 5 drops essential oil of lavender
  • 3 drops essential oil of bergamot

For Energy & Alertness

  • 5 drops essential oil of grapefruit
  • 4 drops essential oil of ginger
  • 2 drops essential oil of rosemary

For Cold & Sinus Relief

  • 8 drops essential oil of eucalyptus
  • 4 drops essential oil of peppermint
  • 2 drops essential oil of oregano

For Depression & Anxiety

  • 6 drops essential oil of bergamot
  • 5 drops essential oil of clary sage
  • 4 drops essential oil of lavender


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      Christina Ashton 

      3 years ago

      I'm planning on using 1 and a half oz. mason jars. What size did you use so I can alter the amounts.

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      Diana Nowak-Riffel 

      5 years ago

      Hi there,

      I see you used essential oils and wanted to know if these were just regular ones or the specific ones for making candles? Because if these are basic essential oils, I wondered if it worked well for you regarding the smell when you burn your candle? I saw in other tutorials people said regular essential oils didn't produce much smell when used. So just wanted to see how these came out for you :) Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great information about candle making. I may try this. It can same money and I can use my choice of fragrance.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      I love this idea -- an inexpensive, eco-friendly, do-it-yourself project! Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      maddie Thanks so much for the info. I love easy and cost effective. I am excited what great gifts. God Bless you girl. Bookmarked, up and awesome find. Way to go. Keep going girl. May God continue to Bless you and yours in abundance of joy and good health. Love, Skye

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      7 years ago

      Hi Maddie,

      Fab hub and great instructions. I adore candles and living in the wilds I have open fire and candles every night during winter. I'm old school using paraffin and kerosene amongst a few other mixes.

      This is much easier and eco friendly.


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      Sherry Duffy 

      8 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

      This is one of the better candle tutorials that I have seen. Great work!

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      Debbie the Essential Oil gal 

      9 years ago

      Essential oils have all sorts of uses - and candle making is one of the good ones. Love to see these talked about. Keep up the good works.

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      9 years ago from Upstate NY

      Great hub! I am looking into making gifts for the holidays and reusing jars that I have already is a great idea. Dee

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      Make Aromatherapy Candles? 

      10 years ago

      Healing through smelling. A warning for not experienced - Don't overdose the fragrance! Some of those fragrances smell slightly different when burned. Less is more in this case.

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      Sally Dillon 

      12 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hey, Maddie - I LOVE soy candles but they are expensive. Hopefully your recipe not only provides a fun rainy day activity but a way to save money on one of my favorite mood makers! Thank you!!!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for sharing that, looks like something I need to try. and eco.


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