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How to Use Essential Oils in Candle Making

Updated on January 26, 2016
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Rosie was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, teaching grades 3-5. She is now a Library Media Specialist in an elementary school.


Essential Oils in Candles

Placing essential oils in candles can be a worthwhile task according to They state, "There are essential oils that relieve pain, ease stress, energize, improve digestion, and bring about any number of other positive effects." Adding essential oils to a candle is as easy as placing a few drops on the top part of an unscented candle away from the wick. When the wax heats and melts, the aroma is released into the air and it smells so good. However, if you are looking into adding essential oils to candles you are making, just follow the steps below.

Things to Consider When Making Candles

There are many ways to make candles and a variety of different ingredients to choose from. However, when it comes to the choice of the type of wax to choose, soy wax is definitely the healthiest choice and best choice for other reasons as well. It is easy to work with, all natural, and burns cleanly with no smoke.

CandleScience offers prepackaged soy wax by the pound, making it easy to store and use as needed. Customer comments regarding the use of this brand of wax compare their homemade candles made with this wax, to the Yankee brand candles, saying they are smooth and creamy looking and hold their scent well.

The key to creating a smooth surfaced candle, is the melting temperature, and getting it just right. Keep in mind that soy wax is a very soft wax and is only appropriate for container candles. It has a melting point of 115 degrees, causing it to melt quickly. Another benefit of soy wax is that it comes in flake form, making it very easy to work with when compared to other waxes.

Easy-to-Follow Instructional Video for Making Candles

Instructions for Candle Making With Essential Oils

Step 1 Fill a pot with about 2 inches of water, and place on medium heat.

Step 2 Pour wax flakes into kettle pouring pot. Once water is boiling, lower temperature to a simmer and place kettle in pot of heated water.

Step 3 Stir soy wax as it melts. Once the wax completely melts, add the color chip and stir until completely disolved.

Step 4 Set pouring pot pot aside and place the thermometer in the wax. Wait until temperature on thermometer can be read.

Step 5 Once the wax reaches a temperature of 125 degrees, add the essential oil drops of your choice. The amount of essential oil depends on the strength of the aroma you wish to create. Essential oil goes a long way; 8 to 10 drops per pound of wax is a good place to start. Stir to mix completely.

Step 6 Use a hairdryer to warm the container being used to pour the candle wax into. This will help the wax pour evenly and smoothly. This may also prevent the container from breaking due to a drastic change in temperature.

Step 7 Place the thermometer back into the melted wax. Once the temperature cools to 115 degrees, it is ready to pour.

Step 8 Place the wick in the center bottom part of the container and use a popsicle stick or chopsticks to hold it in place by laying the sticks across the top of the container.

Step 9 Pour the wax slowly and evenly into the container, adjusting wick as needed.

Step 10 The candle will be ready to use in 8 to 10 hours. Trim the wick and light it up!


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    • Rosie writes profile image

      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Jamie, I know tin cans have been used as containers to hold candles, so I think it would be fine as a substitute for the pitcher for pouring, but safety might be a factor, with no handle, and the cooling time might be different as well. It sounds like a great money-saving idea if it works well. Happy candle-making. :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Rosie, I don't have one of those metal pitchers like in the video to melt the wax... but an empty metal coffee can can be a suitable substitute, do you think? I am seriously thinking about doing some soy candles :)

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Jamie, thanks for visiting. I too was surprised at how easy it is to make soy candles. They are very expensive to buy, which makes you think they would be hard to make, but not so. Lavender is my all time favorite scent, but I do love using the eucalyptus in cleaning products.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      I love soy candles and had no idea they were this easy to make. Thank you for this easy step by step tutorial and enjoyed the video too. Learned a few new things I didn't know. So far my favorite smell is eucalyptus spearmint and it was at bath and body works and it was heavenly... not sure if those oils are real essential oils though but would love to get some in these scents.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I just made a couple of candles (with essential oils) two days ago. I wish I'd read this first, though - I'd never heard of warming the container ahead of time. I also didn't let the wax cool at all before pouring it. The candles were small, though, and they turned out ok. I think I'll need to follow your advice if I make larger ones, though!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Interesting hub that looks like a fun thing to do, especially in these cold winter months. Thanks.