DIY Essential Oil Candles

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Here’s a tutorial to create your own DIY essential oils candles! They’re super easy to make and you can create your own blend of oils to add to the wax. These make great gifts too! Fragrant and gorgeous, perfect as a gift idea – for you or someone else!

Overhead picture of essential oil candles with fresh flowers.

I absolutely love essential oils! Every night, I diffuse lavender by my bed and have a special bedtime blend for my son. There’s so much you can do with them, we decided to make DIY essential oil candles, with soy, using two beautiful scents that go together well, lavender and lemon.

Lavender oil has a calming effect that helps relieve stress and anxiety and lemon is great for cleaning and purification.

The great thing about making your own essential oil candles is that you can create a custom scent for yourself or someone special! They make wonderful gifts!

Follow the tutorial below and let us know what you think! We hope you love the candles as much as we do. This would be a really fun craft for a baby shower or bridal shower too!

Essential Supplies

  • Thick glass jars
  • Candle wick
  • Therapeutic essential oils
  • 3 pounds of soy wax chips
  • Sticks
Supplies for making DIY essential oil candles.

How to Make Essential Oil Candles – Step By Step

  • Melt the wax chips in a microwavable glass bowl. Using a bowl with a spout is best.
  • Once the wax is completely melted, add in the essential oils. Personally, I like to use a lot of oil for a very strong scent. I use about 20 drops of each. Use more or less depending on your preference. Remember, it’s not as strong of a scent once the wax hardens.
  • Add a little wax onto the bottom of the wick, (there is a small round metal disc) and then place it at the bottom of the jar.
  • Wrap the extra wick around the stick and rest it on top of the jar.
  • Pour the wax into the jars and let it harden. It will turn from clear to white!
  • Once the wax has dried, cut the remaining wick off.
  • Tie some beautiful flowers around the outside and give to a friend!
Sticks laying over drying wax for essential oil candles.

Can I put Essential Oils in Candles?

Yes you can! Adding oils to melted was is a great way to create your own scented, therapeutic candles.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. 

An essential oil candle decorated with fresh flowers.

How To Choose The Best Essential Oils

The most important factor in choosing essential oils is to make sure that they are 100% pure.

Some companies may refer to their products as “therapeutic grade” or “Grade A”, but they are simply assigning these to their own products and it is not overseen by any governing body.

Your best bet is to do some of your own research on a brand or company to find out how they source their oils. Reputable companies should provide their consumers with test results (such as Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer or GC/MS) that verify purity. This ensures that the oils have not been mixed with synthetic additives or diluted in any way.

If you can’t get this information from a company, you probably don’t want their products. But even then, you have to trust that the results you are given are legitimate.

Most reputable companies choose plant suppliers who farm without pesticides, even if they are not specifically ‘certified’ because of differences in international rules.

When choosing the best essential oils, it all comes down to finding a trusted brand. And don’t be fooled—the most expensive brand of oils is not always the best!

Buying your essential oils online (after doing some research about the company) is probably the best and most affordable way to source them.

Some Of The Most Popular Essential Oils

Essential oils come in a wide range of wonderful scents, here are some of the most popular!

  • Rosemary Essential Oil.
  • Patchouli Essential Oil.
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
  • Marjoram Essential Oil.
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil.
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil.
  • Clove Essential Oil.
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil

Top Tips For These DIY Essential Oil Candles

  • Melt your wax chips in a microwave.
  • Use a microwaveable bowl with a spout, if available to you.
  • Add more oil for a stronger scent. Too little oil and the scent is far too subtle.
  • Tie on some fresh or faux flowers to make even more charming!
Candle with flowers tied around the glass.

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DIY Essential Oil Candles

Create your own candles with your favorite blend of essential oils.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: DIY Crafts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Candles
Calories:
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs soy wax chips
  • 2 12 ounces glass jars
  • 40 drops essential oils , for two candles
  • 2 large candle wicks
  • 8 fresh or faux flowers to decorate with

Instructions

  • Melt the wax chips in a microwavable glass bowl. Using a bowl with a spout is best.
  • Once the wax is completely melted, add in the essential oils. Personally, I like to use a lot of oil for a very strong scent. I use about 20 drops of each. Use more or less depending on your preference. Remember, it's not as strong of a scent once the wax hardens.
  • Add a little wax onto the bottom of the wick, (there is a small round metal disc) and then place it at the bottom of the jar.
  • Wrap the extra wick around the stick and rest it on top of the jar.
  • Pour the wax into the jars and let it harden. It will turn from clear to white!
  • Once the wax has dried, cut the remaining wick off.
  • Tie some beautiful flowers around the outside and give to a friend!
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20 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Candles”

  1. Hello! I am wondering where you find essential oils that dont have colour to them – I’ve tried making candles but they turn out a yellow colour because of the sent

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  2. 5 stars
    I actually love your way of microwaving the wax to make these candles. Makes it so much easier! And the idea of finishing it off with wrapped flowers is wonderful!

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  3. This idea is amazing I recently bought essential oils and wanted to do more with them and using them for candles will be perfect but I have a question Is 20 drops of essential oil for one individual candle or is it for let’s say 1lb of wax ?

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  4. These candles are amazing. I love having scented candles around but it would be nice to have essential oils in them to increase relaxation and decrease stress, especially when I’m getting ready for bed. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. These are beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try to make my own candles, I think this post will help me make it happen:) but I have to know where you got your jars! They are perfect! Thanks!

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