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.
Pure Essential Oils
- 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 on August 25, 2016:
I'm planning on using 1 and a half oz. mason jars. What size did you use so I can alter the amounts.
Diana Nowak-Riffel on March 23, 2015:
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!
sfshine from Michigan on June 03, 2013:
Great information about candle making. I may try this. It can same money and I can use my choice of fragrance.
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 11, 2013:
I love this idea -- an inexpensive, eco-friendly, do-it-yourself project! Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on October 06, 2012:
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
mjkearn on August 31, 2012:
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.
Sherry Duffy from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR on December 02, 2011:
This is one of the better candle tutorials that I have seen. Great work!
Debbie the Essential Oil gal on January 31, 2011:
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.
SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on October 11, 2010:
Great hub! I am looking into making gifts for the holidays and reusing jars that I have already is a great idea. Dee
Make Aromatherapy Candles? on December 10, 2009:
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.
Sally Dillon from Pacific Northwest on March 01, 2008:
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!!!
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on December 31, 2007:
Thanks for sharing that, looks like something I need to try. and eco.