If you’re looking to get creative with your oils, then candle-making is the perfect place to start.
Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a complete beginner, candles are an ideal homemade gift – they’re simple to make, they’re budget friendly, and there’s no end to what you might create.
Unlike soap making, which can take a few attempts to master, candle making is a very accessible craft, and one that you don’t need a ton of free time to get stuck into.
This basic guide to candle making will serve as the basis for all your future creations. Simply swap in your chosen oils and you’re good to go!
How to make candles using essential oils
You will need:
How do I choose and measure my oils?
The quantities of the oils you choose will vary due to a number of factors: the potency of the oil, the size of the container, the number of oils you use, and personal preference.
As a general rule, we would recommend using 30-35 drops of oil for every 160g of soy wax flakes.
However, if you are using an oil with a particularly strong or gentle scent, you may want to add more or less.
Use your best judgement and adjust next time if needed. If you are using a combination of oils, then you may want to add 15 drops of one and 16 of the other – don’t double the total amount of oil!
Others value the natural scents and benefits of essential oils. We would recommend experimenting with both in order to find your favourites.
What are some good essential oils for candles?
Some of our favourite essential oils for candles are:
- Lavender oil: perfect for lighting whilst winding down for sleep
- Bergamot oil: great for waking up with in the morning
- Eucalyptus oil: helps to decongest when you're feeling under the weather
- Clary Sage oil: a luxurious floral scent for those self care days
- Cinnamon oil: a perfect festive scent for when your wrapping presents or setting a christmassy mood
What are some essential oil candle making tips?
- Once you use up a candle, re-use the container and fill it with a new one! It’s good for the planet – and your budget.
- You may also want to experiment with adding colour to your candles. You can do this at step 5 and add the colour to the wax along with your oils. Make sure you research your colour beforehand to ensure that it’s candle friendly.
- Keep your wick standing straight all day by laying two skewers or chopsticks across the surface of the candle and placing the wick between them. Just be sure not to drop them in the wax!
Throughout the calendar year, making candles with essential oils can provide all kinds of seasonal fun. Now that you know the basics, why not create your own candle recipe for the next holiday that comes around?