We all love candles for various reasons. They not only look beautiful but they also give your home a lovely aromatic environment. But how if you could infuse the wonders of essential oils into your candles?
So if you are willing to give it a try and are ready to incorporate the delightful aromas of essential oils into your candles, then this guide is for you. This article provides an introduction and overview on how to make essential oil candles.
We will answer all of your questions about essential oil candle making. You will learn how easy it is to make DIY essential oil candles using essential oils at home. You can also call these candles as ‘aromatherapy candles’ and use them to spread the delightful fragrance all over your place.
What is an Aromatherapy Candle?
For centuries, candles have been used in various cultural rituals across the world! However, Aromatherapy candles are different than the traditional candles. Aromatherapy candles are made with natural essential oils, releasing their scent and beneficial properties as they burn. These candles can fill your room with their therapeutic aroma.
Incorporating essential oils into your daily life can bring various therapeutic benefits. These days many specialists are recommending its use in your day to day life. It’s pleasant fragrance has a positive impact on our mental health. Depending on the scent, the aroma of an aromatherapy candle can be uplifting, reflective, or calming. Generally, these candles are used to promote emotional well-being of an individual.
It is quite evident that candles are made using wax. Essential oils candles also use natural was as their base. These days there is in increasing demand for non-toxic and natural products So, you can make the candles as pure non-toxic if you combine soy wax with essential oils to make these candles.
You can use your handmade aromatherapy candles for any purpose as you like. For example you can use the candles for a steaming spa-at-home bath or to enlighten the atmosphere of your dinner party. You can even use these candles for your aromatherapy treatment sessions.
Best Essential Oils for Candles
There are many types of Essential oils available in the market. Each oil has it’s unique properties and health benefits that makes it useful for a variety of situations. However, some essential oils are better suited for candle-making than others. We will take a close look at these candle friendly essential oils.
Creating a custom blend of essential oils is the best way to use top-note oils in a candle. These oils may have great healing properties but they have a short evaporation time, so blending them with a base note will help them last longer. This way you can get the best out of these oils.
However once you mix these useful oils with suitable bases their power is enhanced automatically.
Essential oil candles can be made for variety of reasons. It is always advised to use the essential oils as per the season for the best results. Here are the names of essential oils as per their seasonal availability –
- Fall: Cinnamon, Sweet Orange, Cardamom, Bergamot, Cassia, Balsam Fir, Cedarwood,
- Winter: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Peppermint, White Fir
- Spring: Juniper Berry, Yuzu, Geranium, Palmarosa
- Summer: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon
Decide which essential oil(s) would be best for your needs, mood, or situation. If you are making these candles for your clients then discuss it with them so that it will be easier for you to make the selection. Then, take a look at your collection of oils and start blending to make your ideal aromatherapy candle!
Both single essential oils and pre-mixed oil blends are suitable for Aromatherapy candle making. Many reliable essential oil companies offer both single oils and blends. You can use your own as well as give these readymade blends a try.
Are Essential Oils Flammable in Candles?
There is this important precaution that you should follow. Essential oils are flammable on their own, so do not add them directly to a lit candle. When making candles, the essential oils should be blended with waxes and other oils to create a mixture that is not flammable.
Make sure that you have safety measures in place before you actually start making these candles. If you are a minor then make sure you are doing it under the supervision of your parents or guardians.
How Much Essential Oil to add to Candles?
Essential oils are highly concentrated, so it’s important to not use too much. Make sure to follow the essential oil dilution chart for the correct ratio when using them in recipes.
The ideal blend for essential oil candles is 3 oz. of solids to 35-40 drops of essential oils. This results in a pleasant, strong aroma that lasts long even after the multiple uses of the Aromatic candle.
You need not add more oil into the candle to make it smell stronger. Selection of proper oil is the key here. You my be already using a top note oil that evaporates faster than other oils. You just need to make sure you are using the mixture of correct oils for candle making.
How to Make Your Essential Oil Candle?
The handmade DIY Aromatherapy candles are non-toxic by nature.
- 1 ½ oz (3 Tbsp) Soy Wax
- 35-40 drops of Essential Oils*
- ½ oz (1 Tbsp) Coconut Oil (solid)
- ½ oz (1 Tbsp) Beeswax
- 1 Wick
- 2-3 oz jar or similar container
- Melt the solids (soy wax, coconut oil and beeswax) in a container.
- Once the mixture is completely melted remove it from the heat.
- Pour in the essential oils and bled then well for around 30 to 40 seconds.
- Next, insert the candle wick into the melted wax and let it stabilize there. This will make sure that the wick will adhere to the bottom of the container.
- Hold the wick upright, and pour the melted wax into the container.
- Keep it in the stable position for some time and allow it to cool down completely. Trim the wick to ¼” height above the wax candle.
- Your DIY essential oil candle is ready. You can now burn it and use it to avail the aromatic benefits.