Best Essential Oils for Candle Making

November 9th, 2019

If you want to make your soy candles clean and natural scent, you can add essential oils such as lemongrass or lavender. As you know, soy wax has a comfortable smell. Also, it’s easy to work with and clean up.

So, these candles are perfect for an afternoon project. Also, you can use them as great gifts for your friends and family. Let’s take a look at this article, we will help you learn how to make a candle with essential oils.

Essential Oils vs Fragrance oils?

Benefits

The first benefit from essential oils for candle making is the great natural aromas. Natural plant grown oils can help to reduce stress, revitalize, and relax. Essential oils are actually the great additive to any candle or reed diffuser.

Drawbacks

The fact is that fragrance oils are less sensitive to temperature change when compared to essential oils. That’s why it’s important to be careful when adding to your candle. If it comes with the too high temperature of the wax, the high heat may burn more the scent leaving the product. There are some essential oils that can dissipate the scent quicker than others such as orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

For the best result, it’s best to take note your waxes smelt point. Also, remember to pay attention to the temperature during the cooling of the wax.

How Much Essential Oils should add?

This is determined by how strong the essential oil is. Normally, pure essential oils have a stronger scent when compared to synthetic fragrance oils.

For these oils, you should start with about ½ ounce per pound of soy wax. You need a ratio of up to 7% fragrance of wax when it comes to smaller candles.

Tips for Using Essential Oils

Here are some essential tips for you when using essential oils for candle making:

  • Choose essential oils sourced from natural ingredients. It’s best to try using the amount of essential oil added to your candles. Then, you can know the concentration you like.
  • If you want to make your own unique blend, you can combine essential oils. There are some great combinations of essential oils, including lavender and rosemary, bergamot and lemongrass, as well as many others.
  • It’s important to learn about all the information about your essential oils by reading the label. Some of them are actually more concentrated compared to others.

How to Make a Candle with Essential Oils

Method 1: Melting a Coloring the Wax

Use newspaper to cover your work surface

It’s difficult to clean wax splatters. There will be some residue if you decide to scrape these wax splatters off. To make your cleaning easier, you can use some newspaper to cover the counter.

Also, there are some other protective coverings you can use such as plastic tablecloths, paper bags, or plastic bags.

Use a glass or metal container to store your candle

There are some great choices for you such as old tea tins, tin cans, or mason jars. Make sure the one you choose should be able to withstand heat.

The container should be washed with warm water and soapy water. For old candle jars, it’s important to remove all of them first.

If you want to use a mason jar, it’s best to choose ones with a wide mouth for working with more easily.

Measure the wax flakes 

First, you need to put a bowl on a kitchen scale. Next, use a container you chose to measure wax flakes. It’s essential to use twice the amount the container is holding.

Cans and jars are available in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, there is no exact weight of them you should use.

Use a kitchen scale to weigh the wax

This is to determine the number of essential oils you should use. For different types of waxes, you may have to use a different ratio of wax. That’s why you need to double check the instructions.

Melt the wax and keep it at about 82 degrees Celsius

In order to gauge the temperature, you can use a candle-making thermometer. Double check the instructions with your wax in order to know the exact temperature you should heat. Different types of wax require their specific melting points.

Add color to the wax

You can do this in two ways. First, you can add some pieces of candle making dye. There is a little brick. It’s easy to get them at a craft store. Even, you can buy them online. Keep heating the wax until it melts completely. If you want, you can also add in some crayon shavings.

Method 2: Adding the Wick

Keep a drop of hot wax in the bottom of a container

Place a drop of some melted waxes into the bottom of the container. Also, you can use hot glue to replace.

Use a tabbed wick and press it into the wax

It’s easy to purchase tabbed candle wicks in a craft store. Also, you can buy them online. They come with small disks on the bottom. Fold the tabbed wick into the container. Next, press the tab against the hot glue by your finger. If you have a too long wick, you can cut it before sticking it in the wax.

Wrap the wick around a stick

Look for a stick of some sort. There are some items you can use such as a pen, pencil, or a chopstick. Then, take the wick and wrap the end around your stick until it toughs the rim of the container. This is to hold your wick upright. Remember to wrap it tightly enough to keep it straight inside the container.

Set the wick after about 5 minutes

You need to wait for about 2 to 3 minutes so that hot glue can become hardened. However, you won’t have to wait at all when using super glue. If you want, you can also use double-sided tape for this.

Method 3: Scenting and Pouring the Wax

Cool the Wax at 140 °F (60 °C)

You need to gauge the temperature when the wax cools. To do this, you need a candle-making thermometer. You may have to wait for a few minutes until the wax cools. This step is extremely important. Indeed, you may get a less-fragrant candle if the oils are added to the wax too early.

Stir in your expected essential oils

If you want to make a candle with a more unique fragrance, you can add 1 kind of essential oil. Also, you can use a mixture of different oils. The amount of essential oils to add depends on you. We still recommend you to use about a ½ ounce per pound of candle wax flakes.

However, you still can use more or less oil. The fact is that the scent will be decreased when the candle hardens.

Pour the wax slowly into the container

Remember not to do this quickly. Otherwise, you can get bubbles as well as wax splatters. It’s best to keep about 1 inch of the space that is not filled in your container. If you let it be filled all the way to the top, it can make the wax dripping down your container’s sides once the candle is lighted.

Make sure you save the excess wax. In fact, it may be used to fill in any dips in the finished candle.

Let the candle harden 

To do this, you need to keep it on the counter. Also, you can hold it in the fridge. You can notice the wax become opaque from clear once again. It can be yellow, white or ivory. This depends on the way you used.

For this process, you will have to take at least 4 hours on the counter. Or even, it can last 6 or 8 hours. However, it’s not a good idea to keep it in the fridge for more than 1 hour.

Use the excess wax to fill any wells

To use the excess wax to fill any wells when needed, you have to reheat it. If there is a well in the middle of your dried candle, the leftover wax needs to be melted. Then, fill the well with it. The wax needs to cool before moving on. You only can pour cool wax down the drain. It’s best to discard it into the trash.

Cut the wick down to about 0.64 cm 

Use a pair of scissors to cut the wick down to about 0.64 cm. However, don’t forget to unravel the wick first. Do this so that the flame won’t become too big. Also, it won’t create too much smoke.

Conclusion

That’s all about making a candle with essential oils. You can use these candles as an awesome gift for any occasion. They are actually healthier and more affordable. By making candles by yourself, you can save money. Furthermore, you will also get the health benefits of essential oils with candles you make yourself.