Last Update: August 30, 2023
If you’re the type who tends to reserve your candles for special occasions, then this DIY scented candles recipe is for you. Autumn’s shorter days and cooler temperatures are a great excuse to set a cozy scene in your home with delicate, naturally-scented tea lights.
Making your own is a project anyone can master—and all it takes is a few relatively affordable items to learn how to make scented candles at home. Your DIY scented candles are the perfect gift!
The two key ingredients: beeswax and coconut oil. This MVP oil cuts beeswax to make this project even more economical, and also adds a natural fragrance. The rest of the materials are just a trip to the craft store away, and you may even already have some of them at home.
When it comes to DIY scented candle making, coconut wax is a must have.
Unlike some other waxes, it’s made without pesticides or chemicals. The best wicks for coconut wax will depend on variables like candle size, burn rate, and time.
Wicks made from 100% organic hemp and beeswax tend to be the top choices for candlemakers working with coconut wax. These wicks are free of lead and harsh chemicals. They work with most waxes, but they’re great to use with coconut wax candles and even coconut wax blends.
Melt wax in a double boiler over medium heat until fully melted. Monitor the temperature with the thermometer until it reaches about 145 to 150 degrees, then remove from heat (the temperature will continue to rise to about 170 degrees).
Blend in coconut oil until fully melted. Add essential oils to reach desired scent, starting with about 50 drops. Stir to incorporate. Cool wax to 160 degrees.
Meanwhile, tie one end of the wick onto a pencil or chopstick, and cut it to a length long enough to hang straight and taut and ending just ¼ inch above the bottom of the jar when you lay the pencil down across the rim.
Once wax has cooled to 160 degrees, slowly pour it into the jar, readjusting the wick to stay centered as needed. Fill jar to one inch below opening.
Let the wax to dry for one to two days. Once completely dry, cut the wick to ½ inch, and voila! Told you it was easy!
A word on scents: Lavender and coconut are totally a dynamic duo, so lavender essential oil is a pretty foolproof way to go. Wanna take it a step further into real aromatherapy territory? Try incorporating these exquisite essential oil blends into your DIY candle project.
This citrus-floral blend will evoke a sense of peace.
15 drops orange
25 drops ylang ylang
10 drops patchouli
Want to experience euphoria in a whiff? Try this tantalizing combo. Your DIY scented candle will blow minds, one nostril at a time!
5 drops bergamot
5 drops lemon
5 drops tangerine
5 drops ylang ylang
5 drops geranium
5 drops jasmine
5 drops Roman chamomile
5 drops palmarosa
5 drops rose
This alluring scent can transport you to a seaside cabin surrounded by California redwoods.
25 drops lavender
25 drops pine
Photo credit: Paul Delmont
This coconut oil candle recipe is easy to make, and the results are incredible. You can use these candles at home and they also make excellent presents! Learning how to scent candles is the best way to start creating personal gifts!
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