In an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life, I have started using essential oils more and more over the last 2 years. I LOVE how they smell, but if I can be really honest with you all, while I like diffusing oils, I really missed my candles. I’ve been a total candle girl since I can remember, but some of these candles are toxic, you guys! So, I decided to make some easy DIY essential oil candles cause I’m greedy and want the best of both worlds.
Guess what? It worked! 🙌
Making candles is so easy you guys! Out of all the projects with essential oils, making diy essential oil candles was the one that freaked me out the most. I had zero experience with candle-making and it seemed really intimidating, even to a super diy-er like myself.
Luckily, it was SO FREAKING EASY to do! Seriously, if you’re a candle girl like me, give these easy DIY essential oil candles a shot!
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First up, gather your supplies. Luckily, you can grab virtually all of these at your local craft store, OR if you’re lazy like me, order on Amazon while watching Netflix. Either/or. 😃
Easy DIY Essential Oil Candle Supplies:
You can skip purchasing individual supplies and purchase this handy kit instead if you prefer—this is a fun way to test out candle-making and see if you like it. Just skip the scent and use essential oils instead.
- Containers/jars (here are some I like! )
- Essential oils (Usually I recommend Young Living Oils, but in this case, I recommend using something a bit cheaper! Young Living is awesome, but it takes a lot of oil to get a scent, so you could go with something like this instead if you choose)
- Wick-centering tool
- Soy wax
- Candle wicks -make sure the wick is taller than your container! Here are some other options.
- Large glass measuring cup
- Something to stir wax with like an orangewood stick
Easy DIY Essential Oil Candle Directions:
- Center and attach your wick. Use the wick-centering tool to find the center for your wick, then attach it using either the stickers included in this kit, or a dab of hot glue. Make sure the wick is centered and straight! If your container is too wide for the wick-centering tool, you can use something like an orangewood stick or paintbrush to center it and hold the wick (see the photo in step 5 for an example).
- Melt the wax in your glass measuring cup. I found that about 3 cups of wax at a time was right, but how much you need depends on the size of your container. You can always add more! Melt the wax in the microwave using 30-second intervals, stirring each time until fully melted.
- Add essential oils to the wax. I used my Young Living oil blends joy, peace and calming and en-r-gee along with some citronella, but you can use whichever oils or scents you like! 🙂 It takes a LOT of oil to produce a scent…I did 30 drops and the scent is very, very subtle. I’d suggest 40+ which seems excessive, but it’s not.
- Pour wax into container. Carefully pour your scented wax into the container—careful, it’s hot!
- Let the wax harden. The wax will harden faster if you stick it in the fridge—but I left mine out overnight and it was ready the next morning.
- Trim the wick. Trim the wick to 1/4″ length above the wax. I think technically there’s a fancy tool you can use to do it, but I just used scissors, shh don’t tell. #fancy
- Light and enjoy! Enjoy your hard work and the aromatherapy benefits of your homemade candle! See, wasn’t that easy? 🙂