Candle and flower at spa

I just love candles, don’t you? I mean there is something about candles that I can’t get enough of. They are a great way to add a freshness to your home and provide a calm environment. And aromatherapy candles add an extra benefit, I mean who doesn’t love the smell of essential oils. But who likes to have to find a way to spread them through the home? Besides candles are much cheaper than diffusers. But what do you do if you can’t find the right scent, maybe you should make your own. So we are going to show you simple steps on how to make aromatherapy candles out of essential oils.

What Goes into an Aromatherapy Candle

The wax

In ancient time, candles were made of only natural waxes such as beeswax, soy wax, rapeseed wax, palm wax, and candelilla wax. However, now candles are made of cheaper wax, in particular, paraffin wax.

Paraffin wax is made out of petroleum and when it burns, 11 know toxic substances escape into the air. Some of the toxins are even known to cause cancer. Some of the substances are benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene.

Another thing about paraffin wax is that it burns faster so even though you save money, you spend more because you buy candles more often.

The wick

The best wick for candles is one made of 100% cotton because these are not full of the toxic chemicals such as lead, zinc, and other metals that some of the leading industry candles may contain.

When you burn a candle wick made with lead, that chemical is released into the air and allowed to get in your lungs and lead is known to cause malfunctioning of the kidneys, cardiovascular system, and the central nervous system. If you can’t get cotton wicks than 100% hemp is your best bet.

The essential oils

Essential Oils, Cosmetology

Essential oils have been used for over 5000 years to create many natural remedies and to treat different conditions. They are also used as a way to improve the health of our skin, hair, and body, or to make many different DIY recipes.

Many top candle companies use all kinds of fragrances deprived of chemicals instead of going with natural essential oils. Just because it says lavender doesn’t mean that is what you are buying. It is important you know what you are buying.

Choosing non-tox candles with essential oils is your best choice.

Be careful to stay away from any labels with synthetic fragrances like “parfum”. Sometimes these are also mixed in. I mean I love the smell of perfume but I don’t want to inhale it in, do you?

Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

When you lite an aromatherapy candle you get a continuous stream of vapors of the herbal essential oils into your home. Inhaling this vapor into your respiratory system into your bloodstream helps prevent and treat certain illnesses. The essential oils also have the ability to help you relax and reduce stress. They are used by many people as an alternate form of medicine.

Aromatherapy candles come in many different essential oils and each one can provide you with its own health benefit, so keeping an assortment of different candles in your home is a great way to achieve the best benefit to you. Here is a list of some of the different oils used in aromatherapy candles.

Essential oils extracted from basil are believed to improve a person’s concentration levels.


The essential oils from lavender are useful in many ways but the biggest and most used benefits are its calming effect. If you are stressed, whether from home, work, or any other reasons, using a lavender aromatherapy candle can provide the relaxation you need. Lavender is also believed to help people with fatigue and depression and it can even help with headaches.


Eucalyptus oil is commonly used in decongestants and is great for helping relieve people when they have a cold sinus infection or allergies. The scent is said to keep insects away so they are good to use outdoors or when you are entertaining guest.


Chamomile essential oils also help people relax and are great for inducing sleep. These candles are often mixed with German chamomile.

Tea tree oil

This is another essential oil that is great for helping that suffering from a cold.

Jasmine oil

Jasmin oil extracted from jasmine can be used as a relaxant and antidepressant.


These essential oils alleviate depression.


Clove oil has a stimulating effect.


Candles with this oil act as a sedative and aphrodisiac.

Ginger oil

This essential oil is used to alleviate nausea…

Benefits of Making Your Own Candles

You may be wondering why should I make aromatherapy candles when I could make my own and you wouldn’t be weird for asking that question. But here are some of the benefits of making your own aromatherapy candles.

Save money

Of course, the first reason you should make your own candles is that you can save money. Aromatherapy candles can be expensive but buying the items you need (especially in bulk) to make your own candles will not only save you money but you will gain another benefit.

Make money

By making your own candles you can sell them. There are many ways you can sell your own candles. You can sell your candles on Etsy or start your own website/blog for free.


If you use a lot of candles, like some of us do, who me? Than making more candles at once will save you over time. Plus they make great gifts!

Craft for Older Kids

Making candles at home is a great way to spend time with your kids. But your older kids can make candles themselves. Just be careful to supervise them so they won’t burn themselves.

How to Make Aromatherapy Candles

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So now that you know the reasons you should be making your own candles, let’s get going!

Step 1) Get Prepared

First off, Here is what you need:

Step 2) Make it!

  • First, you need to make a double boiler. Do this by taking a pot and adding water. Bring that water to boil. Keep it on the lowest flame possible.
  • Next, place the wax flakes into the can and place it into the water until it melts.
  • While you wait, cut wicks to fit your jar of choice (clean mason jars, tins, glass votives, or your molds) and tape around a pencil or use the wick centering tool and place it on the jar or mold.
  • Once the wax melts, stir in your essential oils. The amount you add will depend on how strong you want your scent. Add a few drops and mix, continue to do this till you get the desired scent. This will also be the time you can add dye if you choose to do so.
  • Pour into your prepared container.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • All done.


If you are like most people than you probably don’t attempt crafts because of the level of difficulty. But this project is very simple.

Making your own aromatherapy candles is a great way to get the same benefits you would from buying them from the store but you also ensure you don’t buy toxic candles.

You can use them all over your home and even give them out to friends and family. Just think of all the money you will save by making them yourself.

Have you ever made aromatherapy candles at home? Is this something you think you would enjoy doing?

I would love to hear about it below.

16 thoughts on “How to Make Aromatherapy Candles – It is Easier Than You Think”

  1. I’ve never made candles because I assumed it would be complicated and messy. I now have a different perspective and am gonna follow your recipe. It’s totally true that quality candles are REALLY expensive, especially if you have one going in every room in the house. I like that I could save money by making my own.

    1. Hi Penelope,
      I think the majority of us believe making candles will be messy and complicated. I am glad you found out the opposite. Plus, you can make any shape, size, or smell you like. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Thank you, Melissa! I’ve only recently learned that my love for a candle’s cozy flame was probably adding to my allergies! I was under the impression that candles might be too difficult to make, so I was thrilled with today’s tutorial! I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Sophia,
      There are some toxic candles sold in the stores that can give you allergies as well as cause other harmful issues, read more here. When you make your first candle I would love for you to return and tell us how it went. Thanks for the comment.

  3. I know Christmas is over but it’s not too early to start planning right? After reading your article, I think I can actually make candles myself and give them as gifts. I know my wife loves lavender candles. I like the smell of Basil from our plants so I think that would be interesting to try also.

    1. Hi Keith,
      You are right it is not too early to start planning, plus, you have birthdays. It is better to make your own because you can ensure your lavender candles are made of pure essential oils and nothing toxic. I am sure you can make great candles! Thanks for the comment!

  4. I love this article Melissa – thanks for posting. I had no idea that Basil was said to improve one’s concentration… maybe I need to make this for my office :). You know, I typically by unscented candles because I worry about the toxins in them and causing issues with hormones and toxicity, but I never thought to make my own. I will save your page to reference at a future date. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lyndsay,
      Yea that would be a great place to put a basil candle. There are a few toxins in candles that you purchase that you may have to worry about, read more here. If you make your own you can put the essential oil of your choice and not worry about that. Thanks for the comment!

  5. I loved this article! I didn’t know there were so many benefits to aromatherapy! And I never would have thought I could make these. I’m going to try this! Thanks

    1. Hi Davona,
      I am glad you found the article useful. If you make some please let s know how it turns out. Thanks for the comment!

  6. This is such a great read about aromatherapy candles. It feels that this article is written for me because I am a super busy mum. I think this article is for all the mums who want to relax and stay calm after a long stressful day, Thank you, Melissa, for this wonderful article.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Yes, aromatherapy candles are great for stressful mums and making your own is a great way to relieve stress. One way is because crafts can help take your mind off of stress and another way is because of the money you can save. I am glad you found the article useful.

  7. I am a huge fan of essential oils.I use them daily. But I never though about using them in candles! That’s genius! The things we learn lol. And you make it sound so simple. Sounds like something fun I could do with my kids too 🙂

    1. Hi Yemi,
      Yes, that is something you can do with your kids, a very simple project. Thanks for the comment!

  8. What a beautiful idea. In my high school we made candles once as a craft project, never thought about how it gets scented. I love this. I may try it again.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow, that is neat. I didn’t get to make candles in school but that is a great project for children and it is so easy to make them scented naturally. If you do try it again I would love to hear about your results!

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