How to Make DIY Candles with Essential Oils
Crafts - November 30, 2022

This past Holiday season, my friend and I decided to get creative and make DIY candles with Essential Oils as Holiday gifts for people.  We love DIY projects.

Not only do essential oil candles make great gifts, but it was also such a rewarding experience to hand-make candles for people we love, with our own mixes of Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends.

The fragrance is pretty personal but when mixing essential oils, you can use different premade aromatherapy blends or individual essential oils.

Goddess Garden Perseverance Aromatherapy Bracelet
Goddess Garden Perseverance Aromatherapy Bracelet

Goddess Garden has its own aromatherapy blends that I use for candles, sprays, and Aromatherapy Lava Bracelets.

One of my favorite scents is Happy Day.   It’s a happiness-boosting essential oil blend, featuring certified-organic citrus oils like bergamot and grapefruit. 

Aromatherapy positively affects mood and alertness and can have many uses, especially homemade candles. Essential oil candles will change your life.

lava bracelet with bird charm
Goddess Garden Perseverance Aromatherapy Bracelet

How do Aromatherapy Bracelets and Essential Oil Blends work?

As you can see in the image above, there are lava rocks that are porous, so when you dab on the essential oils, they pool in the crevasses and release a scent as you move.

lava bracelet with hamsa
Goddess Garden Serenity Aromatherapy Bracelet

Essential Oils are made specifically for aromatherapy bracelets because they are higher in concentration.  They are not meant to be used directly on the skin but have worked well with my candles.  The symbolic charms help to visualize your intentions.

How to Make Scented Candles with Essential Oils.

Candle-making has been around for years. It’s pretty simple really.  You can make your own candles with fragrance oils or essential oils.

A fragrance oil is a mix of different chemical components (also called synthetic fragrance oil), some natural (from plants or even animals), and some synthetic. Essential oils are natural oils that contain the “essence” of a plant.

I use both and love Holiday fragrance oils, but prefer pure essential oils for many reasons. The main reason is that they are natural.

You just need a few items: soy candle wax, wicks, wax adhesive, and essential oil blends.

Candle Containers

I find old glass candle holders, candle jars, mason jars or glass jars at thrift shops or Michael’s to make essential oil candles. You can even repurpose old candles that your not using at home.  Just scrape it out and reheat it in the microwave.

Another cute idea for a candle container is using a tea cup or coffee mug.

What Kind of Wax to Use to Make Candles

I like soy wax flakes but some people use paraffin wax. Figuring out what wax type to use is personal.

They are both non-toxic but soy wax will burn longer and paraffin wax has a stronger scent throw.

So, it depends on how important burn time is for you and if you want the scent to be really strong.

How Much Essential Oil for Candle Making?

How many drops of essential oils does one need to add to candle wax?

It depends on how much wax you use of course, but for the small candles I used 10 drops. You can adjust how you want.

What Kind of Wick to Use

There are different types of candle wicks; cotton wicks and wooden wicks. If you are not sure of the length, measure the diameter of a candle or get a packet of different lengths.

How to Choose Candle Scents

Scents are personal so if you don’t know someone really well, then clean scents are safer. Holiday scents are popular but I don’t like pumpkin. People also like synthetic fragrances (artificial fragrances) too.

I do a lot of lavender scents and citrus scents.

If it’s a gift then try to find out what kind of scent the person likes. There’s nothing worse than getting something scented as a gift that you don’t like. It will just get re-gifted.


You can buy everything on Amazon. This works for me.

But if you like going to the store and seeing the items first, you can buy the candle wax at Michael’s and use a coupon to save money.  That is the most expensive part of making them.  But you can get it at a great price with the 50% off coupon.


  • Heat up Wax – If you heat it up in the microwave, I suggest doing it at 30 seconds at a time. Melt the wax slowly and stir, then put it back in the microwave. If you do it on the stove top just stir and use low to medium heat. Some people use a double boiler to melt the wax.
  • Trim the wick and place at the bottom of the candle with the tacky stuff (adhesive) before pouring the wax. You can also get long wicks and cut them in half to have more.
chopsticks holding wick
  • Get some chopsticks to keep the wick upright while pouring the melted wax in. 
  • Pour melted wax into candle container more than 3/4 full.
  • Add the essential oil blend.  I added about 10 drops of essential oils but to make it more fragrant, you can add more and play around with it.  The first candle you make is always an experiment.
candle with dried purple flowers

In these one’s I placed dried flowers in them, but I let the wax harden a little and push the flowers down with the chopsticks otherwise they will float to the top.

Leave the wax to cool.

candle with red and white tie and sparkled paper bear attached

After the melted wax cools, tie a ribbon or string around it with a gift tag. Make sure the string is not close to the wick.

These homemade candles were really easy to make. They make great teacher gifts and Birthday gifts too.

pin for diy candles

Making DIY candles with essential oils is a lot easier than I ever thought.  I wish I had started this a long time ago!

Now start making your homemade candle.

For more info on how aromatherapy positively affects mood and alertness click here.



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