Aromatherapy Candles - How to Make Candles with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy candle with essential oils

Table of Contents

1. Measure Coconut Oil

2. Warm Up the Oil

3. Add Beeswax

4. Add Essential Oils

5. Add the Wicks

6. Pour the Mixture Into the Jar

7. Enjoy the Scent


Essential oils can be wonderful to have around you during the day, adding freshness to the air or offsetting a hectic period. However, a good diffuser is expensive, not to mention breakable.

Learning how to make your own aromatherapy candles with essential oils is the perfect way to distribute the scent. You won't have to worry about the plug-in breaking or the diffuser being knocked over and the precious oils spilling out (it’s worth remembering just how much essential oils for candles cost).

Below, you’ll find a recipe that explains how to make candles with essential oils. These are the perfect DIY gift idea. You can turn the project into a fun weekend activity for the whole family and experiment with candle fragrance oils to see which works best for you.


For 1 candle:

Time Required

  • 45 minutes

1. Measure Coconut Oil

 Jar of Wildly Organic’s Refined Coconut Oil

Measure out 1 cup of coconut oil for every candle you want to make.

2. Warm Up the Oil

Hand turning on a stove to warm the oil

The next step for how to make candles with essential oils is to gently warm the coconut oil over a double boiler until it is liquified but not hot (a glass bowl fitted above a pot of boiling water can serve as a double boiler). Alternatively, you can warm the coconut oil on low heat (200℉) in an oven or in a bowl set in a crock pot on the lowest temperature setting.

3. Add Beeswax

Pink and grey wax pastilles

Add 1/4 cup of beeswax pastilles per 1 cup of melted coconut oil and gently melt it with frequent stirring. A note of caution: Please be careful not to spill any oil on the gas stove, as this can cause a fire.

4. Add Essential Oils

Adding essential oils to melted oil and wax

After the oil and wax are all melted together, let the mixture cool slightly. While it is cooling, add 25 drops of essential oils.

Here are some combinations of the best fragrance oils for candles:

  • 10 drops rosemary + 15 drops sweet orange
  • 15 drops lemon + 10 drops lime
  • 12 drops sweet orange + 12 drops basil
  • 15 drops vanilla + 10 drops lavender
  • 20 drops eucalyptus + 5 drops lemon

 5. Add the Wicks

Wicks hanging in preparation for adding wax

Add wicks to the jars. You can buy ready-made wicks for your aromatherapy candles at a craft store. If you’re learning to make candles with essential oils, you can also use plain cotton kitchen string soaked in salt water (1/2 cup water and salt). This string can serve as a wick and save you a trip to the store.

Mix the water and salt in a bowl or dish and add the string. Let it soak overnight and allow it to dry completely before you use it.

To keep the wick in place while the wax cools, take a portion of a wick and wrap it around a pencil. Place the pencil across the top of the glass jar, and suspend the wick below into the middle.

6. Pour the Mixture Into the Jar

 Pouring oil and wax into prepared jars

Pour the oil and wax into the prepared jar. Be careful not to burn yourself if you’re only starting to learn how to make candles with essential oils. Allow the candle to cool completely, then trim the wick to make it about an inch long.

7. Enjoy the Scent

Candles burning next to a white book

Use your aromatherapy candle in an open area, away from anything flammable. Let it burn for at least half an hour each time to allow the oils to diffuse. Enjoy the pleasant scents with a cup of our DIY herbal tea blend for ultimate relaxation.

If you feel the essential oil scent has faded or want to make it stronger, allow the candle to melt, extinguish the flame, and add more essential oils. It’s up to you to decide how much essential oil you want to use for your candles.

Another note of caution: Be sure to never add more oil while the candle is still burning. Essential oils are very volatile substances and can create a big burst of flame if set alight.

Make Your Candles With Wildly Organic

Now that you know how to make candles with essential oils, it’s time to buy the ingredients and start experimenting to see which candle fragrance oils work best for you. Wildly Organic has the highest quality, non-GMO coconut oil for all your DIY projects. We also carry a collection of raw and minimally processed products to allow you to live a healthier life and hundreds of recipes to help you along with them. Visit our shop now to get 10% off your first order and free shipping.
If you had fun making these candles, try making DIY wax melts next!

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