Aromatherapy Candle DIY

Pranarom Certified Organic Sandalwood, Australian Essential Oil and Cedarwood, Atlas Essential Oil bottles with candle and green plant.
Pranarom Certified Organic Sandalwood, Australian Essential Oil and Cedarwood, Atlas Essential Oil bottles with candle and green plant.

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Who doesn’t love the scent of a beautiful candle? But did you know that many candles are made with toxic ingredients? While store-bought candles smell amazing, often times they are made with waxes and wicks that contain toxins. Making your own candles is very simple, and who doesn’t love something handmade. You only need a handful of ingredients.

So, let’s get started. First you will need a container for your candle. You could use a metal tin or a glass jar. We chose glass, so you can see the beauty in the layers of the different colors of wax. There are so many jar options available, from recycled jelly jars to ones you can buy in craft stores and on the web.

Next you will need wax. Here we are using beeswax. There are many waxes on the market, but we love the organic feel of beeswax. Beeswax comes in different forms: blocks of beeswax and pastilles. The pastilles are mini pellets of beeswax that melt much quicker. You will also find a couple of options in the color. The difference between the waxes is slight: The yellower beeswax is straight from the hive, while the white beeswax is naturally bleached by exposing in thin layers to air and sunlight.

For this candle we chose to use both types of beeswax to give a layered look. The choice is up to you. It will not change the functionality of the candle one bit.

Next is the wick. We chose hemp wick because it burns slower than other wicks making your candle last longer. It also has a lower temperature flame with little to no smoke.

Finally, the essential oils. This is where the fun comes in. You get to go on a sensory journey and play with different scent combos. You will need about 40-50 drops of essential oil for your candle. Some oils are stronger, and their scents dissipate more slowly. If you are looking for a stronger scented candle, choose a combination of these:

• Pine
• Eucalyptus
• Rosemary
• Sweet Orange
• Peppermint

Here are some scent combos that we love:

Floral: Rose Geranium+ Lavender

Woodsy: Sandalwood + Cedarwood + Orange

Fresh: Lemongrass + Mint

DIY Instructions Step-by-Step


6 oz Glass Jar
7.5 oz. Beeswax
40-50 Drops of Essential Oils
1 Hemp Wick


1. Stick the wick to the bottom of jar using a little melted wax.
2. Hold wick up using two sticks tied together at each end, with your wick in the middle
3. Place beeswax in a double broiler on stovetop
4. Melt beeswax until completely dissolved
5. Remove from stove
6. Let cool slightly
7. Stir in essential oils
8. Pour into jar
9. Let cool

*If layering the two waxes, follow the steps above but use half the amount of wax for each color. Pour the first color and let sit until set and then follow with the next color.

One thing to keep in mind when making candles with essential oils is that the fragrance is subtle. If you are looking for a stronger scent, you may want to diffuse your oils. Or better yet, a combination of the two. Who doesn’t love the beautiful scent of diffused oils while enjoying the flicker of a candle? A powerful relaxing combo indeed!

Feel free to make it your own combinations and make sure to have some fun! If you do make a candle, be sure to tag us on Instagram at @pranarom_usa. We would love to see what you come up with!
Article by: Carla Cohen

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