Candle Essential Oil Blends Chart of Dynamic Essential Oil Candle Scent Recipes
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From getting a better night’s sleep to cleaning the house, essential oils have become a part of our everyday lives. And I know if you’re here, you enjoy a good essential oil DIY too. Essential oil candles are one of the best!
Nothing compares to how a glowing candle instantly changes the mood of a space. While that unique glow is beautiful in itself, the candle scent is what really makes it noteworthy.
No wonder man has tried to put the best smells this world has to offer into a candle. But most, unfortunately, are made with synthetic fragrances that give rise to concern. Luckily, I’m not a newbie when it comes to blending essential oils and candle making. I’ve put together a candle essential oil blends chart with dynamic recipes of essential oils for candles.
You’ll want to pin these to create essential oil candles that rival high-end store-bought candles!
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Which essential oils are best for candle making?
When choosing the best essential oils for candles, there isn’t a setlist of “use this” and “not this.” Just about any essential oil can be used for candle scent. However, there are certain essential oils that have a stronger scent.
Take lavender, cinnamon, orange, pine, eucalyptus, or lemon, for example. Each has a powerful aroma from plant to harvest to distilling into an essential oil. Their scent will be stronger than others in candles as well soap, room sprays, and just about any other application.
But, like making essential oil perfume, the best candle essential oil blends include a top, middle, and base note, creating a dynamic candle scent that releases a blend of scents as your candle burns. The top note makes the first impression of the scent. But the middle note is the main body of the scent. And the base note is the final impression your nose captures.
In other words, it’s not about choosing the best essential oils for candles. It’s about blending essential oils for a complex, strong scent.
How do you blend essential oils for candles?
With each of our candle essential oil blend charts, you’ll easily grasp how to blend essential oils for candles! It answers all your questions about how to measure essential oils for candles and how much essential oil you’ll need in drops, ml, teaspoons, or ounces.
And it all begins with the fragrance load, which means the percentage of fragrance used in a candle. According to the experts, a 6 percent fragrance load is standard for candles, equating to 1 ounce of essential oil per pound of candle wax.
Let’s look at an example:
How much essential oil do I put in an 8 oz candle?
- You’ll need a total of ½ an ounce of essential oils for an 8-ounce candle.
- ½ oz of essential oil is equal to 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon of essential oil is equal to 300 drops
- There are 300 drops of essential oil in a 15 ml bottle
To create your own candle essential oil blends, you can easily break up the tablespoon into 3 teaspoons like this:
- First Scent: 1 teaspoon = 100 drops of essential = 5 ml bottle
- 2nd Scent: 1 teaspoon = 100 drops of essential = 5 ml bottle
- Third Scent: 1 teaspoon = 100 drops of essential = 5 ml bottle
Are you getting the picture now? Great!
Candle Essential Oil Blends
I’ve compiled some of the best candle scents into a list of easy-to-follow candle essential oil blend recipes to get you started! Did you know you can make 4 candles with just a pound of soy wax? That’s why I made each recipe based on making a 4-ounce candle. Follow our instructions to make an essential oil candle from start to finish!
(While still keeping in mind that wax isn’t the same density of water…, you’ll have a little extra for spills or fixes.)
Saged Citrus Candle Scent Recipe:
If you love Yankee Candle’s Citrus and Sage, you’ll adore this candle essential oil blend! It captures the popular candle scent of clean, herbal sage, bright and zesty citrus, and lavender into an earthy bouquet.
¼ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
¼ teaspoon lemon essential oil
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
½ teaspoon sage essential oil
Apple Orchard Candle Scent Recipe:
There is nothing more American than an apple pie baking in the oven. This candle scent recipe combines spicy cinnamon and clove with a hint of fresh fruit to recreate the delightful smell of baking a pie after visiting the apple orchard.
¾ teaspoon cinnamon essential oil
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
¼ teaspoon clove essential oil
Aveda Spa Candle Scent Recipe:
Whoever said you couldn’t make great-smelling candles with essential oils will be proved wrong after one whiff of this candle essential oil blend! It smells just like a visit to Aveda Spa, with heady herbal aromas mixed with citrus notes and resin bases.
¾ teaspoon lavender essential oil
½ teaspoon bergamot essential oil
¼ teaspoon marjoram essential oil
¼ teaspoon lemongrass essential oil
⅛ teaspoon geranium essential oil
⅛ teaspoon frankincense essential oil
Fireside Candle Scent Recipe:
This one is for the boys! A complex mixture of woodsy spruce, rich vetiver, and smoky black pepper is better than any tobacco and leather candle they’ve ever smelled.
¾ teaspoon vetiver essential oil
1 teaspoon northern lights black spruce essential oil
¼ teaspoon black pepper essential oil
Tropical Cabana Candle Scent Recipe:
Just like Bath and Body Works’ Belize Tropical Cabana, this essential oil candle blend will take your senses on the tropical vacation of your dreams sipping fruity cocktails oceanside.
½ teaspoon spearmint essential oil
1 teaspoon jade lemon essential oil
½ teaspoon lime essential oil
Lemonade Stand Candle Scent Recipe:
Speaking of refreshing drinks, this lemonade stand recipe adapted from my summer diffuser blend recipes brings memories of squeezing lemons over my grandma’s glass lemon squeezer. We poured the lemon juice, seeds, and all, into mason jars for our very own lemonade. A tradition I share with my daughter every summer.
1 ½ teaspoons lemon essential oil
¼ teaspoon basil essential oil
¼ teaspoon spearmint essential oil
Evergreen Glades Outdoor Candle Scent Recipe:
Rich cedarwood, musty pine, fresh cypress, and a citronella splash create a grounding essential oil blend for candle making. Perfect for outdoor spaces, cedarwood and citronella aid in repelling insects naturally.
½ teaspoon cypress essential oil
1 teaspoon citronella essential oil
¼ teaspoon pine essential oil
¼ teaspoon cedarwood essential oil
Herb Garden Candle Scent Recipe:
Another favorite from my summer diffuser blend recipes adapted for candle making, this recipe brings all the freshness of an herb garden indoors. Without digging in the dirt, I might add.
⅛ teaspoon thyme essential oil
½ teaspoon basil essential oil
½ teaspoon hyssop essential oil
¾ teaspoon lavender essential oil
Spiced Vanilla Candle Scent Recipe:
If there’s one candle scent that says welcome to Grandma’s House – this is it! The warm spices and the sweet vanilla mixture smell like Grandma’s sticky cinnamon rolls.
½ teaspoon cinnamon essential oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essential oil
¼ teaspoon cardamom essential oil
¼ teaspoon clove essential oil
Anthro Volcano Candle Scent Recipe:
No candle essential oil blends chart would be complete without the distinct Anthropologie Volcano fragrance! Bring its distinct aroma of vibrant citrus notes, earthy spruce, and cherry geranium into your home with this candle scent recipe.
¼ teaspoon geranium essential oil
¼ teaspoon tangerine essential oil
1 teaspoon Idaho blue spruce essential oil
½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
We’ve included the best essential oil blends for candles in our candle scent mixing chart of essential oil candle scent recipes. Along with an easy reference guide for making your own candle scents! It’s our easy answer to which essential oils are best for candle making and how much essential oil you need to make a candle. Print these charts from our Oily Chic Library and find our essential oil candle-making tutorial here.
Now that you’ve grasped how to blend essential oils for candles, we know you’ll be on your way to creating your very own candle scent recipes! Don’t forget the free printables above! And tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.