DIY Essential Oil Candle Tea Lights Hack
These DIY essential oil candle tea lights are the answer to making natural plant-based soy candles with essential oils!
Many women agree candles are the perfect accessory for the home. Candles are stylish and appeal to all types of design styles. But, maybe most notably is the way a candle sets the mood, freshens up a space, or gives the nod to relaxation. Most often, I use a diffuser for aromatherapy, but sometimes I just crave candlelight.
Do you find yourself feeling the same wandering down the candle aisle only to be annoyed by the unknown ingredients in fragrances? Or does it frustrate you when a candle doesn’t even bother to list the candle wax type?
Both always happen to me, so I decided to make my own candles!
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Can you put essential oils in a candle?
The short answer is yes; you can put essential oils in a candle. It’s so much better knowing what’s in a candle fragrance. And when you add them to natural, clean-burning, plant-based soy wax, you can totally relax knowing they’re non-toxic!
Plus, you can still benefit from their aromatherapy and create a relaxing environment. Although small, you’ll find only one tea light is needed indoors unless you want the scent to fill a large space like our open-concept grand room, kitchen, and dining. You can use tea lights outdoors too in their portable tins! Carry a tea light candle where ever you need it – the back patio, picnic, or bed and breakfast.
How many drops of essential oil do you need to make candles?
How much pure essential oils do I use when making candles, was the first question I asked! Luckily, with a few hours of research and math, I found the answer.
To make 6 essential oil tea light candle tins, you’ll need:
1 teaspoon = 100 drops = 5ml bottle essential oil
Want to know what can you do to make your candles smell stronger? You can do a few key things to make candles smell stronger and keep the scent from fading. Read my four tips to make essential oil candles smell amazing!
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What are the best essential oils for candles?
As I’ve mentioned before, when choosing the best essential oils for candles, there isn’t a setlist of “use this” and “not this.” However, lavender and eucalyptus are my favorites for making candles. I’ve found too much orange, lime, or other citrus essential oils can turn candle wax yellow and make the wax look like cured milk.
That being said, just about any essential oil can be used for candle scents. It turns out; it’s not about choosing the best essential oils for candles. It’s about blending essential oils for a complex, strong scent. You can make high-end candles at home with a dynamic blend.
Take my Tropical Cabana candle scent recipe, for example; it’ll 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
Find tips for how to blend essential oils for candles and my ten best candle scent blends here or print them from our Oily Chic Library. The unique blend of essential oils you choose can nurture your sense of well-being and calmness with the light of the candlewick.
How do you make homemade essential oil candle tea lights?
These DIY essential oil candle tea lights come together in no time! You’ll most likely find yourself making them again and again too.
Here’s what you’ll need to make essential oil tea lights:
.15 lbs soy wax flakes
6 tea light candle tins (15 grams)
1 teaspoon = 100 drops = 5ml bottle essential oil
Makes 16 to 20 tealights
How to Make Tea Light Candles With Essential Oils:
2. Use a kitchen scale to measure .15 pounds of soy wax flakes. Pour the wax into a candle melting pitcher and place it inside a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on low heat with gentle simmer at most. Do not heat the wax above 175°F. Stir slowly, yet often with a wooden skewer, you can discard or compost after.
3. After melting the wax, remove the pitcher from the heat. And check the temperature of the wax with a quick infrared thermometer or a candle thermometer. The ideal temperature to add essential oil is 125 degrees. Slowly stir the essential oil into the wax for 1 minute to infuse.
5. Carefully pour the wax into each tea light tin. Line your work area with parchment paper and use a funnel or a narrow pouring pitcher like this one to avoid spills.
6. Allow the wax to cool and harden for a few days before lighting it for the best scent throw. You won’t need to trim these wicks as they are pre-sized for tea lights.
For Best Use:
Place on an even surface and don’t move once lit. Allow the soy wax to melt completely across the tea light tin with liquified wax. Don’t worry; it will solidify after you put it out, and you can use it again. I recommend using a wick dipper to put out tea lights.
I can’t tell you how much fun it is to make these essential oil tea lights! There’s something utterly relaxing about candlelight. Plus, these are non-toxic, cleaning burning, and smell incredible thanks to essential oils.
These would make a great party favor or a sweet addition to a gift basket. Don’t you agree? P.S. Don’t forget the free printable charts above! Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.