How to Make Essential Oil Candles the Right Way
Learn how to make essential oil candles the right way with these key tips and instructions for essential oil candles that smell stronger!
Scent is one of those things that makes life more interesting. From the perfume, you wear (here’s how I make my own essential oil perfume) to the laundry soap you wash your clothes and sheets in, to the body wash and hand soap you clean up with every day. Scent is something we choose every day and the choice is as personalized as it gets.
For me, scent helps to make each space in our house feel like home. And candles incorporate scent in such a way that creates a comforting ambiance. But, unfortunately, many candles are made with considerably harmful chemicals.
– Take paraffin wax candles made with synthetic fragrances, for example, they are the most widely sold, least expensive, and pose the most risks. We’re talking volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde released into the air with long-term health risks.
Soy wax essential oil candles on the other hand, offer all the scents we love without risks to our health!
And they look and smell just as good as store-bought options when you follow our tips and instructions on how to make essential oil candles the right way.
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How To Make Essential Oil Candles Smell Stronger
If you have made essential oil candles before you probably experience one or more of these scenarios:
- The essential oils smelled super strong when you added them to the melted candle wax, but then when they cured the scent was faint
- Your homemade essential oil candle smells great when you give it a whiff, but when you light the candle its scent is gone
- The essential oil blend you choose smells amazing in your diffuser but it doesn’t have the same effect in the candle you made
What can you do to make your candles smell stronger? Luckily there are few key things you can do to make candles smell stronger and keep the scent from fading.
4 Tips To Make Essential Oil Candles Smell Stronger and Hold Their Scent
#1 Use Strong Scented Essential Oils
This may go without saying, but if you want to make essential oil candles that smell stronger, start by choosing oils that have a strong scent. Top note essential oils historically used in perfume making have a very noticeable scent. Think lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, or grapefruit.
Although truth be told, the best essential oil blends for candles include a top, middle, and base note for an infusion of candle scent that releases a blend of scents as your candle burns. I share the best blend of essential oils for candles here.
#2 Choose A Slow-Burning Wax
While it’s important to think about potential health risks when choosing a candle wax it’s also good to consider how well the wax holds scent. This is especially the case when it comes to how to make essential oil candles smell stronger.
Choosing a candle wax such as beeswax or soy will cause the candle to burn more slowly. This allows a candle to retain scents longer and slowly release scent into the air when lit. Adding up to a candle that smells stronger and lasts longer. A win-win, if you ask me!
#3 Use the Right Amount of Essential Oils
Take time to do the math…
Not using the right amount of essential oils in a candle is one of the biggest candle mistakes. Add too little and you won’t have a noticeable scent. Add too much and your candle won’t stay lit, among other issues.
So, how do you measure essential oils for candles?
Rather you’re trying to measure essential oils for candles or trying to calculate how much essential oil you should buy for a DIY – you need an essential oil conversion chart!
Beginning with a chart for how much essential oils are in a bottle:
5ml bottle = 100 drops = 1 tsp
15 ml bottle = 300 drops = 1/2 oz
30 ml bottle = 600 drops = 1 oz
Print one from our Oily Chic Library as well as our easy essential oil candle conversion chart. It’s the easiest answer to how much essential oil you need to make a candle.
Candle Size You’ll Need
8 oz 1/2 oz = 300 drops
4 oz 2 tsp = 200 drops
2 oz 1 tsp = 100 drops
#4 Keep Your Candles Covered
This is the easiest solution to helping your homemade candles hold their scent. Candle scents fade over time. This is true for candles made with synthetic fragrances or essential oils. To help your candles hang on to their scent longer cover them with a lid or glass cloche in between use. I love these colorful candle tins that come with lids!
How to Make Essential Oil Candles
Essential Oil Candle Supplies:
- 1 digital scale
- 1 candle thermometer
- 2 centering devices
- 1 candle melting pitcher
- 2 heat-safe 12-ounce glass jars
- 1.125 lbs soy candle wax
- 2 cotton wicks
- 2 wick sticker tabs
- 1.25 ounces essential oils
1. Measure Wax and Place Wicks
Use a digital scale to measure 1.125 pounds of soy wax flakes. (Using a different size candle container? Use a candle calculator to figure how much wax you’ll need.) Then adhere the metal tab of a cotton wick to a wick sticker tab. Carefully center the wick in the bottom of a glass jar and firmly press to adhere. Repeat for the second candle.
2. Melt Wax
Pour the soy wax into a candle-melting pitcher to safely melt wax. Place the pitcher filled with wax inside a large saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat. Slowly stir often with a heat-resistant silicone spatula.
3. Cool & Scent Wax
Remove the pitcher from the heat after melting. Then clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher.
Allow the temperature of the wax to cool to 125°F before adding 1.25 ounces of essential oils. After slowly stir for a constant 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate.
4. Pour Scented Wax
Last, gently pour your scented wax into each prepared glass jar. Place an optional centering device over each wick to help keep them straight during the curing process.
How soon can you light your homemade candle?
Allow the candle wax to cure for a minimum of 24 hours before lighting. For stronger smelling candles wait 3 to 7 days! And make sure to trim the wick to ¼ of an inch before lighting.
If you’ve been avoiding candles due to toxins, I’m sure you’ll be excited to make these clean-burning, eco-friendly essential oil candles! With just 4 steps, anyone can learn how to make essential oil candles at home.
P.S. Don’t forget the free printable charts above! Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.