How to Make Homemade Scented Candles

Homemade Scented Candles

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Homemade Scented Candles

Scented candles add warmth, ambience, and a pleasant aroma to any space, making them perfect gifts. While store-bought candles are readily available, there’s something special about creating custom scents at home. This guide will take you through the step-by-step process of making homemade scented candles. From selecting the right materials to mastering the art of fragrance blending, you’ll soon make candles infusing your home with beautiful scents and soothing vibes.

  1. Before starting, get all the necessary materials and equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Wax: Choose from options like soy wax, beeswax, or paraffin wax, considering factors like burn time and scent throw.
  • Wicks: Select wicks of appropriate size and type for your chosen wax, ensuring they provide a stable flame.
  • Containers: Opt for heat-resistant containers such as jars, tins, or moulds to pour your melted wax into.
  • Fragrance Oils: Find fragrant or essential oils to create your desired scents.
  • Colouring Agents (optional): If you wish to add colour to your candles, consider using candle dye blocks or liquid dyes.
  • Thermometer and Stirring Utensil: Ensure accuracy in temperature control and wax mixing.
  • Double Boiler or Wax Melter: Use a dedicated vessel for melting wax safely and evenly.
  1. Preparing Your Workspace: Creating a dedicated workspace for candle-making ensures efficiency and safety. Choose a well-ventilated area with a heat-resistant surface, away from drafts and flammable objects. Lay down newspapers or a protective covering to catch any spills or drips. Keep your materials organized and within reach for easy access throughout the process. Use safety equipment like heat-resistant gloves and goggles, especially when handling hot wax. A clean and organized workspace will make the candle-making process much more enjoyable and most importantly, safer.
  2. Melting the Wax: The first step in making scented candles is melting the wax. If you’re using soy wax or beeswax, a double boiler is recommended to melt the wax gently and prevent scorching. Fill the bottom pot of the double boiler with water and place it on medium heat. Place the wax in the top pot or heat-resistant pouring pitcher, ensuring it’s cut into small chunks for faster melting. Stir occasionally with a heat-resistant utensil and monitor the temperature using a thermometer. Once the wax reaches the desired temperature (typically between 160°F-180°F), take it off the heat source and go to the next step
  3. Adding Fragrance and Color: Once the wax is melted, it’s time to add the fragrance and colouring agents. For scent customization, experiment with different combinations of fragrance oils to achieve your desired aroma intensity and complexity. Start by adding a small amount of fragrance to the melted wax, typically around 5-10% of the total wax weight, and adjust based on your preference. Stir the fragrance oil into the wax thoroughly to ensure even distribution. If you’re adding colouring agents, add them gradually until you get the desired colour, stirring well between additions. Take note that some fragrance oils may naturally colour the wax, so adjust the amount of colouring agent accordingly.
  4. Preparing the Containers and Wicking: Before pouring the melted wax into containers, prepare them by securing the wicks in the centre. There are many ways to place the wick, including adhesive tabs, wick stickers, or hot glue. Ensure the wick is centred and upright within the container to promote an even burn. To prevent wicks from shifting during pouring, use wick holders or pencils placed across the container opening to keep them in place. Once the wicks are secured, carefully pour the scented wax into the prepared containers, leaving some space at the top to avoid overflowing.
  5. Allowing the Candles to Set: After pouring the wax, let the candles cool and set completely before handling or lighting them. This process can take several hours, depending on the size and type of candles. To minimize imperfections, avoid moving or disturbing the candles while cooling. Once the candles are fully set, trim the wicks to a quarter-inch length using scissors or a wick trimmer to ensure a clean and efficient burn. Your homemade scented candles are ready to be enjoyed or gifted.

Tips for Success:

  • Experiment with different fragrance combinations and colouring techniques to create unique candles.
  • Add decorative elements like dried flowers, herbs, or glitter to enhance the visual appeal of your candles.
  • Be safe – Make sure that kids are kept away. Hot wax is dangerous, so practice stringent safety precautions. Have cold water nearby and a fire extinguisher, use gloves, an apron, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and wear shoes. (No synthetic fibres)
  • Keep detailed records of your candle-making process, including wax types, fragrance ratios, and pouring temperatures, to replicate successful batches in the future.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box—homemade candles make thoughtful gifts for any occasion.

Where to get your supplies:

Village Craft and Candle

Canwax

Michaels

Many more places can be found in your area with a Google search

Ready-made scented candles are also available.

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