How To Make Scented Candles (9 Steps)

  • By: Carole Brooks
  • Date: 16.05.2023
  • Time to read: 4 min.

How To Make Scented Candles

Scented candles are a great way to create your ambiance, and they can also be a nice gift for others! In this blog post, we will share how to make scented candles at home. You’ll learn about the different types of wax that you can use, as well as the materials needed and the step-by-step procedure for the finished product. We hope you enjoy this candle-making tutorial!

Why Scented Candles?

There are many reasons why you should make scented candles. If you like to be creative, this is the perfect DIY project. You can use them as an interior decor item or even a gift, and they will undoubtedly make your house smell great!

You can choose any scent that fits your personality and home decor. Candle-making is also a good stress reliever, especially while listening to your favorite tunes and drinking a cup of tea!

Types of Waxes

How to Make Scented Candles at Home?

Materials required:

  1. A saucepan (make sure it’s big enough to hold the amount of wax you’re using)
  2. A metal spoon
  3. A glass container to pour the candles (it should be more significant than your wax)
  4. 10 inches of wick
  5. 2 cups of water
  6. Essential oil (20-30 drops depending on the scent you like)
  7. Wick clips (to secure the wick on the jar)
  8. Scented candles wax (get a block and cut it to 1/4 pieces so it will melt faster)
  9. A double boiler or a big metal bowl
  10. Food color (optional)
  11. Candle fragrances
  12. Sand/dirt to place the candle after it hardens
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Step 1: Prepare your double boiler or bowl

You will need to prepare a double boiler to melt your wax efficiently and safely. Place water in the big pot and put it on the stove. Ensure that there’s enough water in it, so it doesn’t run dry during melting.

You will then place your metal bowl or pouring pot on top of the pot, ensuring that the bottom of the metal bowl doesn’t touch the water.

Step 2: Prepare your materials and place them on top of a clean surface

Make sure that you’re working area is clean and dry. This way, you can avoid making a mess when doing the candle-making procedure. You can use any container and a wick, wick clips, and essential oil. This makes it easier to set up everything in your working area.

Step 3: Melt your wax

Put the piece of wax in the double boiler. Let it melt until completely smooth and liquid. You can also use a wax melter to melt the wax. Make sure that you stir it occasionally to avoid burning or sticking. You can use low heat when melting your wax, so check on it often. Waste no time; remove it from the heat once the wax has melted.

Step 4: Prepare your container for pouring.

Pour a thin layer of melted wax into your glass jar to ensure that the wick will stay in place. Try not to spill any wax on the side or bottom of your pot. Let it cool and harden before proceeding with the rest of the steps.

Step 5: Add your wick to the jar

Step 5
Once you have removed the hardened wax in step 4, it’s time to add the wick. Make sure that you place it at least one inch away from the bottom of your container to ensure that there will be enough room for melting. Secure it with a wick clip.

Step 6: Prepare your scented candle wax.

Step 6
Cut the scented candle wax into smaller pieces so it will melt faster. Add them to the double boiler or metal bowl and let it melt completely. Make sure that you stir now and then to avoid sticking or burning your wax.

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Step 7: Pour your wax.

Step 7
Once the wax has completely melted, pour it into your jar, ensuring that you don’t spill any on the side or bottom. You can use a ladle for this step to make it easier for you.

Step 8: Add Essential Oils

Add 20-30 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you want your candles to smell. Keep in mind that adding too much oil might cause the candles to burn quickly or ooze, so always start with low amounts and add more if needed.

Step 9: Let it cool

Step 9
Take a moment to let your wax harden before you move on to the next step. To speed things up, you can place your jar in cold water. Once it has cooled completely, take out the wick clips, and voila! Your scented candles are now complete.

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Final Thoughts

Making scented candles can be complicated and messy if you don’t have suitable materials. The good thing is that everything except the wax is easily accessible, so it’s perfect for beginners who want to learn how to make their homemade scented candle. Once you have set up everything, it should be easier to make candles.

Having your supply of scented candles is always lovely, especially if you enjoy doing things by yourself or for home decoration purposes. Learning how to make scented candles can be a fulfilling experience, especially if you have the patience to follow instructions. So start looking for your supplies and get started!

Suppose you have more tips on making scented candles feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you. You cannot also comment below regarding your experience in making scented candles. Maybe you can recommend some tips or materials that might help.

Remember, candle making is fun and easy but always remember to take precautionary measures before doing it, especially if you are using essential or fragrance oils. Some might react with the skin, especially if it has an allergy. You don’t want to make a mistake that can cause harm to you or those around you.

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  1. Can you use glass food jars for candles? Or does it have to be canning jars? Thank you.

    1. Certainly! Yes, you can use glass food jars for candles. Just make sure the glass is thick enough to handle the heat, and clean the jar thoroughly before use. Canning jars are not a requirement.

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