How to Make Essential Oil Candles




Yield 1 4-ounce candle

Everything you need to know to start making your own DIY essential oil candles at home.



  1. Place the soy wax flakes in an old aluminum can (if it doesn't all fit, add as much as you can and add more as the wax melts)
  2. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place the can of soy wax in the center. Allow the water to simmer until the wax melts completely.
  3. Remove the can and place your kitchen thermometer in the hot wax. Check the temperature every few minutes until the wax cools to 185 degrees (it doesn't have to be exact, but a slightly lower temperature is better than higher).
  4. Add your essential oils and stir to combine.
  5. Place the wick in the center of container and use a clothespin or chopsticks to keep it upright.
  6. Pour the wax into the container and allow it to cool for several hours, or overnight, before lighting.


Any essential oils will work for this, but my favorites are:

If making larger candles, you'll need 2 teaspoons oil for every 4-ounces melted wax. Scale this ratio accordingly to fill your candle container.

Too keep the scent from fading over time, always keep your candle covered when not in use.


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Recipe by Hello Nest at