How To Make Your Own Scented Candle From Scratch

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Have you ever thought about making your own scented candle from scratch? You probably thought it was difficult to make but sorry to burst your bubble, it’s quite easy to make.

Making a scented candle at home can be a fun and rewarding DIY project.

Here are the basic steps to follow:


  • Candle wax (soy, beeswax, or paraffin)
  • Candlewick
  • Essential oil
  • Candle dye (optional)
  • Double boiler or a heat-proof container and a saucepan
  • Thermometer
  • Stirring utensil
  • Candle container (such as a mason jar or a glass votive)


1. Start by thoroughly cleaning and drying your candle container.

2. Melt the candle wax in a double boiler or heat-resistant container set over a saucepan of simmering water. If you’re going to use a container, ensure sure it’s heat-resistant and able to handle high temperatures.

3. Check the temperature of the melted wax with a thermometer. Soy wax should be heated to approximately 170-180°F, whilst beeswax should be heated to approximately 145-150°F.

4. Once the wax has reached the desired temperature, add the candle fragrance oil and thoroughly swirl it to achieve even distribution. If you want to color your candle, you can add a few drops of candle dye at this point.

5. Position the candle wick in the center of the container, using a wick holder if required.

6. Gently pour the melted wax into the container, leaving enough space at the top for the candle to set.

7. Allow the candle to totally cool and solidify, which may take many hours or overnight.

8. Before lighting the candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch.

You can also use this video as a reference.

There you have it! Your homemade scented candle is ready. Experiment with different fragrances and colors to create unique candles that reflect your personal style.

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