How to Make Homemade Scented Candles

    by G.K. Bayne

    About the Author

    G.K. Bayne is a freelance writer for various websites, specializing in back-to-basics instructional articles on computers and electrical equipment. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and studied history at the University of Tennessee.


    A trip to the store will quickly show you that scented candles are expensive. By making homemade scented candles, you not only save money, you can blend your own favorite scents, maybe creating brand-new ones. You probably already most of the equipment and ingredients in your pantry.

    Things You'll Need

    • Old baking sheet
    • Candle molds
    • Toothpicks, skewers or chopsticks
    • Prepared wicks or cotton string
    • Metal wick holders (optional)
    • Double boiler pan
    • Paraffin wax
    • Essential oil or candle fragrance oil
    • Wooden spoon

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    Set your molds on an old baking sheet. This will protect your countertops from accidental spills of way. In addition to store-bought molds, think of using yogurt or pudding cups, empty condiment jars and paper towel or toilet paper cardboard rolls.

    Wrap one end of a wick around a toothpick or chopstick, depending on the size of your mold. Cut the other end of the wick to the depth of the mold. Attach a metal wick holder to the bottom of the wick, if desired. Center the wick assembly over the mold.

    Add several inches of water to the lower pot of the double boiler. Add one pound of paraffin wax to the top pot and warm over medium heat until it melts. Stir occasionally with the wooden spoon.

    Add approximately ten drops of essential oil or fragrance to the melted way. Stir the wax mixture to blend the scent thoroughly.

    Pour the wax mixture into the prepared molds slowly. They will begin to set up rapidly as the wax begins to cool. Allow the candles to harden in the molds for at least 24 hours before removing from the molds.

    Let the candles cure for at least one week before burning.

    • Use food coloring or old crayons to color your candles, if you prefer. Add the coloring with the fragrance oil.
    • Cotton kitchen twine is an inexpensive alternative to commericial wicks. Dipping the string in melted wax makes them easier to place in the mold.
    • The paraffin will melt faster if you cut it into chunks before placing it in the pan.
    • If you don't have a double boiler, use an empty coffee can to hold the wax. Place it in a saucepan that leaves at least 1 inch all the way around the can.
    • For a lacy effect, fill the mold with small ice cubes or chunks before pouring in the wax. As the ice melts, the wax is left with tunnels and holes that make an unusual design.
    • Use caution if you are making candles around small children. A single drop of wax can cause a bad burn.
    • Because of the flammable nature of the wax, never leave it unattended.