DIY Aromatherapy Candle - Step by Step Guide to Making Your Own Candles

By Gary Green - March 21, 2023
DIY Aromatherapy Candle - Step by Step Guide to Making Your Own Candles

Candles have long been used for their therapeutic properties. They can help create a relaxing atmosphere, reduce stress and anxiety, and even improve mood. Adding aromatherapy scents to your candles can take these benefits to the next level. With this step-by-step guide, you can learn how to create your own DIY aromatherapy candle and customize it to your liking. Here are the materials and steps you need to get started.


Step 1: Selecting the Right Materials

When making a DIY aromatherapy candle, it's important to use the right materials. Choose soy wax instead of paraffin wax as it is natural and sustainable. Soy wax also burns cleaner and longer than paraffin wax. Make sure to choose the right candle wick size for your container. You can find this information on the candle wick packaging or online.

Step 2: Preparing Your Candle Container

Clean and dry your candle container thoroughly. If you want to add a decorative touch to your candle, you can add dried flowers, herbs, or glitter to the bottom of the container.

Step 3: Melt Your Soy Wax

Melt the soy wax using a double boiler or microwave. If using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot with water and bring it to a simmer. Place the soy wax in the top pot and stir occasionally until it has melted. If using a microwave, place the soy wax in a microwave-safe container and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until fully melted.

Step 4: Add Your Essential Oils

Once the soy wax has melted, remove it from the heat source and add your essential oils. Start with a small amount and add more as needed. It's important not to add too much oil as it can affect the burn of the candle.

Step 5: Attach Your Candle Wick

While the soy wax is still liquid, attach your candle wick to the center of the container using a wick centering tool or by holding the wick in place until the wax has cooled and hardened.

Step 6: Pour the Soy Wax into Your Container

Slowly pour the soy wax into your container, taking care not to move the wick. Leave a small amount of space at the top of the container to allow for the wax to expand when it cools.

Step 7: Let Your Candle Cool and Harden

Allow your candle to cool and harden for at least 24 hours before burning. Once cooled, trim the wick to 1/4 inch and enjoy your DIY aromatherapy candle.


Q: How do I choose the right essential oils for my DIY aromatherapy candle?

A: Choose essential oils that complement each other and have therapeutic properties that align with your needs. For example, lavender is great for relaxation, while peppermint is invigorating.

Q: Can I reuse candle containers?

A: Yes, you can reuse candle containers. Clean and dry them thoroughly before reusing.

Q: Can I mix different types of wax to make my DIY aromatherapy candle?

A: It's best to stick with one type of wax when making candles to ensure proper burning.


Making your own DIY aromatherapy candle is a fun and rewarding experience. With the right materials and steps, you can create a unique and customized candle that suits your needs and preferences. Experiment with different scents and container designs to create a candle that not only smells good but also looks beautiful. By following this step-by-step guide, you can make a candle that not only provides a calming and relaxing ambiance but also offers the added benefits of aromatherapy. So, gather your materials and get ready to create your very own DIY aromatherapy candle - step by step!