Easy Aromatherapy Candles

Come On, Light My Fire

Who doesn’t love candles? They add instant coziness to a room and can have it smelling like anything from lavender fields to fresh linens in minutes. They even make great gifts!

Did you know that making your own aromatherapy candles is almost as easy as picking them off the shelf? Yes, a few simple steps and a free afternoon are all it takes to create your own candles bursting with the benefits of essential oils. Whether you want to relax, enhance your memory, boost your immune system (and more!), essential oils may be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.

There are so many amazing oil options out there with great potential benefits, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a few of our faves and why we love them. Check them out, and discover how to add them to your very own DIY aromatherapy candle!

Smell it for yourself! Make your own aromatherapy candles with the help of our quick how-to video, and share a pic with #TakingOnHealthy.

What You Need

  • 2 to 3 pounds of soy wax
  • A few 8-to 16-ounce jars (We used an old jar and an exhausted candle jar. Coffee mugs, cute bottles or any containers that can withstand a little heat work too!)
  • Standard tabbed wicks
  • Essential oil or candle fragrance (1 ounce for every 16 ounces of wax)
  • Soy candle dye if you’d like to add color (Every brand is different, so follow the instruction on the package.)
  • Wax pitcher for melting
  • Wooden dowel (or an old pen)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Scissors


  1. Prepare each jar by attaching the wick to the bottom. Twist the wick around a wooden dowel (or pen), and trim the excess with scissors. This keeps your wick upright and centered. Tip: An off-center wick will not burn correctly.
  2. Heat wax to about 180 degrees (double boilers work great), stirring occasionally until liquefied.
  3. Once your wax reaches 180 degrees, take it off the heating element and add your fragrance oil. Stir until completely mixed.
  4. Add color (if using) per the instructions. Soy candles have a natural beautiful warm white color all on their own.
  5. Let the wax cool back down to about to 125 degrees. This helps keep the candle from cracking as it hardens.
  6. Carefully pour wax into prepared jars.
  7. Cover with a cloth or box and let cool overnight.
  8. Wake up to beautiful homemade candles!

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