DIY Essential Oil Candle


Ever since I got my Essential Oil Starter kit— I’ve been making ALL sorts of natural products… and it is really exciting! (I plan to share more items in the future) I love all of the oils that I got with my starter kit but there are three in particular that really help me throughout the day. These essential oil products lift my mood and are overall amazing!! They boost your health through aromatherapy.

I like to burn this candle at my desk while I am working like typing up articles like this! It really helps to keep me motivated and energized.

Here’s what you will need to get started.

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1. Fill Up Your Glass Container

Using the wax fillings we have just bought here, fill up your glass containers or mason jars to the top. It’s okay if it overflows a bit.

2. Melt the Wax

Now you’ll just need to melt the wax inside the glass mason jar so that it forms nicely into the jar itself. You can use a microwave for this step (as I did). It should only take a few minutes.

Caution: make sure you grab the glass jar with some kitchen gloves or mittens. My favorite one to use that helps with the heat is from Big Red House. Once again be careful!

3. Add Essential Oil

Add drops of essential oils that I’ve mentioned above while the wax is still melted. This way it can mix evenly and throughout the whole candle. Don’t add too much, a little essential oil goes a long way.

4. Placing the Wick

The last part of the DIY essential oil candle project is to add the wick in the glass mason jar. Place it in the candle wax as the wax continues to firm up and you’ll have yourself an essential oils candles ready to burn the next time around!

Enjoy burning your new essential oil candle! 

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  • Porsché says:

    Josie, do these just dry at room temperature? They look awesome and I love the scents you chose because I have so many allergies that I can’t always use a lot of the oils, but these will work great. Thanks for the easy step by step. Can’t wait to try it!

  • LIsa? says:

    Can you use any essential oils? I use Young Living Oils and my question is can i use any oil from Young Living to make candles Like Purification for example?

  • Janice says:

    Can you use beeswax pellets instead of soy flakes?

    • Josie says:

      good question! I would think so. I personally haven’t tried myself. Let us know if you decided to try it!

    • Liz says:

      It’s really far safer with beeswax or paraffin wax to not melt them in the microwave. It’s very hard to gauge the temperature of the wax as it’s being microwaved (keep in mind it is flammable at a certain temperature), and it gets any of the holding material VERY hot. The reason for that is that microwaves work by exciting the water molecules in the substance you want heated. As the water molecules get excited they move around making thermal energy, which is what gives you hot pizza! Or, in this case hot soy wax. However, with beeswax or paraffin wax, there is basically NO water in it, and so to melt it, the microwave heats up the only thing with water; the glass- or pyrex; or whatever you are using, and that in turn melts your wax. That being said, it is very easy to quickly reach breaking temperatures for many heat resistant glass bowls, and plastic will melt LONG before the wax does, not to mention that as you reach in to grab out the bowl, it is going to be like trying to grab a hot burner. If you are doing this method, only go 30 seconds at a time, monitor your heat, and make sure to use a very good hot pad.

      • Erica says:

        Hi Liz thanks for the info! So would you recommend the double boil method to be safe

        • Lisa says:

          I would! That was my first thought when reading this. And when you use different oils you may need less or more drops depending on how concentrated they are. I made this with my oils and had to use less drops because it was strong! I use doTERRA though

          • Joyce says:

            I think if you would melt your wax in a double boiler that would keep you from burning your fingers then pour into your glass jar. You can improvise by putting a smaller kettle with the wax into a larger kettle of hot water making sure the water does not overflow into the wax.

          • Kisha says:

            Hi there! How many drops to each ounce of wax please?

        • Brenda Edens says:

          I agree! Don’t use microwave. Crock pot candle-making seems to work well. Does burning the EO make a difference in the effectiveness??

  • Michelle says:

    Do you know if you can add food coloring to give it color?

  • Michelle says:

    Can we add food coloring

  • Courteney says:

    I’ve recently been really interested in essential oils and I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing. I featured your blog on my blog so that my fellow readers could see this recipe. Thank you!

  • Kaylene says:

    Do they have to be Young Living Essential Oils or Can they be any kind of Essential Oil?

  • cuca says:

    does the candle smell from the essential oil? for how long?

  • Candace says:

    About how many candles did the recipe make?

  • Dee says:

    Thank you for sharing… so to get this right… you used 2lbs wax and 15 drops total of the oils mixed, and was able to get 10 of the small candles from that formula? Just want to do it right;)

    • Josie says:

      Dee, I used 15 drops for each candle that I made. 🙂 Also, the 2lbs wax was enough for me to make 10 candles. hope that makes sense 🙂

  • Carrie says:

    Or you can just diffuse the oils….:)
    1- diffuser
    150ml distilled water
    2-3 drops of each of the young living oils used in recipe

    Great smells & health benefits

  • Cheryl says:

    Could you melt the soy flakes in a double broiler and then put the oils in and wick?

  • ms.sharon says:

    do you need all 3 oils to make the candle? i want to try it but i don’t have all the essential oils that you used.

  • ms.sharon says:

    also where did you find the glass jars?

  • Andrea says:

    WE just made these! How do you keep the wick in place while the wax is melted?

  • Mallory says:

    How big are the glass jars you have? 8 oz or 4 oz? Thanks!

  • Gena says:

    Please advise, if anyone that is making these to sell, you have to have a safety label on your product, it’s the law! I put mine on the bottom of my glass candles. Also I advise burning your product before you sell them for safety measures! Make sure they are safe!

  • I love this! It’s perfect gifting idea…Thanks for sharing..

  • Carrie says:

    How long do the candles burn for? And does another wax burn slower than soy?

  • Marilyn says:

    Have been wanting to make Essential Oil Candles, Thanks for the info, Also “Edens Garden” has High Quality Essential Oils for a lot less!!!

  • Amanda says:

    Do you think these might come out of the jars ok if you tried maybe sliding a butter knife around the candle?
    Or would they possibly break?

  • Pat the un-crafty preschool teacher says:

    Can you color these candles?

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