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DIY Scented Candle: A Detailed Guide! Even Beginngers Can Make it!

Worried about the safety of commercial scented candles and the potential carcinogenic risks? Many well-known fragrance brands indeed add ingredients like paraffin to reduce costs or significantly increase scent throw. The safest way is to make your own! DIY scented candles allow you to know exactly what goes into them. This DIY scented candle guide compiles tutorials from YouTube and various online sources, ensuring a fail-proof experience. Even for those less skilled in crafting, this DIY scented candle guide promises success! Let's get started!

Materials You Need

  • Digital Scale: Essential for accurate measurement; avoid relying on visual estimation.
  • Soy Wax: Quantity depends on the container size. Use the water displacement method: fill the container with water, measure the water weight, and multiply by 0.9 to get the soy wax weight. Recommended: Nature C3 soy wax.
  • Essential Oils: Don't exceed 10% of the soy wax weight. For 300g soy wax, keep the total essential oil weight under 30g.
  • Candle Container: Start with 200-300g for beginners; don't go too large initially.
  • Wick: Can be wood or cotton. Use any tool like chopsticks or hair clips to secure the wick.
  • Heat-resistant Container: For melting soy wax, use a steel or glass bowl.
  • Digital Thermometer: Essential for measuring soy wax temperature.

(Read more: Three Ways to Fix Candle Tunneling in Three Minutes – Aerix Co)

What are the top, middle, and base note essential oils?

Essential oils are categorized into top, middle, and base notes based on the speed of their evaporation, which is related to their characteristics. Here are some common essential oils for each note:

Top Note Essential Oils:

  • Sweet Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Peppermint

Middle Note Essential Oils:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Neroli

Base Note Essential Oils:

  • Peru Balsam
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang-Ylang

What is the recommended ratio for top, middle, and base note essential oils?

The typical recommended ratio for top, middle, and base note essential oils is 3:2:1 or 2:2:1. However, when creating blends for DIY scented candle, there isn't a strict rule, and it's not necessary to adhere to these ratios. The key is to avoid using only top note essential oils in your blend.

DIY Scented Candle Step 1: Blending Essential Oils

Blending essential oils is a big topic. But remember the rule of thumb is : For pure essential oils, don't exceed 10%, i.e., for 300g soy wax, keep the total essential oil weight under 30g. Choose your essential oils based on personal preferences or buy pre-blended essential oils. Be cautious of alcohol content in some blends, which may not be suitable for candles. Citrus oils and top-note essential oils, which often evaporate faster, should be balanced with middle and base notes.

DIY Scented Candle Step 2: Melting Soy Wax Using a Double Boiler

Melt soy wax using a double boiler until it's completely melted. Avoid vigorous movements to prevent trapping air.
using digital thermometer

DIY Scented Candle Step 3: Add Essential Oils and Stir When Cooled to 60°C

measure temperature of wax
Add essential oils only when the temperature drops to around 60°C to prevent rapid evaporation. Don't let it cool too much to avoid issues like "jelly wax" or uneven surfaces.

DIY Scented Candle Step 4:Secure Wick with a Small Amount of Wax

candle wick in the wax

Secure the wick using a small amount of wax. Use pre-waxed wicks can be much easier for beginners, as unwaxed ones may not stand upright.

DIY Scented Candle Step 5: Pour the Remaining Wax After the Bottom Wax has Solidified

poured wax in the container
Pour the wax slowly and steadily to prevent air bubbles. Ensure the bottom wax has solidified before pouring the rest.

DIY Scented Candle Step 6: Trim Excess Wick Length

Trimming prevents excessive burning and large flames, reducing soot. Cut any excess wick length.

(Read more: Why I Can’t Smell My Scented Candle? Avoid These Five Common Pitfalls! – Aerix Co)

Additional Considerations

The above is a detailed guide on DIY scented candle. DIY scented candle is not difficult at all as long as you choose good ingredients, measure the quantities beforehand, and carefully observe the melting process of soy wax. Some people prefer using enamel pots in winter to slow down the cooling process, making the operation easier.

Many DIYers may encounter the issue of their homemade essential oil candles having no scent. In the next article, we will provide a detailed explanation for this problem.

If you find DIY scented candles too challenging or lack the interest to try it yourself, buying ready-made ones is certainly an option! The exclusive collaboration scented candles from Aerix and EYECANDLE use a special blend of plant wax for stable and safe burning. There are two options available: "Day In," which features a fresh citrus scent, and "Day Out," offering a soothing woody aroma. Perfect for both winding down at the end of the day and starting a new one!

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