This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. If you do not have time to read it now, pin it here to save it for later!
I can’t believe how easy and fun it was to make all-natural essential oil candles. I love all types of candles, but making your own handmade scented candles are the best kind out there. It feels like you are cooking with all of these different ingredients and you get to be creative in experimenting with a new recipe. DIY essential oil candles was something new and exciting for me. I’m surprised at how good these candles smelled after they were handmade. And that was not because I wasn’t sure how they would smell, but rather if they would have enough scent to them. They actually have the perfect amount of scent to each candle that I’ve made.
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How making lavender essential oil candles helps with self care:
I’m at home a lot because I have a two year old, so I try to keep myself busy at times. Crafty projects are my thing. And if you didn’t know, I talk a lot about self care and how it’s so important to take care of yourself mentally. Because being a stay at home mom can be kind of lonely at times.
And taking up a new project is a positive way to exercise your mind and creativity. I’ve done a little research on essential oils. I even have this awesome recipe book that is all about essential oils and aromatherapy. (Grab it here >>https://amzn.to/2TVA35M) I’ve used essential oils before as part of my self care routine. But I never really knew how powerful essentials oils can really be when used as a part of your daily living. They can be used for cooking, cleaning, skincare, and mental stress relief.
What is self care?
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Since it was my first time making candles, I was inspired by this post here from Live Simply. I had made a few changes to the recipe but I will show you how to make scented candles with essential oils here on Pretty Crafty.
What you’ll need:
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4 cups Soy wax
1 cup or less of Organic coconut oil
2 candle wicks
2 small jars
40 to 70 drops of lavender essential oils.
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Hot glue gun
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Step 1: Prepare to make soy candles with lavender
After you’ve gathered your ingredients, prep the candle making by scooping out coconut oil and soy wax into a bowl. The coconut oil can be a little tough to scoop out if it’s not at room temp. So I used a butter knife to scoop it out first and then I placed it into a bowl. Remember that you need to only have one cup of coconut oil and 4 cups of soy wax for this recipe. But you can always add more if you need to make more than what this recipe calls for. The only reason I use coconut oil is because I’ve read somewhere that it keeps the soy wax from frosting.
Step 2: Boil water to melt the wax
Bring one cup of water to a boil in a pot and then bring the heat down to a simmer. Once this is completed, then you can place the double boiler into the pot of water and add the wax. Make sure to stir it around.
Step 3: Place wick inside the jars
I’ve seen others do this different ways but I decided that it was easiest to use a hot glue gun and glue the wicks to the center inside the jars. The soy wax that I bought online came with wicks and wick placeholders. So once you glue the wicks, place them into the wick placeholders so that they don’t fall over once you pour the wax.
Quick tip: If you don’t have a wick placeholder, you can use a pencil or a clothespin to wrap the wick around it to hold it in place.
Step 4: Add wax to the candle jars
I used these jars that I bought a while ago from target, but you can use anything. Lots of people use mason jars or you can use small bowls. Use anything of your choice that you desire. Then you can slowly pour the melted wax into the jars. I left about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the jar.
Step 5: Add the herbs and essential oils
For this recipe, I kept it simple. I initially used 15 to 20 drops of essential oils on each side of the candle. But you might want to add more than that. I updated this post because I noticed that while burning the candles, the scent was very subtle and not strong enough for my liking. Always test it out though and see what you think. Next, I added lavender flower to the candles and gently stirred. Most of the lavender floated to the top, but I didn’t mind that. You could probably soak the herbs first before adding them into the wax so that they don’t float to the top, but I haven’t tried that yet.
Quick tip: If your jar is more than 4 inches or more in width (depending on the size of wicks) add two wicks 1 inch apart from each other to prevent tunneling when you burn your candles.
Step 6: Let the essential oil candles dry for 24 hours then cut wicks down to an inch.
After I let the candles sit for a day, I cut the wicks down to 1/4 inch. And then you will be ready to burn them and enjoy your new scented candles. Or give them as a gift for the holiday season!
Play around with new ingredients and mix other essential oils to get the scent you want. Once you’ve tried this DIY scented candles recipes, comment below how the candles turned out for you and tell me a little bit about your experience. Here’s a great blog post on tips for maintaining your candles. Don’t forget to grab my FREE self care workbook in the freebies library when you sign up below.