How to Scent Candles – An Easy Guide for Beginners

How to Scent Candles – An Easy Guide for Beginners

If you’ve made one too many unscented candles, you might be wondering just how to scent candles. Can you do it? Well, the steps involved in making a scented candle are pretty much the same as making any type of candle. The only step that stands out is the addition of candle fragrances or scented oils.

You can make scented candles easily with a guide that has all the instructions and it’s not this article. Candle Making 4 You™ can give you answers to all your questions when it comes to candles, scented or not.

Why Scent Candles?

Shocking as it may seem, scented candles are not for everyone. There are scented candles with fragrances that are so strong that you wouldn’t want to use them anymore. They just remain there in your home for decoration.

However, if scented correctly, these candles are actually pretty beneficial. They give an aromatic experience that does more than just tickle your nose depending on the scent, of course.

Aromatherapy is used in many spas and for good reasons. It helps your body and senses relax. It also helps take away the unwanted smells that you may have in your home. The result is a stress-free experience and many people opt for scented candles because of this.

Materials Needed

If you want to scent the candles that you make to give away as gifts or for personal use, these are the items you should have ready:

  • Wax – Preferably soy wax rather than paraffin because it burns slower and longer, aiding in the slow diffusion of your scent.
  • Wicks or pre-tabbed wicks.
  • Candle dye.
  • Candle fragrance or fragrance oils.
  • Candle container.
  • Candle wick holder.
  • Glue gun or heat gun.

How to Scent Candles in 10 Easy Steps

  1. Wash, dry and preheat your containers in the oven at the lowest settings. Keep them in the oven until you are ready to use them. You can skip this step if you are using a heat gun because you can warm up your container when you need to pour the wax in.
  1. Cut pieces of wax or pour the wax flakes into a measuring cup. Rule of thumb to follow – 1 cup of solid wax amounts to ½ cup of liquid wax.
  1. Prepare the wicks or pre-tabbed wicks in your containers. Heat a glue gun or use double sided tape to secure the wick on the bottom of your container.
  1. Set up a double boiler. Fill up the bottom of your double boiler with a few inches of water. Place the wax in the upper pot of the boiler. Turn on the heat at low to medium setting. Stir the wax when it begins to melt and stir occasionally to make sure that the temperature of the wax remains at 150-180° F.
  1. Remove your double boiler from the heat and add the dye and fragrance. A good rule of thumb to follow is adding 10 drops of fragrance oil per 16 ounce of liquid wax. This would give you a moderately scented candle. If you want a stronger smelling candle, you can add more drops; one at a time.

An alternative to making colored candles is to use non-toxic crayon instead of candle dye. You can use a small amount of non-toxic crayon for a pastel effect.

  1. Test the color of your candle by dropping a small amount of wax onto a paper towel or plate. Let the wax harden to check the final color. If you are not satisfied, you may add more dye to your wax.
  1. Remove the candle containers from the oven or heat the containers using your heat gun. Make sure that you do this on a protected surface. Pour a little amount of wax around the prepared pre-tabbed wicks and allow the wax to harden around the disc.
  1. Tie or secure the wick to a candle wick holder or loop it around a pencil and place the pencil on top of the container, making sure the wick is centered. Pour the wax slowly to prevent air bubbles from forming. Leave a little space from the lip of the container so that the melted wax can be contained inside.
  1. Let the scented candles cool off. This can take 5 to 6 hours or more. Do not hasten the process. Once they are hardened and cooled and you see a sunken space, add a second pour. The second pour of liquid wax should be hotter than the initial pour.
  1. Trim the wick to ¼ inch. This would ensure optimal burning. Do not use the candles or burn them immediately. Preserve them for about a week before use.

Now that you know how to scent candles, you realize it’s not so complicated after all. However, you do need a certain level of passion to make them on your own. Flipping through the pages of Candle Making 4 You™ will help you develop such a passion with instructions used by pros made easy to follow for beginners just like you!


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