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How to Make Scented Candles at Home

These tips for how to make scented candles will help keep your home smelling fresh on a budget.

There are so many reasons to have candles lit around your home, from the way they create a relaxing atmosphere to the way that they can add a fresh scent, especially if you know people are going to visit. Making scented candles is a great way to add a touch of your favourite fragrance to your home, whilst working to a budget. Here are some top tips to making scented candles at home.

What do you need to make your own scented candles?

When you decide to start making scented candles, there are some basic ingredients you need which include:

  • Wax
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Cotton candle wicks
  • A jar or candle mould
  • Essential oils
  • An old saucepan
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Three reasons you should know how to make your own scented candles

There are a three reasons why it’s a good idea to know how to make scented candles:

  1. It is kind to your purse
  2. They are perfect for giving away as gifts
  3. They are a natural way of freshening up your home and making it smell great


What scents work best for making scented candles


Adding a few drops of essential oils to your melted wax are perfect way to take your homemade candles to the next level.

  • Add scents like sandalwood or vanilla for a warm, comforting fragrance.
  • Add rose or citrus fruits for a refreshing and uplifting fragrance.
  • Make your candle practical and pretty with fragrances like lavender or peppermint, which act as natural insect repellents.

How to make scented candles

There are three important things to do before making scented candles:

  1. Choose your wax
  2. Choose a mould
  3. Choose the essential oils required to create the scent you want


Once you’ve made your choices, follow these six steps to make your homemade scented candles:

  1. Melt double the unmelted wax required to fill your mould or jar over a gentle heat, and allow it to cool to 60 °C, ready for pouring.
  2. Attach your wick to the wick holder and drop it to the bottom of your mould, securing it in the centre of your mould by tying it to a pencil laid across the top.
  3. It only takes a few drops of essential oils to make it smell great, so add them to the wax before pouring it into the mould.
  4. Using heat protective gloves, carefully pour in your wax.
  5. Let the candle set for around two hours or until it is firm.
  6. Cut the wick to approximately 1cm above the top of the candle.

Now you know how to make your own scented candles!

Top Tip


When using beeswax for homemade scented candles, adding two tablespoons of coconut oil will help them dry more evenly, and products like Cif.

Key Steps


  • DO take care when handling hot wax and wear protective gloves.
  • DON’T forget to keep your work area well-ventilated when making homemade scented candles
  • DO take tare if using scissors and other tools.
  • DON’T leave a candle unattended once lit.