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How to make a scented candle?

Making scented candles can seem like a complicated task, but with a little knowledge, it can be a fun and relaxing experience.

In this article, we'll take you through a step-by-step guide to making scented candles from start to finish, so you can add your own personal touch to your home decor.

To make a scented candle, you will need the following materials and accessories:


  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Candle container or mold
  • Fragrance oil
  • Color (optional) 


  • Wax Melting Pot: You will need a way to melt the wax. A steamer is a good option as it allows you to melt the wax slowly and gently, which prevents overheating. For the same purpose, a smaller container that you will heat in a larger container with water at a moderate temperature can be used.
  • Wick stickers and something to hold the wick in place: Stickers are small circular stickers used to secure the wick to the bottom of a container or mold, while retainers are used to ensure the wick stays in the desired position while the wax cools. You can also use pencils, paperclips, etc. for the same purpose.
  • Scale: You will need a kitchen scale to measure wax, fragrance oil and paint (if using).
  • A mixing spoon
  • Thermometer: A thermometer is used to ensure the exact temperature of the wax when melting, when adding fragrance oil and color, and when pouring.

That's all you'll need to make a scented candle! 

Please note that the candle making process may vary slightly depending on the type of wax you use and the specific fragrance oil you choose. It is always a good idea to follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results.

Here's a simple process for making a scented candle:

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  1. Melt the wax with steam at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer of the wax you are using. In general, heating to around 85ºC is recommended.
  2. Add the fragrance oil to the melted wax, stirring slowly for 2 minutes until fully incorporated. The temperature at which you add the fragrance oil to the melted wax is important because it can affect the strength of the scent and the overall quality of the candle. Most often it is from 60-75°C. The amount of fragrance oil you use will depend on the size of your candle and your personal preferences. As a general rule, you can use between 6-10% fragrance oil in the wax. If using color, add a small amount and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Place the wick in the center of the candle container or mold, secure it with a wick sticker or some hot wax.
  4. Slowly pour the melted wax mixture into the container or mold around the wick. 
  5. Allow the wax to cool completely and harden before moving the candle. 
  6. Trim the wick to about 5-7mm before lighting the candle to ensure a clean, even burn.

Bonus tip:

After the candle cools and hardens, it is common for the surface to be uneven or have air pockets. The solution is to use a hot air gun or hair dryer, by directing the heat towards the surface of the candle until the wax begins to melt slightly.

When the entire surface layer is in a liquid state, let the candle cool and harden again. The result should be a smooth and flat surface that looks much more professional.

Enjoy your scented candle!




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