Lighting a handmade candle and letting the scent fill the room is an amazing experience. Because you get to choose your ingredients, it's guaranteed to be one you love. Get started with our scented candle kits! Below, we go over how we choose ingredients for them and how you can find your perfect fragrance.
How we choose scents for our candle making kits
We get asked all the time about our scents and whether they can be used in candles. The quick answer is yes! All of our fragrance oils are safe for candles and DIY bath and body products.
However, we always recommend testing them first. Fragrances smell slightly different out of the bottle than they do in products. As candles burn, you may notice certain notes are stronger than others. That's why it's important to test each one to make sure you like the scent and strength.
When you buy our candle kits, this process has already been done for you! We test several fragrances to find the one that works best, then we test several different amounts to get the right strength. Our team takes the testers home and we go with the most popular.
That means all you have to do is add the recommend amount and enjoy!
How to add fragrance oil to candles
Temperatures are so important in candle making! In general, we recommend adding fragrance and essential oils to soy wax around 175-185° F and beeswax around 160-165° F. That ensures the wax molecules are fully expanded, so they hold onto the scent and distribute it evenly as the candles burn.
Then, stir to fully incorporate for about 1-2 minutes. Make sure to do so gently so you don't create air bubbles in the wax. Finally, pour at the recommended temperatures and let your candle cool.
Choosing your own candle scents
Once you learn the basics with our kits, you can start experimenting with your own recipes! First, consider the type of fragrance. Citrus oils tend to be less dense, so they can burn off more quickly or smell off. Try choosing a scent with other notes or blending it with something more dense. That includes vanilla, amber, sandalwood, etc. Those notes do well in candles.
And don't forget to test each one! You want to make sure you love the way it smells. A great place to start is our candle fragrance oils section - we've tested these and love the way they perform.
How much scent to add to candles
Start with 1 ounce per pound of wax. Make sure to test the candle in multiple rooms to see how far the scent carries.
From there, you can adjust up or down depending on your preference!
It's that easy! Find supplies and inspiration to make your own candles here.