Essential oils are an amazing thing to have in your life, and using them around the home could not have better benefits to your health, mood, and wellbeing.
From enhancing sleep to refreshing the furniture, there is an essential oil for every use imaginable.
Most products from the store that include essential oils are way too expensive to bother with, which is why a lot of people fail to use them as much as they could.
For this reason, we love using them in our DIY projects.
You can add essential oils to almost anything and have the room smelling great. What’s the best use of essential oils in our opinion? DIY candles!
Candles are already great for enhancing your mood thanks to the ambiance that they create with their flickering light. However, the scent of the candle is what really brings the room to life.
Essential oils can be used in your favorite candle recipe to make your favorite smells. Moreover, you can blend the oils together to make a more three dimensional smell rather than one with just a base layer.
Today we are going to be looking at the best essential oil blends to use for making your own candles.
Near the bottom of the page will be a list of the blends and their ingredients so that you can print it out and try each blend for a later date!
Using Essential Oils To Make Candles
There isn’t really a single essential oil that can’t be used in candle making, so feel free to use any that catch your attention.
With that being said, there are some essential oils that offer a stronger scent than others, and these will be best to use so that your candle isn’t disappointingly mellow.
For example, eucalyptus, lavender, wild orange, lemon, and pine are all very strong and will fill your room with a satisfying aroma within minutes of the candle being lit.
you don’t want to use oils with scents that are too subtle, otherwise it might not impact the room at all.
The best homemade candles, however, will have more than one scent in them. Just like perfume, candles thrive off of having different notes within them – a top, middle, and base note.
This allows the scent to have more layers to it, leaving you more satisfied than you would be with only one note.
For your top note, you’ll want to use a scent that you want to pick up as soon as you walk in the room.
The middle note will then make itself known, and is otherwise known as the main body of the aroma. Finally, the base note is the last scent that you’ll notice.
So, using essential oils for DIY candles is an excellent way to enhance your living space. However, the real money lies in using an essential oils blend, as this offers you a three dimensional scent that leaves an impression.
Essential Oil Blends
You can purchase essential oil blends already made online and in stores, but these are often much more expensive than simply blending the oils together yourself.
Plus, by blending them together yourself, you’ll have the freedom to experiment with quantities and different scents.
If you already have essential oils in your home, you’ll more than likely be able to make a DIY blend right away.
Having the separate bottles of oils also allows you to use it for multiple different blends, so you’re getting much more from your money by blending them at home.
But how do you blend essential oils at home? Don’t worry, it’s incredibly easy to make your own blends.
All you’re going to need is a bottle of each essential oil that you want to use, a way of measuring it out, and a container.
To measure out your essential oils, you could use a pipette, a teaspoon, a set of scales, or simply drops from the bottle.
How Much Of Your Essential Oil Blend To Make
Most candle recipes call for a 6% fragrance load into the candle wax mixture before allowing it to set. The fragrance load simply refers to how much percentage of the candle mixture is made up of fragrance.
For a 6% fragrance load, you’ll need to use one ounce of fragrance for every pound of wax. A higher fragrance load will offer a stronger scent while a lower one will give you a more mellow fragrance.
As an example, let’s say that you were making a 16-ounce large candle. 16 ounces is otherwise known as one pound, so you’ll need one ounce of essential oil blended fragrance for this candle.
One ounce of fragrance oil will be two tablespoons, otherwise known as 30ml. If you have the time, this is also equivalent to 600 drops of oil.
To save time, we like to use tablespoons to add our essential oils into our candle mixture. To use your three oils (remember the different notes?), break one tablespoon up into three teaspoons.
- Top note essential oil: 2 teaspoons, or 200 drops of oil, or 10ml.
- Middle note essential oil: 2 teaspoons, or 200 drops of oil, or 10ml.
- Base note essential oil: 2 teaspoons, or 200 drops of oil, or 10ml.
Here you can see that you’ve added equal amounts of each oil in the blend to your candle. Mix it into the melted wax and you’re ready to pour the candle!
Printable List Of Candle Essential Oil Blends
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the nicest and most complex oil blends to add to your DIY candles.
Each of these blend recipes are based on a pound of wax, so if you’re using more or less than this, make sure that you alter the amount of oil you’re using.
(If you’re wanting to keep the list out for later use, here’s where to start printing!)
Scents Of The Forest Candle Essential Oil Blend
If you’re a nature lover, or just love the fresh scent of the outdoors, then this is a great option for you. The scent is so refreshing that you can use it both indoors to spruce up your living space, as well as outdoors.
In fact, citronella and cedarwood repel insects, so it’s a great scent to use on a summer’s day while you’re enjoying a late sunset.
- 1 teaspoon citronella essential oil
- ½ teaspoon cypress essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon pine essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon cedarwood essential oil
Vanilla Cinnamon Candle Essential Oil Blend
Vanilla is one of the most popular candle scents out there thanks to its warming and comforting aroma. Pair that with cinnamon and you’ve got a christmassy treat to enjoy all year round! Some even say it smells like cookies – yum!
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essential oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon clove essential oil
Energizing And Calming Candle Essential Oil Blend
We know what you’re thinking – how can something be both energizing and calming at the same time? We love this essential oil blend for this reason exactly – it shouldn’t work, but it just does. This scent is clean but earthy, and will transform your living space within seconds.
- 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
- ½ teaspoon sage essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon lemon essential oil
Lemonade Candle Essential Oil Blend:
While we’re on the topic of refreshing scents, can you get much more so than lemon? Pair this with a few herbs and you’ve got yourself an unbelievably fresh candle that will make the room smell like it’s just been cleaned all week long.
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon basil essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon spearmint essential oil
Spiced Apple Candle Essential Oil Blend:
Crave the scent of a warm apple pie floating through your living room? Then this is the essential oil blend for you.
The cinnamon will compliment the apple perfectly. Apple isn’t the strongest of essential oils, so the lemon helps fill the room with a gorgeously fresh aroma.
- 1 teaspoon apple essential oil
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon lemon essential oil
Anthropologie Volcano Candle Essential Oil Blend:
Anthropologie is, of course, known for its amazing candle scents – none more other than the Volcano fragrance.
The unique and often forgotten about essential oils promises to make your candles like none other that you’ve ever made before.
- 1 teaspoon idaho blue spruce essential oil
- ½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon geranium essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon tangerine essential oil
Tropical Cabana Candle Essential Oil Blend:
Very similar to Bath and Body Works’ Tropical Cabana scent, this essential oil blend will ensure that you’re transported to a tropical paradise of your own every time you light it.
It’s refreshing and similar to popular cocktails that you can pretend to be drinking on a rainy Monday morning.
- 1 teaspoon jade lemon essential oil
- ½ teaspoon spearmint essential oil
- ½ teaspoon lime essential oil
Fireside Candle Essential Oil Blend:
If you’re a fan of a more earthy scent rather than fruity or floral, this one’s for you. Fireside is another very popular candle scent as it is more musky and woody than many other, more common aromas on the market. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, take this one for a spin.
- 1 teaspoon northern lights black spruce essential oil
- ¾ teaspoon vetiver essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper essential oil
Herby Goodness Candle Essential Oil Blend:
Is there a more refreshing scent than a herb garden? This is a lovely scent for summer when you’re craving a cooling and fresh scent. Why take the time to plant your own herbs when you can just make a candle with essential oils?
- ¾ teaspoon lavender essential oil
- ½ teaspoon basil essential oil
- ½ teaspoon hyssop essential oil
- ⅛ teaspoon thyme essential oil
What are you waiting for? Get that wax in the melter and start blending your own essential oils together! Once you become familiar with blending the different scents together and how they complement each other, you can start making your own concoctions.
Just make sure that you remember which you’ve used together in case you find your ultimate favorite smell of all time! There’s nothing worse than never being able to recreate it again.