Making DoTerra Essential Oil Candles
Essential oils are used in aromatherapy and it is said that their aromatic compounds produce different physiological and emotional reactions such as relaxation, energy, positive changes in mood, and an overall sense of well-being.
One British study even found that burning candles with essential oils can kill bacteria such as E. coli and staph. With these benefits it is not surprising that essentials are being used more and more in candles.
Anyone interested in the benefits of essential oils and having some fun making candles at home, can make their own candles with essential oils with these simple steps.
Pick your favorite DoTerra essential oil
Adding essential oil to candles at home can be as easy as adding a few drops of the essential oils of your choice to the top of a store bought candle near the wick. To do this, simply purchase an unscented candle and use an eyedropper or q-tip to drop a small amount of the scented oil around the top of the candle near but not directly on the wick. You will discover how much oil you will need to apply to the candle to achieve your desired scent the more you experiment with this method.
The next option is to make your own candles to essential oils to. To do this you will need to decide which wax you want to work with. The most common types are beeswax, paraffin, and soy. Soy wax is becoming a popular alternative to paraffin and beeswax because it is vegetable based, economical, environmentally friendly, and clean burning.
The easiest method for a beginner to make candles is to use a container but if you are more skilled than you can use whichever method you like. Glass jars, vases, old candy jars are examples of containers that can be used for a candle containers, just make sure whatever you use is fire proof.
For the purposes of this article, the candle making instructions will be for soy wax. DO NOT use these instructions if you are using beeswax or paraffin as they may require different methods for melting. Soy wax is easy to work with because it can be melted right in the microwave.
To begin the essential oil candle making process using soy wax, prepare the container that you will be using by gluing the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the container to help hold it in place
Place soy wax in a microwave-safe container and microwave slowly, stirring periodically until wax is completely melted.
Add essential oil(s) to melted wax and stir to distribute evenly.
Using oven mitts, pour the wax carefully into the container you have prepared with the wick. The wick may need to be re-positioned after you pour in the wax.
Let cool in a safe place where it cannot be tipped over and children and pets do not have access to it.
Tips & Warnings
- Prepare the area you will be working in by protecting surfaces with a cloth to make clean up easier.
- Experiment with combining different essential oil scents by placing drops in a clean jar and checking the scent after it has sat for a few hours.
- Always keep children and pets away from work area and hot wax
- Always monitor the wax when it is melting.