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DIY Holiday In a Jar: Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

November 30, 2015

Who doesn’t love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.

Who doesn't love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils. Just about the first thing that every person comments on when they walk into our apartment is our excessive collection of candles. C and I collect candles and spend an exorbitant amount on candles each month. Watching us in West Elm is like watching a kid in a candy store. I’m not going to tell you how much we spent on candles last month because it actually makes me want to shed a tear…but we just can’t resist!

In an effort to get our budget under control, I’ve been trying to make candles every couple of months to offset our spending. Once you’ve invested in the ingredients (just wax flakes, essential oils and wicks), it’s insane how much money you can save. Although, if I’m being totally honest candles are one of those things that I let myself indulge in because the process can be a tad frustrating for me.

I don’t know if there’s some secret trick to candle making that I’ve yet to discover, but for some reason every time I make them something goes terribly wrong. They always manage to turn out in the end but not without kind of wanting to pull out my hair in the process.

Who doesn't love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.But here’s the benefit to you, all of my mistakes means you don’t have to make them yourself! If you’re actually reading this post (I love you) then you can learn my hacks to avoid getting wax all over your home, clogging your drain and ending up with wickless candles. Here are some lessons learned from candle-making:

-ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not fun at all.

-Secure your wicks with anchors by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your jar and then pressing it into place using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick or pen and tape your wick to it so it’s upright, ensuring that it’s straight. If it’s not straight it will burn all funky.

-DO NOT pour wax down your drain. Lesson learned on that, amIright DK? Shhhhh we won’t tell Jer.

Who doesn't love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.I know this is technically supposed to be a gift giving series, but I most definitely saved all of these for us. If you’re lucky you may get candles for the holidays this year, but in all likeliness, I’ll be hoarding them to myself.

Also of note, as I write this, our apartment has like 15 candles lit, we’re drinking mimosas and C and his friend are drilling things in his office…how romantic 😉

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DIY Holiday In a Jar: Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 4 small candles 1x
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Ingredients

Other supplies:

  • 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
  • wood stirring device
  • pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.

Instructions

  1. Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)
  2. Once melted, add 80-100 drops of your favorite essential oils. Amount depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  3. Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  4. Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  5. Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until all jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may have some wax leftover.
  6. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  7. Cut wick to desired length.

Who doesn't love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.

Do you love candles as much as we do? Have you ever made them? Tips for readers are welcome!

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  • Reply
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    November 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Ugh I love candles. Every time I see a vanilla candle, I have to make the impossible decision of whether or not to buy it. I think I currently have 6 vanilla candles in my little box of an apartment.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

      I go weak at the knees for vanilla candles too…they get me everytime!

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      suse
      May 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      somebody can help me , what is the best temperature to mix my fragrance oils in soy wax for a good aroma ?

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    Brittany
    November 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Making my own candles has been on my crafty to-do list for years. This post make me want to run to the score for some wax! 🙂

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    November 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    This looks so easy! I love all your comments on how we can succeed 😉 I know those came from a place of frustration! Haha!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 6:59 am

      so much frustration…each time I make candles it gets easier but it’s definitely a learning curve!

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    December 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Love this!!! Bet your apt smells amazing. I always have a ton of candles going and fresh flowers – makes the whole apartment that much more homey.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Totally…and masks the smell of curry and fried onions that seem to take over our apartment on the daily haha

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    December 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    What a great idea!

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    Alison
    December 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Love this! Where did you get those mason jars? I’m trying to find something similar but am struggling! Thanks!

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I got them at a craft store but you can also order them online 🙂

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      Heather
      November 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Check thrift stores! People just give those things away.

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    Molly Whitman
    May 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Just curious if you feel the oils lose their benefits when warmed up. Thanks!

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    sue
    October 12, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I reuse old glass candle containers, and the glass jars that my pasta sauce comes in,saved for new candles. then just melt wax,add EO,wick. done

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    Lauren M.
    December 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I have had really bad luck with scent throw from homemade soy wax candles and I see there is no temperature levels in your recipe. Does the temp not matter? And how is the scent throw using this recipie? Thanks so much!!!

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    Candle Junkies
    March 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Great tutorial and lovely pictures Davida! I’m gonna pin this one to our Pinterest board =)

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    andrea
    February 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    how well did these burn? what about the scent? was it long lasting? i always read its a bad idea to use aromatherapy essential oils for candle making. were your oils specifically for candle making? or just regular essential oils. if so where did you purchase them from!! thanks 🙂

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      Jennifer Duke
      April 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      I have always bought my essential oils from https://www.bulkapothecary.com and I’ve never noticed a difference between the different oils in my quality. They also have good prices and high quality results.

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    Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Very nice gift idea.
    I’m gonna get them for my GF!!!

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    Shawndal
    October 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Temperature and the wick play a huge part in the candle making process also the pour temperature and how long they cure .It isn’t an easy process to just throw a candle together Trying to get a good cold throw and hot throw is important takes a lot of testing to get it just right even then you worry about the room temp , frosting and not sticking to the jar properly also the burn pool and time it burns . It truly is an art to get it just right!

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    Louis Clark
    November 20, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I love candles. This looks so simple! I’m working to get something similar but am struggling!

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    Justine Lynne
    December 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    This is so easy! I decided to go with homemade gifts for Xmas this year, and having just gotten some amazing new EO blends I was super excited to try this out! Super easy to follow and my candles have been turning out great. I can’t wait to give my sister-in-laws a set of mini mason jar candles for Christmas!

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    Leila Oil
    February 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Amazing , Good Job

    thank you !!

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