How to Make Scented Candles

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How to Make Scented Candles

Homemade candles are a great addition to your home decor or to give as gifts. The advantage to making your own, each candle has your personal touch, your favourite container, and scent. You can easily make your own scented candles with just a few supplies in your own kitchen. Some people have even turned candle making into a business. Candle makers can find everything needed for making scented candles, including wax, fragrance, and containers from sellers on eBay or regular brick-and-mortar stores.


Supplies and Tools

Before you begin, gather the following tools and supplies.

  • Wick ropes
  • Wick tabs (wick ropes and pre-made tabs)
  • Unscented wax (paraffin, soy, or beeswax)
  • Fragrance oil
  • Candle mold or container (These can be something you have purchased just for making candles, or something you have around the house; for instance, an old vase or Mason jar)
  • Double boiler (if you do not have a double boiler, you can place a heatproof bowl over a smaller saucepan of simmering water; do not allow the bowl come in direct contact with the water)
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers (if you are using separate wick ropes and tabs)
  • Pencil or chopstick


Choose a Wax

The first thing you need to is decide on the type of wax you want to use. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The table below shows the pros and cons of each so that you can make the decision that is right for you.







Easy to use

Non-renewable resource

Not biodegradable


Sustainable resource


Some fragrances and dyes do not work well with it

Harder to use.


Longer burn time

Most expensive



Paraffin, soy, and beeswax are the most common types. Paraffin, the cheapest and most common, is made from petroleum. Soy is made from hydrogenated soybean oil. Beeswax comes from the hive of honey bees.


Creating the Scented Candles

  1. Melt the wax using a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, place the wax in a heatproof bowl on top of a smaller saucepan with simmering water. The wax is melted at approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the wax is melting, cut lengths of waxed roped. To make assembly easier, cut the ropes slightly longer than you will need. You will trim the wick later. Then secure one end with the wick tab base with needle nose pliers. If you purchased pre-made ropes with tabs, you can skip this step.
  3. Remove the wax from the heat and add your fragrance oil. The amount you use depends on the how fragrant you want the candles. Let the wax cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour wax into the containers. When the wax begins to solidify around the edges, it is ready for the wick. Wrap the end of the wick without the tab around a pencil or chopstick.  Drop the assembled wick and tab into the centre with the tab on the bottom. While the wax hardens enough to support the wick, use the container to balance the pencil or chopstick. This will help keep the wick straight.
  5. Let the candle sit for a few hours before first use. The final step is to trim the wick to one-fourth of an inch before burning. Now you have your own homemade candle to enjoy or give as a gift.


How to Buy Candle-making Supplies on eBay

eBay gives you the ability to shop for all of your scented candle making supplies and tools from the comfort and convenience of your home. You can find everything you need to create scented candles, which includes, wick ropes, wick tabs, wax, fragrance oil, containers, and a double boiler. Usually, you will find multiple sellers for the same or similar item. To choose a seller, it is important to read the feedback from previous customers. This will help you find a trusted and dependable seller on eBay.

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