When you visit a general store, you can see so many aromatherapy candles with scent of flower, fruits, and sweets. Don’t you think it would be great if you could make your own candle with the aroma you like?
Making candles is super easy. You only need to melt candles for Buddhist altars, set a wick on the center of a mold with a chopstick, and put the melted wax into the mold. That’s it. If you are using a heat-resistant mold made of glass or pottery, you can even use the mold as part of your candle.
You need to add some fragrance oil in order to make an aromatherapy candle. You should add it when the wax is around 70 degrees Celsius and mix well. 3-5% of the amount of wax is the ideal amount of oil. For example, add 0.3-0.5%ml of oil in 10ml of wax.
Finally I will introduce 7 scents that I highly recommend.
Top 7 Fragrances for Handmade Aromatherapy Candles
Relax with lavender
Lavender is a combination of a soft and gentle smell of flower and a profound and sophisticated smell of wood. Lavender essential oil is an all-around fragrance, for it has so many uses.
It has many benefits such as disinfectant and ant-depressive effects, but the most promising benefit in aromatherapy is its relaxing power.
So, why don’t you enjoy its scent in your free time? Looking at the waving flame is also said to relax your mind. However, never forget to put out the fire before sleeping!
Refresh with lemon and peppermint
The essential oil of lemon smells exactly like that refreshing scent when you cut a lemon. And the essential oil of peppermint is similar to that smell in chewing gums or toothpaste.
Both smells has the effect to “clear your mind”. Even men will like this refreshing smell in a candle. It is nice to use it when you want to refresh your mind.
It is important to know that both scents are classified as top notes, which means that they volatize quickly. So you should add a little bit more of oil. Around 5% is recommended. Make sure to use the candles quickly because the smell changes as time passes.
Also, you can keep the smell more stable if you blend the fragrances one day before you make the candle.
Cheer up with grapefruit and bergamot
The essential oil of grapefruit is identical to the fruit. The bergamot has a sweet citric and somewhat floral smell.
Both can appease you when you are irritated or depressed. It is better to blend both rather than using only grapefruit fragrance. This is because a more rich fragrance will be created.
Also, the bergamot goes really well with herbs, flowers, and citric essential oils. You can blend bergamot and lavender to calm down your depressed emotions.
Calm down with benzoin and mandarin orange
Benzoin is not a very common name, but it is actually a tree from the Styracaceae family. The essential oil is taken from the resin and it smells like vanilla. And the mandarin orange has a soft citric smell.
By blending these two scents, you will have an aroma that will calm you down when you are in a hurry or irritated. You will realize that you will become calmer and calmer as you light the candle and look at the flame.
Note that benzoin is a base note fragrance, which means that only a small amount will do. Take care not to put too much essential oil.
Feel romantic using ylang-ylang and sandalwood
Ylang-ylang has a strong scent like a tropical flower. On the other hand, sandalwoods have an exotic smell that resembles the smell of incense in temples.
When you combine these two scents, you get a fragrance that is feminine and gorgeous, but gentle and relaxing at the same time. This is really good for romantic situations.
Both of them requires only a small amount. Be careful not to use too much, especially the ylang-ylang may cause headache and nausea if used in excess.
Feel like you are in the woods using cedar wood and rosemary
The cedar wood has a spicy smell of wood. Rosemary, which is also used for cooking, has a fresh smell. If you mix the two, you can relax and refresh just like you do when you are in the woods.
Cedar woods have relaxing effects and rosemary gives you vitality. Men also find these smells good.
Keep bugs away using citronella and geranium
Citronella is a relative of lemon grass that has smell similar to lemon. The essential oil made from citronella is famous for repelling insects.
If you add some geranium, which smells like roses, it would be a good combination for an aromatherapy candle. This blend is not only harmless to humans, but has a good smell. I highly recommend it.
How did you like it? You can use “fragrance oils” for these blends, but let me talk a little about “essential oils”, which are used for aromatherapy.
Essential oils can be used as it is or you can blend several oils to get better results. The essential oils mentioned above are relatively easy to get.
Also, you can easily incorporate them in your daily life. Fragrance oils smell good and are just fine. However, essential oils has a more concentrated scent of various substances found in those plants.
Making candles with such natural oils will surely enrich your mind no matter if you are still creating the candles or you are already using them. Please make your own aromatherapy candle with the smell and shape you like.
Top 7 Fragrances for Handmade Aromatherapy Candles
Relax with lavender.
Refresh with lemon and peppermint.
Cheer up with grapefruit and bergamot.
Calm down with benzoin and mandarin orange.
Feel romantic using ylang-ylang and sandalwood.
Feel like you are in the woods using cedar wood and rosemary.
Keep bugs away using citronella and geranium.