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How to Make Scented Candles


Want to Make Scented Candles?

Candle scents

Candlewic has everything you need to make your own amazing, scented candles at home!

From easy-to-use, all-in-one candle kits that come in a selection of bundled scent profiles to all of the supplies and equipment you'll need to make and package your own, individually designed scented candles in a wide range of fragrances, we are your source for making scented candles.

Ready to begin? Let's go!

Here's What You'll Need

If you're not purchasing an all-in-one candle kit like one of those linked above, here's what you'll need to make your own scented candles at home:

  • Candle Wax
    Choose the type of candle wax you want to use, but be sure that it's an appropriate wax for the type of candles that you would like to make. 
  • Pouring Pot
    You'll need a melting/pouring pot to melt your wax and pour the liquefied wax into your chosen molds or containers.
  • Thermometer
    A thermometer is essential to candle making to ensure that you heat, and cool, your wax to the proper temperatures for the type of wax and application you're using.
  • Containers or Molds
    You'll need to select the containers or molds you want to use for your candles.
  • Wicks or Wick Assemblies
    Be sure to consult the data sheet for the type of wax that you're using to find out which type of wick will work best for your candles.
  • Accessories
    Depending on the types of candles you want to make, you may need wick bars or other wick-centering devices when making your candles.
  • Candle Dye
    To make your scented candles look as good as the fragrances they offer.
  • Fragrance Oil
    Candlewic has a wide range of fragrance oils to give your candles just the scent you're looking for.
  • Rubber Plugs (needed only with aluminum molds)
    If you're using aluminum molds to make your candles, you'll need these to seal the bottoms of your molds.
  • Mold Release (for use with pillar candles)
    To help make your finished pillars easier to remove from the molds.

Step 1: Pre-Heat Your Molds or Containers

Now that you've gathered everything you need to make your scented candles, the first step is to pre-heat your molds or containers. Cold molds or containers may cause surface chilling on your candles, so we recommend that you always pre-heat them to help ensure that your candles will have a clean, smooth finish.

Step 2: Heat Your Wax

Wax Melted with Thermometer

Place your wax into the pouring pot or wax heater and heat it until the wax it is completely liquefied. Generally, you may heat candle wax to a temperature of up to 200 °F. (However, please note that we suggest adding your color and most other additives at a temperature of 190 °F.)

Step 3: Add Color

Add color to your wax

Add color to your wax when the wax temperature reaches 190 °F.  Be sure to fully agitate the mixture for several minutes so that the wax has an even temperature throughout and the mixture is thoroughly blended.

Step 4: Reduce Heat to the Recommended Pouring Temperature

Wax Melted with Thermometer

Consult the data sheet for your specific wax to find the recommended pouring temperature. It's important that you pour your wax at the correct temperature. Pouring when the wax is too hot may cause excessive shrinkage, which may require you to do multiple re-pours. Pouring when the wax is too cool may cause unwanted air bubbles, blemishes, and other defects on the finish of your candles.

Also, if you're making pillar candles, pouring at the incorrect temperature can cause difficulties with removing your candles from the molds.

Step 5: Add Your Fragrance

Pour fragrance into your wax

We recommend that you wait to add your fragrance until just before pouring. This helps to avoid prolonged heating of the fragrance, which could cause some of the scent to be lost. After adding your fragrance, be sure to agitate the mixture again before pouring it into your molds.

Step 6: Pour the Wax into Your Molds or Containers

Pour the wax

Carefully pour your wax into your molds or containers. Be sure to leave enough room to accommodate a second pour to top off your candles.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Depending on whether you are making pillars or container candles, you will need to follow the proper process for accommodating and placing your wick.

Step 7: Cool and Re-Pour to Top-Off Your Candles

Repouring a Container Candle

Most candle waxes require a re-pour. It's important to save enough wax from your original batch to accommodate a second pour. This ensures that the color of your re-pour, or "top-off" is consistent with that of your initial pour.

You'll need to cool your candles prior to performing the top-off, and you may need to experiment to see how much time you'll need for this. However, we suggest that you wait only an hour or two prior to topping-off your candles. If you wait too long, the wax will begin to shrink and pull away from the tops of the molds or containers. This can create problems during top-off, when the molten wax will run down the sides of your candles, resulting in unwanted wax streaks on the candles' finish.

Step 8: Cool

Allow your finished candles to cool. Depending on your wax formula and the type of finish you want to have on your candles, there will be different cooling methods from which to choose. Methods of cooling include cooling the candles at room temperature or force-cooling them through the use of circulated air, refrigeration, or cold-water baths.

Step 9: Remove Candles from Molds (For Pillar Candles)

Removing a pillar candle from its mold

If you've made pillar candles, you'll need to wait until they're cool to remove them from their molds. To make removal easy, we recommend that you use some type of silicone mold release, such as Candlewic's Mold Release Spray, in your molds about every six times you use them.

For aluminum molds and molds made of other metals, Candlewic also offers Mold Cleaner to help remove the build-up that can accumulate from dyes and fragrances.

Step 10: Enjoy Your Finished Candles!

Enjoy Your Finished Candle

Whether you've made your candles for your own enjoyment, as gifts for others, or to sell as part of your home-based business, you'll be able to enjoy their wonderful fragrance while making, cooling, storing or packaging your candles!

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