Essential Oil Candles — Made of natural ingredients, this DIY Rosemary Grapefruit Candle will make your kitchen smell delicious and serve as the perfect gift for friends and family.
When it comes to holiday gifting, I, Erin really don’t think you can go wrong with candles. They’re a useful and beautiful gift that people don’t always splurge on for themselves.
Plus, they’re somewhat of a one-size-fits-all gift for hosts, Secret Santas, co-workers, etc.
And that’s why I always have these super cute essential oils DIY Rosemary Grapefruit Candles are my gift go-to’s!
Tips For Making Your Own DIY Candles
I like to make up a bunch of essential oil candles at once time of year. And then, keep them on hand as we move into the holiday season.
Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years that make candle-making (and the clean-up!) a lot easier:
Use Soy Wax — Not only soy wax non-toxic, but it’s water soluble making it a SNAP to clean up. Pure beeswax is also a non-toxic option, but it’s a nightmare to remove from kitchen surfaces, in case of any wayward drops.
Paraffin wax is another common wax candle. It is cheaper than soy and beeswax. However, we prefer soy wax for its natural ingredients and slower burn time.
Forget the Double Boiler — No need to mess with setting up a double boiler and investing in an overpriced candlemaking pour pot. I use a thrifted saucepan that’s dedicated to candlemaking only and melt the wax directly in the pan on low heat.
With this method, you’ll want to stir pretty frequently, and remove the pan from heat as soon as the chips are melted. However, it’s less set up/clean up and less expensive to get up and running with supplies in the beginning.
Lay Down Wax Paper — Do yourself a favor and lay down parchment or wax paper on your counters before you begin. Soy wax is easy to clean, but wax paper eliminates the need for any scrubbing.
Materials Needed To Make A DIY Essential Oil Rosemary Grapefruit Candle
Rosemary essential oil — Purchase undiluted pure essential oils to really get a strong scent.
Grapefruit essential oil — Using essential oils is more natural way to scent your candles versus synthetic fragrances.
Optional: Ribbon — For gift wrapping
Optional: Rosemary sprigs — For garnishing
Tools Needed For To Make Your Own Natural Candle
Wood dowel — For stirring or holding up your wicks
Pencils — To hold up your wicks
Dedicated sauce pan — I thrifted a sauce pan that is just for making candles at home.
How To Make Scented Candles With Essential Oils Candles | DIY Rosemary Grapefruit Candle
Step 1 — Lay parchment paper down next to your stove to make clean-up easier.
Step 2 — Then, measure out your wax flakes. A good rule of thumb is to double the volume of each candle vessel.
Step 3 — Heat the wax on low heat, stirring frequently just until the wax flakes are melted.
Remove the pan from heat.
Step 4 — While the wax is cooling slightly, connect the wick with the metal wick tabs. Center it inside your vessel. Make sure that the wick plate touches the bottom.
Then, wrap the excess wick around a pencil or wood dowel and rest on the opening.
Step 5 — Add roughly 20 drops of each essential oil per candle to the pan and give it a stir.
The number of drops you’ll need will greatly depend on how strong you’d like the scent.
Since I’m making 2 candles, I’ve added 40 drops of each oil.
Step 6 — Evenly divide the wax between the vessels and allow to cool to a solid state.
Step 7 — Once the wax is completely cool, trim the wicks to ½”.
Optional — If giving these essential oil candles as gifts, wrap the candles top to bottom with ribbon and secure with a piece of tape on the bottom of the vessel.
Garnish with rosemary sprigs. But make sure to remove the accoutrements before lighting these babies!
More Easy Candle & Aromatherapy DIY’s
Have you made essential oil candles at home? What are your favorite scent combinations?! It also makes a great DIY gift idea, too!
In case you’re looking for a few other candle and aromatherapy DIY ideas, here are some of my favorites from the archives —
- DIY Reed Diffuser: How To Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser
- Retro DIY Faux Wood Candle Holder
- Dual DIY Copper Candle Holder
- Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder
- Wooden Taper Candle Holder
- Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles
- DIY Giant Birthday Candles
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- Wood dowel or any stir sticks
- Parchment or wax paper
- Dedicated sauce pan for candle making
- Essential oils have different flash points, meaning they have their own ideal burn temperatures. If you want the scent of your candle to last as long as possible, use a candle thermometer to measure the temperature of your wax before adding your essential oil.
- Grapefruit has a flashpoint of 109° F (43° C) and rosemary at 104° F (40° C). Therefore, when melted wax is cooling, wait until it reaches about 104°-109° F before adding in your grapefruit and rosemary essential oil. This temperature will allow the oils to release at its highest form.
- Lay parchment paper down next to your stove to make clean-up easier.
- Measure out your wax flakes. A good rule of thumb is to double the volume of each candle vessel.
- Heat the wax on low heat, stirring frequently just until the wax flakes are melted. Then, remove the pan from heat.
- While the wax is cooling slightly, fasten the wicks and metal tabs. Center the wicks inside your vessel. Make sure that the wick tab touches the bottom. Then, wrap the excess wick around a pencil or wood dowel and rest on the top opening.
- Add roughly 20 drops of each essential oil per candle to the pan and give it a stir. The number of drops you’ll need will greatly depend on how strong you’d like the scent to be and the brand of essential oil you use. Since I’m making 2 candles, I’ve added 40 drops of each oil. You can be very generous since it takes a lot of oil.
- Evenly divide the wax between the vessels and allow to cool to a solid state. You can speed up this process by placing the candles in the fridge for about 12 hours. They will also harden overnight when left out.
- Once the wax is completely cool, trim the wicks to ½”.
- Optional — If giving these essential oil candles as gifts, wrap the candles top to bottom with ribbon and secure with a piece of tape on the bottom of the vessel. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.