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DIY Rosemary and Grapefruit Candle how to by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.
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How to Make Homemade Candles Using Essential Oils

Creating homemade candles with essential oils is a wonderful way to infuse your space with soothing scents and personalize your decor.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cool Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 20 minutes
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Candle
Keyword: essential oil candles, homemade candles
Servings: 2
Cost: $25


  • Parchment paper or wax paper to cover your workspace
  • Pencils or wood dowel or chopsticks
  • Dedicated saucepan for candle making


  • 2 lbs soy wax flakes or measure the amount needed by filling them in your containers
  • 2 candle wicks with metal tabs
  • 20-30 drop essential oils or your choice. We used grapefruit and rosemary.
  • 2 containers for candleholder


  • Set your wick in place by centering it inside your container. (If you did not purchase wicks with tabs or plates, make sure to connect them beforehand.) Make sure that the wick plate touches the bottom. Then, wrap any extra wick around a pencil. Use the pencil to keep the wick centered and upright.
  • In the saucepan on low heat, pour in the wax and stir frequently. Once the wax is melted, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Add and stir in the essential oils of your choice, about 20-30 drops per candle. Adjust according to your preference for scent strength.
  • Carefully pour the scented wax into your prepared containers. Leave a bit of space at the top to prevent spillage. Allow the candles to cool to a solid state. Avoid moving them while they're setting
  • Once the candles have fully cooled, trim the wick to about 1/2-inch above the wax surface.


Before you begin, we highly recommend covering  your workspace by laying parchment or wax paper down next to your stove. You’re bound to get some spillage, and soy wax is easy to clean. However, wax paper eliminates the need for any scrubbing.
Essential Oil Flash Points
  • 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.