In the heart of winter, when days are short and nights are long, finding ways to uplift your spirit and enhance your wellness is essential. One delightful and creative pursuit that offers multiple benefits is making your own aromatherapy candles. This activity not only sparks your creativity but also results in a product that can help reduce stress, improve mood, and create a cozy, soothing atmosphere in your home.

Aromatherapy candles combine the art of candle making with the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. The gentle light and pleasant fragrances can help you relax and find peace during the bustling winter season. Let’s explore how to make these candles in the comfort of your own home, using some of the best kits and essential oils available on the market.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Gather Your Materials

    Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary materials. If you’re looking for a complete set, consider the PURPLE LADYBUG Scented Candle Making Kit for Adults (
    £25.99), which allows you to craft six aromatherapy candles with scents like Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Peppermint, perfect for creating a refreshing ambiance.

    • Natural wax (soy or beeswax)
    • Candle wicks
    • Essential oils of your choice
    • A double boiler or a makeshift one with a pot and a heat-proof bowl
    • A thermometer
    • Candle molds or containers
    • Stirring utensils
    • Wick holders or chopsticks to keep the wicks in place
  2. Melting the Wax

    Use the double boiler to melt your wax. Heat it until it reaches about 185°F (85°C). It’s important to monitor the temperature to avoid overheating, which could cause the wax to burn. The Anbar DIY Candle Making Kit (
    £33.95) includes a thermometer among its essential accessories, ensuring you can keep the wax at the perfect temperature.

  3. Adding Essential Oils

    Once your wax is melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool to about 135°F (57°C) before adding your essential oils. This temperature helps to preserve the therapeutic properties of the oils. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 8 oz of wax, depending on how strong you want the scent to be. For a variety of winter scents, the Nikura Winter Collection Essential Oils Gift Set (
    £13.95) offers fragrances like Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Frankincense.

  4. Preparing the Container

    While your wax is cooling, prepare your container by securing the wick in the center. You can use a wick holder or simply sandwich the wick between two chopsticks lying across the container’s opening.

  5. Pouring the Wax

    When the wax is at the right temperature and the oils are mixed in, pour the wax into your prepared container. Fill it to the desired level, making sure to keep the wick centered and straight. For beginners, the BOYUJK Candle Making kit (
    £24.99) provides all the supplies you need, including dye blocks and fragrance oils, for a truly customized candle-making experience.

  6. Setting the Candle

    Allow your candle to cool at room temperature. This can take several hours. Avoid moving the candle until it’s fully set to prevent any imperfections.

  7. Trimming the Wick

    Once your candle is set, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. This is the ideal length for burning.

Helpful Tips and Common Mistakes

  • Tip: Choose high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils for the best fragrance and benefits.
  • Tip: Experiment with scent combinations to create a custom blend that appeals to you.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Don’t add too much essential oil, as this can cause the candle to burn improperly or produce an overwhelming scent.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Never leave your melting wax unattended on the stove. Wax can catch fire if overheated.


Making your own aromatherapy candles is a rewarding and relaxing winter activity that can brighten the darker days and fill your home with comforting scents. Not only do these candles promote relaxation and well-being, but they also make wonderful gifts for loved ones. Remember to enjoy the process and the personalized touch you bring to each candle. May your winter days be cozy and bright with the glow of your handmade creations.