Soy Candle Recipe Fragrances

Essential oil blends for making aromatherapy oil candles

There's nothing like pure, natural soy wax scented candles to brighten a room (or your mood!)

Using essential oils to scent your aromatherapy oil candles is eco-friendly and good for your health. And with these simple guidelines for blending them for your soy candle recipe, it's easy too!

Essential oil or soy candle fragrance oil?

In a nutshell, synthetic candle fragrance oil is bad for you and the environment.

Plus, not only do soy candle fragrance oils lack the restorative qualities of essential oils, but studies have found some of them to be actively UNhealthy... for example disrupting hormones, triggering asthma and migraines, causing chemical air pollution.

That said, soy candle fragrance oil does have a much stronger scent "throw", and you can buy candle fragrance oils at any good candle supplier.

If you're not a purist, fragrance oils come in every flavor imaginable, and you can create some pretty amazing candles with them.

For those more interested in the natural approach, below are some really lovely essential oils for candles blended specifically for aromatherapy soy candle recipes. Scroll down the page to browse through them.

Please Note: Soy wax is very different from paraffin wax. It's not formulated to handle heavy amounts of fragrance. These natural essential oils for soy candle recipes are a lot more subtle than synthetic soy candle fragrance oils.

Aromatherapy Candle Quick Trick

Here's a quick, easy trick you can use if you don't have time to make your own soy wax scented candles.

Light an unscented candle and let it burn until there's a decent-sized pool of melted wax around the wick. Pour a few drops of your favorite essential oil or one of the blends below into the melted wax.

Caution: Do not pour oil on the wick, because it's very flammable.

(This also works on a scented candle if you want to boost its scent - just match the essential oil to the candle's fragrance.)

Spicy Patchouli Aromatherapy Candle Recipe

This is a warm, earthy aromatherapy soy candle recipe perfect for the colder months. Sprinkle a little ground nutmeg over the top of the candle as it starts setting up - it looks pretty and sophisticated!

For a small candle like a votive:

  • 4 drops Patchouli
  • 3 drops Cinnamon
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange

Buy Patchouli

For a medium to large candle:

  • 20 drops Patchouli 
  • 15 drops Cinnamon
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange

Buy Cinnamon

For an extra-large candle:

  • 40 drops Patchouli
  • 30 drops Cinnamon
  • 30 drops Sweet Orange

Buy Sweet Orange

Fresh Mint Soy Candle Recipe

Cool and refreshing, this sweet, minty blend is a great spring wake-up. It's also perfect for summer evenings in the gazebo!

Hot glue some layers of green and yellow ribbon around the outside of the jar to make it look fresh and inviting!

For a small candle like a votive:

  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Palmarosa

Buy Spearmint

For a medium to large candle:

  • 20 drops Spearmint
  • 15 drops Peppermint
  • 15 drops Palmarosa

Buy Peppermint

For an extra-large candle:

  • 40 drops Spearmint
  • 30 drops Peppermint
  • 30 drops Palmarosa

Buy Palmarosa

Floral Lavender Aromatherapy Candle Making Recipe

This relaxing soy candle recipe smells like a field of summer flowers... wonderful! A sweet evening retreat for your bedroom.

Sprinkle a few lavender flowers over the top of the candle as the wax begins to harden for a pretty floral touch.

For a small candle like a votive:

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang or Rose

For a medium to large candle:

  • 25 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang or Rose

For an extra-large candle:

  • 50 drops Lavender
  • 30 drops Bergamot
  • 8 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang or Rose

        (Use Orange oil if you don't have Bergamot)

Relaxing Woodsy Soy Candle Recipe

Deep and rich with a hint of sweetness, this relaxing blend is perfect for an evening of quiet, candlelit conversation. (I actually find it more relaxing than the Lavender blend.)

Wrap your jar in a wide chocolate brown ribbon and finish by hot-gluing on a bright gold button or ornament - warm, exotic and elegant!

For a small candle like a votive:

  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang

For a medium to large candle:

  • 30 drops drops Sandalwood
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Clove
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang

For an extra-large candle:

  • 60 drops Sandalwood
  • 35 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Clove
  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang

Softly Sensual Aromatherapy Candle Recipe

Soft, spicy and floral, this sensual blend with Sandalwood essential oil is a little more costly to make, but it's well worth the extra expense. For a warm, intimate evening at home...

For a sweetly casual look, simply tie a length of palest yellow ribbon around your jar and tuck two or three curly vanilla beans into the knot.

For a small candle like a votive:

  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Cinnamon
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang or Jasmine
  • 1 drop Vetiver

For a medium to large candle:

  • 40 drops Sandalwood
  • 10 drops Cinnamon
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang or Jasmine
  • 3 drops Vetiver

For an extra-large candle:

  • 75 drops Sandalwood
  • 35 drops Cinnamon
  • 20 drops Ylang Ylang or Jasmine
  • 10 drops Vetiver

Where to Buy Essential Oils

I started using essential oils from doTerra after comparing them to the other brands in my stash.

I found myself using fewer drops per recipe and actually getting better results. Plus, I've never had a bad reaction, which sometimes happens with other brands.

doTerra's oils cost more than other brands, and that's as it should be. It's like buying a BMW vs. a Kia - the more expensive car is the better quality vehicle.

If you can afford them, I recommend giving doTerra's oils a try and comparing them for yourself.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?

I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs if you're on a tight budget. Their oils are more affordable and the quality is good. Plus their sustainable ethics and customer service are terrific.

Or... If you love having tons of options to choose from, browse through Amazon and see what looks good to you. Just remember that inexpensive oils are likely to be lower in quality - how else do they get the cost so low?

What Next?

Click on the links below to view the step-by-step instruction pages, plus tips on the main page and a list of supplies in one place.

Instructions for Soy Container Candles

These soy candle making instructions are for container candles like mason jar soy candles or tea lights.

Instructions for Scented Soy Pillar Candles

Step-by-step instructions for making soy candles using pillar candle molds. A little more challenging than melt-and-pour scented soy candles, but super-rewarding!

Soy Candle Making Supplies

Everything you need for soy candle making and where to get it.

Soy Candles Main Page

Create your own soy wax scented candles. They look pretty, they smell wonderful, they're non-toxic.

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