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DIY Scented Votive Candles With Essential Oils

DIY Scented Votive Candles With Essential Oils

How to Make Your Own Scented Votive Candles

I love a good scented candle, but they’re so darn expensive, so I decided to make my own diy scented candle.  These scented candles are super simple to make and you can make them in any scent you want.  The best thing is if you burn up all your scented candles you can make another one in only a matter of minutes.

Time: 5 minutes

– What You Need –

diy scented votive candlesHere’s what you need to make your very own diy scented candles…

  • votive candle
  • essential oil
  • fire

– Step One –

diy scented candles melt itMelt The Wax

Light your votive candle and let the wax melt as much as possible. It took my votive candle 30 minutes to get good and melted.

Just keep an eye on your candle and when it looks something like the picture on the right, you’re good to go.

– Step Two –

homemade scented candlesBlow it out

After the wax has mostly melted blow out the candle. This is very important as essential oils can be very flammable when they come into direct contact with flame.

A Warning: Be extremely careful, and follow my instructions closely. Some essential oils are very flammable and should never come into contact with an open flame in their pure form. As an example, my pine essential oil immediately burst into flame when added to a burning candle.  I lost a few hairs figuring that one out.

– Step Three –

diy scented candles add essential oilAdd 5-8 Drops Essential Oil

Add between 5-8 drops of essential oil to the votive candle. For mine I used peppermint essential oil.  As with most essential oil things use as much or as little as you like.

Because the wax is very hot the essential oil will heat up and disperse evenly into the wax.

It might take some trial and error to find essential oils that will work well for this. I tried doing the same thing with pine essential oil and all I got for that effort was a little bit of a burning smell. I’m not quit sure what the difference is chemically between the two, but my peppermint essential oil works just fine for this. If you want to send any sort of smell into the air try out my homemade essential oil diffuser in a cup.

– Step Four –


You can give the candle a little, I mean very small, jiggle if you want to help the essential oils mix into the wax. Be careful not to slosh the wax though, I don’t want you to burn yourself.

– Step Five –

diy scented candle light and enjoyLight it Up

That’s it, now you can safely relight your votive candle, and you’ve got a quick and easy scented candle without having to make your own from scratch.

– How’s It Work –

I think that this diy scented candle trick works great. It’s not as good as a really nice scented candle, but it does the trick. Right now my little votive candle is filling my living room with the smell of peppermint and that’s just what I wanted it to do.

Although this works great, I will probably just use my candle warmer essential oil diffuser because it is even fast and easier to use.


That’s it, see I told you it was easy.  If you like this post please share it on Facebook or Pinterest, and leave a comment if you’ve got questions or just to say hello.


Hand Poured Soy Candles

Friday 6th of October 2017

Awesome post! Great job, I read your blog fairly often and you're always coming up with some of the best articles. I shared this with my followers on facebook and my followers loved it! Keep up the good work :)


Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Thank you for commenting and for sharing the posts!

Kathleen M. Larkin

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Hi! I had hoped to buy a diffuser this month but my poor super-sick hubby's add on med bills took every dime. Love this and am fixing to try it now. I have dozens of those candles and I just happened to totally sparkle up my real pretty brass holders for the little candles. I'm about to get two people and a cute dog feeling cheery (and bit elegant despite the reality). I've got peppermint, clove, and some rosemary oils. I just lucked onto this website while pouting ... clicked in "homemade essential oils diffusers" and found Lance.

Good evening to all and THANK YOU to Lance.


Friday 20th of January 2017

Great idea ! Can't wait to try this