More Hygge with Homemade Candles

Solid time away from a screen is so important for me. So when the weekend comes, I’d much prefer to do something with my hands than idle away in front of the TV.

In addition to this need to be screen-free, I also need candles in my life. Lots and lots of candles.

I light them before bed. I light them for a dinner with my partner. I place one in the bathroom when guests come over.

But candles are expensive — especially the pretty ones. So instead of buying a new stock this past Saturday, I spent the day collecting used candle holders from around my apartment.

I scraped the old wax out, insert a new wick, and created new candles by pouring in hot wax.

It’s relatively quick, easy, and—at $4 per candle—it’s much cheaper than buying them.

Check out my process for creating a beautiful aromatherapy candle below.

Secure the wick with the clip of a pen to keep the wick in place as you pour in the wax.
Place a glass measuring cup with the wax inside a pot and allow the water to boil.
Add a couple drops of candle dye and essential oil. I went with a lavender scent & color.
Carefully pour in the wax and allow to dry overnight.
The finished product.

DIY Aromatherapy Candles


  • 1 block soy wax or beeswax
  • 1 wick per every candle produced (in my case, 4)
  • 4 candle holders (or 1 candle holder per candle)
  • 3 drops essential oil
  • 2 drops candle dye


  1. Designate a glass measuring cup and a rubber spatula specifically for candle making. Once you use it, it’ll be near to impossible to get all the melted wax off.
  2. Secure the wick to your candle holder by clipping it inside the pen clip. See photo.
  3. Place soy or beeswax block in the measuring cup.
  4. Place measuring cup inside a pot on the stove.
  5. Fill the pot with 1 cup hot water and bring to a boil.
  6. Stir occasionally, until the wax melts.
  7. Remove wax from boiling water.
  8. Add dye and essential oils.
  9. Stir.
  10. Carefully pour the wax into each candle holder.
  11. Allow to dry overnight (or 8 hours) before cutting the wick.
  12. Light your candle and enjoy!

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