Yes, you can use essential oils in candles, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Essential oils have low flash points, which means they evaporate quickly when exposed to hot wax. This can minimise the scent throw of your aromatherapy candles.
There are ways to maximise the scent of your candles made with essential oils, though. Try adding the essential oils at the end of the candle-making process, and be sure to use a high-quality oil that is highly concentrated. You may also want to experiment with different proportions of oil to wax to find the right balance for your candles.
What wick should I use?
The size of the wick you use will depend on the type of wax and fragrance you are using. For example, if you are using an essential oil candle, a smaller wick is recommended. This is due to the lower flash point of essential oils which require minimal heat to give off their aroma.
If you are unsure what size wick to use, we recommend starting with a small wick and increasing the size if needed. You can always trim the wick if it is too large.
How much essential oil should I use in the wax?
Most candle makers recommend starting with 6% or 6 grams of essential oil per 100 grams of wax. But before you add all the essential oil, you’ll want to ask the wax manufacturer about the wax’s maximum fragrance load. Wax can only absorb a certain amount of oil, and by adding too much oil, you can weaken the scent throw of your candle. So, don't go above your wax’s maximum fragrance load, which is generally around 10% for soy wax.
It's all in the testing...
When it comes to candle making, the best way to approach it is by experimenting and making test candles. This allows you to try out different amounts and types of essential oils, wicks, containers, brands of wax, etc.
Don't expect perfection from your first try. Instead, focus on having fun and enjoying the process. With a little bit of practice, you'll be a pro in no time!