How to Make Safe Candles Yourself

Candles are a wonderful enhancement to ambiance and mood, yet they can contribute to air pollution, sometimes significantly if synthetic perfumes are used. I feel as if my daughter and I traversed this terrain and learned how to make our own stunningly beautiful candles using sustainable, less toxic ingredients.

Here’s how we managed to make beautiful non-toxic, soot-free candles. It was easy and a lot of fun!

Here are five tips from us:

1. One of the highest goals of making your own less-toxic candles is to make them free of petroleum products, such as paraffin and synthetic fragrance.

2. You can now buy vegetable wax (usually soy) in craft stores such as Michaels. One brand offers microwaveable soy wax and the process was very, very easy. No fuss, no mess.

3. Beeswax is another pure wax choice, although expensive. I personally just love the smell of pure beeswax candles, and we make candles with 100 percent of this wax for very special occasions. Beeswax needs to be melted in a double boiler.

4. For myself, I prefer unscented candles, but my daughter is looking to add scent to her candles, and many of you might like aromatherapy.

We used only perfectly pure essential oils bought at natural food stores, and only about 5 drops for 2 cups of dried wax flakes. Add the essential oils after the wax has melted and has been removed from the heat source. Stir thoroughly.

Many so-called aromatherapy candles are very soft due to overuse of fragrance, and often these candles cause serious problems with candle soot. Making your own helps you control how much fragrance/essential oil you include.

5. Use wicks without lead. We chose wicks without any metal inside, but there are now lead-free wicks available in craft stores. Wanting to be safe not sorry, we bought metal-free wicks. They have been fine.

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Inspired by a beautiful photographic spread on how to make your own sand candles in last August's "Martha Stewart Living," my daughter and I took candle-making ingredients on our vacation to the coast of Maine, for a rainy-day project. We also took an inspiring new book from Storey Books, called "The Handmade Candle," by Alison Jenkins.


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Larry McDaniel
Larry McDaniel2 years ago

Thank you

Pablo B.
.3 years ago

if my free time (which I do not have) let me do it ...

Elaine W.
Past Member 3 years ago

Safe candles homemade easily. Thanks.

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud3 years ago

I love scented candle, but have to do w/o because of balance and asthma!

Kathryn Irby
Past Member 3 years ago

Scented candles are the way to go! Thanks for posting.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D3 years ago

Thanks. Can't get the materials where I live. Boo hoo.

Rebecca D.
Rebecca D5 years ago

I love homemade candles.