See how to make eucalyptus candles with soy wax and essential oils, in just 20 minutes active time! The eucalyptus candle benefits ranging from improving air quality to promoting relaxation and mental focus. This natural DIY aromatherapy candles recipe is pretty home decor and comes with free printable candle labels for gift giving.
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Eucalyptus candle – Homemade aromatherapy candles with eucalyptus essential oil
I’ve been making aromatherapy scented candle recipes for a while, and can’t believe I haven’t shared these homemade eucalyptus soy candles with you yet. DIY soy candles with essential oils have a few things going for them. First of all, you know exactly what’s in your DIY eucalyptus candle. No paraffin wax or synthetic fragrances to be found here.
Secondly, this free essential oil candle recipe has many aromatherapy benefits. Eucalyptus is such a refreshing scent that will make you feel revitalized and naturally cleanse the air in your home of bad odours.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make aromatherapy candles at home, which is so much more affordable than buying expensive scented candles at a shop. Keep on reading to learn everything you need to know about making DIY soy candles with essential oils.
So, try out my aromatherapy soy candle recipe for an easy DIY project that takes less than 20 minutes active time.
Can you use essential oils in candles?
Yes, you can use essential oils in candles. Adding EOs to candles is a great way to create aromatherapy candles, free of synthetic, potentially harmful fragrances. When buying essential oils, make sure to buy a therapeutic-grade essential oil from a reputable seller.
Can I add eucalyptus oil to candles?
Yes, you can add eucalyptus essential oil to candles. Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil has a strong herbaceous scent with woodsy undertones and will give you the best scent throw. If you prefer a lighter scent, Lemon Eucalyptus might be a good option for you. The smell is a light, sweet lemony scent similar to citronella.
Eucalyptus candle benefits – Aromatherapy candle benefits
What is a eucalyptus candle good for? Lighting a candle creates a relaxing and comfy atmosphere. Homemade candles with essential oils, like this DIY eucalyptus candle recipe, also have some aromatherapy benefits.
Eucalyptus is a purifying, cleansing, and clarifying essential oil that can improve air quality. Burning a eucalyptus candle can help to refresh and cleanse the air. The oil is also known to be beneficial for the respiratory system and to alleviate breathing problems, clogged airways and headaches.
The scent can promote a sense of vitality and mental clarity. Smelling eucalyptus oil has helped me to stimulate mental focus and relieve stress.
Supplies and materials for eucalyptus soy candle
We already talked about eucalyptus essential oil. Now let’s find out what other candle making supplies and materials we need for this free soy candle recipe:
- soy wax – I used Golden Brands 464 soy wax to create this natural candle recipe. This soy wax burns cleanly, has a high fragrance load and will produce great looking candles.
- wicks – These tabbed 6 in / 15 cm pre-waxed candle wicks work well with soy wax and are suitable for containers with a diameter of 2.3 in to 2.8 in / 6 cm to 7 cm.
- glue dots – These heat-resistant glue dots will keep the wick in place. Alternatively, use a hot glue gun to apply the wicks.
- wick centring device – Wick centring devices will keep the candle wick in the centre of the candle holder. As you can see on the pictures, I simply wrapped the wick around a skewer.
- jars – Ideally, use a heatproof 8-oz vessel with a 2.3 in to 2.8 in / 6 cm to 7 cm diameter. I poured my soy candles into cute apothecary jars, but 8-oz quilted crystal mason jars or these 8-oz glass jars are also great options.
- wax melting pot – A wax melting pot is ideal for melting and pouring wax for candles and wax melts. A double boiler can be used as well to melt the wax on the stovetop.
Choosing the correct wick will affect how your candle performs. Working with the wrong sizes of wick can lead to issues like an uneven burn pool, soot, tunnelling, or a poor scent throw.
If you’re using the 646 soy wax and know the sizes of your vessel but are unsure of the correct wick size, leave a comment stating the diameter of your jar or container. I will try to help you to choose the best wick.
How to make a eucalyptus candle
This essential oil soy candle recipe is easy and takes just 20 minutes to make! Here’s how to make DIY eucalyptus candles:
Prepare the jar
- Apply glue to the wick tab (the small metal disk) and press firmly to the bottom of the jar, making sure to place the wick in the centre of the container. You can either use hot glue or a glue dot.
- Put the top of the wick in a wick holder or roll around a skewer. Place the wick holder or skewer across the opening of the jar.
Melt the soy wax
- Add the soy wax flakes into a pouring pot or heatproof pitcher. Something with a spout is best.
- Melt the wax in a warm water bath until completely liquid.
- Take out of the water bath and let cool to 120°F / 49°C, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the eucalyptus essential oil and stir slowly to combine.
Pour and cure the DIY eucalyptus candle
- Pour the melted soy wax into the jar. Leave 1/2 in / 1.3 cm at the top of the container so that the wick isn’t covered.
- Let the candles cure at room temperature for at least 24 hours. The wax will turn from clear to white.
- After the candle has fully cured, trim the excess wick, leaving about 3/4 in / 2 cm.
- Optionally, attach a printable candle label and decorate for gift giving.
Tips and tricks for making DIY aromatherapy candles with essential oils
When I posted my pumpkin spice candle tutorial, a reader wrote that creating candles is as much an art as it is a science. I agree with this statement and put together a few tips and tricks that will help you create the best eucalyptus candle.
Add the essential oil at the right temperature
Knowing the correct working temperatures is essential for making great performing essential oil soy candles. A laser thermometer is a useful tool to take the temperature. If you have, you can also use a candy thermometer.
When melting the soy wax, be careful that the wax doesn’t exceed 185°F / 85°C.
Let the wax cool to 120°F / 49°C before adding the essential oil. Stir slowly for 1 minute to help the essential oil and wax bind avoid air bubbles. Then pour immediately. It’s best to work in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling any fumes.
If you follow the instructions but end up with a soy candle that doesn’t seem to have a scent, chances are that the soy wax was too hot when you added the essential oil. Essential oils are volatile and vanish quickly if exposed to heat. The best temperature see above.
The candle jar should have room temperature. When you pour warm soy wax into a cold vessel, issues like cracking or blooming are more likely. If the jar feels cold to the touch, warm it in the oven for 5 minutes at the lowest possible temperature setting. Be careful when handling warm jars.
Cure the candle at room temperature
Allow the candles to harden at room temperature as curing candles slowly will give you better results. Curing candles at room temperature takes longer than chilling in the fridge. But cooling candles too quickly can cause cracking and affect the scent throw.
Also, protect your candles from air drafts and keep them away from air conditioning while curing.
Re-pour the top
Don’t throw out leftover wax. Sometimes, you’ll notice a small indentation or crack on your candle, which you can easily fix with a second pour. Simply re-melt the remaining wax (the lower the temperature, the better) and pour over the top of your eucalyptus candle. A heat gun allows you to quickly fix small imperfections like bubbles on the candle surface.
Another idea is to use leftovers to make wax melts.
Variations of DIY eucalyptus soy candle
Now that you know how to make a eucalyptus soy candle with essential oil, I want to share a few ways how you can customize your eucalyptus essential oil candles and create unique scent combos. There are a lot of great options, here are a few of my favourite ideas for this homemade soy candle recipe:
- eucalyptus mint candle – To make eucalyptus mint candles, add equal parts eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil to the melted soy wax.
- mosquito eucalyptus candle with citronella – If you want to make a mosquito eucalyptus candle, stir a mix of eucalyptus and citronella essential oil into your homemade soy candles.
- eucalyptus lavender candles – Combining the soothing scent of eucalyptus with the calming properties of lavender essential oil creates great aromatherapy candles for stress relief and relaxation.
- fir, eucalyptus and rosemary candle – A trio of fir, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils is another idea for an aromatherapy candles DIY. This scent combo is very relaxing with clean, herbaceous notes.
Safety tips for burning homemade aromatherapy candles
Homemade aromatherapy candles are a lovely way to provide relaxation and self-care to our homes. To stay safe when burning candles, please use common sense when lighting candles and follow these candle safety tips:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Keep burning candles out of reach of kids and pets.
- Burn candles on a heat-resistant surface and away from things that could catch fire (e.g. curtains).
- Don’t move burning candles.
- Extinguish candles before you leave the room.
Eucalyptus candle printable labels and gift giving
Hand-poured candles are a worthy gift option for your friends, co-workers, neighbours, coaches and teachers. Handmade soy candles with essential oils are much more affordable compared to commercially manufactured ones, especially when you use recycled glass jar.
You can download free printable labels to decorate your DIY jar candles at the end of the post. Print the PDF on sticker paper to use the printable as candle labels, or on thick printer paper if you want to make gift tags.
How do you store soy candles
Store this all-natural essential oil candle away from heat and direct sunlight. A dark cupboard is a good place to keep your DIY soy candle. Leave a lid on so the essential oil doesn’t evaporate too much.
What is the shelf life of homemade aromatherapy candles?
Fresh soy wax usually has a shelf life of 2 years, but might be longer or shorter depending on the brand of wax. Eucalyptus oil is quite strong and has a lot of staying power, but the scent throw may lessen over time.
More essential oil candle recipes
If you are interested in making an aromatherapy candle, have a look at these essential oil scented candles and DIY home fragrance ideas:
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