How to Make Citrus-and-Spice-Scented Candles

Learning how to make scented candles is a breeze with this sweet-smelling DIY.

Citrus + Spice December 2014

This scented candle makes for the perfect DIY gift. This project uses soy wax for the melt-and-pour method for a quick process. Even if you're new to candle-making, these citrus-and-spice, warm smelling votives are fun and simple to make.

What You'll Need


  • 2 pounds soy-wax chips
  • Wick, 6 inches, with tab
  • Copper shells
  • Wooden skewer
  • Gold wax dye (Candle & Supplies Golden Yellow Liquid Candle Dye)
  • Essential oils


  1. Place the wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted.

  2. Dip the wick tab in melted wax and center at the bottom of a copper shell. Wrap the other end of the wick around a skewer; knot. Rest the skewer across the top of the vessel.

  3. Add small pieces of dye to the melted wax; stir. Continue adding dye until the wax is golden yellow.

  4. Stir in about 40 drops of oil total for each cup of wax, following about a one-to-three ratio of spice scent to citrus scent. (We combined cinnamon bark and blood orange, clove bud and clementine, and cardamom and bergamot.)

  5. Fill the shells, leaving a 1/4-inch rim at top. Let it set until firm; trim wicks.

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