The sweet and calming aroma of lavender will fill the room once this scented candle is lit.
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Gabriela Herman

Candles can transform your cherished bath time into a spa-like experience. One way to ensure you never go without this bathtime accessory? Learn how to make scented candles yourself. Plus, they make for the perfect birthday or holiday gift. Or, make one for yourself for the ultimate self-care project.

One aroma that will transport you to a calming oasis? Lavender. Beyond its appealing smell, lavender has been shown to help relieve insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Martha Stewart Living crafts director Marcie McGoldrick was inspired to include a scented candle that makes the most of the sweet-smelling oil on the pages of the magazine. Enjoy the relaxing smell with candles made from soy wax mixed with lavender essential oil. If you love lavender, try our lavender-scented soap.


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

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

Step 2

For each candle, cut the wick to the height of the vessel plus 2 inches. Dip the wick tab in the melted wax and center it at the bottom of vessel. Wrap the other end of the string around the skewer and knot. Rest the skewer across the top of the vessel.

Step 3

Scent wax by mixing in essential oil, about 30 drops for each cup of wax. Fill each vessel a quarter of the way and let set, about 10 minutes. Fill the rest of the vessel and let it set until firm, several hours. Trim the wick. If desired, use glass paint to tint the exterior of the vessel before filling.


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