How to Make Candles Using Coconut Oil

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How to Make Candles Using Coconut Oil
Capture the smell of a coconut in a scented candle. (coconut image by Witold Krasowski from

The odour of coconut conjures up several tropical, sun drenched scenes for beach loving individuals. This pleasing odour can be captured and spread throughout the entire home by lighting a coconut aromatherapy candle. These candles can safely be made at home with coconut essential oil, which can be purchased at craft and department stores, and other easy to obtain ingredients to create an inexpensive tropical paradise in any environment.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Candle moulds
  • Cooking Oil Spray
  • Soy wax shaving
  • Double boiler
  • Cooking thermometer
  • 10 drops coconut essential oil
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Wicks

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  1. 1

    Lay several newspaper over a designated work area. This will protect any surfaces from becoming covered by the wax and will also make clean up much easier.

  2. 2

    Cover the inside of three to five candles moulds with a layer of cooking oil spray. This will help the wax release from the mould more easily.

  3. 3

    Pour two cups of soy wax shavings into the upper portion of a double boiler.

  4. 4

    Fill the bottom portion of the double boiler half full with plain water.

  5. 5

    Heat the soy wax in the double boiler over medium heat until the wax is completely melted and has reached 79.4 degrees Celsius, which can be measured with a cooking thermometer.

  6. 6

    Remove the melted wax from the heat and allow it to cool to anywhere between 60 to 65.6 degrees Celsius.

  7. 7

    Add 10 drops of coconut essential oil to the wax. Stir the ingredients carefully with a bamboo skewer.

  8. 8

    Allow the wax to cool until it reaches anywhere between 55599 degrees Celsius before pouring it into the candle moulds.

  9. 9

    Leave the candles to cool for five to 10 minutes before placing the straightened wicks into the candle. Place the wick as close to the centre of the candle as possible.

  10. 10

    Allow the wax to settle for 12 to 24 hours before removing the newly made candles from the moulds. If the wick migrates from the centre during this time, move it back into place with your fingers.

Tips and warnings

  • Any left over wax can be reheated to 87.8 degrees Celsius and used to fill in any sink holes that were created in the centre of the candle during the cooling process.

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