How to make your own festive scented candles

December 8, 2023 (Last Updated: November 6, 2023)
festive scented candle

Not only do these candles smell like Christmas – cinnamon, woody pine, gingerbread – but soy wax is natural, eco-friendly, vegan and anti-toxic. If you add essential oils, you can use them for massages, too.

Give it a week before using your candle. If the top of it isn’t smooth or has holes, top it up with wax.


Hands-on time 15 min

Total time 1 hr

Makes 1


250 grams soy wax

Candle container

Candlewick centre



0.6 ml fragrance or essential oil (per 100 grams soy wax)

Pouring cup

Heat source – double boiler

Stirring utensil


1 Place soy wax in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat, stir in fragrance or essential oil. Allow to cool, until it appears cloudy.

2 Prep candle container by cleaning it thoroughly. Dab glue underneath the candlewick centre and place it in the centre of the container. Use chopsticks to hold the wick in place.

3 Pour soy wax mixture into the candle container slowly. Allow to cool, then remove the wick centre and cut the wick to size.

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Recipe supplied by Deniz Köksal of Earthglo Candles in Hout Bay. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram

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