We explore essential oil candles, the benefits and the top 5 oil types….
Essential Oil for Candles & the Top 5 Best Essential Oil Types
Essential oil blends created for candles are an easy way to add scent to any room in your home. They also provide a relaxing atmosphere that helps create a peaceful environment. Many essential oils have beneficial properties as they come straight from nature. The benefits largely come from the terpene profile of the plant which the oil is created from.
A fantastic way to experience these aromatherapy benefits of the essential oils is via burning a candle that has been created only from essential oils.
Using essential oil in candles can also help you feel more relaxed by knowing there are no harmful chemicals used to create the candles calming scent, unlike artificially created fragrance oils widely used in candles. Fragrance oils are chemical based and many can release toxins into the room when burnt. Natural essential oil candles especially those made in the UK by The London Dispensary only release natural terpenes and beneficial properties when burnt.
Below we cover the top 5 best essential oils for candles, UK blends.
Citrus Essential Oils
Citrus scents are very popular because they smell fresh and clean. As well as helping to create an energising and uplifting effect. They are often used as a base note in candle blends. Citrus scents are known to help calm the mind and promote relaxation. Which is done by their crisp aroma giving your internal system a little reboot.
The citrus scent is one of the most popular scents in perfumes and fragrances. It has been used since ancient times to treat various ailments such as colds, coughs, and headaches. In addition, citrus oils are said to be helpful in treating depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and other mental health issues. It is no wonder they are a popular family of essential oils for many home remedies and wellbeing products.
Sweet orange, lemon and bergamot are all great examples of aromas that blend well together, and all are from the citrus family. As well as working well in combinations with each other.
The London Dispensary’s award winning ‘Grounding‘ essential oil blend, combines sweet orange and bergamot to create a light and refreshing note, before the more earthy and warming notes of frankincense and Indian ginger essential oils captivate the senses and anker you firmly in your moment.
Lavender Essential Oil
If you prefer a more relaxing scent during evening hours, try using lavender oil instead of orange oil. Lavender has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality. It also helps with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The benefits of lavender oil, are due to its terpene profile, which naturally have been shown to improve elements of sleep.
The best thing about lavender oil? You can use it in many different ways. For instance, you can add a few drops to your bath water to help relax muscles after a long day at work. Or invoke luxury by bathing with an all natural lavender scented bath bomb. There are also the options of burning a lavender candle for a calming effect. As well as the growing in popularity option of, lavender wax melts.
If you like a slightly more complexed evening candle aroma, then essential oil blends with eucalyptus, clary sage and ylang ylang with lavender are perfect to relieve stress.
Peppermint Essential Oil
You might think that peppermint oil would work better than orange oil as an essential oil for candles because it smells fresher and cleaner. However, both oils have similar properties and benefits. They both contain high amounts of antioxidants and vitamin E, which help protect against free radicals. Both oils are also rich in limonene, which is known to relieve pain and promote relaxation.
Those two properties of promoting relaxation and providing a fresh note, make peppermint essential oil a fantastic option to pair with breathe work or mindfulness practice.
The best thing about using either orange or peppermint oil in your candle is that they smell amazing. And if you want to create a scent that’s unique to you, try mixing peppermint with a citrus note such as lemongrass. Other great combinations with perppermint essential oil, are other fresh and crisp aromas such as tea tree or eucalyptus. Or for a cooling sensation on the skin, using a balm or cream infused with peppermint oil can enhance the overall beneficial properties of the product.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
While both oils are effective at relieving stress and promoting relaxation, ylang ylang has more of a floral scent while orange oil has a stronger citrus aroma. If you prefer one scent over another, choose whichever one you find more relaxing.
Both oils are known to be calming and uplifting, making them excellent choices for diffusing during meditation sessions. However, if you want to use either oil in a candle, you should avoid using too much. Too much fragrance can overpower other scents in the room, which could cause headaches or nausea.
The best thing about using essential oils in a candle is that you can create custom blends to suit your mood. For example, if you want to diffuse a soothing scent, try blending equal parts of ylang ylang and lavender. Or, if you want to feel energized, combine equal parts of ylang and orange. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to help clear sinuses.
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Another great essential oil to blend for candles. Nutmeg oil brings a warm note to many aromas. A dash is a great addition to lighter floral blends to give them a little earth undertone.
It is great for easing tension in aromatherapy and thought to help calm restlessness and anxiety to name a few uses. That is why you will find it used in The London Dispensary Slumber essential oil candle infused with CBD, hand-poured right here in London UK.
Essential Oil Candles FAQ
Can you use essential oil in candles?
Absolutely, almost all essential oils can be used in candle making. At The London Dispensary we have found that vegetable wax holds the essential oils better and its obviously great for creating vegan friendly candles that way too.
How much essential oils to put in a candle?
Through trial and testing we found that to make the best essential oil candles between 8-10% of oil is required. This is rather high and costly, but we think it is worth it to produce the fantastic aroma throw our candles do. However, it very much will also depend on the wax blend you are using. We use our own blend of coconut, soy, and rapeseed wax which are all sustainably sourced. It creates a softer wax we find better for holding the oils but allowing them to release. It also has created a very long burn time per jar candle. Generally 24-28 hours can be produced of burn time from each 120ml jar. But the blend is a secret!
Where can I buy essential oil candles in the UK?
From The London Dispensary of course. We offer 3 unique blends of pure sustainable and ethically farmed essential oil candles with infused CBD. If you haven’t hear of CBD before or if you have but are not entirely sure what it is we have a blog all about it.
Wrapping it up
Essential oil candles, are the backbone to aromatherapy. They are packed full of helpful natural terpenes that are released into the air when lit. Producing a wide array of beneficial properties. Each grouping of aromas has its own properties. You can find one of 3 perfectly balanced essential oil candle at The London Dispensary.