Common Scents.

Hello, it’s Adam here – causing a bit of a stink on a Friday afternoon…

Our sense of smell is a very powerful thing indeed – one whiff of an old familiar scent can take your brain hurtling back through time in an instant, filling you with the emotion that you were feeling at that time.

Soon after I bought my first car (a Citroen AX for those interested) I took a few of my mates on a road trip to Newquay. Before picking them up in my pride and joy I stopped off at a petrol station and bought an air freshener in the shape of Eric Cartman. This was an attempt to offset the baby Citroens current odour – a smell I can best describe as old dog. With the faintest hint of Benson and Hedges.

Cartman filled the warm August air with coconut and this lasted for the duration of my week in Cornwall. It was a great holiday, full of fun, sun, laughter and freedom. Whenever I smell a coconut scented air freshener it takes me straight back to the summer of ’98 and puts a smile on my face.

So, where is all this going? Well today we have a guest D.I.Y post from Chloe Adlington of Adore Wedding Blog fame and she is going to show you how to make your own scented candles…

Hello lovely people!

It’s so nice to be here on the polka dot pages, although I won’t pretend I’m not a little nervous. It’s not just the spider eye-balling me in my office either, today ladies and gents I’m going to attempt to teach you how to make candles in a totally ‘non-science lesson’ kind of way!

My friend Karen taught me and I promise that these aren’t just any old candles… these are divinely scented, in pretty vintage china, long-lasting soy candles (no virtual M&S ad voice intended).

Honestly though it’s fairly easy once you’ve got the right equipment *no sniggering* and everything you need can be found on

To make them you will need…

  • Eco soy candle wax – make sure it’s the ‘container blend’
  • Eco wicks (they burn better with the eco wax) – check the website guides on the wick sizes needed for your containers
  • A double boiler or a saucepan and a slightly larger metal bowl
  • Scent oils
  • Dye chips if you want to colour the wax
  • A thermometer (temperature is the key to success!)
  • Measuring scales
  • Teacups or other containers to make your candles in

TOP TIP ~ You will need 4 tbsp of scent oil for 1lb of wax and this will make around 3 teacup candles!

Now it’s just like baking a cake, except no calories are involved and the house will smell amazing 😉

How to make them…

Step 1 ~ Boil the kettle and add the water to your saucepan or double boiler and put on a low heat

Step 2 ~ Measure out 1lb of wax and add this to your metal bowl on the double boiler to melt slowly. It needs to get to 180 F or 85’c so once it’s melted check every 15 seconds or so with your thermometer

Step 3 ~ Once it’s reached the right temperature turn off the heat. When it cools to 170 F you can add 4tbsp of scent oil and a small piece of dye chip. Stir really well to distribute the scent and colour throughout the wax (for around 5 minutes)

Step 4 ~ Whilst the wax continues to cool slightly, add wicks to the centre of your containers, when it’s reached 150 F it’s ready to pour!

Step 5 ~ To keep the wick central use a teaspoon lay across the centre of the cup for it to rest against. As the wax cools it will start to look cloudy and hold it in place.

Step 6 ~ Allow them to set at room temperature for at least 6 hours before you use or transport them!

TOP TIP – If you get little air bubbles forming on the top of the candle as it sets or little gaps around the edges just give it a little blast with a hairdryer to smooth it out!

I’d love to chat more but the spider is getting closer and now my only option is to surrender and flee the room.

Do pop by and say hello on my blog though! There’s loads more DIY projects, crafty wedding ideas and recipes there 😉

Happy crafting,

Chloe x

Photography – Butterworth Photography.

Styling & vintage china – Darby And Joan Vintage.

Thanks Chloe! I am actually quite partial to a scented candle myself – currently favouring one I found in Waitrose… Guess the smell. Yep. Coconut.

I can see myself cruising down the M5 in the AX with with a fully laden cargo of 18 year old lads as I type this… It’s like the opening scene of an episode of The Inbetweeners.

Anyone out there a fan of scented candles – is anyone thinking about a particular scent for their wedding?

Does anyone else wish that you could still buy Eric Cartmen shaped car air fresheners?

…Um, just me then.


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

18 thoughts on “Common Scents.

  1. Lovely! I made these on a friends hen do in London recently and they are actually surprisingly easy to make, as long as you have the right ingredients. It was loads of fun! Going to attempt some for my wedding. xx

  2. Ooo I do love a good candle, especially a teacup candle!
    I tried making some a while back but couldn’t get the scent thing working! Will now have to have another go, this time with a thermometer!!!

    Thanks for a fab tutorial 🙂
    (ps. have now subscribed to your blog, it looks fab!)

  3. Oooh these are so nice and look so easy to make that they’re making me second guess my tea lights – no I will stand firm and maybe make these as Xmas presents or just for our flat instead! 🙂 x

  4. Oh I had never thought of making these and I love candles! I can see myself spending the weekend having a go! 🙂 Lucy x

  5. I love making candles but have never put them in teacups, these would make lovely gifts too so thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I am one of those really annoying people who is all “Yeah I’ll make X Y Z” then don’t……I may actually have a go at these though because I too love me a scented candle.

    Thanks for sharing Chloe 😉

    Charlote xxx

  7. I love making candles as you get to pick exactly what they smell like. I would warn to be careful of the container you put them in. I once made some in champagne flutes as I thought they’d look great for a celebration but as the candles burnt down and the glass got hot they shattered and fired pieces of hot broken glass all over the room!

  8. @LadyFuschia would you recommend avoiding all glass then, or just stick to something thicker? I was thinking this might work nicely in small jars, even they are somewhat ubiquitous.

    Also, is that Lady Fuschia as in Gormenghast? I do love a bit of Gormenghast!

  9. @Jenn No, don’t avoid glass altogether, just think about how the candle will burn and how close the wick is to the sides of the container. With the champagne flutes they were tall and thin so the sides got very hot as the candle burnt down. I’ve used little jam jars etc and they’ve always worked well (also, they are made to get hot for steralising purposes).

    And yes, as in Gormenghast, one of my favourite books of all time. My friend (sadly no longer with us) used to call me Lady Fuschia in his emails but he always spelt it wrong so it kinda stuck as Lady Fushia 🙂

  10. At the weekend there I was offered 3 tea sets, I said no because my house is coming down with them (and Fiance was beside me so I really couldn’t sneak them home too) but I’m going to call up today and change my mind, they’ll make perfect additions to the room decoration at my wedding next month 🙂

    One question though, we have loads of ends of candles, is it possible to melt these down into new ones or mjelt them and mix htem into the soy or does it ruin it/not worth it?

  11. Hi, thanks Chloe for the tutorial- I’m definitely going to give these a go for our favours, although I am also one of those people who’s all like Yep I’m gonna make this, this and this and then never seems to get round to it! I just wondered if anyone has any tips for sourcing glass containers for this, like the ones in the final pic? Thanks for your help!

  12. These look so lovely in the centre of a wedding table or as gifts for the guests.Candlelit weddings are becoming more popular,with a lot of couples of mine going for candlelit winter weddings this year.

  13. Thanks for this information. I am very interested in making my own candles and i am going to have a go following you step by step guide. Can i ask how much water do you use?

    Thank you 🙂

  14. Thanks for sharing, these would look great for a wedding we are involved with soon in an old farmhouse and barn. You have given me some ideas 🙂

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