How to Make Lavender Candles

One of my favorite scents in the world is calming lavender … its sweet floral and herbal fragrance with balsamic undertones. One of the easiest ways to infuse its intoxicating scent throughout the home is with candles. I’ve found that dried lavender doesn’t diffuse throughout a room as quickly and evenly as a burning candle. But good candles with quality fragrance can get expensive, so I decided to make my own lavender candles. ( This post contains affiliate links. )

How to Make French Lavender Candles

PLEASE NOTE: I added lavender buds to my candles but they CAN catch fire once the candle burns down. DO NOT add the lavender buds if you want to avoid any risk. I don’t burn my candles all the way down so it wasn’t an issue for me. Simply eliminate this step when making your own candles.

Supplies for Making French Lavender CandlesYou don’t need a lot of supplies – candle wax, essential lavender oil, candle wicks, candle dye, and glass containers. You’ll find candle making supplies online or at your local craft store.

Hot Glue Candle Wicks to Bottoms of Glass JarsStart by placing wax or parchment paper under the jars to catch any wax that might drip when pouring your candles. Hot glue the bottom of the candle wicks to the bottoms of your glass jars, being sure to place them in the center of the jar. Make sure the wick extends at least 1/2″ above where the top of the wax will be.

Melting Candle Wax in Makeshift Double BoilerMelt 2-3 lbs candle wax in a double boiler. I don’t have one so I simply placed an old pot that I won’t use for cooking inside a larger pan filled with water to act as a double boiler. Turn the flame to medium or medium high and let the melted wax reach a temperature of 180 degrees.

Turn off heat and let wax cool to 125 degrees, then add .5 ounces of lavender oil for every 2-3 lbs. of candle wax. If you’re using dye, add it now. I used small, equal amounts of blue and red candle dye to achieve a soft lavender color. It’s best to add a little dye at a time until you get the right hue. Once it’s too dark, you can’t go back. I added dried lavender buds at this point for looks, but I’ve been told the buds can catch fire (I didn’t experience this issue myself) so DO NOT add lavender buds if you don’t want the risk. I have to say though, I like the look of the buds in the candles. Your candles will still smell lovely, however. Carefully pour the wax into each container – I used a funnel to avoid wax from spilling.

Let your lavender candles cool overnight before using and trim wicks to 1/4″ above candle.

How to Make French Lavender Candles

Making French Lavender CandlesUse new glass jars for your lavender candles, or re-use old jelly jars.

Decorate the jar lids and give these candles as gifts. Or keep them for yourself!

DIY French Lavender CandlesThe soothing scent of lavender will fill your home and smell oh so heavenly!

Here’s two more lavender projects for you …

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DIY Lavender Sachets DIY Lavender Dryer Sachets

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  1. This is just what I needed to see, as I’m considering whipping up 125 little candles as wedding favors! Thanks for sharing 😉

  2. Hi Jennifer, I just wondered if there would be a problem with the lavender flowers burning as they come in contact withe the flame

  3. I have been wanting to make lavender candles to add to my lavender products, and want to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Tried this-almost set the house on fire when the lavender buds caught fire after the candle had burned down. Careful!

    1. Kimberly, I’m very sorry to hear this happened to you. I didn’t have an issue myself with the buds catching on fire, but I never burn my candles all the way down. I have altered the instructions since hearing of your experience. Thank you so much for your feedback.

  5. Hi, I tried to make one, but when I let the wax cool down to 125, it began to have bunch of wax in it. So, I heat it up again, put my oil and the buds and poured in the jar. But, later, the wax kind of fall in the middle, it didn’t make a smooth surface. What did I do wrong? (Sorry for the bad english, it’s not my first language)

  6. Hi, I would like to know if the flower buds will settle down to the base of the jar when the wax are cooling.
    How do you keep them floating?

  7. These are really cute. They should not be burned though. They are a fire hazard. When you add things into a candle that are flammable it can be dangerous when they burn.

    1. Hi Jaine,
      Thank you for your feedback! I have since altered the post to warn against using the buds. My candles never caught fire but I don’t burn my candles all the way down. I always toss them when there’s still a little bit of wax left.

  8. Hi Jennifer, You should REALLY respond to people’s concerns about the flammability of the lavender in these candles. It is irresponsible to keep this project online if there are hidden dangers with the candles that have not been disclosed by you. Please post somewhere in the comments to confirm/deny the danger of adding lavender to the candles. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sophia.

      I truly appreciate your feedback and have now warned against including the lavender buds in the instructions above. The candles will still smell wonderful without the lavender buds. I do reply to comments, but I do it via email so the responses aren’t seen on the blog. I have however, responded to some of the comments here on the blog post itself for anyone who is reading them – you are right about that. Thank you so much for your helpful concern! 🙂

  9. Hey I used the lavender buds and guess what they didn’t catch on fire. But if they did I would have toasted marshmallows to then Sophia – Mason jars are amazing.

  10. Hi Jennifer,
    You mentioned in an earlier post that you wanted to install butcher block countertops. We decided to retire to West Virginia and bought a 1945 cottage that needed a lot of work. We had pretty much run out of money by the time we got to the kitchen, so we installed hardwood floors to match the rest of the house, removed some of the upper cabinets in order to install open shelving and painted the rest. I wanted hardwood countertops, but didn’t want to pay for the installed options, and didn’t love butcher block. We went to a nearby lumber yard and purchased rough-cut wide oak boards for about $120.00. We ripped them, my husband attached the boards together, and I hand planed them with my dad’s old planers. We installed them, and then I finished them with food safe dark tung oil. I think they are beautiful, and they were very easy on our pocket book! If you have an e-mail where I can send pictures – I’ll show you a much more cost effective and unique option to consider.
    Thanks, Gail.