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Learn the art of candle making and create beautiful, aromatic candles with candle-making classes. Discover different techniques, materials, and scents while gaining the skills to create your own personalized candles for a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

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Natural Scented Candle Making (Bryant Park)

Atelier Artisane @ 25 W 39th Street , New York, NY

Learn the art of crafting healthy, fragrant candles for your home in this hands-on course. Discover the benefits of natural ingredients and gain the skills to create your own unique scented candles. Join us at Atelier Artisane and elevate your candle game.

(129) All levels 18 and older

Custom Scent & Candle Making Experience

Atelier Artisane @ 25 W 39th Street , New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of fragrance blending in NYC. Join our workshop to discover the secrets behind creating your unique fragrance oils for candle-making and reed diffusers. Develop your skills with expert guidance and leave with two personalized fragrance blends to bring home.

(129) All levels 18 and older

Candle Making Pop Up! Experience

Back Porch Soap Company @ 711 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

Create two of your own personalized candles in stunning upscale glass jars with lids. Join expert candle maker, Marla Bosworth, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a relaxing candle making experience. Perfect for gift-giving or for yourself, these non-toxic candles are made with eco-friendly materials and come in a variety of colors and bestselling fragrances. Don't miss out on this candle-making workshop!

(164) All levels 12 and older

DIY Perfume Bar Experience

Bios Apothecary @ 61 West St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of bespoke fragrance creation at Bios Apothecary's workshop in Brooklyn, New York. Immerse yourself in a library of over 130 natural aromatics and create your own signature scent using therapeutic-grade essential oils and rare extracts from around the world. Perfect for a unique date or a fun activity with friends.

(35) Beginner 13 and older

Natural Perfume Workshop

Bios Apothecary @ 61 West St, Brooklyn, NY

Create your very own bespoke fragrance using a wide range of botanical scents, including therapeutic-grade essential oils, rare woods, exotic flowers, invigorating spices, and more. Unleash your creativity and indulge in a unique sensory experience at Bios Apothecary's perfume-making workshop. This instructor lead class includes an introduction to natural perfumery, guided sampling and guided formulation. 

(35) All levels 13 and older

Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Los Angeles

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Candle Making

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of creating beautiful, fragrant candles in this hands-on workshop. Discover techniques to make unique, multicolored candles that are sure to impress. Unleash your creativity and create stunning candles to enjoy and share with others.

(784) All levels 18 and older

Floral Candle & Wax Painting

Element Art Center @ 835 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrate Mother's Day with a delightful candle and wax painting experience. Design personalized candles and explore the art of wax painting in a fun and creative atmosphere. Treat your mother to an evening of creativity and bonding that she'll cherish this Mother's Day.

(18) All levels 18 and older

Candle Making

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Discover the art of creating beautiful, fragrant candles in a dynamic workshop. Learn how to make unique candles for a fraction of the cost in stores and acquire the skills to continue crafting at home. Don't miss out on this opportunity to delve into the world of candle-making!

(176) All levels 18 and older

Soap Making

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Unleash your creativity and turn your bath into a soothing sanctuary with the art of handmade glycerin soaps. Discover the secrets of creating beautiful soaps using colors, fragrances, and organic ingredients in this immersive course. Let your imagination run wild and elevate your self-care routine.

(784) All levels 18 and older

Soap Making--Cold Process Method

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Learn the art of creating beautiful handmade soaps from scratch using the cold process method. This hands-on class at El Camino College is suitable for beginners and experienced soap makers alike. Discover the secrets of soap making and unleash your creativity in the comfort of your own kitchen.

(176) All levels 18 and older

Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Chicago

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DIY Cocktail Candles + Wine Bottle Cutting

Chicago Candle Co @ 1100 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL

Classes are back! 10 students or less, hand washing station and sanitizer available. We ask all students to keep in compliance with face coverings, let's stay safe and have some fun together! A class that offers not only candle making but also the art of cutting a glass wine bottle for your vessel! Join Chicago Candle Company and choose from one of our upcycled wine bottles or bring your favorite bottle from home and we will show you how easy it...

(21) All levels 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of saponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional saponification Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Goat Milk Soap Making

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating unique skincare products in this hands-on workshop. Experiment with scents, colors, and textures to craft personalized soaps using responsibly sourced ingredients. Take home your creations and a bonus soap from Gretta's farm store.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
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Candle Making Classes Coming Up Online

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Candle Making From Home with Materials (On-Demand)

Atelier Artisane

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of making natural scented candles from home. Join Melanie in her Digital Candle-Making Course to master techniques, tips, and secrets for crafting beautiful, healthier candles. Dive into the world of candle-making with confidence, guided by an expert to help you create your own unique scents and designs.

(129) All levels 18 and older

Organic Soy Wax Candle Workshop

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Discover the art of making scented organic soy candles from the comfort of your own home. Join this engaging virtual experience and learn how to create a customized candle with a DIY craft kit delivered directly to you. With step-by-step guidance and plenty of tips, you'll have a beautiful natural wax candle to fill your space with a delightful fragrance.

(4) All levels 13 and older

Virtual Candle Making

Jade Scarlett

Get ready for a beginner-friendly, low-pressure, soy candle making class, where you'll have expert guided instruction to make beautiful, environmentally friendly soy candles, in the comfort of your home. Grab yourself a drink, your favorite snacks, and get ready to create something lovely that you can proudly say "I made it myself!". Materials needed to fully participate Soy Wax Flakes Thermometer Wicks Tin cans or mason jars Fragrance...

(686) All levels 14 and older
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Virtual Candle Making Workshop

Love & Make @ Virtual Classroom

In this live, virtual workshop, we will guide you in creating soy wax candles at home! We'll walk through basic candle making steps as well as share tips, tricks and troubleshooting. This workshop is suited for our DIY Candle-Making Kit. We also welcome curious learners who may not have our kit but would like to learn about candle-making in this virtual class.  At the end of this one-hour class, you will have practiced your new skills and...

(49) All levels 9 and older
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Candle Making for Beginners

East Los Angeles College

Have you ever wondered how beautiful candles are made? Have you ever wanted to make fragrant, multicolored candles for yourself or friends?  In this dynamic online workshop, students will learn virtually how to create unique candles to admire and share for far less than what they cost in stores. Students may be able to complete several candles and learn skills enabling them to continue on their own through Zoom. Topics include: Getting started...

(253) Beginner 18 and older
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Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Boston

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Masterclass: Creating Your Own Cold Process Soaps

Back Porch Soap Company @ 4 Home Depot Dr, Plymouth, MA

This course is Organic * Vegan * Cruelty-Free * Palm-Free This is a 3-hour, hands-on, immersive soapmaking workshop taught by master soapmaker, Marla Bosworth. In this class students will learn how to use plants and other organic, natural ingredients to make soap from scratch using the cold process method. Each student will design and create their own batch of soap to take home (which equates to eight bars when cut). What in nature inspires you?...

(164) All levels 18 and older
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$168
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Mastering the Art of Essential Oil Blending

Back Porch Soap Company @ 4 Home Depot Dr, Plymouth, MA

This is a masterclass on natural perfumery and essential oil blending. Students will learn how to custom blend essential oils and tincture plant essences to create natural perfumes and essences to be used in soaps, candles and personal care products. This course is an intensive blending experience and also a chance for students to experience a wide variety of essential oils. Come learn to blend intuitively, following your inner...

(164) All levels 18 and older
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$168
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Decorative Soap Making

Turkish Cultural Center Boston @ 1105 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Make your own soap at home and give the shape what you want…

(5) All levels 10 and older
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Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Houston

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DIY Candle or Reed Diffuser

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Discover a world of over 75 customizable fragrances in an immersive weekday afternoon experience. Design a signature scent and create a unique eight-ounce candle or four-ounce reed diffuser with Love & Make. Perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your space.

(49) All levels 9 and older

Mother's Day Weekend Candle-Making Workshop with Sips

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Join us at Love & Make for a delightful Mother's Day weekend experience! Craft two 8oz candles while savoring delicious sips and treats. Choose from margaritas on Saturday or mimosas on Sunday. Reserve your spot now for a weekend filled with creativity and celebration!

(49) All levels 21 and older

Perfume Making Workshop

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Discover the art and science of perfume creation with our Perfume Making Workshop, where you'll gain an awareness of perfumery concepts, indulge in a variety of scents, and craft a unique fragrance tailored to your preferences. Join us for an aromatic adventure and follow your nose to create something distinctly yours!

(49) All levels 9 and older

Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Introduction to Soap Making CP and HP Methods

Nyah @ 203 Ridgely Ave, Annapolis, MD

Soapmaking is an artisan craft that has been in existence for centuries. Learn about the beauty, art and chemistry of soapmaking using both the cold process and hot process methods. During class you can expect to: Discover the history of soapmaking Understand the safety practices required to manufacture soap Know what necessary equipment is needed to make soap Know what components make up soap Understand the industry terminology and lingo...

(8) All levels 16 and older
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Candle Making Classes Coming Up in Atlanta

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Candle Making: Fall Fragrances

The DIYher Workshop @ 680 Murphy Ave SW, Atlanta, GA

In this workshop, you'll learn how to melt, mix, weigh and blend wax & fragrance to make two beautiful 8oz candles. With a wide variety of fragrances from which to choose, you'll be relaxing in no time with these perfectly giftable items for yourself or a loved one. Note: Everyone should wear comfortable clothing that they can freely work in and possibly get dirty. Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to bring their own choice of alcoholic...

All levels 10 and older
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Soy Candle Making

Magnolia Pink Artisans Market @ 2248 Hway 42 N, McDonough, GA

Experience the art of creating beautifully scented candles at Magnolia Pink Artisans Market. Discover the secrets of soy candle making with a variety of fragrances and essential oils. Join us for a hands-on session where you can pour and scent your own unique candle creation.

All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Candle Making Classes

Candle Making Classes are rated 4.5 stars based on 2,482 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Candle Making Pop Up! Experience

    Reviewed by Samiha G. on 4/15/2024
    We loved our class! It was just the two of us and Marla made it a very special day.
  • Perfume Making Workshop

    Reviewed by Terry S. on 3/16/2024
    I liked the presentation of how perfumery works and I enjoyed picking the different fragrances then learning how all those flavors came together to create a wonderful smell. I liked bringing home a bottle of perfume that I helped create. I would recommend this course for anyone, it’s fun. ?
  • DIY Perfume Bar Experience

    Reviewed by Megan O. on 3/11/2024
    The woman running the class was so sweet, helpful and knowledgeable. The experience was so cool and relaxing. Highly recommend to anyone considering making their own perfume.
  • DIY Perfume Bar Experience

    Anonymous review on 3/10/2024
    This was one a very unique experience. A group of friends and I organized this to celebrate a birthday. It was super fun creating our own fragrance by exploring different scent combinations. I would definitely do this again!
  • Candle Making

    Reviewed by Carrie M. on 3/3/2024
    The instructor was fabulous! His passion for making candles translated to his teaching. He made it both fun and easy. It was also great to make so many different candles.
  • Soap Making

    Reviewed by Jody G. on 2/27/2024
    Excellent instructor, fun and personable. I really learned a lot about melt and pour soap making.
  • Custom Scent & Candle Making Experience

    Anonymous review on 12/11/2023
    The class turns out to be great, but the listing address needs to be updated.
  • Natural Perfume Workshop

    Reviewed by Barbara B. on 9/10/2023
    I attended the class with my 11 year old granddaughter. We both enjoyed it very much. It was both fun and interesting. The teacher was knowledgeable, personable and very patient with our questions.
  • Soap Making--Cold Process Method

    Reviewed by Kasei R. on 7/23/2023
    It was a great class and I would love to do it again! Great intimate setting and class members were very helpful . I thoroughly enjoyed the instructor.
  • Soap Making

    Reviewed by Musah A. on 7/18/2023
    The class meet my expectations. I will recommend it to anyone.

Discover the Best Candle Making Classes Near Me

A candle is, simply, a wick encased in wax. This sounds obvious, but maybe isn’t the sort of thing you consciously think about, even if you own and use candles on a regular basis. Since the mid-19th century, when candle making shifted from a household chore done by hand to an industrialized mass market task done by machines, It has never been easier to acquire a candle, and yet fewer people now know what it means to make a candle than in the days when candle making was done by hand.

Before the industrial revolution, cultures across the world made candles for thousands of years. As early as 500 BCE, ancient Romans made dipped candles with tallow, while the ancient Chinese of the Qin Dynasty made their candles out of whale fat. Recently, there’s been an interest in taking the process out of a mass-produced factory setting and back into an artisanal, made-by-hand model. 

The methods for making candles by hand have not changed much from those discovered by these earliest candle makers, which makes it a simple matter to pick up the tools and techniques today. The essential materials for candle making are a wick, wax (typically beeswax, plant-based waxes like soy wax, or petroleum-based paraffin wax), and a container to hold the wax. Those looking for ways to express themselves creatively can choose to incorporate dyes to control the color of the candle or fragrance oils to add a pleasant scent. There are a few ways to encase the wick in the wax. The most popular methods include rolling the wick up in a thin sheet of wax, pouring the melted wax into a pre-shaped mold and inserting the wick, or simply dipping the wick into a large container of melted wax. 

Why You Should Learn Candle Making

More than just a way to spend free time, candle making is a relaxing, meditative hobby renowned for its stress-relief properties. While it isn’t necessary to add a fragrance to candles, incorporating essential oils or fragrance oils into a candle can be a great way to increase the relaxing aspect of the hobby by introducing an element of aromatherapy. The candle making process provides the personal satisfaction that comes with the pursuit of a hobby, and the product itself can be further used for aromatherapeutic relaxation or for decoration.

While a hobby like candle making is typically taken up for purposes of personal fulfillment, that doesn’t mean that it is a solitary activity. A simple way to extend the hobby outside of a strictly personal circle might be to create a personalized candle as a gift for a friend or family member, sharing the fruits of the hobby with another household. Those more interested in sharing their enthusiasm about the process itself might be interested in tapping into a forum for artisans to connect with one another. Online forums like Reddit allow candle makers across the world to connect with each other to share projects, techniques, and general advice. 

5 Ways to Learn Candle Making

Though the tools and methods for candle making are as simple as they were thousands of years ago, there’s more to the process than dropping a wick into some wax and hoping for the best. The best way to master the techniques is to follow the guidance of an experienced instructor, which can be done in a variety of formats. Consider one of the following to learn candle making:

  1. An in-person class with an expert candle maker is the most comprehensive way of jumping into the hobby. By being onsite with an instructor, you will have access not only to a professional providing guidance at every step of the candle making process, but you’ll also be working in an environment tailor-made for the process, and the materials will likely be provided.
  2. A live online class can reproduce much of the experience of attending an in-person class. You will likely need to supply your own materials, but you will still have access to an expert instructor who can provide advice in real time and will also form a social network with the other students in the classroom.
  3. A more self-directed way to learn candle making would be to follow along with a self-paced, on-demand class using online videos or tutorials from a site like YouTube. These are free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection, and are great for learning at your own pace, but don’t allow for any interaction with an instructor who can offer guidance in real time. 
  4. Following a candle making blog is another autonomous way of learning candle making. A simple Google search can return several online blogs that offer step-by-step instructions on how to make a candle. Many of these blogs will include static images of each step in the process, which are useful as visual aides, but may not be quite as clear as seeing the action performed in real time.
  5. Local candle makers may be willing to share their knowledge. A local craft fair might have a chandler peddling their own wares. Consider checking a local boutique to see if they sell candles from a local source; they may have an artisan profile with information on a local chandler.

In-Person Candle Making Classes

Attending an in-person class ranks as one of the best methods of learning candle making, providing access to someone who can answer questions and provide feedback in real time as well as a classroom full of like-minded candle makers. For both complete novices taking their first foray into candle making and for those looking to pick up some more niche candle making techniques, there are many opportunities to take a local, in-person candle making course in communities across the country.

Those in New York City should consider making the trip to the Upper West Side to check out Back Porch Soap Company. Originally founded as a soap making business in Plymouth, Massachusetts by Marla Bosworth, Back Porch Soap Company has expanded into a natural skincare business featured in publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

Back Porch Soap Company hosts a variety of workshops that educate students to make their own natural products, including workshops on how to make natural wax candles. While these candle making classes are all suitable for individuals without prior experience, each one carries a slightly different tone. For a fun and relaxing experience focused on candles for personal use or gift-giving, the Candle Making Pop Up! Experience is a more casual foray into candle making. This 1.5-hour workshop is a hands-on experience where participants have the opportunity to create two of their own personalized coconut wax candles in glass containers. This is a great option for those looking to pursue the hobby for its relaxing properties or who want to use the hobby to share gifts with close friends.

The Candle Making Class offered by Back Porch Soap Company is a slightly more intensive experience catered to those who are a bit more serious about their candle making. This 2.5-hour workshop offers the same hands-on opportunity to customize and create two candles, but also offers some advice for those who want to sell their wares. The content is suitable for newbies who seek a slightly more serious tone, and for practiced candlemakers looking to troubleshoot their techniques or further develop their existing candle lines. Those who enroll in the class will also have access to digital materials that students can view at their own leisure.

For those whose interest in candle making is driven by entrepreneurial desires rather than pursuit of a hobby, Back Porch Soap Company offers an Organic Skincare, Soap and Candle Making Diploma Course that caters to individuals hoping to launch or to grow a business. This “Make Your Own Beauty” certificate program is a series of 5 hands-on workshops intended as a more comprehensive approach to the beauty industry, including workshops on candle making but also on soap making and on skincare products.

Manhattan isn’t the only option for New Yorkers. Cross the East River into Queens to book a class with Atelier Artisane, a business selling hand-made, naturally-sourced candles and offering classes in candle making. Provence native Melanie Rousselet, founder of Atelier Artisane, shares her knowledge in a Natural Scented Candle Making class, a 1.5-hour course on candle making theory with plenty of hands-on practice. This class features a heavy emphasis on the use of natural ingredients, including advice on how to select and source quality ingredients, and the benefits of using such ingredients over cheaper alternatives like paraffin wax. Participants leave the class with two candles, both a scented soy or coconut wax candle and a lotion candle whose melted wax can be used as a skin moisturizer that they’ve made themselves.

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