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Discover the art of candle making with a variety of classes in NYC. Learn the secrets of creating beautiful and aromatic candles, and enhance your creativity while gaining a new skill.

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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.

(38) Beginner 13 and older
$84.83
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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. 

(38) All levels 13 and older
$130.50
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Intro to Perfumery: A Primer

Fragrance Alliance Network @ 414 Broadway, New York, NY

Explore the intricate science of olfaction and its link to fragrance perception. Gain insights into the anatomy of the olfactory system and the role of scent receptors in detecting and interpreting fragrances.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$135
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Evaluating Fougeres

Fragrance Alliance Network @ 134 W 29th St, New York, NY

Dive into the world of fougere fragrances, exploring their rich history and modern transformations. Discover the iconic Houbigant's Fougère Royale, key ingredients like lavender and oakmoss, and the evolution of this beloved scent profile over 137 years. Gain hands-on experience evaluating classic and contemporary fougeres, understanding the nuances that make each fragrance unique. Perfect for fragrance enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$125
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Perfume History: The Smell of Power - The Fall of Napoleon Through The Reign of Napoleon III

Fragrance Alliance Network @ 134 W 29th St, New York, NY

Explore Napoleon's intimate relationship with perfume, from the battlefield to the boudoir, and trace the evolution of French fragrance through the eras of Napoleon III and Belle Époque artists. Experience iconic scents like Jicky, delve into the rise of synthetic materials, and confront the enduring impacts of colonialism, all while examining contemporary issues of social justice in the perfume industry. Perfect for history and fragrance aficionados alike.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$90
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Natural Perfume Blending (Part Two)

Alchemologie Natural Perfume @ 438 9th St, Brooklyn, NY

Take your natural perfume blending skills to the next level in this advanced course at Alchemologie Natural Perfume. Dive deeper into formulation, perfume structure, and building chords, while exploring rare and precious materials. Sharpen your sense of smell and deepen your understanding of blending and perfume creation.

(23) Advanced 18 and older
$165
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Introduction to Perfume Blending

Remedies Herb Shop @ 453 Court St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of perfume blending in this hands-on workshop where you'll create two personalized fragrances using a variety of raw materials. Immerse yourself in a world of floral, woodsy, and foodie notes to craft unique scents that reflect your individuality. Unleash your creativity and indulge in the sensory experience of perfume creation.

(139) Beginner 12 and older
$145
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Sip and Soap

Nyah @ 145 Court St, Newark, NJ

Indulge in a night of creativity and relaxation as you and your friends learn the art of crafting handmade natural soap. With guided instruction from a certified soap artisan, you'll create unique and personalized soap creations that are perfect for a date night or a night out with the girls. All materials and aprons were provided.

(8) All levels 16 and older
$45
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Soap Making Basics

Nyah @ 145 Court St, Newark, NJ

Start your journey towards creating your unique soaps with this beginner-friendly class at Nyah. Discover the ingredients, techniques, and safety measures needed to make your first batch of handcrafted soap, and take home 2 pounds of your own creations. Unleash your creativity and turn soap-making into a fun and potentially lucrative hobby or small business venture.

(8) All levels 16 and older
$249
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Organic Skincare, Soap and Candle Making Diploma Course

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

Learn the art of creating your own organic skincare, soap, and candles with the experts at Back Porch Soap Company. Build your beauty business from scratch or enhance your existing one with this 5-evening certificate program in New York City. Gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the bath and beauty industry.

(165) All levels 16 and older
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Natural Scented Candle Making

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.

(131) All levels 18 and older
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$150
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NYC Candle Making Sip and Pour Class

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

Create two customized candles in stunning upscale glass jars with lids in this relaxing class with luxury, natural scents. Join expert candle maker, Marla Bosworth. Enjoy complimentary beverages while selecting natural fragrances and designing your own coconut wax candles.

(165) All levels 21 and older
$98
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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.

(131) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$135
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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.

(131) All levels 18 and older
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Dry Flower Soy Candle Making

Covenant Craft @ 325 W 38th St, New York, NY

Whether you are a budding hobbyist or a seasoned artisan, this class offers something for everyone interested in learning the art of candle making.  This class is approximately 2.5 hours and is taught by a certified, professional instructor who will walk you step-by-step through the candle making process, which includes:  A primer on the basic ingredients and components of a candle (wax, fragrance oil, wick, container, etc.) ...

All levels 18 and older
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$125
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Hand Rolled Incense

Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar @ 242 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY

Sculpt your own all natural incense. Learn a classic incense recipe that is cleansing, purifying and grounding. We will discuss the esoteric value of the ingredients as well as the aromatic qualities. The class will be an hour long, and the students will be able to pick up their creations after 24 hours to dry. You'll also get an email with all the notes and recipes you'll need to make yours at home!

(1) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules

Moon Sign's Wax & Wine

Studio 45 @ 213 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the art of candle making this fall with Moon Sign Candle's owner by pouring your own custom candle! Learn, sip wine, and enjoy the experience with others! Moon Sign's Wax & Wine makes a great date, girls night out, solo, or team building with colleagues. Each guest's ticket includes guided instruction, your custom candle & customizable label, wine for table and light bites. Note: Candle making will begin at 4:15pm. Feel free to...

(5) All levels 16 and older
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Organic Cold Process Soap Making

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

Discover the art of creating botanical soaps and unleash your inner alchemist in this immersive soap-making class at Back Porch Soap Company. Learn how to use organic, natural ingredients to craft beautiful and inspiring soap from scratch. Join master soapmaker Marla Bosworth in this hands-on experience and create your custom batch to take home.

(165) All levels 18 and older
$198
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Introductory Workshop: Pure Essential Oil Candles

Even Keel @ 55 Meadow St, Brooklyn, NY

Indulge in an evening of relaxation and creativity as you craft custom pure essential oil candles. Guided step-by-step, you'll learn about essential oils, candle-making techniques, and upkeep tips. Enjoy a complimentary drink and 10% off shop products while your candles set, and discover the difference of truly natural candles.

All levels 14 and older
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Organic Cold Process Soap Making Intensive Workshop

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

Make your own batch of cold process soap in this 2.5-hour, hands-on, in-person immersive soapmaking workshop in the Upper West Side taught by master soapmaker, Marla Bosworth. 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?...

(165) All levels 16 and older
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Reviews for Candle Making Classes in NYC

Candle Making Classes in NYC are rated 4.8 stars based on 518 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Natural Scented Candle Making (Bryant Park)

    Reviewed by Marnita R. on 5/23/2024
    I enjoyed the class. The instructor was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I will not look at candles the same way and plan to make my own. I would definitely recommend this class. It was fun and I got to take home a great smelling and looking candle. It was fun!
  • Natural Perfume Workshop

    Reviewed by Orville . on 5/23/2024
    The classroom was very clean, all the oils were properly labeled. Her illustration on oil extraction origin and scent strength were very precise. I don't even remember her name, which she did told us but through my eyes, her charisma wasn't about herself. Her sole performance was to educate us in the art of scent blending. As you can see, I did enjoy that appreciated time in that classroom. She was very professional from start to finish.
  • Organic Cold Process Soap Making

    Reviewed by Suzy J. on 5/15/2024
    I really enjoyed the class. The instructor, Marla, was very knowledgeable and great at explaining the process of soapmaking. She covered the safety concerns and do's & don't of working with lye. I feel comfortable enough to be able to do this on my own at home. She was kind and helpful, going above and beyond my expectations.
  • NYC Candle Making Sip and Pour Class

    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.
  • 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!
  • Organic Cold Process Soap Making

    Reviewed by Susan L. on 1/24/2024
    The class was great and informative. Marla provided information on soap making and addressed all our questions. The first half of the class was going over the process, how to calculate , and ingredients. The second half was the hands on with making the soap that we took home. Would recommend this class for those wanting to learn.
  • 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.
  • Organic Cold Process Soap Making

    Anonymous review on 9/27/2023
    Fun and very informative; safety emphasized!
  • 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.

Discover the Best Candle Making Classes in NYC

Cultures have made candles by hand since as early as 500 BCE, when the civilizations of ancient Rome, China, and India made candles out of tallow and whale fat for practical and religious purposes. The methods used to make candles today trace their roots back to the techniques and materials used to make these earliest candles. While today we use materials like soy wax instead of the tallow like the ancient Romans, use glass or plastic containers and molds rather than rice paper like the ancient Chinese, or use fragrance oils instead of real cinnamon like the ancient Indians, the core components and techniques are much the same. At its heart, a candle is wax and a wick, and this simplicity gives students opportunities to add fragrances or colors.


There are a few different methods for making candles, the most popular of which are rolling a wick in a sheet of wax, dipping wicks into a pot of melted wax, and pouring melted wax into a mold or container then suspending a wick therein. This simple process can be complicated somewhat by the addition of dyes to provide color or colors, or fragrance oils to provide scents. Regardless of the method, the end result is the same: an ignitable wick encased in a shell of wax that burns for fuel, personalized to your aesthetic or functional desires.

Why You Should Learn Candle Making in NYC

Many who get into candle making do so for the relaxing, meditative properties of candles. While practicing the hobby is in and of itself a way to tap into the sense of personal satisfaction that accompanies completing a task by hand, the candles themselves are typically further used in calming activities like meditation or a bath. Scents have a strong connection to memory, and a scented candle can be a great way to enhance personal relaxation by establishing an ambiance that evokes cozy, comforting times past.

While that sense of satisfaction or calmness is a matter of personal fulfillment, that doesn’t mean that candle making is strictly a solitary activity. For instance, practicing a hobby can be a great way to form a social network of others similarly invested in the hobby. The sense of personal relaxation can be shared with friends and family through the gift of a personalized, hand-made candle. Unlike a mass-produced, factory-made candle, the likes of which an old SNL sketch has associated with thoughtless regifting, a hand-made candle is a way to share something you’ve devoted the time and care to making yourself.

If you view candle making as more than just a hobby, there are ways to profit by selling candles. Whether you’re already established in the beauty industry and are looking to add candles to an existing beauty line or are simply looking to sell at local craft fairs as a side project, New York City is home to many resources that can help evolve your candle making from a hobby to an entrepreneurial enterprise.

In-Person Candle Making Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person classes are the gold standard for learning candle making techniques. There’s really no better or faster method for learning than following along with an expert instructor who can demonstrate each step along the way and who can answer any questions that arise during the process. Fortunately for New York City residents, there are enough expert chandlers in the city that finding a quality class is a relatively simple matter. 

Those living in Manhattan can find quality classes from Back Porch Soap Company in the Upper West Side. Originally founded as a soap making business in Plymouth, Massachusetts by Marla Bosworth, Back Porch Soap Company has since grown into a full-fledged natural skincare business operating in New York City. The company has been featured in publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and with Marla Bosworth herself conducting the classes, you can be assured that you’re getting advice from a true expert. 

Back Porch Soap Company offers a Candle Making Pop Up! Experience as a more casual foray into candle making, treating candle making as a hobby for personal pleasure or for gift-giving. In this hands-on 1.5-hour workshop, participants spend a fun evening designing and creating two of their very own hand-poured coconut wax candles. With options to customize scents and colors, these candles are great as gifts to close friends or for personal relaxation. Those looking to experience the more relaxing aspects of candle making need look no further.

Those who are a bit more serious about their candle making might consider the Candle Making Class offered by Back Porch Soap Company, which is a slightly more intensive experience. This class also covers the basic techniques of candle making and provides the same hands-on experience of making two personalized coconut wax candles, but it also offers some entrepreneurial advice for those who would like to sell candle wares rather than give them as gifts or keep them for personal use. Those who enroll in this class will also gain access to several digital materials that can be viewed at any time. Rather than a lighthearted introduction to candle making for beginners, this class is instead suitable for newbies seeking a slightly more serious tone or for practiced candlemakers looking to troubleshoot their techniques or further develop their existing candle lines.

Back Porch Soap Company also 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 goes well beyond just candle making, offering a series of 5 hands-on workshops devoted to various aspects of the beauty industry. One of those workshops does cover candle making, though the full program also includes workshops on soap making and on other skincare products. Certainly unsuitable for beginners, this class is for those looking for a comprehensive education to make it in the beauty industry.

If Manhattan isn’t convenient, cross over the river into Queens for great candle making classes from Atelier Artisane, a business dedicated to natural candle making craftsmanship. Melanie Rousselet channels the scents and memories of her native Provence into cozy, comforting all-natural candles, and also shares her techniques and experience through a series of candle making classes. The Natural Scented Candle Making class is a combination of theory and hands-on practice. This 1.5-hour workshop emphasizes the importance of natural ingredients, including advice on where to select and source quality ingredients. After an overview of the equipment and techniques required for candle making, participants will have the opportunity to practice making two different types of candles: a scented soy or coconut wax candle, and a lotion candle whose melted wax can be used as a skin moisturizer.

Virtual Candle Making Classes & Schools

While New York has plenty of options for those looking to attend an in-person candle making class, there may be reasons that attending one of the offered classes isn’t a reasonable option. Chandlers set dates and times for these courses based on their own availability, and those time slots may not work with everyone’s schedule. If, for whatever reason, you find yourself unable to attend an in-person class, there are still plenty of online candle making classes that provide quality training with expert chandlers.

While online courses are a great way to accommodate a challenging schedule or commute, they also do require some forethought in acquiring supplies. While in-person classes typically have supplies on-site provided for students, a virtual class can’t provide the same ready access to materials, so students are expected to acquire them themselves. Instructors will provide a detailed list of necessary supplies which can be purchased from online sellers or from local art supply stores, but the onus of actually getting those supplies ultimately falls on the student.

Love & Make in Houston, Texas conducts a Virtual Candle Making Workshop accessible to anybody in the world with an internet connection. This live virtual workshop teaches all the basic techniques of candle making as an instructor walks you through every step of the process of creating soy wax candles. You will complete the course not only having made a hand-poured soy wax candle, but also possessing the skills to continue making more candles at home on your own time. Note that this class does not come with supplies, and participants are expected to secure those on their own time. To make this a bit easier, Love & Make sells a DIY Candle Making Kit that contains all of the necessary materials, including a container, wax, 2 wicks, fragrance oil, and a stick for stirring wax.

Private Group Candle Making Classes in NYC

If you’re looking for an interesting option for socializing or team building, CourseHorse offers live online candle making and other crafts classes for private groups that are a perfect way to interact as a group in a fun environment.

You can learn basic candle making techniques with CourseHorse’s Virtual Candle Making class. You’ll have all the benefits of a fun, hands-on activity as an expert instructor guides your group through the production of soy and beeswax candles, all from the comfort of your own home.

As an added bonus, this is a virtual class where you won’t have to worry about supplies. While most other courses will require you to purchase materials on your own time and on your own dime, CourseHorse ships a candle making kit with all the supplies you need directly to each participant. Each kit includes enough wax, wicks, candle tins, and fragrance oils to make two candles of your own, as well as miscellaneous supplies for handling the wax like a melting/pouring pitcher and a wax-stirring stick.

Once you’ve booked through CourseHorse, you’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours, and your event provider will personally reach out to introduce themselves and to provide additional information. If you need to change your group size after you’ve booked a course, CourseHorse can easily change your headcount after the fact. While the total cost of the class will depend on the size of the group, you won’t need to finalize payment until you’ve finalized your headcount. This virtual class is hosted over Zoom, but CourseHorse can accommodate other platforms like Microsoft Teams or Google Meets. 

If an in-person group class sounds like a more appealing option, some of the organizations that conduct candle making classes live in New York also offer options for group classes. In the Flatiron district, Atelier Artisane conducts a Natural Scented Candle Making group class for groups of up to 15 people. Over in the Upper West Side, Back Porch Soap Company can accommodate groups of up to 85 in a Design Your Own Candles Workshop.

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