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Another day, another summer vibes recipe. This candle will make you feel like the boss, just back on a weekend trip to Havana. This candle is a quick, easy, and (this is key) legal way to experiences the smooth Cuban Tobacco smoke the Pearl of the Antilles is known for.

Cuban Tobacco fragrance oil is fantastic! With a mix of amber, spices, cherry, and clove, it will make your home smell AMAZING.


Start by prepping your jar for pouring. This includes securing the wick to the bottom of the jar so that it doesn’t move around when the hot wax is poured. You can use hot glue, but the adhesive stick-ems are so quick and easy! Just apply to the bottom of the metal tab and place the wick in the center of the jar.

Be sure to press firmly on the tab to secure the adhesive to the jar. You can use a pencil or pen (or anything with a long handle) to do this as your hand may not fit in the jar.

To prepare the wax, measure out double the amount of dry flakes that fit into your jar. For example, if your jar holds 1 cup of dry wax flakes, you’ll need 2 cups of dry flakes to fill the jar once melted.

Using a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, melt the wax until a smooth, even liquid is achieved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Stir in the fragrance oil. You can adjust this to suit your preference, but a good rule of thumb for the fragrance to wax is 1 ounce fragrance oil for every 1 pound of wax used.

Carefully pour the scented wax into the jar.

Center the wick and stabilize it while it cools by folding it over a straw, wooden skewer, or even a popsicle stick. If you regularly make candles you may have a tool for this, but for those of you dabbling in candle making- this is a good starting point.

Allow the candle to cool completely. Prior to use, be sure to trim the wick (for better burning).

Let us know if you try out this recipe or any others from our blog!

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As with all products, users should test a small amount prior to normal extended use. If pregnant or suffering from illness, consult a doctor before use. 

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  1. The fragrance oil, is it made up of essential oils or are there any synthetic ingredients in it? I tried looking on the product page, but it doesn’t say specifically.

    1. We don’t actually manufacture our fragrance oils. IFRA (International Fragrance Association) mandates what is/or is not safe ingredients to be in fragrance oils. It also dictates that manufactures don’t need to share what specific ingredients are in their proprietary fragrance creations. Therefore unfortunately we can’t attest to our fragrance oils to be “All Natural”, nor do we have the means to gather specific formulations for fragrance oils.

  2. I just recently bought some of the Cuban Tobbaco Oil to make into lip balm, solid perfume/cologne, or just for a diffuser.
    It smells amazing, I highly recommend it & I never would have thought of a candle because I’ve never made candles! Excited to try this!

  3. My sister in laws house is built out of wood from an old tobacco barn and smells amazing. Would you guess that Cuban tobacco fragrance would be sort of like that? If so, I should get gallons!

  4. I just made this candle using two wood wicks. Turned out and burns great. For my daughter in law . Said the scent wasn’t very strong. Hoping she just can’t smell very well ?

  5. Hi,
    I have made the above using 0.5 oz of the fragrance oil with 2 lbs of white bees wax and it was kind of mild then I read use 1 Oz per lb of Wax. (I should read more before I do…)

    How much should I use if I was using Essential oils per Lb of bees wax?

    Is there any issues with using Essential oil ?

    1. Essential oils and fragrance oils can both be used in candles. When choosing a scent for your candles, the rule is that a higher flash-point will provide more scent. The flash point is the temperature at which an oil will ignite; therefore, it’s best to use essential oils or fragrance oils with a flash point higher than the melting temperature of the wax you’re using.

      For beginners, fragrance oils are great since they have a high flash point and they are inexpensive. If using an essential oil you will need to ensure that the flash point is higher than the melting temperature of the wax to ensure safety, and to ensure that the desired scent is archived. The flash points for the essential oils can be obtained by requesting the technical data sheet/regulatory documents for the specific oil.

      Generally, 1 teaspoon of essential oil to 1 pound of wax is recommended.

      1. Thank you for the info.

        Can you tell me why after the White bees wax has pulled away from the glass and shows a concave shape in middle? No one touched them no one moved them or changed the temperature in the house I poured it and left them overnight to dry etc.
        Also 1 teaspoon of essential oil per Lb of Wax
        So how much for Fragrance oil per pound of wax? ( Me thinks me made another ooops)
        Thank you,

        1. The air bubbles/imperfections are possibly caused by the temperature fluctuations and movement while the wax is curing. You can try the following:

          1. Work in a room where the room temperature is constant.
          2. Ensure that the glass container is clean and pre-heat it in an over to around 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
          3. Melt the wax, at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature.
          4. Pour the wax into the jar slowly, at the manufacturer’s recommended pour temperature.
          5. While the wax is cooling, please avoid placing the glass jars close to each other as this will incubate the heat on each of the glass jars sides.
          6. You can gently tap the glass jar to release any hidden are bubbles, but please do not move the jars or use too much force as this can create unseen air bubbles.
          7. Allow the wax to cool naturally at room temperature.

          Generally, a fragrance oil usage range of 6% to 10% of the total weight/volume of the recipe is recommended; this works out to be approximately 1 oz. per pound of wax.

          1. Thank you for that information. Can you lease tell me what temperature is the manufacturers recommended temperature for the white bees wax pearls that you sell / I purchased?

  6. Hi Daniel,

    So I followed all your instructions and I heated the glass jars to 170 F (Oven could not go lower) removed from oven to cool slightly, allowed the temp of the wax to drop to 65 C and then added the fragrance oil. It did not peal away from the wall of glass this time but it was concave in the center and the wick had a crack by it.
    What did I do wrong? How do I fix that?

    1. Please answer the following:

      1. What is the size and type of wick being used?
      2. What type of candle (container, votive, pillar are you making?
      2. Is the recommended jar in this recipe being used? If not, what is the diameter of the jar or mold being used?
      3. Is the recommended wax in this recipe being used? If not, please provide the wax type.

      1. 14 oz Studio Jars MMM (cap not included) item # 3906J
        Beeswax white
        CD-10 – 6″ Cotton Candle Wick Pre-waxed
        All purchased through you, no unknown sources or other.
        Please let me know what or how to resolve this from happening again.
        Thank you

        1. Ideally, a one time pour container blend wax should be used to prevent the issue; however, for container candles you can re-pour some wax to the top , after the initial pour has cooled for about an hour. Optionally, after the re-pour cooled for another hour, use a heat gun over the top and around the candle to even it out.

  7. Hi Daniel,

    So I tried this again with Yellow bees wax and:
    14 oz Studio Jars MMM (cap not included) item # 3906J
    CD-10 – 6″ Cotton Candle Wick Pre-waxed

    and the candle wick burnt through the centre pretty good it tunnelled but the sides are intact, do you have a suggestion how to fix that? Maybe a different wick? If so which one ?

    1. Please try the suggestions provided previsouly; ideally, you should stick a one time pour candle wax, as was used in this recipe.

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