Make Your Own Candles at The Candle Lab

I’ve had The Candle Lab on my list of things I want to do for quite a while and FINALLY got myself in there! And I’m so glad I did!

Candle Lab in OTR

I decided to try my hand at candle making at Candle Lab OTR (Over the Rhine). This location for The Candle Lab can be found right in the middle of all your favorite Vine Street hang outs and shops.

Candle Lab in Over the Rhine Cincinnati, Ohio

The Candle Lab is somewhat of an anomaly – an unexpected discovery in the middle of lots of great eateries. You really should plan to have a meal after you make your own candles. You’re right by Bakersfield, Senate, The Eagle, Quan Hapa…

Inside The Candle Lab in Cincinnati

So what exactly IS The Candle Lab?

The Candle Lab is a place to make your own candles but it’s also a place to make your own scented products. You can choose to make a candle or infuse your personally crafted scent into the form of a body lotion, room diffusers, fragranced oils, and more.

Make Your Own Scented Products at Candle Lab
Candle Lab various scented product ideas

How Does It Work?

To get started, you’ll choose what product you’re going to make and then get into crafting your own personal scent.

getting started at The Candle Lab in Cincinnati Ohio

One wall of Candle Lab is full of candles made with their 120 fragrances. Each candle along the wall is clearly marked with the scent. You’ll use these scented candles to create your own product’s custom scent. 

Simply grab a clipboard and start smelling. Sniff, sniff, sniff and find your favorites. Add them to your list as you go.

Choosing your product at the Candle Lab in OTR

Once you have a list of your favorite scents and have chosen which product you’re going to make (candle, scented bath salts, etc.), you’ll head over to their bar.

Candle Making at The Candle Lab

I pulled up a seat and let Ashley help me in deciding which of my favorite scents would go together well. I also crafted a label for the bottom of my candle.

getting ready to mix my own candle at The Candle Lab

Ashley pulled the bottles of scents for me and, with her direction, I got to work in combining the three scents to my liking.

Mixing scents at The Candle Lab

Once I had the scents mixed and was happy with my combination, it was time to make my candle.

Making candles at The Candle Lab in Cincinnati, Ohio

Ashley went over to their big vat of hot soy candle wax and poured some into the container I had chosen earlier.

Making candles at The Candle Lab in OTR

Then I mixed my scent into the candle she poured for me.

When will my candle be ready?

Because it’s still very hot and still a liquid, you’ll need to return for your Candle Lab candle after about 90 minutes. Lucky for you, you’re in a great place to kill an hour or so of time. But if you can’t get back to pick it up the same day, they’ll gladly hold it for you until you can return.

Body Products at the Candle Lab in Cincinnati OHio

In addition to making your own products, they do have candles and body products that are ready for purchase.

pre-made products at The Candle Lab

They also do create custom scents and products for businesses, weddings, and events too.

Business and wedding gifts from The Candle Lab
pouring candles at The Candle Lab

You can enjoy Candle Lab by yourself, with a friend, or as a group. Each person can pour his/her own personally scented candle. This would be a great ladies’ night out, a fun birthday outing, homeschool fun, and more. They do request a “heads up” if you’ll have 4 or more in your group so they can be sure to accommodate you.

The Candle Lab is located at 1325 Vine Street in Over the Rhine

The Candle Lab also has locations in Anderson, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!

1 thought on “Make Your Own Candles at The Candle Lab”

  1. Sounds like a great place. The Facebook link on this page is for the store in Columbus. The one in Cincinnati is called The Candle Lab OTR.

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