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How to Make Aroma Beads 101

Making Aroma Beads

  • Materials Needed:
  • Aroma Beads
  • Candle dye, mica or pigment colors
  • Large Container (NO PLASTIC BAGS)
    HDPE plastic container or container glass will work best. We like using thick plastic.
    You can clean them out and dishwasher them when done.
    Make sure you have enough room so the beads can move freely while mixing/shaking them.

Start off with 1-1.5 oz of oil and put it in a glass container or heavy plastic.  You can add more oil later
or if needed.

(LESS IS BEST when starting out.  (2 TBLS of oil is equal to about 1 ounce, but you
SHOULD use a digital scare for exactness.
  You can always add more oil but you can't take it away.) 
If you use too much oil you will become frustrated because the oil will not soak up
for you and you will have to add additional beads. If you don't have any more,
it may be even more frustrating.   You can always add more fragrance. 

You Should use about (1.5 oz) of oil.per pound of beads.  This is ABOUT 2-3 TBLS. 
You SHOULD however, use a digital scale.  TBLS are not as accurate.

Just be careful not to add too much.  You can add additional oil if you feel the need,
however, adding more oil is not necessarily going to make the beads smell longer,
it just makes it take longer to absorb.  Some fragrance oils absorb faster than others. 
You can also use DPG to help smooth out the oils or when using essential oils.
If using Essential oils, BE careful.  They absorb twice as fast as fragrance oils
and sometimes DPG will help the oil flow better. We personally use 1.5 to 1.8 ounces
of oil per pound of beads.

  • Vanilla based or leather based fragrances WILL take longer to dry,
    as will cold or rainy weather. **
  • Drop 1 drop of color (or to your color liking) in to the oil swish the color until mixed. 
    You may add more color as needed.  You may also add additional color after the beads are dry. 
    This will give the beads a variegated look. Mix the color well within the oil.
  • (See our color mixing page)
  • 1 drop of blue will make a pretty sky blue
  • 8-10 drops of pink/red will make a solid red
  • 5 drops will make a good strong yellow. 8 for (darker, bright yellow, but not needed)
  • 3 drops of green to make a nice green color
  • 1-2 drops of orange with make a pretty pale orange.
    (Be care not to add too much or it can become more of a pumpkin)
  • For a clove color, add 5 drops of red and 3 -4 drops of brown/mocha
  • 15-20 drops of black to make a true, solid black

You CANNOT use food coloring or skin safe dye. It will bead up in the oil
and come off on your hands or whatever it touches.  I have also tried rit dye. 
It makes a huge mess and will get all over the place so you should stay away from it.
To obtain a very pale color, you can use mica powder to dye.
Mica will give a different look to the coloring of your beads. 

Add MICA right to the oil and swish. It is easier than addding afterwards.  

  • Slowly add the beads to the glass jar. 
  • You may lightly swish to start the color process.  
  • Shake the beads when all has been added to disperse the color and oil throughout.  
  • The beads should be wet throughout. 

Vigorously shake beads for a minute or two to be sure they are all mixed.
Depending on the weight of the fragrance oil, your beads could take from
a few hours to a day or two before the beads are complete.
If it is not soaking up as fast as you would like, you can add additional beads. 
Be sure you buy your beads from a reputable company.  
Ask the company if they test their beads from fragrance to baking.
Some beads are not absorbing and you could be hoaxed in to buying them.
* For example, the beads in beanie babies WILL NOT WORK!
* NOTE:  Every time you walk by your beads, pick up the container and shake them. 
Essential oils do work differently. DO NOT leave them stand for very long,
as they normally cure very quickly. Citrus oils will also usually cure quicker.
Orange Sherbet /Dreamsicle, Lemon and any citrus fragrances can clump. 
Just break apart with you hands.  It will not stay so don't panic!
Citrus cure quickly.
When the beads are done, they should be dry to the touch and the jar should
shake clean of beads on the sides.  There may be a  bit of residue at the bottom of jar,
but that is okay.  Throw in a few unscented beads and shake in the jar. 
Add them to your beads. 
Most oils will cure within a 24 hours or less, Some heavier oils may day 2-3 days to absorb. 
* NOTE: Cure your beads at least 4-5 additional days before packaging or melting  
for air fresheners.  (SEE Making Air Freshener Ornaments)
The less the time you let them sit, the less time they will keep their smell!

There are many possibilities. Mix and match scents with different colors. 
You can add herbs, dried flowers, corn cobs, colored stones, rocks and cut glass. 
Use your imagination.  After a while you will become proficient at making your beads. 

Sell them by the ounce or by the pound.  They are great for profit and fundraisers. 
Put them in a fancy dish or organza bags.

Good luck and have fun!

There are many recipes out there and people who will tell you an incorrect way
to make them because they want to keep you from making money and succeeding! 
Don't listen to them.  Create your own new style and experiment with colors
and oils to produce your own style!