Moroccan Candle Scents

Updated February 7, 2020
Moroccan scented candles

Moroccan candle scents are earthy, spicy and sensual. The exotic scents instantly transport you to the land of spice traders and the Marrakesh markets.

Moroccan Candle Scents and Moroccan Candle Lanterns

For a complete ambient setting, choose a Moroccan candle lantern for your Moroccan scented candle. There are many candle lanterns in the Moroccan style available, so you're sure to find the ideal one.

Choices of Moroccan Candle Scents

Before you set out shopping, you may want to explore some of the various exotic scents offered for Moroccan scented candles. You may find a blend of spices and blossoms are your ideal scent.

List of Moroccan Scents for Candles

The popular scents used in Moroccan candles are one readily available in the region. These can be native plants, flowers and fruit trees or traditional spices used in local cuisines. Many spices and herbs are used in Moroccan scents for candles include ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, basil, and cardamon.

Spices at spice market


Patchouli is a very common scent used in Moroccan scents. Patchouli is a strong scent with a hint of sweet scent mixed with a musky or earthy aroma.

Fig Blossoms

The blossoms of the fig fruit are used to create Moroccan scents for candles, perfumes and other olfactory products. Fig blossoms have a spicy scent similar to coconut but mingled with a kind of sweet grassy note. Fig blossom is a prominent scent for a Moroccan candle.


Sandalwood is a popular scent. The first whiff is of a wood note that is prominent. However, there is a constant second note that rides on top of the woody one that is sweet and powder like.


The eucalyptus scent is unmistakable. It is pungent, like a mix of mint and pine, but with a heavier aroma. It's used in salves, like Tiger Balm, for medicinal purposes and is often added in scent candles for its soothing and stimulating properties.

Eucalyptus essential oil with eucalyptus leaves


Cinnamon is a common spice used for scented candles. The cinnamon scent is a mix of sweet, spicy and a hint of heat undertones.


Bergamot is a favorite citrus scent that's commonly associated with Earl Grey tea's signature flavor. It is a citrus yet spicy note that also has a flower note some describe as reminiscent of lavender.


The drought resistant verbena produces flowers that have a lemon citrus scent. Some people describe the note as similar to citronella.


Citronella is mostly known as a mosquito repellent. However, it's often used in a blended scent with sandalwood, bergamot, eucalyptus, and other scents for candles.

Jasmine Flowers

The jasmine scent is full and rich with a soft sweetness that lingers in the air. It lends itself to various blends of scents, such as sandalwood, ginger and rose.


Rose is a favorite scent that is fresh and distinct. Red and pink roses have that restive inviting scent, while other colors and varieties have varying scents, such as yellow roses are often described as having a lemon fragrance.

Green Tea Leaves

Green tea has a fresh and light grassy fragrance. It blends well with other scents, such as gardenia and citruses.


Orange is another distinct citrus scent that is commonly used for candle scents. This scent blends well with other scents, such as patchouli


Marrakech lemons and other lemon varieties have a distinct lemony note that is sweet and light. Like other citrus scents, lemon is used in Moroccan candle scents.


Mint is a cherished plant that is used for tea, aromatherapy and medicinal purposes. The sweet light scent makes a great addition to a Moroccan candle.


The heliotrope is affectionately called cherry pie flower due to its cherry, vanilla and almond scent. It even has a hint of marzipan scent. This scent is a delightful one for Moroccan scented candles.

Make Your Own Candle Using Moroccan Scents

You can easily create your own special blend of Moroccan scents to create a fragrant candle. Start by testing various candle oils and then blending to come up with the perfect scent. If you don't want to take the time to test different blends, you can use a Moroccan recipe that you can use and be transported to the land of fables.

Use Candle Oils

When making your own candles, be sure you only use scented oils designed specifically for candle making. You can use essential oils or candle fragrances. Be sure you observe candle making safety procedures.

Woman smelling essential oil

Energizing Moroccan Scent Candle Recipe

You can adjust this recipe to create variations. Keep in mind the base, middle and top notes when creating blend variations. This recipe uses orange, patchouli, bergamot, nutmeg, rosemary, and vanilla essential oils for candle making.

Essential Oils

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon patchouli (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (middle note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary (middle note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange (top note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon bergamot (top note)

Tools and Equipment

  • Measuring spoons
  • 16 oz soy candle wax
  • 16 oz candle mold
  • Candle making thermometer
  • Double boiler
  • Mold release spray
  • Wick (long enough for 16 oz candle)
  • Wooden skewer to hold wick
  • Metal spoon for stirring
  • Scissors or wick trimmer
  • Candle dye/colorant (optional)

Mold Preparation Instructions

  1. Spray candle mold with mold release.
  2. Attach wick to bottom of mold.
  3. Draw the wick around the wooden skewer.
  4. Place the skewer across the top of your candle mold.

Candle Mixing Instructions

  1. Pour two inches of water in bottom part of double boiler, set on burner and turn heat on high.
  2. Measure wax for one 16 oz candle.
  3. Melt wax by placing it in the top part of double boiler.
  4. Stir wax until it is thoroughly melted.
  5. Bring wax to 175°.
  6. Add essential oils.
  7. Don't allow wax to go over 185°.
  8. If using candle dye/colorant, add to melted scented wax.
  9. Stir to blend oils and dye.

Wax Pouring Instructions

  1. Remove double boiler from burner.
  2. Turn off burner.
  3. Pour wax slowly and steadily into the candle mold.
  4. Fill the mold to the very top with no more than 1/2" headspace between the candle and the rim of the mold.
  5. All the wax to completely cool.
  6. Remove candle from the mold by turning upside down.
  7. Gently tap the bottom of the mold to encourage release.
  8. Trim the wick to 1/4" high.
  9. Light your candle and enjoy the Moroccan scent!

Moroccan Scent Variations

You can use the same recipe by substituting some of the fragrances. This will give you different candle Moroccan scents to enjoy. Below are three variations you can try:

A Happy Moroccan Balance Scent

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon patchouli (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chamomile (middle note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pine (middle note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon lavender (top note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon bergamot (top note)

Soothe the Mind Moroccan Scent

  • 1/2 teaspoon patchouli (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lavender (middle note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary (middle note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange (top note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon eucalyptus (top note)

Ease Into Your Day Moroccan Scent

  • 1/2 teaspoon jasmine (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (base note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (middle note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary (middle note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange (top note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon bergamot (top note)

Discovering Candle Moroccan Scents

There are many candle Moroccan scents. Once you understand what they are, you can venture into more exotic fragrances for candle scent choices.

Moroccan Candle Scents