If you work from home or just prefer to unwind with the proper quantity of scented aroma in the air, it’s simple to burn through dozens of scented candles on a weekly basis. Large scented ones, however, can be pricey. That’s why you may think about producing your very own candles at home using natural wax and essential oils to reduce your expenditure without giving up your aromatherapy habit. You’d be surprised at how simple it is to do this.
You only need a candle-making kit, your preferred essential oils, and a nice heat-resistant container to pour the contents into. Once everything is set up, it’s simple to make multiple candles at once, which makes finalising all of your homemade Holiday and birthday gifts for the year a breeze! Here’s a quick guide to the candle supplies you need and the steps involved.
Step 1: Prepare Your Container
You’ll need a container to pour your wax substance into before you can begin melting wax or combining smells. Making candles exclusively in robust glass containers for safety’s sake is strongly advised. It’s probably best to first utilize small-size jars since they are the perfect size while not being so large that all of your wax would be utilised on one candle.
Step 2: Get Your Candle Supplies
Although you may buy each component separately, kits that have all the wax, wicks, and wick-centring tools you’ll need are considered the most cost-effective option. Additionally, a kit often makes use of natural soy wax flakes, which burn cleaner than many scented products you may purchase from a store.
The quantity of wax you’ll want for each candle is simple to calculate: Where you want the surface to begin, fill your container with wax flakes up to that point. Measure out the same quantity of flakes once more and pour them into a pot. You’ll need the equivalent of two containers worth of flakes for each candle because the particles melt down fast.
Step 3: Build a Scent Profile
Although it might be challenging and mostly intuitive, creating a scent profile is one of the most fun and satisfying aspects of employing fragrance or essential oils. The goal is to add oils in the proper ratios that blend well together for a pleasing scent overall. Start out modestly, perhaps with a few fragrance oils. Remove the lids from the oils’ bottles and give them a good sniff to get a sense of how they will smell when combined. You’re fine to go if they smell decent.
Even if it’s unusual to discover two scents that don’t go together, individual taste is incredibly important in this situation. Because a home is made of many things, and a pleasant smell matters just as your interior decor does.
Step 4: Melt Wax and Add Scent
Once the wax flakes have been metered out, melt them in a double boiler over medium heat. (In the absence of one, place a metal bowl over a water-filled pot.) Use a silicone spatula to gradually mix the flakes. Add 10–20 drops of essential oils to the wax mixture once it has melted fully. For example, for 450 grams candle, you should probably combine 6 drops of rose and 6 drops of vanilla oil if that’s an aroma combination you fancy.
Step 5: Set Down the Wick and Pour the Wax
Before pouring the candle, you must secure the wick to the bottom. Each wick should have a flat metal bottom; insert the metal piece in the middle of the bottom of your jar or container after dipping it into the molten wax. Hold it in place until the wick stands up on its own and the wax solidifies.
The wax should then be carefully withdrawn from the heat and poured into your container. Use the wick anchoring tool included in the kit to keep the wick in place if it comes loose from the bottom. (In this manner, when the wax hardens, the wick will be in the middle of the candle.) Two chopsticks can also be balanced over the top of a large container to hold the wick in place if you’re using one.
Step 6: Let It Set
You can leave them unattended overnight because it will take the wax many hours to fully solidify once more. Once they have fully set, you must trim the wick (Even candles purchased at the store should have their wicks cut before burning.) The simplest method is to use a wick trimmer, though you may also use scissors. Your candles are ready to be lit once you’ve cut the wick to around 30 or 35 cm.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this delightful DIY hobby! Also, keep in mind that it’s normal for things to not go exactly as planned the first few times. You can become a skilled candlemaker quickly if you just start off small and don’t give up on the process!