How To Use Essential Oils To Make Candles That Emit Refreshing Scents
Do you want to know how to make natural scented candles that can provide great aromatherapy from the comfort of your homes?
Natural candle making is a great activity for the whole family to do together if you’re looking for a creative craft to do together. It’s extremely simple and inexpensive, with benefits to both your health and the health of the environment. With the use of essential oils, you can easily make natural scented candles to fill your whole home with nice smell!
|Why Homemade Scented Candles Are Preferred
|Ingredients Of Natural Scented Candles
All About The Scent
Step By Step Methods For Making Natural Scented Candles
Why Homemade Scented Candles Are Preferred
Conventional candles can be rather expensive if you want to use them in your home. If you really like the scent of artificial scented candles, it might make sense financially to buy them. However, if you are more concerned about your home smelling how you like it is and less about what other people think, then perhaps making your own scented candles with essential oils may be a better option.
There are two main reasons why making homemade scented candles is cheaper than buying conventional ones:
- You do not need to buy any specialized equipment when you make your own candles. You can simply use household items that most people already have at their homes.
- Making the wax for these types of candles does not require much in terms of ingredients. Many ingredients you would find in conventional scented candles may be harmful, so it is cheaper and healthier not to use them when making your own scented candles.
When trying to make homemade scented candles using essential oils, you should experiment with different combinations of carrier oils and waxes. How much oil or wax you add will depend on the type that you choose and how strong a scent that you want it to have. Beeswax has a very light fragrance on its own but it can work well if combined with another ingredient. For example, a mixture of one part beeswax and three parts corn cobs makes for a good base for candles.
You may also decide what kind of glass container you prefer for your candle depending on its purpose. Whether you want a jar for a bedside table, votive cups to place around your living room while entertaining guests or larger candles that can be placed in the garden during summer soirees, you have a wide range of options available. Using different sized containers also allows you to use a wider variety of wax mixtures without worrying about how they will hold up under heat and pressure.
Once you master making scented candle with essential oils using household materials like beeswax and carrier oils, experiment with other ingredients such as soy wax and coconut oil. How much of these ingredients that work best for your needs will depend on what combination yield the best results when used together at various ratios.
All About The Scent
Scent has always been an important component in the long history of candle making. When the Roman emperor Constantine the Great built the first church of Christendom, he ordered that scented wax candles be kept burning constantly. Perfumed candles set in glass fixtures were a feature of upper-class homes in Georgian England in the eighteenth century. The New World introduced its own variations on the scented candle, including bayberry, an excellent candle-making material. A simple, fragrant candle in a soft, natural color and a graceful shape is still both beautiful and functional today.
Ingredients Of Natural Scented Candles
Essential oils – use pure natural ones. Some ideas of the best essential oils can be found here.
Soy wax or beeswax
Rod – for keeping the wick in the center of the melted wax by using a stick or a pencil.
Note: Do not use artificial fragrances during the making process.
11 Step By Step Methods For Making Natural Scented Candles
- In your crock pot, combine 4 cups of natural soy wax and 1 cup of coconut oil (with liner already in)
- Heat the crock pot on high for about an hour, or until the wax and oil are melted (there could be small chunks of wax leftover that you can break up with a spoon)
- Once the oil and wax have melted, turn off the crock pot (if lid is left on this will stay liquid and warm for several hours)
- To hold the wick, place a small amount of wax OR a small amount of hot glue in the bottom of your jar. Allow for a few minutes to harden.
- Tape or pin the wick to the side of your jar to keep it out of the way as you pour in your wax.
- Pour the melted wax into the jars. Immediately wipe away any excess.
- Allow the wax to cool slightly (if it hasn’t already done so in the crock pot). Then, in each individual jar, add your Pure Essential Oils.
- To keep the wick centered, use a rod (straw, pencil, anything like that) and tape or clip the wick to the rod.
- Place melted wax jars on a tray or somewhere they won’t be bumped. I put mine inside my oven to keep it out of the way (do not turn oven on).
- Once the wax has hardened, trim the wick so that it is close to the hardened wax.
- Allow 48 hours for candles to cure before burning.
Adding Scent To The Recipe
- Melt wax and infuse fresh herbs. Warm the wax to pouring temperature (180°F for most candle waxes) and then add strongly scented herbs like rosemary, lavender, or lemon verbena. Maintain this temperature for 45 minutes before straining the wax, which will emit a mild fragrance. Never leave wax unattended on a stove or other cooking surface.
- Before placing the wick in the mold, soak it in a small amount of essential oil. When lit, this will give the candle a very light fragrance.
- Just before pouring, add a few drops of essential oil to the wax: a few drops for a small candle, no more than 1/4 teaspoon for one pound of wax. Stir well to evenly distribute the oil throughout the wax and avoid discoloration spots, then immediately pour it into prepared molds.
- Using one or more of these methods will result in a scent that is rarely overpowering, even for people who are fragrance sensitive. Commercial candle scents are typically much stronger. If you use one of these, start with about half the amount recommended on the package to ensure that your finished candle’s fragrance isn’t overpowering or distracting.
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