Buying scented candles might sound like an easy option, but they can also be pricey. Making the candles at home is not only inexpensive, but also allows you to be creative.
Paraffin, soy and beeswax are the three types of wax, although for beginners paraffin wax is the easiest to use. Buy wax that is already broken into small pieces as this makes it easier to melt.
Next you need is the essential oil. There are many different scents in the market, lavender, jasmine, rose, eucalyptus etc. Pick the one you like the most.
Scented candles usually come in a variety of colors. If you wish to add color to your candles, buy some wax color chips, or powder color.
Once you have assembled your ingredients, start making the candles.
In a double boiler, melt the paraffin wax. Occasionally stir using a metal or plastic spoon. Use a candy thermometer and keep checking the temperature. It should not be over 175 degrees.
While the wax is melting, place some newspapers on your work table. Line up your candle molds. You can either buy these from supply shops, or use cleaned soup cans.
Fix the wicks to the base of the molds. Some molds come with a hole through which you needle the wick. If this isn’t an option for you, use a little superglue to hold the wick in place.
Tie the loose end of the wick to a pencil or small scale and balance that on the top of the mold.
Once the wax has melted, turn the heat to simmering and add your essential oil. Do not overdo the fragrance as it will make the candle burn unevenly.
Add your wax color chips or powder color and stir until you have your desired color.
Close the heat and slowly pour the wax into the mold. Be very careful during this process. The slower you pour the less air bubbles you will get in your candle. Once you have filled to the top, tap gently the sides of the mold to release any air bubbles.
If you feel you have messed this process up, don’t worry. You can still release the air bubbles. Use a long skewer or a pencil and make holes in the wax. Then pour more wax.
The middle usually sinks as it cools, so keep pouring the wax until you have a smooth finish.Let the candle cool down for six hours approximately.
Once the candle is cooled, invert the mold. The candle should slip right out. Trim the wick to about ½ inch and light your candle.
If you don’t fancy making your own scented candles you can always buy ready made ones such as Yankee Candles (available here). Have you ever tried to make your own candles or scented candles? Got any tips to share – let us know by adding your comment below!
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