Candlelit evenings: how to make scented candles at home

KKylie September 1, 2023 7:02 AM

There's something entrancing about the soft glow of a scented candle. It can transform a room into a tranquil sanctuary, complete with your favourite scent filling the air. This guide is here to help you create your own scented candles right at home, allowing you to personalise your relaxation experience.

Gather your materials

Before you start making your candles, you'll need a few supplies. Here's a quick list:

  • Wax (soy, paraffin, or beeswax)
  • Pre-tabbed wicks
  • Essential oils
  • Candle dye (optional)
  • Candle containers
  • A double boiler
  • A thermometer
  • A pair of pliers

Note: You can easily find a candle making kit online or in a craft store if you don't want to buy each item separately.

Step-by-step guide to making scented candles

Step 1: Preparing your wax

Start by measuring your wax. A helpful rule of thumb is to double the amount of wax your container can hold. This is to account for the melting process, which significantly reduces the volume of wax.

Step 2: Melting the wax

Place your wax into a double boiler and melt it over medium heat. The temperature should be approximately 185°F (85°C). Use your thermometer to check the temperature. Don’t let it get too hot.

Step 3: Adding your scent

Once your wax melts, you can add your scented oil. The amount you use will depend on the type of wax and oil you're using, but generally, you can add 1 oz of oil for every 16 oz of wax.

Step 4: Pouring the wax

Before pouring the wax into your container, ensure that your wick is fixed in the center of the container. Pour the wax slowly and carefully, leaving a bit of wax for the top.

Step 5: Curing the candle

Once the wax is poured, let your candle cure for a minimum of 24 hours before lighting it. This helps the scent and wax to set properly. Keep it in a cool and dry place.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Don't be disheartened if your first few candles don't turn out exactly as you hoped. Keep experimenting with different scents, colors, and containers to find the perfect combination that suits your taste.

Additional tips and tricks

To take your candle making to the next level, try experimenting with different types of waxes and essential oils. Each type of wax has a different burning time and scent throw, so don't be afraid to mix and match to find your perfect blend. Similarly, different essential oils not only provide different scents but can also have different therapeutic properties. Lavender, for instance, is known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Candle making can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Not only do you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but homemade scented candles also make excellent, personalized gifts for friends and family. Plus, it's a great way to add a touch of warmth and coziness to your home.

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