How To Make Candles With Essential Oils?
They say that “Love is in the light,” and is so true. Talking of light and love, “scented candles” is something that comes to our minds. They are quite expensive but what if we tell you that you could make scented candles at home? Yes, this is a definitive guide that teaches you how to make candles with essential oils.
Essential oil-based candles not only emits flame but also adds a natural ambiance to a room, making you feel warm, cozy, and calm. The joy of lighting a candle and the benefits of aromatherapy goes hand in hand.
Making candles is easy because it involves only melting the wax and pouring it into a jar. You can add your touch to it by adding aroma and color to it.
If you are already a candle person, then you might have already tried adding essential oils to your candle. If not, this guide will help you to.
You can make a perfect space for meditation, self-care ritual, concentration, focus and even romance using natural homemade essential oil candles.
Candle making is absolute fun. The best part is that DIY candles are super cool and affordable!
It is a tremendously satisfying hobby, and is something you should try at least once in your lifetime. DIY aromatherapy candles are a perfect project for your craft time and you can make gifts to your friends and loved ones.
By indulging in your creative side, you can make essential oil candles for celebrations or any special occasion. You can use any essential oil of your choice or formulate your blend as you desire.
So, let’s get started.
But there’s something you should know first.
Wax is a generic term, and scientists use this term to indicate many things. Since ancient times, people developed candle waxes from a variety of fat substances derived from plants, animals, insects, and rocks.
But in the late 20th century, people started developing synthetic waxes and chemicals for commercial candle manufacturing.
Which Wax To Use To Make Candles?
You can use either of the following waxes while making candles at home:
- Soy Wax
- Palm Wax
- Rapeseed wax
- Coconut Wax
- Any Vegetable wax
Tips To Choose The Right Type Of Wax
- Go for natural and high-quality wax.
- Use wax flakes, as it melts soon.
- Plan the type of candle you want to make.
Choose The Right Wick For Candles
Once you choose the “wax type,” the next step is to choose the right wick for your candle.
There are about 3000 varieties of wicks available in the market. Choosing the right one is crucial for making a perfect candle.
How Important Is It To Choose The Right Wick?
If you do not choose the correct wick, your candle will not burn properly. A wrong wick can ruin the entire hard work that you put behind in making the candle. So, make sure you buy a high-quality wick.
What Would You Achieve With A Perfect Wick?
- Optimal flame size with no flicker
- Consistent burn time
- No dripping in the wax pool and it looks even
- No Carbon deposits when burning
- A moderate temperature in the container
- Even fragrant throw and great scent (Purpose achieved!)
Factors To Consider While Choosing The Wick
- The diameter of the candle: The larger the diameter of the candle, the larger the wick size.
- The type of wax you use: Find the density of your wax. If the wax of your choice is denser, the melting point is high. So, you have to use a large-sized wick.
- The desired burn time of the candle: If you want to burn your candle for a short time, make sure to use a larger wick.
- The Fragrance of the oil: The more fragrance you use, the larger the wick size.
- The length of the wick: If your wick is too short, it creates dripping and insufficient light. If the flame is long, then your wick length is too high. Make sure the wick is optimal in length and stays inside the jar.
Which Essential Oils To Use For Candles?
There are hundreds or thousands of essential oils available in the market. A few of these oils are versatile and can be used in candles without any fear.
For homemade scented candles, these essential oils go well with natural waxes:
- Lavender oil
- Rose oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Rosemary oil
- Peppermint oil
- Lemon oil
- Tangerine oil
- Orange oil
- Lime oil
- Grapefruit oil
- Balsam fir oil
You can either use a single oil or make a blend of your choice.
What To Consider While Choosing Essential Oils?
- The strength of the aroma you desire to achieve.
- The purpose of the candle – relaxing, improving concentration, meditation, self-care ritual, and much more.
- The fragrance of the oil – uplifting, earthy or intense.
- The nature of the essential oil and its effects on your mind, body, and soul.
- The color of the essential oil. It would be great if the color coordinates the décor and the purpose.
How Much Essential Oil To Add To Candles?
The amount of essential oil you use in candles depends on:
- The size of the candle
- The amount of aroma you desire
How To Make Candles With Essential Oils?
Here is a step-by-step guide to making your DIY essential oil candles:
- 6 cups of wax flakes
- Wick with anchor
- Essential oils or the blend
- 8-ounce glass jar (or jar of your choice)
- Stirring device (wood is a better option)
- Pen or a clip to secure the wick in its position
- Measuring flask
- Take the jar to prepare the candle.
- With the help of wax, anchor the wick in the center of the jar and secure it using a clip or pen or a chopstick. Let the wick be longer than the jar at this point of time.
- Melt the wax in a microwave-safe container or a pot over medium heat. Make sure that the wax melts fairly well. Stir at regular intervals.
- Once the wax evenly melts, measure the wax in a measuring flask.
- Add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil to the wax and stir to blend it well.
- Pour the wax into the candle jar and make sure that it spreads evenly without any bubbles or dip.
- Adjust the wick to the center and secure it using a clip.
- Let the wax stand still until it solidifies.
- Cut the wick to an optimal length.
- Keep your candle closed using a cloth or box for two days before burning it.
Tips For Candle Care
- The first burn is the most important. Let the candle melt from side to side so that it does not create any ring or dripping.
- Trim the wick regularly.
- Do not burn the candle for more than 4 hours at a time.
- Discontinue using the candle when about ½ inch of the wax is left at the bottom of the jar. Remember, not disturbing the anchor of the wax is crucial.
- Store your candle in a cool and dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight.