Oh man, have you ever researched what exactly makes traditional candles smell so good? Well, as it turns out, the fragrances used in candles (and tons of other products that are “scented”), are actually HARSH CHEMICALS! [Read this article from TIME, if you don’t believe me… or if you just want to know more 😉 ].
When I started using essential oils, I began making a lot of my own products. It saves money and it’s better for me and the environment I live in. I went from being a candle and room spray ADDICT to being a diffuser abuser (in a good way 😉 )! And don’t get me wrong, I still love all of my diffusers, but one day I just felt like making candles, so here’s what I came up with! It is super simple and straightforward. They also make for some cute and inexpensive gifts!
Here’s what you’ll need (per candle):
- 2(ish) cups Soy Wax (I got mine on Amazon. It’s 100% soy wax with no fragrance or additives and it’s already shaved into small, easy to melt pieces)
- 1 Wick (Such as these from amazon)
- 1 Small Tin (mason jars work too!)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Double Boiler (or a make shift one)
- 20 drops Your Choice of Essential Oil
- Labels, ribbon and other decorations of choice
Some of my favorite Essential Oil combos for candles:
- Lavender & Lemon
- Peppermint (with a couple drops of vanilla extract or a teaspoon of cocoa powder)
- Stress Away and Orange
Here’s how to make it:
Heat up about an inch of water in the bottom part of your “double boiler contraption” (i.e. an old metal popcorn bowl that fits nicely into a pan of boiling water). While your water is heating up, glue the wick to the bottom of your tin (I use a shorter wick and it seems to stand up on its own, but if you’re using a longer wick or yours isn’t staying up, use a straw and wrap the wick down until the straw rests on top of your tin). When the water is boiling, add the second piece of the double boiler and add the soy wax. Melt it down into a liquid then turn off the heat. Let the wax cool slightly before adding in your essential oils, mixing and pouring into your tin. Let it cool down and harden then cut the wick to the top of the tin and decorate with a label, wash tape and/or ribbon!
There you go! So simple and cute… the only downside is that is does take a lot of precious essential oil to make it scented. I tend to stick to my diffuser and make a couple candles for special occasions and gifts!