How to make an aromatherapy scented candle

Creating your very own aromatherapy scented candles is a wonderful way to save a little money and create homemade gifts to give out on various occasions. Depending on which aromatic scent you use, there may also be added health benefits. All of the ingredients can be found at either a craft or health food store and are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Here is a list-

  1. Wax- This can be paraffin, soy or beeswax. Old candles cut into pieces with the wick removed can work as well, if you want to use up all your available resources. Paraffin is the least expensive, but also produces more carbon. Beeswax is the cleanest- burning but also the costliest. Soy is a moderately-priced, clean-burning alternative. But with soy, you can’t make tapers or pillars; they must be formed and burned in containers only. It is simply a matter of preference and budget as to which will be best for you.
  1. Dye- There are many routes you can go when it comes to coloring your candles. If you are using either old wax or pre-colored wax, then you need not worry about dye. If you are using plain wax, then food coloring, special wax dye or even dye chips can all be used to tint the wax. Again, there is no right or wrong answer here, simply a personal liking of the available colors.
  2. Wicking- Again, there are a few options. First you need to know which types of candles you plan on making. There are some wicks which come pre-cut, and could possibly be too big or small for the size of candle you desire. There are spools of wicking material that you can also buy and cut as needed.
  3. Scent- For a true aromatherapy candle, essential oils are best. These give the longer-lasting scent. They also may have relaxing or invigorating effects, depending on which ones you use. A few drops go a long way with these natural oils.
  4. Containers- Since you already have to decide which type of candle you will make before you select a wax, and then you should already know which type of containers you need. If you plan to make tea lights, special tea light cups are sold in bags. If you wish to make pillar or taper candles, you will need a mold. If you have a glass container that you want to use instead, then do so! If using soy wax, no molds are needed because you have to form and burn these in a glass container.

Once you have these ingredients together, put them on a table lined with newspaper (in case the melted wax spills, it will not ruin the finish on your table or counter). If you will be using a glass container to shape but wish to take the candles out once they cool, then spread a thin layer of olive oil or other natural oil as a lubricant. Either set your pre- cut wicks up in the containers or cut your spooled wicking to size. Tie one end to a bent-out paper clip or even a pencil and lay it over the mouth of the container. This will prevent the wick from falling into the wax while cooling. If the wick does fall, then your candle will be ruined and you will have to start all over again. Once these preparations are done, you are ready to start!

Over a medium flame, heat water in a double boiler, or make your own by boiling water in a large pot and then choosing a smaller one to put over it. Take your wax and place in the top pot to melt. Stir often with a wooden spoon to avoid sticking. Once it has liquefied, take away from the heat source and add your dye, if you desire color. There is no set amount, but add in small batches. You can always add more, but you can’t take away once it has been added. Stir vigorously into the wax until the color is evenly distributed.

Last step is the scent. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You don’t have to use just one; you can mix and match as well. Vanilla and lavender make a great relaxing candle, or just experiment if you wish. Mix quickly though, as the wax in continually cooling and will be harder to pour the cooler it gets.

Once the wax starts to set, pour into the containers. A slow pour is best to avoid bubbles on the sides of your candle. Let the candles set completely then trim the wick to about an inch, ½ an inch for soy. Your candles are now ready to either burn or give as gifts!

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