Scented candles are great for aromatherapy, so personalize your gifts for loved ones and curl up by candlelight on a cold winter with some diy scented candles.While an interest in candles seems to become more and more common the making of candles itself is a rather masculine skill, especially in medieval times, when light was obviously a necessity as businesses and parishes relied on chandlers and medieval craftsman. If you’ve been a candle user you probably enjoy the steady flame along with the scents of bourbon or sandalwood, as candles can truly be very meditative, but you know the downside is that they’re dang expensive and can run you $20-$30 if it has a luxury brand name attached.
With their soft glow, there’s nothing quite as relaxing reading a few pages by candlelight, and although stores are full of all sorts of scented candles, you’re able to create diy candles to suit your own preferences, with only your imagination to limit your designs. Turns out homemade candles cost just a few bucks each and make for a fairly easy project, making for great additions to your den, and there a few different types of candles you can make. We strongly suggest you make use of synthetic fragrance oils, but we will also discuss using essential oils or multiple different fragrance oils, an exciting stuff that gives you room of experimentation.
STEP 1: Wash out the jars
If you’re recycling old mugs or other containers, inspect them for cracks and dry your jars completely by setting them on a baking tray in the oven while you prepare the wax.
STEP 2: You’ll need a few supplies
When it comes to wax, there are three primary types to choose from, so let’s take a quick look. Paraffin is the traditional wax used for hundreds of years and it is cheap, but the primary concern with paraffin is its potentially toxic nature, automatically giving it a bad name, so if all-natural products are your thing, you’ll probably turn to soy. Soy was created in the ’90s, it’s generally made with soybean oil, and it easily accepts scents, while beeswax candles have been found in the great pyramids of Egypt, produced by bees so it’s a completely natural product, and because of that, it has a subtle scent.
STEP 3: Turn a boring pillar into a luxury candle
Fragrance oils are the most widely used fragrance agent when making candles as they’re relatively cheap, making them extremely attractive, unlike essential oils, which makes it relatively hard for industry professionals to manufacture lots of different fragrances. You can buy blends that mimic the scent profiles of different colognes as it’s a great way of getting an interesting fragrance with none of the fuss of blending your own, but how much should you use? If you find that the fragrance is strong, tone it down by adding 7%, but never add more than 10% when making your candles, right after you’ve mixed in your dye.