Candle-Making with Essential Oils
Candles have been around for over 5,000 years, making them one of the first inventions of the human race. Modern candles use wax for fuel for continuous burning, but in the beginning, various fats were used to fuel the flames. But no matter how long they’ve been around, they still remain a product that is used in almost every household.
The problem with the everyday use of most of the candles on the market is that they are filled with unnatural chemicals and odours, making them toxic when in use. Even though we all love the aromas of a high-quality candle, we’ve got to be concerned with the air our families breathe!
In an effort to keep your lungs free and clear, we’re offering you an all-natural alternative that’s fun and affordable to make. And since homemade candles are only as pure as the ingredients used, essential oils make the perfect addition to any scented product, not only smelling great, but giving your body a boost of their healing properties as well.
These candles are a fantastic way to practice aromatherapy, and also make brilliant gifts!
First of all, here’s the list of the products you need to have on hand:
- Essential Oils of your choice
- Glass jars
- Soy wax flakes
- Microwavable bowl
Before you get started, you’ll want to decide on which essential oils you will use. You can choose one oil for your scent if you’d like, or for even better aromatherapy benefits, try combining some oils for different effects.
To get you started, here are some great oil blends you can use:
Summer Joy (uplifting, mood-enhancing) – lemon, bergamot, orange
Spiced Tea (air cleansing, mood-enhancing) – frankincense, cinnamon, orange
Spa Fresh (relaxing, refreshing) – eucalyptus, lavender
Fresh & Clean (mood-enhancing, mental alertness) – peppermint, orange
Euphoria (sedating, mood-enhancing) – clary sage, lavender, frankincense, bergamot
Blissful Slumber (sedating) – lavender, sandalwood
Citrus Fresh (mood-enhancing, air cleansing) – lemongrass, orange, bergamot, grapefruit
Blends for Different Seasons:
Flu Season – eucalyptus, frankincense, cinnamon
Christmas – frankincense, cinnamon, orange
Summer – lemon, orange
Winter – peppermint, bergamot
Fall – cinnamon, clary sage
Spring – eucalyptus, peppermint, grapefruit
How to Choose Essential Oils by Scent Properties
Sweet – bergamot, clary sage, frankincense
Fruity – bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, orange, clary sage
Floral – rose, ylang ylang, juniper, geranium, lavender
Fresh – rosemary, peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus
Spicy – cinnamon, pepper
Woody – cedarwood, sandalwood, pine, frankincense
Earthy – clary sage, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree
Once you’ve chosen your scent(s), and your supplies are set up, it’s time to begin!
Prepare your candle jar by setting a wick in the middle and securing it at the top with something like a wooden clothespin. If the wick is long, you may be able to wrap the end around a pencil and dangle the wick from the mouth of the jar.
Pour enough wax flakes into your candle jar to slightly overfill.
Pour the flakes from the candle jar into the microwaveable bowl.
Heat the bowl of wax flakes in the microwave in 20-second increments until completely liquid.
Add 10-15 drops of your chosen essential oil or combination of oils to the wax. (More for large jars)
Slowly pour the wax mixture into the candle jar, careful to keep the wick in place.
Let the candle cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Always keep any allergies in mind when choosing the essential oils you will use for your candles. As the candles burn, they release micro molecules into the air that you will breath in just as with a diffuser or direct inhalation.
Each of the products used in these instructions can be purchased on amazon or other online retailers if they’re not available to you locally. Be sure to search for the purest, most organic products to keep your candles all natural and nontoxic.
Candle making is a wonderful pass-time and great way to make gifts to keep on hand for special occasions. Hard to believe candle making is such a simple process, but then again, the best things usually are!