Using Essential Oils To Make Candles
Crackling fires and getting snuggly under your favourite blanket is everything in the Autumnal months. Transforming your home with delicious smelling candles can turn the frostier evenings into an ambient haven.
With the days getting shorter and the nights drawing in, lighting up the room will be a welcome break from the stresses of your daily life.
Undeniably, candles are expensive, and it doesn’t take long before you have spent a small fortune on something that only burns for a set amount of hours. So, here’s our solution. Make your own.
Here’s how to start your new candle obsession:
Appreciate your favourite scent
The secret to creating the perfect candle is to capture your favourite scent. Whether it’s the terpene-like aroma of Frankincense or the uplifting and therapeutic Bergamot, the fragrance is what makes a candle so homely.
Mass-produced candles, on the other hand, are renowned for using synthetic scents that can cause damage to your heart and lungs. Toxic fumes are pumped out as soon as you light the match. With their cocktail of metal wicks and paraffin wax, you will be breathing in smoke that may have life-altering consequences.
Filling your home with an abundance of essential oils instead will boost your wellbeing and provide a more relaxing environment. So, let’s get started!
Choose quality ingredients
The world of essential oils is an abundant place. Fragrances vary between brand and purity, so choosing the highest quality ingredients will determine how potent your candle will smell.
Finding the right balance of fragrance is not an exact science. What appeals to your senses may be vastly different from your neighbours. So experiment with flavour tones, and find a balance that provides the best aromatherapy and scent for you.
Fragrance needs a carrier, and that’s why finding the most appropriate wax for the scent you want to create is so vital.
Some such as beeswax release a scent of their own while burning slowly. In contrast, the commonly used paraffin wax is relatively inexpensive and unscented but burns quickly.
Choosing a wax that retains scents well while releasing them slowly into the air is the best carrier for your selected essential oils.
Soy wax is highly recommended when it comes to making your candles. It lasts longer than it’s paraffin counterpart, burns cleaner and releases less smoke and soot into the air - keeping your nose and lungs happy as you enjoy the fragrance.
As a carrier, soy wax holds onto natural scents for longer and releases them slowly as the candle burns. And voila! You have made a high-grade scented candle.
Invest in a hot-burning wick
Having the hottest burning wick at the core of your soy candle will release a better level of scent into the air as it burns.
Choosing an all-natural wick that doesn’t have a paraffin coating and metal centre will bring out more your chosen oil’s hidden scents. Hemp wicks are a good investment for those wanting to unlock your candle’s potential as they burn hotter than traditional cotton ones.
If you are in the purely experimental stage and have wicks lying around, try them out and increase the amount of essential oil used to find the right balance.
Choosing essential oils that don’t lose their scent over time is a good foundation for candle making. Although aromatherapy favourites like Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood are beautifully sumptuous, they have little impact when added to the wax.
Stronger smelling essential oils like Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary hold their scent for longer. The potency is key to getting your flavours right every time you strike the match.
Creating a fragrance blend is challenging, but the result is worth it!
The most impactful scented candles are the one’s that are noticeable when you walk into a room. Filing the space with opulence or freshness can transform the smallest of spaces into a place of tranquillity.
In the case of essential oil-based candles, less is not more.
Finding an optimal oil to wax ratio (2 teaspoons oil to 113 grams melted wax) will get you the most out of your candle. For an even stronger scent, adding more oil won’t hurt. However, sticking to a ratio will future proof later candle making.
Use a lid
To retain your candle’s fragrance, securing a lid when not in use will make sure the scent doesn’t fade.
If the scent begins to fade, refreshing the scent is possible. Place your candle in the freezer until the wax is easily removed.
Gently melt the whole candle down in a bowl over boiling water and take out the wick as soon as you can. Add more oil and pour everything back into its original container.
Make your living space a safe, tranquil haven with your next essential oil candle project.