There are some things that are just not worth spending money on. When thinking about scented candles, you are spot on – why spend so much cash on something you will burn away, and the aroma is not even guaranteed to be to your liking. Instead, you should learn to make your own.
This is cost-effective, and once you get the hang of it and figure out the details, you can start thinking about variations and your very own scents that fit your taste. Your first try might not be very successful, but do follow the instructions closely otherwise there will be quite the home cleaning required to get all the melted wax off your furniture.
* Candle wax
* Mason jar(s)
* Candle wick
* Glass bowl
* Fragrance oil by choice
* Colorants by choice
Instructions to be Followed
First of all, you need to think about safety. Make sure you have a pair of oven mittens at hand, because you will need them. And goggles might be a good idea as well, if you are too afraid of popping bubbles. And finally, a newspaper covering the floor might save you a few hours of thorough carpet cleaning in case something goes wrong.
Now, take a saucepan and place inside all the candle wax you intend to use. Cover it with a glass bowl (and make sure that the glass bowl is the type that can be heated without a problem) and heat it on top of your oven. Remember, never leave melting wax unattended. Stay close until the melting is done and the wax is ready to use. You don’t have to be idle – while the melting is going on, you can take the mason jar and glue the wick to the bottom.
Pick the wick so that it fits the candle you wish to make, ask for recommendation from the clerk when you are buying it if you are unsure yourself.
Now you need to pull the wick so that it stays upright in the center of the jar. You can do that with a piece of cardboard, making a hole in it and pulling the wick up, or you can simply get a knitting pin and wrap the wick around it, then place it across the jar’s top.
Once the wax has melted, you should allow it to cool off a bit. Depending on its amount, it may require a few minutes or more. After that, add the colorants and fragrance oils. If the oils are purchased for the purpose of candle-making, they should have instructions on when to add them. After that pour the melted wax into the jar and try not to ruin the wick’s balance. Now all you have to do is wait for the wax to completely cool, and solidify around the wick. Congratulations, you just made your very own scented candle.
Much easier than expected, wasn’t it? The ease with which you make the candles is balanced only by the quantity of rug cleaning and amount of cleaners you will have to use to get all the wax off your floors and furniture if an accident happens, so be careful.