Make your First Scented Candle at Home
Homemade scented candles cost are inexpensive, smell and burn just as well as the expensive store bought ones, and make for a fairly easy project that won’t take you more than a couple hours. They make for great additions to your workspace or den, as well as excellent and inexpensive DIY your first scented candle at home for your loved ones.
- Candle containers (heat-proof jars, glasses, tins, etc.)
- Pre-waxed, pre-tabbed wicks (or pencil)
- Superglue or hot glue
- Melting pot, large glass heat-proof bowl.
- Mixing spoon
- Candy thermometer
- duct tape
- Fragrance oil or essential oil or perfume oil.
- Air dryer
Choose your candle containers
Find heat-proof containers in your house made of glass or ceramic. Get creative, you can use previously purchased candle containers, small ceramic flowerpots or any moulds you find at your home. if you choose to reuse an old make your first scented candle at home container, place them in simmering water and you can use a knife to the scratch-out the remnant and the wick gently.
Assign the amount of wax needed
If you`re not sure about the exact amount needed, you can fill the container with water and then pour the water into a measuring cup, this will help you to know the exact amount needed for that specific container. Following this way, you don`t need to worry about wasting any wax, specially if you plan to repeat this again.
Weigh and melt your wax
Set up your heat station through fetching a melting pot, pour water to the half and then place your pot on the stovetop. Chop and grate your wax before weighing as this will ensure smooth melting Now, place an empty pot on a scale and make it a ‘zero’. Then, place the chopped flakes of wax on the zeroed pot. Take the measurement desired.
Then, as if you're melting chocolate, grab a heat-proof bowl and fill it with your weighed flakes of wax, and place it on the pre-heated pot. Gently, stir the wax until it's evenly melted. Be mindful about temperature, use the thermometer so not to exceed 90°C.You may be tempted to raise up the heat to accelerate the melting step, however, being patient will allow to have a more homogenous and smooth texture. Once fully melted, drop the temperature down (approximately to 60°C).
Add your fragrance
You can then add your coloring agent and your favorite fragrance. Stir occasionally and allow the mixture to cool down. We recommend adding between 3-10% fragrance oil by weight. Be aware that the resulting scent while being stirred can be much stronger than when the mixture is dry and the first scented candle at home is burned.
Prepare your containers
While waiting, double check your containers are clean and dry. If you`re using temporary container, dampen the interior with small amount of oil for easy removal. As for the wick, you can either prick a hole in a little ribbon, then attach the sides to the container (where the wick can pass through the hole). Or you can tie the wick to a pencil lied horizontally, while the wick is falling vertically. Either way, make sure the bottom end is attached to the bottom of the container using a glue. If your container has a wide diameter, you can use 2 to 3 wicks, evenly spaced. This is to allow the spread of even burning across the candle and avoid the ‘tunneling’ at the center of candle while burning.
Pour your mixture
Once cooled below 60°C, slowly and carefully pour your mixture into the container, and try to avoid ribbon or pencil. Take your time, pouring slowly will reduce the chances of forming air bubbles. Prior to finishing, notice if your mixture is shrinking at the centre, if so, then pour in a little more (of your mixture) to even it out. If you think the surface is still uneven, a good idea is to use an air dryer, and with extra care, Allow the air to gently pass on top of the candle. Allow the final finished candles to settle down for 24 hrs prior to burning, at room temperature.
Final tips: Make sure to clean your equipment while being wet, this will save much of your time. Trim till ¼ inch of the wick is visible. Allow your candle to burn for 4-5 hrs at first, this to ensure even burning. Remove the tape, ribbons and/or pencils. Keep away from children and any combustible materials.
Light & enjoy your beautiful scented candle!