In aromatherapy, essential oils are utilized to improve your general well-being. The exotic fragrance of essential oil alleviates your mood, relaxes your mind and induces quality sleep, thus improving your mental and physical well-being. Today's hectic lifestyle makes more and more people look for solutions to ease their stress and unwind. One method to achieve this is through the use of essential oils. The enchanting fragrance of essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, orange and tea tree invigorate your mind, energize your mind and benefit you in numerous ways. You can use essential oil to make scented candles. Making scented candles at home can be a great and fun-filled activity that can be done using essential oils.
The scented soy candles provide an appealing fragrance to your home, and benefits like reducing stress, encouraging sleeping, and increasing concentration. This blog discusses how to make scented candles at home and using essential oils to add serenity to your home.
Can You Make Candles With Just Essential Oils?
Many people might be interested to know whether essential oils are suitable for candle making. Yes, you may utilize essential oils in candle making; however, there are some points you need to know before you start with candle making.
Essential oils are known for their inability to play well when combined with wax. In contrast to fragrance oils, oil usually has low flash points that cause them to disperse when they are added into hot wax. This reduces the fragrance throw of aromatherapy candles made of essential oils.
There are many ways to increase the scent of essential oils when making candles. Consider the size of the room and the candle size when making candles. Candles with a larger diameter will have a stronger fragrance.
Which Essential Oil Is Best For Scented Candles?
When you use essential oils in candles, you can choose from various scents and combinations. The choices are limitless, whether you want to go with a crisp, citrusy fragrance for summer or an earthy, woody, musky scent for winter.
Looking at different kinds of scents available can help you determine which essential oil to use for that particular scent you are looking for.
- Floral: flowery Eg: lavender, jasmine, rose
- Herbal: herbaceous Eg: rosemary, sage, basil
- Camphorous: sharp and spicy scent Eg: tea tree, eucalyptus
- Citrus: crisp and refreshing Eg: lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, sweet orange
- Mint: fresh and cool, Eg: spearmint, peppermint
- Resinous: earthy scent Eg: myrrh, frankincense
- Woodsy: intense and of a freshly cut wood, Eg: sandalwood, cedarwood
- Spicy: sharp and intense: Eg: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
Perfumers categorize essential oils into different categories referred to in the form of notes.
Top Note:The top notes are light and fresh. They are usually the first scent you notice.
However, it also disappears most quickly, typically in between 15 minutes.
Middle Note: Heart notes account for about 70-80% of the fragrance. They become apparent as top notes diminish. They are typically intense and aromatic.
Base Note: Base notes are long-lasting all three notes. The most popular base notes are woody scents like sandalwood, cedar, and even vanilla and patchouli.
When making a blend, it is essential to include all three types of oils to produce a long-lasting aroma. Be aware that the oils blend will change and merge as it ages. If you're unsure about a particular blend, allow it to mature for 1-2 days and re-inhale it. The fragrance you get now will be the original fragrance of the blend.
How To Make Scented Candles At Home?
Making scented candles requires just a few simple ingredients, which might be easily available at home.
- Soy Wax Flakes: Candle wax made of soy burn cleaner. Unlike harmful substances, they are safe and non-toxic.
- Natural Wicks: Candle wicks release butane gas during combustion. Natural options are always better, and natural hemp-based wicks work best in scented candles.
- Essential Oils: Essential oils are the best option for making scented candles. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit and lavender are best for making scented candles. Around 100-110 drops will be needed to give your homemade candles a strong scent.
- Disposable stirring device: Since candle wax sticks to everything, you'll need to use something disposable.
- Chopstick or pencil: for anchoring the wick in place.
- Mason jars or Candle containers
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Step By Step Method Of Making Scented Candles At Home
You can easily make scented candles at home with the things mentioned above. Now let's discuss the step-by-step process of making scented candles at home.
Step 1 - Melt Wax
Soy wax melts in a saucepan by keeping on a low flame. The soy wax flakes should melt quickly, but you should turn up the heat if it takes longer than a few minutes. Stir the mixture using any disposable wooden stirring device. Make sure that the wax doesn't burn.
You can melt the wax using a double boiler method, as sometimes there are chances of candle wax getting stuck to the bottom of the saucepan.
Step 2- Add Essential Oils
Once the candle wax is melted, you can directly add 80-102 drops of your preferred essential oils to the pot. You can increase or decrease the amount of essential oil depending upon the potency of your essential oil.
As you add essential oil to the wax, take note of the temperature. Heat soy wax on low flame or using a double boiler method until it reaches 180deg F. Allow the soy wax to cool down a bit before pouring the essential oil.
Also Read : How To Store Essential Oils
Step 3: Anchor Wicks & Pour Wax
Secure wicks at the mason jar's bottom by using some wax (or bought anchors). Tape wicks upright using a horizontal stick such as an ice cream stick, pencil or chopstick. Fill a mason jar with the wax. It will take 1-2 hours for the wax to set. The wick's extra length should be cut off at the top.
Common Mistake To Avoid in Candle Making
- Mistakes mostly happen in the final step of candle making. A small mistake can ruin your whole candle. So there are a few points you need to keep in mind to get that perfect candle.
- Cut your wicks, so they're longer than the height vertical of the container. Before burning the candle, cut the extra length of the wick from the top.
- Make sure your wicks are secured with "anchors" with a little wax on the bottom of your empty jar, then press it down with chopsticks.
- Pour your candle right into the container, so the jar is full and covers the wick. Make sure to place a newspaper below the jar before pouring the wax, or else you'll end up with wax all over the place.
- You can allow the candles to set in a cool place; it should take around an hour or two to set. Cut the wicks before lighting.
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