You'd probably be amazed at all the different ways to make your own scented candles. You can make these with minimum cost, and with material that you could most likely find in your own kitchen. These make scented candles a lucrative business: you could establish businesses for discount candles, as well as for cheap and wholesale candles. So if you're interested in making your own scented candles, here are some very easy steps:
Prepare all materials. First, you need the following materials: wax, wick, scent (essential oil), coloring, stove, a meat or candy thermometer, candle mold, and double boilers. The amount of wax, scent and color you'd need would depend on how many candles you plan on making: to get an idea, 1 pound of wax would make about 8 candles. For the essential oil, the general rule of thumb is to pour in one tablespoon for every pound of melted wax used. It's a good idea to experiment with the measurement of the ingredients to produce just the right amount of consistency and fragrance that suits your preference.
A word about these materials. You could modify your choice of specific types of material depending on how you want your candle to come out. For example, you could choose to use soy wax if you want to make soy candles (which are considered more environment-friendly than regular paraffin candles, since they don't increase the atmosphere's CO2 levels; plus, they last longer); the essential oil you use as scent would be according to your preference (whether it be lavender, vanilla, or white-tea); and your candle mold will depend on the size and shape you'd like your candle to have. So if you'd like to produce pillar candles, for example, choose candle molds that are very wide; if you like jar candles, then choose a presentable container to store it in.
The candle-making procedure. As mentioned, there are many ways to make your scented candles, methods that can be modified depending on how you want your final product to look or smell. But below is the general procedure for creating your own scented candle:
- First, put the wax inside a small pot. Put this pot into a larger pot partly filled with water. Turn on the stove at low heat (to make sure that the wax doesn't burn). Using your meat or candy thermometer, allow the wax to rise to a temperature of 170 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that it may be dangerous to allow the wax to overheat, as it could burn quite easily.
- Prepare your candle molds. Set them up on a flat, sturdy surface. Make sure that the wicks are already at hand. After the wax has melted, remove the pot from the heat source. Add in the essential oil. This is also the time to add in the dye. It's best to use a dropper for adding in the dye (while stirring the melted wax) so you could better control the shade of the scented candle.
- Next, set up the wicks inside the candle mold or candle jar. Make sure that the wick is at the middle of the jar by holding it with one hand and then pouring in a little melted wax to solidify the wick in place. Allow about 3 to 5 minutes for the wax to harden.
- Once the wick is set in place, pour in the rest of the melted wax. Remove it from the candle mold once it has hardened (although of course you won't have to do this if you're making jar candles).
There you have it! Hopefully this article inspired you to take up candle-making as a hobby. If you're in this for a business, consider having a unique target market such as candles for men; you may also consider selling candles online. Good luck!