Scented candles have become so popular that they are used as presents for almost all occasions. Not only are they ornamental, they are also functional. Subsequent to the trend and demand, and the incorporation of aromatherapy in candle making, a number of scented candle manufacturers have emerged in the market. Candles of different scents, designs, sizes and colors have become expensive. What you need to know, however, is that with little expense, you can make your personalized scented candles from the comfort of your home.
- Choose the type of wax and fragrance you wish to use. Popular types of wax are paraffin, beeswax, palm and soy wax. Because of its natural source, soy wax is now favored by most consumers. It is non-toxic and also burns cleaner compared to other types of wax. As for the fragrance, however, you can make your own but the process takes longer than making your candle. You can buy fragrance oils from stores or companies that make scents especially for candles or soaps. There are a vast variety of essential oils, and because they are extracted from natural plants like lavender, chamomile, vanilla, and sandalwood, they are used for aromatherapy. These natural oils are formulated to calm and soothe and are sought after for their de-stressing and relaxing effect. Another type of essential oil that is popular on the market is citronella, which is known to be an effective bug repellent.
- Prepare your supplies and materials, including wax, scent, color chips or liquid color, candle molds, a wick, a stove, a double boiler, and a thermometer. Make sure you have all the items you need before you start heating the wax.
- Suspend a length of wick above the mold until it just touches the base of the mold and rises straight and taught from the middle.
- Melt your wax in a double boiler at a medium heat. Remember that your items are flammable. Do not overheat.
- Add the color chips or liquid oil slowly. Only about a few chips or drops at a time to achieve your desired color. Stir to incorporate well.
- Add the fragrance oil. While a richly scented candle is appealing to the senses, too much fragrance can make your candle greasy. Be mindful of the amount you add to the mixture.
- Check the temperature, as it is ideal to pour once it reaches °190 F. More than that may damage your wax.
- Gradually pour the wax into the mold.
- Let the wax cool completely before extracting it. If it is not yet ready, you may break the candle.
- Extract the candle from the mold, trim the wick, and you are done!
For a beginner, it is best to start with small quantities and small sized candles like Votive candles, which are small and often unscented. Your first attempt at making candles may not be perfect, thus it is good to take note and keep a record of your succeeding experiments. The scents coming from your own candles can be very rewarding. Keep trying until you master the art of candle making.