Hello Friends! I am so excited to be doing this post! Making all natural candles is easier than you may think and are night and day better for your home than store bought. I have been making candles for about 6 months now and its one of the quickest and most rewarding crafts you can do!
Traditional candles are horrible for your health. They are made with Paraffin which is a toxic petroleum based wax. They also have fake fragrances that are full of chemicals known to cause cancer. Those cheap candles you get from the dollar store? Yea those have lead core wicks which ultimately burn that lead into the air of your home. Not good at all!
Making your own natural candles could not be simpler! These are pictures of candles I have done in the past, for inspiration.
- Soy Wax Flakes 1 pounds
- Essential Oils of Choice 1/2 oz total
- Cotton Wicks
- 16 oz Container or 2- 8oz ( I use recycled cans)
- Spouted Glass Measuring Cup
- Please refer to my post on Aromatherapy Basics for a list of essential oils and their benefits, if you need help deciding which to use. I suggest you also take a look at my Essential Oil Formula
- Using double sided tape or hot glue, attach the wick to the bottom center of the container you are using.
- Place 4 cups of the soy flakes into the measuring cup. Microwave for 1 minute intervals until the wax is ALMOST fully melted. ** Don’t over heat the wax, it will be a disaster! Wax will rise in temperature a fews minutes after microwaving.**
- Let wax cool down some before adding your essential oils. (Please refer below for Flash Point information.)
- Measure out 1/2 oz of essential oil total. Pour into wax and mix for 2 full minutes.
- Slowly pour wax mixture into your already wicked container.
- Make sure wick is straight and center. Using a wooden clothespin or a pencil and tape, clip or attach to wick so it stays in place until the wax hardens.
- Leave them alone to harden for about 2 hours. Trim wick.
- Let candle cure by letting it sit for at least 3-5 days, giving wax and essential oils time to fully fuse together, before lighting.
**The flashpoint of candle fragrance oil is the temperature at which point it becomes combustible if exposed to a spark or flame. It is important to add essential oils to wax when its below the oils flash point to retain the most scent and aromatherapy benefits.
***Update!*** If you are having problems like sink holes and dipping around the wick, I have a solution! I recently figured out that when using soy wax the temperature of your room is very important if you want those perfect and pretty candle tops. Ideally you want wax to cool slowly, so don’t ever rush this process! For perfectly smooth candle tops make sure your room temperature is set at about 70 degrees before pouring your wax. This is enough to warm up your containers and also slow the cooling process so that the wax settles evenly.