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Candle Making

DIY CANDLE RECIPE

By December 18, 2020 No Comments

Advantages of making your own candles

  • Homemade scented candles cost less than store-bought
  • You get to create your own blend of fragrances
  • You can easily control the strength of the fragrance
  • You get to choose the container
  • Go green by upcycling containers like glass yogurt jars or coffee mugs
  • Homemade scented candles make great gifts
  • Make candles at home to match your decor and style

Candle Terms Glossary

Top Tips

    1. Adding too much fragrance to a candle can cause it to self-extinguish or not burn properly.
    2. 6% is the most common fragrance load. All though some waxes can hold up to 12%.
    3. Always calculate and measure the fragrance load to prevent candle sweating among other problems by using a candle fragrance load calculator.
    4. Add the fragrance at the correct wax temperature. Standard fragrance oils can typically be added at 185 degrees Fahrenheit whereas natural options should be added at a much cooler temperature. Add essential oils at a very low temperature of 120 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. Sufficiently stir the fragrance once it’s added to the melted wax. It should be stirred for a good two minutes!
    6. After making homemade scented candles they need to cure for a minimum of three days for a good scent throw. A cure time of 1 to 2 weeks is even better for natural waxes.
    7. Clean up- Wax can be quite difficult to remove from your dishes so put your utensils in boiled water and use an old rag to wipe away the melted wax. Use tongs to remove your utensils from the hot water. After that, you can scrub with soap and water per usual.

Candle Fragrance Types

Essential Oils:

Pros: 

  • 100% natural.
  • highly appealing
  • highly fragrant.
  • therapeutic capabilities
  • popular
Cons: 

  • They have the least hot throw as they degrade when exposed to high temperatures.
  • Expensive

Standard Fragrance Oils:

Pros:

  • great cold and hot scent throw.
  • unlimited choices of fragrance oils
  • a little goes a long way
  • higher flash point, meaning they have more wiggle room when melting wax and blending in the fragrance.
Cons:

  • contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates and parabens that can cause all types of health issues.
  • not made cruelty free.

Natural Fragrance Oils:

Pros: 

  • is phthalate and paraben-free.
  • Many can be found cruelty-free
  • excellent scent throw.
  • more cost-effective than using pure essential oils.
Cons:

  • hard to find, unlike standard fragrance oils and essential oils,
  • pay close attention to the packaging.

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