Have you ever enjoyed the flickering flame of aromatherapy candles in your room? I do have. They are quite thought-provoking and meditative. They can reduce stress, evoke nostalgia, and instill calmness. But aren't they expensive? Yes, they are, worry not because we are here with an easy recipe for scented candles to brighten up your home.
The science shows that the fragrance of pure scented oils, when it enters the nose, stimulates the olfactory system and influences the mood positively. As pure scented oils are a little expensive, the aromatherapy candles are the best way to purport the relaxation.
Without any delay, let's get into details.
The tools and supplies required to prepare the scented candles are readily available and relatively simple to use. Initially, you may have to bear a small startup cost, but you can easily make numerous cheap candles once you all the material.
A few of the main ingredients are as follows.
Soy Wax Flakes
The wax is the primary ingredient in candle making world. A wide variety of wax can be used like paraffin, beeswax, etc. but I prefer soy wax. It is introduced in the 90s and made from essential essence soybean oil. It can be blended with other waxes. Soy wax is a newcomer in the market but becoming popular due to its nontoxic effects.
How Is It, Nontoxic? The candles are prepared using soy wax, burn with little soot, and don't release the toxins.
Quick Tip: Soy wax melts quickly and sticks to every surface. So use any disposable device like wooden chopstick during the candle making process.
Choosing the right wick is equally essential, as your wrong pick can ruin the whole candle. Hemp wick is much better than the cotton wick because it releases more fragrance in the air. Also, consider the width of the wicks. Depending upon the container size, I recommend you to go for the larger wick. If it is not fitting to your container, you can trim it down later.
Quick Tip: Never go for the paraffin coated wicks.
Pure Scented Oils
Without the scent of oil, you will just have a burning wax. Your homemade aromatherapy candles will not give to the pleasing aroma that is essentially required. So for the fragrance, you will have to add a few drops of the essential essence oil. However, the amount of oil may vary.
Choose the masculine scents like lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and grapefruit to make the candle good. These have a more refreshing and relaxing odor. You can buy pure oil from online stores or retailers near your house.
● Double broiler
● Containers like mugs, mason jars, glassware's or anything that can hold high temperature
● Wood stirrer
● Wooden chopsticks for securing the wick
How to Make Aromatherapy Candles?
Prepare the Jars
The heat resistant glass jars are best. If you are planning to use old mugs or containers, ensure that they are crack free. Further, the preparations required are:
⮚ Thoroughly wash your jar and Dry it out by preheating in an oven.
⮚ After drying put a small amount of glue to anchor the wicks at the jar's center. In the absence of the glue, you can also use a minute amount of wax. But wax isn't secure. It may melt again.
⮚ After securing the wick, tap it upright with a chopstick or pen. This will keep the wicks from falling in the molten wax.
Melt the Wax
Depending upon the size of the jar, Measure the amount of the soy wax flakes. It is estimated that for making four candles (each of 8 ounces), 6 cups of wax is needed. After measuring the amount of wax, place the flakes in a pot. Put the pot on the stove and let the wax melt. It will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes to melt it.
✔ The wax is more likely to burn, so keep an eye on the pot closely.
✔ To prevent the clump formation, continuously stir the wax with a wooden chopstick.
✔ If it takes more time to melt, increase the flame of the stove.
Let the Wax to Cool
Once the wax has melted, turn off the flame and remove the pan from the stove. It will take about 2 to 3 minutes for the wax to cool down. However, if you pour the wax into the cold bowl, it will cool quickly.
Add The Essential Oils In The Wax.
Now it's time to give the aromatherapy effect to your candle. After cooling of the wax, pour the desired pure scented oils. The amount of pure oil depends upon you that how strong the scent you want. But for four candles, 80 to 120 drops of essential essence oil is a fair amount. Stir the oil repeatedly to ensure that it is evenly mixed with the wax.
Pour the Wax into the Jar
Once you added the wax's fragrance oil, go ahead and pour the wax into the jar. 130 to 140 C is the optimal temperature of the wax required before pouring it in the jar. So keep the thermometer with you and continuously monitor the temperature. Moreover, to avoid the splashing of hot wax, place the funnel on the jar. After this, give about 5 minutes to the wax to harden.
✔ Never pour all the wax at once; instead, pours it gradually.
✔ Keep a light hand on the wick while pouring the wax, because a hard hold can release it from the bottom.
✔ Don't dispose of the hot wax leftover. Let it solidify.
Trim the Wick
Trim the wicks according to the size of the container with a pair of scissors or a pen. Cut it down to ½ inch. The too-long wick can flicker for too long and produce a black flame. So it's better to trim it and lighten the candles non toxically.
Here you go! Enjoy the scent of your homemade nontoxic aromatherapy candles!
Summing up, though, it might take some practice to achieve a smoothly scented candle. But still every time you will get something you love.
Light up the scented candle in your home, make it aesthetically appealing, and impeccably clean.