There is just something about candles! The way they cast that warm glow, the way they smell and the way they make you feel. The induced serenity and comfort usually help us disconnect from our problems and stress. Learn how to make aromatherapy candles to get rid of all the stress and negative thinking in your life.
It is true that we all have our bad moments, days or even weeks. Luckily, you could speed up the recovery process by adding a few natural candles in those rooms where you spend more time.
Candle making with essential oils can have a therapeutic effect on your mind and body. From the moment you start melting that wax, until the moment you lit your candle up.
Even if you’ve never tried it before, it’s super easy to make aromatherapy candles. But if you’re already a fan of “do it yourself”, this little project will bring you a lot of joy.
It is a very pleasant feeling to make something from scratch and finishing it. That feeling of joy and confidence in your own abilities has therapeutic effects indeed.
Read on to find out how to make aromatherapy candles with essential oils, and what their benefits are. You will also find out what else you can do with your aromatherapy candles, other than creating ambience that is. As a bonus, I will finish by giving you the recipe of a candle for you to start right away.
Did You Know?
- Until the 20th century, candles were the main source of artificial light after sunset.
The Benefits of Candle Making with Essential Oils
Candles are very versatile. They can be used as home décor, to freshen up the air in your home, or to give the living space a warm and cozy feeling. But, making your own candles has a lot of other benefits too.
Creatively speaking, candle making can:
- Develop your own hobby and passion for DIY projects.
If you like to do things for yourself or the others, this is a great way to exercise that creativity in you.
- Become a great craft for older children.
It is not recommended that you let very small and small children make candles. Especially because it involves heat and they could burn their skin. But older children can develop new skills and let their imagination run wild, while they have fun at it. Candle making with essential oils may prove to be a great indoor activity.
Economically speaking, learning how to make aromatherapy candles can:
- Help you save money on the long run.
If you’re not the type that uses one single candle per year, then chances are you’re spending a ton of money on aromatherapy candles. Homemade candles can help you save money by making more at a time.
Not to mention the fact that homemade candles make a great gift idea too. While you’re making candles for yourself anyway, you can give a few as a gift as well.
- Help increase your income.
Following the thread so far, learning the “art” of candle making with essential oils can also help you increase your monthly income. How? By selling a part of your products. The demand is quite high and personalized aromatherapy candles are a trend now.
You could open up a home-established business. Or you can create an online store and sell your candles there. There are many possibilities and chances are you could make good money by doing what you like.
Health-wise, learning how to make aromatherapy candles can:
- Help improve the quality of your life by removing a big part of the stress you’re feeling.
- Improving and uplifting your mood.
- Improve your romantic mood/life by creating the perfect atmosphere for calmness and love.
Environmentally speaking, making your own aromatherapy candles can:
- Lessen the impact on the surrounding environment and decrease pollution levels.
The natural alternative to paraffin candles scented with fragrance oils are, of course, candles made from soy wax or beeswax. They don’t release any toxic chemicals in the atmosphere. And they don’t have negative effects on the body either.
The use of essential oils in your homemade aromatherapy candles can only increase the value of your products. Not only are they natural, but they will also improve the overall health.
Unlike commercial candles, that are made from paraffin, which is toxic. With synthetic fragrances, candles smell nice but have no health benefit whatsoever. In fact, it has been found that they can pollute the air.
Essential oils in a candle:
- Have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- They have anti-inflammatory qualities.
- They can stimulate the mind by being tonic. They also have energizing effects.
- They can help you sleep better, or calm you down when the stress is too much to handle.
- They can improve headaches and migraines.
- They can purify the air and make it smell nicer.
- They can help with the memory, etc.
Candle making with essential oils may prove to be a fun experience. It will, most definitely, improve your mood and stress levels, if not something else. So, let’s see how you can make your own aromatherapy candles in a few easy steps.
Did You Know?
- The most primitive time measuring method used to be graduated candles. People would divide their daily activities depending on the burning rates of the candles.
How to Make Aromatherapy Candles in 5 Easy Steps
Candle making is quite easy even if it doesn’t seem so at first glance. The only caution about the whole process is to make sure you don’t over heat the waxes you use. They ignite very fast in high temperatures.
Carefully supervise the melting process, no matter what method you’re using. Also make sure you don’t have any small children or pets around.
Step 1) Prepare your tools.
For the melting and mixing of the wax, you’ll need:
- A Pyrex jar.
- Or a microwaveable bowl.
- A cooking pot.
- A wooden spoon (or a chopstick).
- A thermometer. This one is optional.
For the pouring of the wax, you’ll need:
- Candle shapes. They can be silicone, vintage tea cups, jars, old candle jars etc.
- Sustainers. (Again, chopsticks or even toothpicks if the width of the recipient is not too large).
- Scissors or a plier to cut the wick after the candle has hardened.
Step 2) Prepare your materials.
Decide upon the type of wax you want to use to make your aromatherapy candles. You can either use soy wax or beeswax. It’s up to your needs and preferences.
Choose your essential oils. It is best to start with 10 drops of a certain essential oil per each Oz of melted wax. See if you like the intensity of its aroma. If not, you can adjust it accordingly.
Keep in mind that some essential oils have a stronger smell than others and you might have to add fewer drops. If you’re not used to blending essential oils, take your time and experiment a lot.
Make sure you also keep a notebook around. That is so you can write down the ingredients and the exact quantities you’ve used. In case the candle is what you were looking for, you’ll need those notes to be able to duplicate the blend. If the candle doesn’t come out as you wanted it, your notes will then help you adjust the recipe next time.
Step 3) Melt the wax.
The melting methods may depend on preferences. You can either:
- Melt it in the microwave.
- Melt it in a cooking pot.
- Or use the “bain marie” method. It’s where you basically put the wax flakes into the Pyrex jar, and then keep it in a wider pot with simmering water. Keep the Pyrex on until the wax melts.
Shred the wax if you didn’t buy it as flakes already. Then fill 3 quarters of the candle recipient with wax flakes and pour into the heat resistant jar. Repeat the process because the wax will melt to half the quantity you’ve used. That means that if you only use one measure, when you pour the melted wax, it will half fill the recipient.
This is the step where you could use the thermometer. The best temperature for the wax to melt and be safe is somewhere between 60 degrees Celsius – 82 degrees Celsius (140F – 180F).
Whether you melt the wax in a microwave or on the stove, supervise the process at all times. Also, keep it on the lowest flame or temperature possible. Take the melting wax out of the microwave after each 30 seconds and stir in. Repeat until completely melted.
Wait a few moments until the wax cools off (only a bit) and then add your essential oils. You need the wax to be warm, for the oils to blend well. A high temeperature will cause the essential oils to evaporate faster.
Remember the general rule: 10 drops per Oz of melted wax. Stir well with the wooden spoon. How to make aromatherapy candles doesn’t seem too difficult so far, does it?
Step 4) Assemble the candles.
Put the wick on the center of the recipient. That will ensure an even melting when the candle is burning. Make sure those wicks stand tall and straight. This is where you should use the sustainers (chopsticks or toothpicks) to hold the wicks in one place.
Roll the wick around the sustainer and let it rest there, on the candle recipient. Then pour in the melted wax with essential oils without spilling it on the sustainer.
Step 5) Final touches.
If your candles were put in a mold, wait until they harden and then take them out of the mold. Then you can trim the excess wick to half an inch or an inch (1 cm-2 cm). It mostly depends on the type of candle recipient you’ve used. Taller ones may need a longer wick to light them easier.
Easy-peasy! Now you know how to make aromatherapy candles, with a minimum of effort too. This operation could actually take less than 30 minutes. For those who want to check and double check their materials, tools and so on, it may take a bit longer. But it’s really not a rule.
What Else Can You Do with Aromatherapy Candles?
I’m sure you’ve heard about a dozen of massage types out there. Thai, shiatsu, hot stone, hot oil… they’re all great. But there’s another type of massage in town! It is quite trendy, even though it is less known. It’s called “candle massage therapy”.
This type of massage involves special aromatherapy candles that work as 3 in 1 products. They’re a moisturizing body lotion, a massage oil and a candle, of course. Once the candle is lit, it will start to melt. When there’s enough melted oil, it is then poured onto the skin and rubbed in with massage movements. Pretty ingenious I’d say!
I have to admit, this seems like an interesting type of massage and I’ll have to try it someday. They say it’s similar to the hot oil massage, which I haven’t tried either. But there is definitely potential there.
Did You Know?
- According to some studies, 7 out of 10 Americans burn between 1 – 3 candles in their homes. The main reason for burning candles is to make a room feel cozier and more comfortable.
Aromatherapy Candle Recipe to Try Out
After all this theory on how to make aromatherapy candles, it is time to practice your new-found skills and knowledge. This recipe is a simple one, so you can get the hang of it all. Follow the instructions and then enjoy your new candle, all homemade and natural.
- A vintage tea cup.
- Candle wicks.
- Wooden spoon.
- Pyrex jar.
- Glue dots (optional).
- Geranium essential oil: 10 drops per melted Oz.
- Lemongrass essential oil: 10 drops per melted Oz.
Depending on the size of your cup, follow the instructions above. Try adding two measures of wax flakes into the heat resistant recipient. That quantity should fill the cup quite well.
Don’t forget to add the essential oils when the wax is still warm, but not hot. If you add them when the wax is hot, the essential oils will then evaporate and loose most of their aroma.
As you can see, candle making with essential oils is fairly easy. You have all the necessary steps and details to complete this project successfully.
By learning how to make aromatherapy candles, your home will smell fantastic and fresh. They are natural and they contain essential oils, which are known for their multiple properties and benefits.
I hope you have fun and that you’ll let me know what you get after trying to make your own candles.
Or, maybe you have already played with wax before and you have some input? Please share 🙂