Light a candle, and there it is—a gently flickering flame, a delicate fragrance enveloping you, and most of all, a warm light that can elevate your space in an instant. It’s a little hug. PERFECT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON – This is a personalized and unique gift.
The best part is that you can easily make candles at home using natural wax and essential oils. So, don’t worry if you’re concerned about lead, phthalates, or other toxic chemicals in some commercial candles.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your own candle at home, courtesy of Jade Povey, formerly Business Development Manager at Zero Waste Candle Maker in Dubai.
Choose your wax and fragrance
There are endless types of waxes to choose from – pure soy wax, beeswax, coconut wax, rice bran wax and more. The type of wax you use has a set melting point, setting time, and fragrance load, which is how much fragrance it can hold, which you need to write down before you start making your candle.
The melting point of wax is the highest temperature to which the wax must be heated, otherwise it may burn.
You also have over 200 essential oil options. To calculate the amount of essential oil you need – for example, pure soy wax has a 10 percent aromatic load, so for a container that could hold a 250g candle, you would pour 25g of fragrance oil. This will give you the best “aromatic throw,” or strength of scent, from your candle.
It’s possible to overdo it – you’ll see tiny droplets on the surface of the candle as it melts, also known as “perfume.”
safety: Before we begin, keep in mind that the process involves very hot wax, so be sure to handle and pour the wax with care. Use heat resistant gloves when moving the hot wax.
the required materials
• Candle container, or heat-resistant jar
• Candle-grade natural essential oil – here, tuberose
(note, non-candle essential oils will not work)
• Pure cotton wick with base
Double-sided circular fuse tape
The lollipop stick has a hole in the middle
• Pure soy wax (or another wax of your choice)
• A double boiler, or pot or pot as a base with water and a taller pot in it to melt the wax
Candle dye (optional, to taste)
How you can make your own candle:
1. Peel off the backing of the double-sided adhesive wick tape and attach it to the base of the wick.
2. Place the wick directly in the center of the candle bowl and press it firmly. If you get off center, you can fix it.
3. To keep the wick upright, thread it through the stick. Place the stick across the mouth of the container.
4. Pull the wick taut, twisting or bending it over the stick, so that it does not move while you pour the wax into the container.
5. The weight of the wax required to fill the candle is usually indicated on its packaging.
6. On the weighing machine, clear the weight of the candle container by pressing zero.
7. At home, you can use a double boiler, or a tall pot set in another pot of hot water as a base on the stove to melt the wax. Use heat resistant gloves and heat the wax to its melting point, testing the temperature with a temperature gun.
8. The wax used here is pure soy wax, which has a melting point of 85 degrees Celsius. All waxes are different, so you need to pay attention to the melting point of the wax – coconut wax, rice bran wax, beeswax, and even grade B soy wax have different melting points. If you go to a higher level, the wax can burn and then you have to get rid of it.
9. Then carefully pour into your measuring jug.
10. Hot soy wax needs to cool down a bit before adding fragrance, otherwise the liquid will evaporate. Once the temperature has dropped to 75°C, pour in the perfume and stir well – counterclockwise, clockwise, to thoroughly mix the wax with your perfume.
11. Here, if desired, you can add wax dyes or colorants according to the instructions.
12. Now is the time to collect the last candle. Once the mixture is well stirred, and the temperature is below 65°C, start pouring it very slowly into the candle container to prevent any air bubbles.
13. Be careful not to pour near the edges, but rather in the middle to avoid spillage.
When you pour, you pour out love, joy, happiness, and whatever your good intentions are.
– Jade Bovey
14. Povey says, “When you pour, you pour love, joy, happiness, whatever your good intentions.”
15. Leave some space at the top. Never fill the bowl to the brim, as this can be dangerous when the candle is lit and the wax has melted.
16. Now it’s time to let the wax set. Do not put it in the refrigerator or leave it in cold temperatures, as this will cause the wax to harden and pull away from the sides of the container. Instead, a pure soy wax candle will need to sit for two weeks at room temperature before it’s ready. This is when your wax hardens and the fragrance sticks to it.
17. “When you light it after two weeks, you’ll get the best fragrance out of your candle,” Povey says. This is the power of scent.
18. However, if you have a birthday or special occasion coming up and the need for candles is imminent, you can quickly track this process by wrapping the candle in foil and placing it in a dark cupboard.
19. Top tip: When you first light the candle, allow it to burn until the wax pool has reached the edges of the pot and the entire surface has melted. This is to set your candle’s memory, so that each time it burns it burns all the way to the tip and uses up all of the candle’s wax. Enjoy!
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