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Aromatherapy candles are a great way to make your house smell wonderful. They can also benefit your health and well-being in many ways, depending on the scent you choose. Unfortunately the aromatherapy candles found in most stores are not very budget-friendly. Luckily it is possible to create your own aromatherapy candles right at home. This not only saves you money, but allows you to create customized scents and colours. If you are wondering how to make home-made aromatherapy candles, the following tips can help.
Gather Your Supplies
The first step in making aromatherapy candles is gathering the materials you need. You will need wax, coloring, and most importantly fragrance oils. You will also need containers and wicks for your aromatherapy candles. Wax comes primarily in three types: paraffin, soy, and beeswax. Paraffin is the least expensive of the three, but emits more carbon than the others. Soy wax is becoming increasingly popular because it burns fairly clean. It costs a bit more than paraffin, but is not incredibly pricey. Beeswax is the cleanest burning wax of the three and is also the most expensive. It all depends on what your needs are and what your budget will allow. You can also use old candles that have been cut into pieces.
Next, you will need some colouring for your candles. Wax chips are available in many colours and are pretty reasonable in price. If you are using old candles, you will not necessarily have to worry about colouring. Fragrance oils are the most important part of your aromatherapy candles, as this is what gives them their scent. Essential oils are perfect because they mix well with wax and are very concentrated. Choose whichever scents you prefer. Each essential oil has different benefits so doing a little research is probably a good idea. Lavender, vanilla, peppermint, and orange oils are all popular choices for aromatherapy candles. As far as containers go, you can purchase candle molds at a craft store or use old holders that have been emptied out. Candle wicks come pre-cut at craft stores as well. It is also advisable to have some super glue and a pencil on hand to help keep your wicks in place.
Make Your Candles
You should make your candles in an area that is free of clutter. Cover your work space with newspaper to protect it from spills. Place your candle molds on the newspaper so they are in place when it comes time to pour your wax. You will also want to get your wicks in place. Place a drop of super glue on the bottom of your molds or holders and stick the wick to the drop. Tie the other end of the wick to a pencil and balance the pencil on top of the mold or holder. This will keep your wicks in place.
To make your candles, you will need a double boiler to melt your wax, a metal stirring object, and a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of your wax. You can easily create a double boiler by placing a smaller pot or metal bowl in a larger pot of water. A pound of wax is a good amount to start with, as it will make one large candle or a few smaller ones. It all depends on the size of your molds or holders. If your wax is not already broken into pieces, you will want to do so. This allows the wax to melt more evenly and quickly.
Place the wax pieces in the small pot or bowl of the double boiler, making sure the water inside the large pot does not come in contact with the wax. Gradually bring the water in the large pot to a boil over medium heat. Stir the wax occasionally with your metal stirring object. Check the temperature of the wax every so often as well, making sure it does not go over 175 degrees. As soon as the wax is melted thoroughly, turn the heat to low. You will now add your color chips and fragrance oils. Stir the color chips in first, stirring until your desired color is achieved. Next, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Essential oils are very strong, so be careful not to overdo it. When everything is combined and uniform in appearance, turn off your heat source. You are now ready to pour your aromatherapy candles into their molds or holders.
Using caution to keep your wicks in place, pour the melted wax from the smaller pot or bowl of the double boiler into your candle molds or holders. Pouring slowly will minimize the chance of air bubbles forming in your candles, so try not to pour the wax too quickly. After your candles are poured, you can tap on the sides of the molds or holders to release any air bubbles that may be trapped inside. Allow your aromatherapy candles to cool and set for at least 6 hours before removing them from their molds or burning them in their holders. It is a good idea to trim your wicks to 1/2” before lighting them, as this ensures even burning. Once lit, you will quickly realize the benefits of your aromatherapy candles. They will fill your home with a wonderful, soothing scent that you are sure to enjoy.
Even though making aromatherapy candles may seem like quite a process, it is really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. The multiple benefits of aromatherapy combined with the money you save will make it totally worth your time.