It’s pretty clear that everyone loves scented candles as much as we do, with a grand total of more than £90 million a year being spent on them in the UK alone! But if you want to fuel your love for cosy nights in, without the hefty price tag, you should try making your own. Not only is it super easy but it puts the power in your hands, allowing you to have fun mixing scents that you love. They also make amazing gifts on their own or as part of a homemade hamper. Although, we’re totally not judging if you decide to keep them all for yourself!
If you fancy getting crafty, here’s our beginner’s guide to making aromatherapy candles.
You will need:
- Wax flakes or pellets (purchase wax here)
- Containers for your candles (idea: recycled jars & tins)
- Waxed candle wicks (purchase wicks here)
- Wax dye blocks (optional but gorgeous)
- Your favourite Tender Essence essential oils
- A pan
- An old glass bowl or jug
- Skewers or straws
- A hob
Step One: Preparing your containers
Before you get started with the wax, you’ll want to make sure that your containers are ready to be used as soon as you need them. Stick the metal plate of your wicks to the bottom of your candle containers/jars with a dot of glue.
Then, tape the wick to a skewer or straw to keep it straight after you’ve poured in the wax.
Step Two: Melting your wax
Measure out enough wax flakes to fill your container twice. Once this is melted down you should be left with the perfect amount.
Use the double boiler method to melt you wax by half filling a pan with water and allowing it to simmer before placing your glass bowl in the saucepan. Then add the flakes and, if you want to, any colouring. If you choose not to, the candles will come out white.
Stir the mixture occasionally with a metal spoon.
Step Three: Adding scent
Now for the really fun bit – choosing your scent. Use our aromatherapy map to figure out which essential oils could best benefit you and play around with combinations!
Once all of your wax has melted, remove it from the hob and then stir in your oil of choice. The optimum temperature for wax to make candles with is about 70°C. We recommend using about 16 drops of oil per 450g of wax.
Step Four: Pouring your wax
Make sure that your containers are out of the way and won’t need to be moved for a couple of hours and then carefully pour your wax into each container. We recommend using a bowl or jug that has a lip to make this a lot easier (and less messy)!
Step Five: The waiting game
The hardest step of all will be waiting for your candles to set but, trust us, it’s worth it!
Make sure that you allow them to cool at room temperature to avoid the wax cracking and to keep them looking pretty. Smaller candles will take about two hours to be ready and larger ones could take up to four hours.
Step Six: Enjoy!
Now just bask in the cosiness of your room and the smugness that you made that!