The joys of homemade candles and essential oil therapies come together with DIY aromatherapy candles. It’s easy to get started, and you can make them as simple or complex as you would like. Whether you want to light up the ambiance of your own home or are looking for a great gift for others, keep reading to find out how!
It is important to understand the difference between aromatherapy candles and scented candles. While both of them will fragrance a room, that is where the similarities end. Essential oils are all natural, hailing from a wide variety of plants. On the other hand, fragrance oils are synthetic products.
Essential oils are extracted from the roots, leaves, flowers and other plant parts. These liquids contain a concentrated force from within the plant that can bring health and wellness to people who use them properly. One method of benefiting from these incredible oils is via aromatherapy. Fragrance oils simply scent the room and some contain substances that are known to be endocrine (hormone) disruptors.1
Always make sure to protect your furniture and other surfaces when making your own candle. Wax is difficult to clean and can catch on fire if it gets hot enough. Work away from the stove and lay newspaper on your workstation before starting.
Candle Making Supplies
These are the tools and equipment necessary for successful candles. In addition to a protective covering for your surfaces, you will need:
- A burner to melt the wax (stove top, hot plate or special temperature-controlled independent burner)
- Double boiler setup using a special pot or candle pitcher inside a regular pot
- Candle thermometer
- Stirring spoons
- Tea light tins and other containers to pour your candle into
- Molds and mold release
- Wick holder (a special tool designed for this purpose, pencil or wooden coffee stir stick)
- Scissors to cut the wick
In addition to these general items, you will need to purchase soy wax flakes specifically for making candles. This natural wax is a better choice than paraffin! While you can purchase solid wax, you will need to shred it yourself before melting.
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The next items in your shopping cart should be essential oils. These should be chosen based upon the desired effect. For instance, lavender essential oil would be great for a relaxing candle or try frankincense for a meditative effect.
There are coloring agents that can be used, some natural and some not. This is a personal choice, but you can benefit from the aromatherapy candles either way.
Sourcing Your Equipment and Ingredients
To get the most out of delving into the world of aromatherapy and DIY candles, you need to have high-quality tools and equipment to work with. Likewise, your waxes, oils and other ingredients should be premium quality. Remember that going cheap on candle making supplies could be dangerous.
You can find online suppliers who have everything you need for your candles. These retailers also have synthetic fragrances that can be used to scent your candles. Some people find that these products add a boost to the smell of aromatherapy candles.
Purchase essential oils directly from the company or from an authorized retailer. You want to be sure that you are not buying old oils, which can lose their potency sitting on the shelf for extended periods of time – particularly citrus essential oils because they are prone to oxidation. Always make sure to store your essential oils in a cool, dark place away from heat and humidity.
How to Make Your Candles
- Collect all of your equipment, ingredients and other supplies. Review your list to ensure that you have everything necessary before you begin.
- Determine what kind of candles you want to make so you can bring the essential oils closer to your workstation. Keep them away from heat and only uncap to pour them. Remember that they are volatile and sometimes flammable, so always exercise caution when making your candles.
- Some candle makers like to record the methods and ingredients used in their candles. This makes it easier to reproduce awesome candle recipes and prevent future mistakes.
- Prepare your containers, ensuring they are clean and that molds have been sprayed with a releasing agent. Then, carefully place a wick in each of them. Wicks with a metal weight and sticky adhesive at the bottom are the easiest for beginners to use. Make sure that the wick is upright by using a pencil or other type of wick holder to keep it vertical. The candles won’t burn evenly if the wick isn’t straight.
- Next, you will need to melt the wax flakes. The amount of wax you will need depends on the size and number of candles you are going to make. Six cups of wax flakes will equal approximately four eight-ounce candles.
- Keep the temperature on low to medium-low, stirring frequently. The wax should be from 140 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotter wax can cause damage while colder wax won’t blend thoroughly. Remove from heat.
- Allow it to cool for two or three minutes prior to adding the essential oils. Stir gently and thoroughly to ensure that the entire candle will carry the healing fragrances. More instruction regarding amounts and combinations is presented in the next section.
- Now, carefully fill the jars. You can use a funnel if necessary to help get into the bottom and tight spaces. Allow the candles to cool for at least an hour before removing them from the molds. Larger candles will take longer. Don’t attempt to hasten the processor it can leave marks on the exterior of your aromatherapy candles.
- Trim the wick to one inch. Shorter wicks can get lost in the melted wax once extinguished.
- Lastly, enjoy your new aromatherapy candles!
Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
While there are thousands of essential oils, far fewer are produced and distributed regularly. Even fewer are those used in aromatherapy. Fortunately, there are some delightful fragrances that can be used to freshen the room and your spirit. Here are a few of the most popular:
Lavender essential oil hailing from these little purple flowers is great for helping people to relax. Anxiety sufferers and those under a great deal of stress are sure to appreciate the benefits of regular use of lavender essential oil.
Great for students, workers and anyone else who needs a brain boost. This fragrant oil helps restore cognitive functioning and improve memory. For those who have trouble staying focused, rosemary candles could be the answer.
This fragrance boosts energy and libido. The natural aphrodisiac effects can be enhanced with other oils for a great set of candles for a couple’s night at home!
Healing fragrance of rose essential oil can help alleviate mood swings.
Essential oils from citrus fruits add a delightful fragrance to the air. Tangerine, orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit all boost concentration and positive feelings. You can use one or more of them together for a fresh, clean scent that will have you feeling better in no time.
Folks with breathing problems will appreciate the fragrant smell of eucalyptus. This oil is great for treating colds, asthma, and other breathing ailments naturally. Of course, those under medical supervision should consult with their provider before quitting any medications.
Benefits of Homemade Aromatherapy Candles
There are multiple reasons to engage in the art of candle making. Aromatherapy candles can be good for you, and for your family. Here are a few things to consider:
- You let out your inner artist.
- You can save some serious dough if you love candles.
- Sell them to boost your income.
- Give them to others as an affordable and thoughtful gift based on their personality and lifestyle.
- Boost your health.
- Enhance your romantic life.
- Lift your mood.
- Practice self-care
- They are better for the environment than store-bought paraffin candles.
- The chosen oils can benefit you and others in multiple ways, making essential oil aromatherapy candles an excellent choice!
What Else You Need to Know
Now that you know how to make your candles, it is important to talk about storing your equipment. You need to have a dedicated space where everything will remain undisturbed until you are ready to make your next batch of candles.
The easiest way to do this is to dedicate a special tub or bin to your candle making supplies. Make sure that it is large enough to hold everything and that it has a secure lid. This will help to keep dust and curious eyes at bay.
The art of candle making dates back throughout history. Until modern electrical services, they were the primary source of light for people around the globe. You can enjoy this all natural light anywhere you want, along with the benefits of your chosen essential oils. Once you get started making candles and realize how much fun it is to create these healthy and attractive designs, you are sure to want to make more. Enjoy!