It is easy to learn how to make lavender candles at home in this era of knowledge explosion. The world is replete with information that can help one succeed in this quest. The important aspect is picking the right information and having the zeal to do it. For ages now, people have been making candles at home. With wax, wick, fragrance, and some tools, you can easily make candles at home. It is affordable and healthier to make your own candles. Read on to discover an easier and smart way of making relaxation and stress-relieving candles with alluring scents.
Which Type of Wax to Use?
The most common wax for making candles is paraffin wax. It is mainly used in making scented and decorative candles. It is very popular but has a major setback. This setback is the fumes and smoke it emits. When inhaled, it has the potential to cause poisoning. Paraffin wax also has carcinogenic properties, even though it is classified as a non-toxic substance. For folks that love candles always burning at home, paraffin wax is not advisable.
Soy wax is preferable since it is natural. If you are looking to learn how to make lavender candles at home, we recommend using soy wax. Soy wax is made from soybeans, it is natural, softer, and also has a low melting point. This means you only need a little heat to completely melt it. Additionally, it burns smoother, leaving fumes that are not poisonous. Soy wax is available in block form or pellets. It is important to check the labels when buying to ensure you get the right one. Some waxes are blends of soy wax with beeswax, paraffin, or some other waxes. Ensure you get pure soy wax for the best quality candles.
It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare the ingredients for making relaxation and stress relief candles with an alluring fragrance. To make 3 regular-size candles, it only takes about 5 minutes of cooking time. So, in about a total time of 15 minutes, you can have your amazing eco-friendly candles ready.
4 cups of wax (candle-making soy wax)
3 pieces of wicks (preferably with a metal base)
60 drops of lavender essential oil
1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
3 empty jars
- Boil some water in a pot and allow to simmer.
- While the water in the pot is simmering, place the dry soy wax flakes in a glass bowl or double boiler. Set the bowl on top of the pot inside the simmering water.
- Gently stir the wax flakes until they are completely melted. Be careful to avoid spills or splashes.
- Remove the bowl from heat once completely molten.
- Dip the wicks into the molten wax, especially the metal ends.
- Gently place the ends of each of the wicks inside the centre of the candle jar. Make sure the wick is in the centre for better quality.
- Add the dried lavender and lavender oil to the molten wax and gently stir, ensuring they combine properly.
- Once you have an even mixture, gently pour the hot molten wax into each of the candle jars containing the wicks in the centre. Be careful to avoid spills.
- To help keep the wicks in the centre, you can use a clothespin.
- Keep the jars in a well-ventilated place for 24 hours. Once fully dry, trim the wick to regular size.
Fragrances to Add to Your Candle
Originally, candles didn’t have fragrances. Candles were mainly for lighting having different colours for other purposes but produced mostly light. Fragrances were added to candles to create different appeals. Fragrances in candles can make appeals such as relaxation, stress relief, romantic mood and even a spiritual aura. Essential oil has been one of the easiest ways to add fragrances to a homemade candle. Sometimes dried flowers with alluring scents can also be used at home. You can learn many other ways to use essential oil blends.
The lavender essential oil has therapeutic properties, such as inducing relaxation, stress mitigation, and anxiety disorder management. Other essential oils you can use include:
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Clary Sage Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
After learning how to make lavender candles at home, you can try any of these fragrances from the essential oil.
See this video to learn more about making lavender candles at home.