I have always been a lover of candles. Bath and body works was my jam back in high school and warm vanilla sugar was my scent of choice. In college I loved the candles with the wood wick so it crackled like a fire place. Oooo I can hear it right now just thinking about it. Covering up a stinky smell? Candle! A romantic dinner at home calls for a candle. Remembering loved ones that have past away also is a time to light a candle. There are so many reasons. So I was shocked when I found out just how harmful and pollutant candles really are for me. Studies have shown that chemicals and carcinogens are emitted from paraffin-based candles and the candles do not burn hot enough to destroy these harmful molecules, causing a toxic environment within your home. It has even been likened to lighting a cigarette inside. One article I found stated “Additional research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds scented candles produce more soot than unscented, the particles of which can infiltrate deep into your lungs and be harmful to your respiratory system.” What the what!? Don’t take my candles too!
My son has Asthma so when I found this out I was quick to ditch my candle stash. But I have a solution: Make my own candles the safest possible way for my home… and have fun doing it!
Follow these steps and get creative with your choices of oils and containers. The combos are endless!
Step 1: Purchase 100% Natural Soy or Beeswax. These are much safer choices and do not give off the soot and pollutants that the paraffin mainstream option does. Also find the natural beeswax wicks to go with it. *Check the blog store for links to purchase online.
Step 2: Choose the scent you would like and pick out the oil combo to match. This particular time I was making a seasonal candle (Christmas Spirit & Pine), a citrus candle (Citrus Fresh), and a romantic candle (Sensation).
*Tip: You need to use quite a bit of oil to make sure the scent is noticeable. I suggest choosing from less expensive oil options.
Step 3: Choose your candle container (glass, ceramic, or metal) and prepare the wick by glueing the base to the center of the bottom of the container. Use a pencil or similar item to wrap the remaining wick and balance the wick in the center.
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Step 4: Melt the wax in a glass bowl over boiling water in a pot on the stove. Continually stir until completely liquid.
Step 5: Take your oil(s) of choice and drop desired amount into the melted wax. For a small candle (size of a mason jar) I suggest at least 20 drops, larger containers need at least 40 drops.
Step 6: Use a funnel and pour the melted wax into your containers. Be careful to keep the wick in the center. Leave a little room at the top.
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Step 7: Let the candles sit for several hours (or overnight) so it can cool and settle. If you are in a hurry you can also place them in the fridge for a faster set.
The end result is a fun/beautiful/creative candle for your home that is much safer to burn, and has a little more meaning to it.
**Bonus! This is a great gift idea that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, is tailored to the recipient with your oil choices, and is a lot more personal than a store bought gift.