Aromatic candles will enhance the ambience of a room. If you are a romantic person, you will enjoy the warm aroma of scented candles. You and your guests will be intoxicated with a sense of well being. Also, the warm glow of just about any candle enhances the elegance of a room.
The warm fragrance of a scented candle will lift your spirts, even when the candle is not lit. So when you come home tired and worn out from the day, the presence of the perfumed candles tend to unwind you and make you feel uplifted.
Scented candles are wonderful gifts for any occasion and/or season, especially when made by your own hands.
1. Pick Your Candle Fragrance
Fragrance oil is sold in most craft shops. You can also shop for it online. I would suggest that you opt for fragrance oils rather than going for cheap water or alcohol based fragrances. Since your wax mix will be oil based, use a fragrance that is also be oil based. Why? As oil & water do not mix, a water based perfume tends not to mix with oil based wax.
2. Select Your Wax
The basics of making scented candles are more or less the same as for ordinary wax candles. Start by choosing your wax. Available in the market is a versatile range of wax beginning with naturals from beeswax, palm or soy and moving along to paraffin or gel wax. Decide on the aromatic intensity of your candles before making a wax selection. For example, in case of gel candles, gel wax with less density holds less fragrance compared to gel wax with higher density.
3. The Art of Scented Candle Making
Now that we’ve covered wax selection, let’s talk about the process of creating scented candles.
The first step is to melt your wax. For this purpose, a double boiler can be used. That means put the wax in a small pot. Now place that container into a slightly larger pot partially filled with water. Now heat the water. You’ll need a thermometer to ensure the wax is not burnt. The temperature must be kept between 170 &180 degrees F.
After the wax is melted, insert a wick into the mold and remove your wax from it’s source of heat. Next add the fragrance oil. 1 ounce fragrance oil to 1 pound wax will create a fragrance of 6%. Greater amounts of fragrance oil will cause the candle to burn out quicker.
Now pour your melted wax/fragrance mix into it’s mold. The only job remaining is to let it cool before removing your candle from it’s mold.
Congratulations, well done!
4. Experiment as You Go
You will develop expertise in all aspects of the candle craft when you start experimenting. By using different fragrances and colors, you will perfect the art of candle making and thoroughly enjoy the process.
It’s a great feeling to gift your loved ones with a homemade scented candle knowing that they will find the fragrant essences both relaxing and invigorating.