DIY candles made with essential oils are a great way to bring non-toxic and personalized beauty into your home. In feng shui, candles are often used to support energy, joy and purification. Candles can be soothing, romantic and mystical. They are an ancient tool of mankind, going back as a far as 9,000 years to the Mesolithic era. Unfortunately, most store bought candles smell terrible and are very toxic.
Many commercial candles are made using paraffin wax – a nasty carcinogen that releases toxic smoke into the air as it burns. You breathe that air! Plus, even non-paraffin wax candles are toxic because they are scented with artificial perfumes that release synthetics into the air. They also don’t smell very nice! When you make your own candles, you can you use non-toxic vegetable wax, a natural and lead-free wick and pure essential oils so that your candles are safe to breathe and smell luxurious.
There are many different types of candle wax and not all of them work the same way. Each wax has its own purpose and they have different melting points, which is important to know for melting the candle wax.
Beeswax is a soft and sticky wax. Most people do not even attempt to use it for molded candles. The benefits, however, are that it burns very cleanly and has a pleasant natural scent. It can be a bit pricey, however. The melting point is about 150 F.
Before you buy your candle making supplies, you will need to decide which type of candle you would like to make. There are container candles (a popular first choice), pillar candles, votives, floater candles, beeswax candles, gel candles, and soy candles. You will need different supplies for each. The suggestions below can get you started, but you can add to or adjust some of the listed items to your preference.
But candles are not just for gifts. Real estate professionals have long since learned that a home that smells nice sells faster. So, at home showings and open houses, you should expect to see a burning candle or two.
Aromatherapy is a use for scented candles that usually prompts people to buy the candles for themselves. Lavender is excellent for de-stressing, meditating, or soaking in the bathtub. Orange is an invigorating scent that can cheer up a room.
Candles often work for odor neutralizing. Just make sure you get the right candle for the job, or you might get forest pine-scented litter box smell. Some candles come with added odor neutralizing properties and others can do it simply with a strong enough scent and the natural effects of a little bit of smoke.
Finally, scented candles are a great visual addition to a room. With different colors, containers, and sizes, they can be used for almost any dcor. Additionally, when they are lit, the little flame creates a warm ambience in the room. Whether it is for romance or a home sale, scented candles can give that extra something that makes the atmosphere more pleasant and appealing.
Rolling beeswax candles is very easy and fun, simple enough for children to do as a supervised project. Purchase sheets of colored and/or scented beeswax (according to your preference) and a few wicks. The wick should be about 2 longer than the height of the candle.
You can cut the sheet for a shorter candle, or keep it the full height if desired. Place the wick near the edge of the sheet and begin rolling it evenly, tightly, and firmly until you have rolled up the whole sheet. Press the end of the sheet into the candle. Then, trim the wick and your candle is done! Or, if you want a thicker candle, add another sheet and keep rolling.
If you would prefer to melt your beeswax and form it into a mold, you need to heat the beeswax in a double boiler, to 170F. Color and add scent, if you like. Just make sure the dyes and perfumes you use are intended for candle making. You can spray the candle molds with releasing spray for a cleaner finished product. Place the wick as the mold requires and pour your beeswax in.
Finally, beeswax candles are really fun to make using the dipping method. This old-fashioned method requires taking a wick or wicks (lined up on a thin rod) and repeatedly dipping them into the heated wax (at 170F or a little less), allowing each layer to cool and harden briefly before dipping again. Layer will build upon layer until you get to your desired width. Hang them to dry and enjoy your homemade beeswax candles.
Make sure that the dyes are intended for gel candles and that you do not use cotton wicks, because they will absorb the gel. You have several options for embeds. You can use polished stones, colored glass gyms (used in vases and aquariums), glitter, colored gravel, glass beads, shells, and even little metal charms. Whatever you choose just needs to be non-flammable.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the wick to the bottom of the gel candle glass. After the glue cools, cut up the gel into pieces to melt faster. Put them in a stainless steel pot. Dont overheat them. Just use a low-medium heat to melt them evenly.
The goal is 200F. Much higher than that and the gel will not set clear. So check your thermometer frequently until you get it right. Once the gel is smooth, you can start slowly adding your color, checking as you stir for the desired shade. Dont over-color if you want your embeds to show.
Approximately 1/3 teaspoon of essential oil should give each glass of gel a strong enough scent, but you can add a little more if you like. Make sure that before you pour, you heat up the glass to between 150F and 160F so you dont get bubbles in the gel. Dip the embeds in the hot gel before you place them in the candle and place them towards the outside of the container for increased visibility.
Pour your gel into the heated glass over a flat surface. Pour slowly to further avoid those undesirable bubbles. After you have filled your container, pull the wick up and wrap it around a pencil you can set over the top of the glass, to keep the wick straight while the gel dries. Once it is dried, you can trim the wick and present your finished project.
As far as history can tell, the ancient Romans made the first wick by rolling papyrus and dipping it over and over into beeswax or melted tallow. These simple candles were used at night, to light the interiors of their homes. It is not known exactly when this practice began.
But back in Egypt, we know they were making wick candles by 3000 B.C. During approximately the same period, Chinese citizens were rolling rice paper for a wick and using wax from insects and seeds to form candles. The ancient Japanese were using tree nuts for wax and in India, they boiled the fruit of the cinnamon tree for wax.
Much later, in 165 B.C., Hanukkah began to be celebrated, being called the Jewish Festival of Lights. Candles have ever since been a part of this religious ceremony. Many other cultures also have used candles as a part of their practices and rituals.
The early Western cultures used tallow, which is animal fat, to make their candles. The tallow candles emitted a foul odor. Moving into the middle ages, Europe began making beeswax candles because they burned more cleanly and had a pleasant sweet scent when lit. But, because of the expense, beeswax candles were only used for ceremonial purposes and by the wealthy for many generations.
It wasnt until colonial times that wax made from crystallized sperm whale oil was discovered. Unlike tallow candles it did not emit a foul odor, it did not soften on warm days, and it produced a brighter light than tallow candles could.
Later developments include stearin wax (made with a chemical extracting process of animal fatty acids), paraffin wax (made from petroleum), and soybean wax. Each of these improved upon older versions, burning cleaner and smelling better. Todays candles use these waxes, many being made of combinations of stearin wax and paraffin. While candle-making dropped substantially with the advent of electricity, today they are popular for their ambience and variety of available scents and colors that give a room that special something which only candles can give.
Candle making can be tough when you are out of practice. Candle making can even seem a little dangerous because it involves hot wax. It is also confusing on how much dyes and fragrances to use in candle making.
Picking what dye you want to use can be tricky. No matter the color it is always important to read the box, especially the warnings. The dye is very potent and powerful. Be very careful because you can dye your clothes, counters, and stovetop very easily if you are not careful.
Candle making is a great skill to learn. There are many reasons to want to learn how to make candles. You may choose candle making as a new hobby. Others make candles as part of a lucrative business. But whatever the reason as you begin you will need to acquire all the start up materials.
The candle making start up process is all about getting your equipment. Some of these materials you will probably have around your household already. Other items you will need to research and purchase. The following is just what you need to being your new candle making hobby or business.
There are several candle making waxes, but the most popular used with companies is gel wax. It is popular because you can suspend things like beads, stones, and marbles in it. The down side with gel wax is that its melting point is around 200 F. When it is melted, it is still in gel form and is hard to pour into molds.
Candle making on your own is very rewarding. You can give the candles away as gifts, sell them, or use them personally. Although candle making is fun, you need a lot of supplies to do it correctly.
In candle making you can use fragrances or dyes. You can mix different ones together to make a new fragrance or stick to one color or scent at a time. You can either use the fragrance in the wax or on the wick.
Candles have a deep history. When you look at the history of the world its been relatively recent that candles have not been needed for lighting purposes. The type of candle that resembles our modern-day candle was invented nearly 5,000 years ago! This article will peruse the history of candle making.
And so the history of candles breaks down into two time segments. The first segment is before electricity. The second of course is after electricity.
Candles have so many uses. Especially with the wide array of scents that candle making has produced these days, they become an easy solution to so many household or personal issues. The following are 3 awesome ways that scented candles can help you every day.
First, let’s talk household uses. Scented candles have some great uses at home. The wonderful aroma of a scented candle can improve the atmosphere of any living space. Place candles in bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms to spruce up your home and make it smell blissful.
Gel candles are increasing in popularity. They are very decorative and are great as scented candles. Individuals are even starting to make gel candles as hobbies.
Before you start candle making with gel candles, you must know that there are different density levels. The levels are low, medium, and high. The density level within the gel candle affects the potency of the fragrance that the candle gives off when it is lit.