Candles have always been one of the "little things" that I love to have around my home (especially in the wintertime). A great smelling candle goes hand in hand with unwinding and is the perfect compliment to a relaxing bath, good book or cup of hot tea - all great wintertime activities.
This season, I wanted to give candle making a go with one of my favorite scents - lavender! It's such an incredibly relaxing and therapeutic smell - which is also very useful when trying to de-stress from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. With any scent that you decide to go with, keep in mind that high quality essential oils will yield better smelling candles. The essential oil I decided to go with was 100% pure and was not diluted. Worth the extra moola if you ask me (who wants a funky smelling candle?)!
- soy wax flakes (Amazon, $19 for a 5 lb. bag)
- essential oils (I used lavender - Amazon, $21.97 for a 2oz. bottle)
- wicks and anchors (Amazon, $4.93 for 12)
- wooden or bamboo skewers
- glass container (I used 8oz. mason jars)
- glass container(s) to melt the wax (I used larger mason jars)
1. Figure out how much wax you'll need for your jars. The wax flakes melt down to about half the amount once it's in liquid form (for my 8oz jar I measured out 16oz of flakes). Place the wax into your glass container, then put the glass jar(s) in a pot of water and boil.
2. While the wax is heating up, prepare the jars by adhering the wick and anchor to the bottom of the jars. You can do this by using a few drops of hot wax or hot glue to make the wick/anchor stay at the bottom. Afterwards, you'll keep the wick upright by using the wooden skewers and looping the wick around it.
3. Once the wax flakes are completely melted, add in your essential oils. Use roughly 1oz. of oil per pound of melted wax, depending on how strong you want the scent.
4. Pour the wax into the jars, being very careful not to burn yourself (you can lay newspapers down as this can get a little messy when pouring). Make sure to avoid moving the skewers/wick as the new hot wax can sometimes remove or shift the anchor from the bottom. Allow the wax to cool overnight before using. After the candle is set, cut the wick to about 1/2 inch from the wax.
keep the fire burnin!