Soothing and pleasant, essential oils are great for relaxation and ambiance. Essential oil candles are one option for making use of the enjoyable scents, and they can be made at home. Making them at home gives you the opportunity to blend the exact scents and create the specific shapes that you want. The steps are straightforward, and the key is adding the scent at the optimal time.
- Begin with adding 2 cups of soy wax flakes in a glass container that is microwave safe. The flakes could rise a little when heated, making it important to leave some room at the top. Note that 2 cups is .45 kg.
- Cover the container with plastic wrap. In increments of 10 seconds at a time, melt the wax. Use a wooden spoon to stir and encourage the melting. Stirring also disperses the heat. Pot holders or oven mitts should be used in handling the hot container.
- Take the melted wax out of the microwave. Have a sturdy surface ready, and place the container on it. Remove the plastic wrap.
The essential oils should be added while the wax is still hot, but be sure the wax is not so hot that the oil evaporates. Start with about 10 drops, using your personal preference to guide you from there. Oils that have a stronger scent will require fewer drops than those with a more delicate scent.
- Next, have a mason jar and candle wick ready. Pour ½ inch (1.3 cm) of the wax into the jar, and then lower the candle wick into the middle of the wax. Gently lay the other end of the wick over the rim of the jar, and slowly pour the remaining wax.
- After pouring the rest of the wax, take the end of the candle wick, and hold it taut and upright for 1 or 2 minutes. Be sure to hold it in the center of the jar. You will want to hold it long enough for the wax to harden enough for the wick to stand on its own.
- Trim the wick to a length of about 1 inch (2.54 cm). Refrigerate the candle for approximately 2 hours, allowing it to harden. Once hardened, the candle is ready to be enjoyed.
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