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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Candles

Who doesn’t love candles? Candles are lovely! The scents can affect your mood, lifting you up with happiness, energy, or calming your spirit. But sometimes we have to find our own scent that we cannot find anywhere. Here is the opportunity to experience and put those old mason jars to use. You just need wax, wicks, and your favorite essential oils!

Pro Tips

When pouring your candles, do it over newspaper or old magazines. This will prevent wax drops from getting everywhere. If you are like me, you aren’t passionate about cleaning off the stovetop.

You’ll want to secure your wicks with an anchor. Some will place a wax paper on the bottom of your jar or container, but I like to use little pebbles. I think it adds a bit of an earthy look to the bottom of the container. But you’ll want to ensure your wick is straight, it isn’t straight it won’t burn properly.

Environmental note, do not put your wax down the drain. This will save you a big mess.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Total Time: 3 Hours | Yield: 4 Candles

What you’ll need

  • A jar for the candle
  • Wax flakes (we always shoot for sustainably sourced wax)
  • Essential oils (You can select from Aura Cacia’s wide selection found here at Soap Hope. I’m partial to the Citronella since it is summer time.
  • Flower or plant leaves
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Wick
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • A container that can be boiled safely

Instructions

  1. Turn up the heat! The first step is to melt down your wax flakes in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt quickly, so you’ll want to pay close attention, but if it takes a little longer than expected, just turn up the heat. While it is melting, be sure and stir using a wooden spoon. I like to mix in a few flower and plant leaves for texture.
  2. Now that your wax flakes are melted add 70-100 drops of your favorite essential oils. This amount depends on how potent your essential oil selection is and how much of a scent you want. You can select from subtle to sensational.
  3. At this point, you are going to want to anchor your wicks to the bottom of the container you have chosen using either a bit of wax or a stone.  Make sure it is straight.
  4. Tape the wick in a vertical position. Lay something across the top of the container and tape the wick to it so it stays upright. I’ll use a stick.
  5. Pour baby pour! Pour that wax into your container and then repeat this skilled move until all the containers are full.
  6. Let them cool and sit for about an hour or so.
  7. Cut it out! Cut those wicks to your desired height and now you have your candle.
  8. The final step, you worked hard, grab a book, a cup of tea (find the perfect cup here), and light up that candle for a cozy, well deserved afternoon!

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