Because we really love candles, we started thinking it was time to test out making them ourselves. Assuming we pulled it off, it would not only save us lots o' cash but it would also be a great new way to put our essential oils to use. After all, you can only rub pure sandalwood/rose/jasmine oil directly on your skin for so long before you feel a little greased...
We got started using this wonderful DIY Tutorial from The Baker Chick's blog. Here is what you will need to follow along:
Soy wax flakes (8 oz. for a small jar, up to 1 lb for a large jar)
Essential oil (30-70 drops depending on how strong you want the scent to be)
2 pots for double boiling
Chopstick or spoon
To get started, be sure your glass jars are clean. We used several antique candy jars Celene has collected over the years. Next, fill your lower pot with water and turn heat to medium/high.
While you wait for your water to heat up, use the tape to create a grid on your jar. The goal is to get your wicks to stand straight as the wax cools. We found it was easiest to secure each wick with a piece of tape on either side, with the wick tightly sandwiched in between. Because our jars were quite wide, three wicks felt balanced. Plus, we love the look!
From flakes to liquid
Once your water is hot, gently place the second pot on top. For our jars, we used 1 lb. of soy wax flakes per jar. As the wax begins to melt, stir using a chopstick or spoon. Once all of the flakes have disappeared, place the cooking thermometer in the wax and heat to 185 degrees.
Now it's time to add your essential oil! Turn off heat. Because we prefer our candles to be on the stronger side, we added a generous amount of rose essential oil. Continue to stir wax as you add essential oil. Remove from the boiling pot and rest on counter to cool to 145 degrees.
Once the wax has cooled, carefully pour into glass jars. Be sure your wicks remain straight. After an hour the wax will begin to solidify and turn an opaque white in color. Finally, trim your wicks.
The most challenging part about making these candles is waiting two weeks to light them. The essential oils need extra time to mature in the wax. But, that's it! Seriously. It was one of the easiest recipes we have made so far. Enjoy!
As an added bonus, here is our first attempt to get the wicks to stand straight. It was sort of fun, using whatever we could find in the kitchen. But then they kept falling over, bummer.
Hooray for tape!