How To Make Scented Candles – Great Tips To Get You Started

Posted on Tuesday 9 November 2010

A quick trip to the store will give you an idea that scented and aromatherapy candles are high-priced. Making scented candles at home is a great money saver, plus it also makes it possible for you to craft attractive candles in your favorite scents. And the best part is, the majority of the things that you need for candle making can be found in your kitchen!

You will probably be surprised at the many unique ways on how you can craft homemade scented candles. It’s very possible to make beautiful candles while saving money in the long run; and this fact alone made making scented candles a very popular and lucrative business — you can choose to put up your very own candle shop and sell affordable candles too. Working with candles as a hobby is not only fulfilling, it is profitable too!

Making candles is easy, even for beginners. With this craft, you are only limited by your imagination! If you don’t like what you first produced, you can melt the wax down and start over anytime you wish. The thing that I absolutely love about candles is that they make great gifts, can add a touch of warmth and elegance to any room, and provide much-needed relaxation to your body and soul.

Here are the easy guidelines involved in candle making:

First off, make sure that you have all the ingredients that you need. Remember that the amount of aroma, color and wax that you would need would largely depend on the amount of candles you want to make. A good rule of thumb would be to use one pound of wax if you want to make about 8 candles. A general rule of thumb for the essential oil is to put a tablespoon for each pound of wax used. Don’t think twice about experimenting! You can always play around with how many or how much ingredients you add into the wax to capture the consistency and aroma that you like

* Wick
* Candle wax
* Coloring
* Essential oil or scent
* Thermometer (used for candy or meat)
* Double broilers
* Candle mold

Feel free to modify the ingredients. Remeber that it all depends on what kind of candles you want to produce.

Let’s start!

1. Put the wax in a small pot, then put the smaller pot in a larger one that is partially filled with water. Heat the stove to a low heat to make sure that the wax doesn’t burn. Next, using your thermometer let the wax rise to about 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit. Wax burns pretty fast, so be careful not to leave it for long otherwise, it will overheat.

2. Put the candle molds in a sturday and flat surface. Be sure that you have your wicks close by. Take off the pot from the stove as soon as the wax melts. Next, put the essential oil and dye When adding the dye, its best to use a dropper as this will allow you to have better manipulate of the shade of your candle.

3. You can now set up the wicks inside the candle jar or mold. Be sure that the wick is placed in the middle of the jar. Allow approximately 3-5 minutes for the wax to harden.

4. Once the wick is set, you can immediately pour the remaining wax. Unless you are making jar candles, remove the candle from its mold once it hardens.

There you have it! Making scented candles is very simple, you can get started on this craft with little or no experience, and to top it off, it can prove to be a fulfilling and entertaining hobby. Enjoy!

Kim Montgomery loves candles and is passionate about sharing that love with others. Discover more expert tips and secrets about making scented candlesand all that you need to know about creating your own perfect candles with her popular free ecourse, available at

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