Making Scented Candles That Nurture, Relax And Impress

Posted on Saturday 31 October 2009

Have you ever bought an expensive scented candle only to be disappointed because the scent didn’t last once you took the wrapping off? Making scented candles will take care of that problem. You can choose a brand of scent that won’t evaporate!

Before you start, get all of the materials together. You will need paraffin wax, a metal pan, a candy thermometer, liquid scent, coloring, a mold and a wick. The candy thermometer will help you keep the wax from getting so hot it catches on fire.

Candles can be just about any shape you can imagine. The simplest form to begin with is the pillar mold. This is a rectangular mold with a flat top and bottom. It is also one of the easiest kind of candles to use because of its broad, firm base.

Most people prefer not to melt the wax on their kitchen stove top. The wax will invariably drip when you pour it. If you wipe it up while it is still hot, you run the risk of burning yourself, and you will ruin whatever you use. You cannot remove dried wax from any type of material.

A pound of paraffin wax will make one normal size pillar candle. Remember to watch your candy thermometer. If the wax reaches 375 degrees it will catch on fire.

Once the wax is melted, add the coloring and the scent a little at a time until it is just what you want. Stir until the color is uniform throughout the wax.

Pull the wick up through the hole in the bottom of the mold, and tie it around a small stick you can lay across the top. Pour the wax slowly into the mold.

Once the wax begins to cool, check to see if it sinks in the middle of the mold. If it does, add more wax. Wait until the candle is totally dry and hard before removing it from the mold. Cut the wick to one half inch. Look at the final result and you will be amazed to see that it looks just as nice as one you could have bought in the store.

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