While candles were once used for lighting, today their main use is to give our interior a warm, cozy and intimate atmosphere. Choosing to make them yourself and to perfume them with essential oils is a guarantee of quality and allows you to avoid the diffusion of chemicals and dangerous products into the atmosphere of your rooms. Discover the recipe for scented candles with essential oils for your well-being.
Choose the right ingredients
To make your essential oil scented candle, you will need simple ingredients.
Wax: 450 g of wax shavings
This is the main component of your candle. The wax gives it its shape, its hardness and it melts more or less quickly depending on its composition. There are now three types of wax that will allow you to make your candle: wax of plant origin, wax of animal origin and wax of mineral origin.
Wax of vegetable origin: soy wax is the most frequently used. It is ideal for making all types of candles. It can be used on its own, without oils or vegetable butters, which makes it easier to use. In addition, it heats less strongly than others and it cools quickly after it is turned off. Finally, it is easy to clean, but the soybeans generally come from the American continent where it is often GMO and cultivated with pesticides.
Animal Wax: Beeswax is appreciated for its sweet, bewitching scent and slow combustion. When making candles, it should be mixed with 10 to 20% vegetable oil to prevent it from shrinking. It is ecological.
Wax of mineral origin: Paraffin was very popular for making candles because of its very low price and ease of use. On the other hand, it has lost some of its success due to its unnatural, non-renewable, synthetic and unhealthy design. It is better not to choose this wax for the creation of your candle.
Essential oils: 5 to 10% of the mixture
To scent your candle with essential oils, choose suitable essences and make sure that their flash point is above 65 ° C (so that your candle does not ignite in its entirety). Do not use any gasoline containing alcohol and limit yourself to a total of 5-10% essential oils per candle.
Your possibilities are endless: Anise, Tropical Basil, Rosewood, German Chamomile, Cinnamon bark, Atlas Cedar, Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Egyptian Geranium, True Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang, etc. .
Vegetable oils and butters (optional): 10 to 20% of the mixture
Vegetable oils and butters are useful in facilitating the melting of the candle by softening the wax and making the whole look more beautiful. It is not necessary to add it to the soy wax, but 10 to 20% will be used in a beeswax candle.
The choice of oils and vegetable butters is made according to the use of the candle. For a good smell, choose vanilla or hazelnut for example. But you can also choose these ingredients according to their color, their skin benefits if you want to make a massage candle or according to their cost.
If you want to color your candle naturally, you can use some ecological and natural methods:
colored vegetable oils
colored essential oils
The other materials
heat-resistant glass container, measuring cup type
50 cl capacity jar
cotton candle wick
How to make a scented candle with essential oils: the different steps
Step 1: wax
Weigh 450 g of wax shavings and pour them into a measuring cup-type glass container capable of withstanding heat. The jar must not be full in order to allow the wax to rise without overflowing.
Place the container in the microwave and heat the wax for a total of 3 minutes. Every 30 seconds, turn off the microwave and mix the wax with your wooden spoon to help it melt and give it a more harmonious consistency. So repeat the operation 6 times 30 seconds, until the wax is completely melted. Take a potholder to handle the jar without getting burned.
Step 2: preparing the wick
Cut the wick long enough to protrude from the candle.
Prime the cotton wick by soaking it for about 2 minutes in melted wax. Then place it on aluminum foil and shape it to keep it straight. Then let it cool in the freezer.
This step allows the candle to burn better.
Step 3: essential oils
Pour a few drops of essential oils into your wax and mix with the wooden spoon. Pour 10 drops first, then add a few depending on the intensity of the scent you want.
If you want to add vegetable oils, vegetable butters or natural colors, now is the time. Follow the correct dosages then mix with the wooden spoon.
Step 4: setting up the wick
Take your cotton wick out of the freezer. It should be straight and rigid. If not, plunge it back into the wax and repeat the operation.
Place a pencil or a wooden skewer across the opening of your jar (the one in which the candle will be placed). Place the wick in the center of the jar and wrap its end three times around the pencil or wooden skewer to keep it in place. It must remain in an upright position in the jar.
Step 5: setting up the wax
Pour the cold wax into the jar, that is, it should have a pasty form sufficiently liquid to flow. Hold the wick for 1 or 2 minutes to allow it to stay vertical while the wax begins to harden.
Then place the candle in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, until it has solidified.
Step 6: the finishing touches
Take your candle out of the fridge. Cut the wick so that it protrudes about 2.5 cm. All you have to do is light your candle and enjoy its delicious scent of essential oils!