Scented candles seem to have gained popularity over the past couple of years. With Fall and Christmas season approaching, candles are starting to make an appearance again.
Good store-bought scented candles tend to be quite pricey for something that can disappear so quickly. The jars that they come in also end up being collected in a closet somewhere or recycled–which seems quite wasteful. I typically don’t buy candles for myself, but I love receiving them as gifts. These don’t tend to last me through the winter though, so buying the components online in bulk was a much more cost-effective way for me to produce my own.
I have never attempted to make a candle before, but based on online instructions and videos, it seemed pretty easy. I decided to do as much of it on my own, without purchasing anything other than soy wax flakes from amazon.
- Soy Wax Flakes
- 100% cotton yarn
- Recycled wick stands from used tea lights
- Essential Oils/Candle Scents
- Ceramic containers (courtesy of One Bear Ceramics)
Here’s what I did:
- Double boil the wax flakes (2x the amount of your container)
- Add a tiny piece of crayon to add color
- Cut a piece of yarn and soak it in the melted wax for 10 minutes, then hang to dry
- Once dry, use pliers to widen the hole of the wick stand to thread the wick through, then clamp wick into position
- Take the rest of the melted wax out of the boiling water and mix in a few drops of your scent
- Place the wick in the centre of the container, using a pen to hold it up straight
- Pour the wax into the container
- Leave aside to cool and harden
- Trim wick and light!
Now, my candles were far from perfect. They really didn’t work very well and had all sorts of problems including but not limited to:
- Burn range not reaching the sides of the container
- Scent not strong enough
- Strange discoloration in wax (ie. not a solid, smooth color)
- Wick stops burning halfway through and won’t hold a flame again
I am in the process of troubleshooting and will re-attempt this process again. If you have any tips or explanations for the flaws in my candles, please do let me know! I am hoping to fix all the problems and create scented candles that can be gifted by Christmas. I am working alongside OBC to create more ceramic candles, which I think would be a super cool gift since people can use the candle and have a functional handmade pot to reuse after. More to come!