Just before Christmas, I wrote a post about ideas for homemade Christmas presents. It was at that point that I found Rebecca’s beautiful tutorial over on Really Pretty Useful for DIY scented candles and I did a little squeal of excitement because I am obsessed with scented candles but they are SO expensive. I was thrilled at the prospect of saving about £30 each time I buy one and there is no easier way of instantly lifting your home than burning a beautifully scented candle.
I hope you will find this as exciting as I do and even better news – they are so ridiculously easy to make. Thank you also to Helen who saw my homemade Christmas present post and made her own candles (see the post for a picture of her candles) and told me about The Soap Kitchen, which is a great place to buy essential oils and fragrances for candles.
You will need:
Soy wax flakes (£3.16) – I bought 800g of the EcoSoya CB-Xcel flakes and this was enough to make 5 candles in the 220ml jars that you can see in my pictures.
Tabbed pre-waxed wicks (£2.05 for 10) – As Rebecca says in her tutorial, getting tabbed wicks is very important as they are a lot more stable.
Jars (£8.95 for 5) – I bought Weck tulip jars just purely because I love the shape. However, any old jam jar, tea cup, sugar bowl, kilner jar, sea shell, egg shell will do and make sure you save scented candle jars that you have bought in the past as you can easily recycle these.
Fragrance or essential oil (£2.35 for 5ml) – I chose the Fig Tree fragrance, which smells wonderful but it is quite subtle. If you want to spend a bit more and want a stronger scent then choose an essential oil.
Saucepan (with a lip is preferable or you may need a funnel)
I spent about £16 in total but if I had used jam jars it would have cost only £7 for five candles. Amazing!
1. To work out how much wax you need, pack your jar quite tightly with wax flakes – you will need double this amount for each candle.
2. Melt the wax flakes on a low heat in a saucepan, preferably one with a lip as this will help later when you pour it into the jars. I did it in two batches. Don’t be worried about using a decent saucepan as the wax is natural and washes out with washing up liquid very easily.
3. Add your fragrance or oil once all of the flakes have dissolved. I added about 2ml of the fragrance per candle (just roughly speaking). If it smells overpowering, this is ok. Remember, you have a couple of candle’s worth of wax in your saucepan and when you burn your candle only a small amount of the wax will melt and release scent at a time.
4. Carefully pour the wax into your jars. If your jars have lids that you want to use fill up to a couple of centimetres from the top so there is space for the wick to fit under the lid.
5. Allow the wax to cool in the jar and when it starts to become cloudy and thick, which can take 15-20 minutes, push the tabbed wick in to the centre of the candle. Make sure the tabbed end makes contact with the bottom of the jar and hold in place for a few seconds until it sets in the wax.
6. Allow the wax to cool completely, preferably over night, before you cut off the top of the wick about 1cm above the level of the wax.
I think you will need to experiment with scent combinations and intensity to find the right one for you. If I hit on any winners I will update you as I’m pretty sure I will be making candles forevermore. If you need me, I will probably be making more – I am totally obsessed!
Katy xxx (extra kisses for Valentine’s Day)