When you think relaxation, what first comes to mind? What mood? What setting? For me, I am in a bubble bath surrounded by the glow and warmth of candlelight. I admit I am a bit of a candle fanatic. I love trying new scents and new brands, and my collection is constantly expanding. My favorite candles, though, are those that are made homemade.
As many of you know, I have been beekeeping for over two years now. Though I mainly harvest honey, beeswax has its uses, too, like making homemade candles! Beeswax candles are said to burn brighter for longer, never bending in the process. I like to use my own beeswax plus supplement with beeswax I can buy online.
My favorite part of a candle is its scent. To scent my homemade candles, I like to use Young Living essential oils. I like to make my candles in a variety of different smells, and right now I’m totally loving lavender and sandalwood. Lavender totally relaxes me and puts me at ease. Sandalwood’s earthy scent also relieves stress and always lifts my mood. (It also clears my sinuses!) But don’t limit yourself to these two essential oils–find a scent that suits you best!
The candles I make at home are poured, not dipped. We love filling up mason jars of all shapes and sizes with the beeswax and essential oil mix. Mason jars add some quirk into the mix as well as a little extra touch.
Want to make your own essential oil candles? Follow along below!
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DIY Essential Oil Candles
- Wick with a metal wick tab
- Glass mason jar(s)
- Plumbers’ or wick putty
- Double boiler
- Candy thermometer
- Essential oil, such as lavender or sandalwood
You can get most materials from your local craft store or online.
- To begin, fix a wick with a metal wick tab to the bottom of a jar using plumbers’ or wick putty; suspend the wick from a pencil laid across the top of the jar.
- Place some beeswax (1 pound fills four or five 8-ounce jars) in a double boiler, and heat to 135 degrees (check with a candy thermometer).
- Remove wax from heat, and stir in about 50 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine. (The exact amount will depend on the oil’s intensity and your own preference.)
- Pour wax into jars; set jars in a cold-water bath to cool. Add more wax as needed.
Adapted from Martha Stewart