If you love candles you might like to make your own at home.
Making candles in containers is quite straightforward once you know the method and have some basic kit.
You will also save yourself some money and get to choose the look of your candles.
You can buy or recycle pretty heat-proof containers such as flower pots, jam jars, vintage crockery, tea light holders, sturdy glasses etc.
I make my candles with beaded soya bean wax. If you have read my blog “What Are Your Candles Made Of” you will know that I choose natural plant waxes over parrafin for several health and environmental reasons. I also don’t use colour and only use essential oils to fragrance my candles in order to make as pure a candle as possible but if you are making your candle for its decorative appeal there are many options available.
These instructions follow the method I use to make soy container candles. Other natural waxes such as rapeseed, vegetable wax and beeswax are available and also make lovely candles. If you want to make moulded pillar candles you will need to follow a different method and use different wax and wicks.
A website I found useful when starting to make candles is www.soywaxcandles.org
Work out what volume of wax the containers will take by measuring how much water it takes to almost fill the container. These jars were approx 200ml.
Weigh out wax to the same amount of grams as the volume in mls. This is not totally accurate but good enough.
Prepare your containers with wicks and wick sustainers. Use wick holders to keep the wicks steady and central.
Carefully pour the molten wax into the containers and leave to cool.
Once the wax has solidified carefully remove the wick holder and trim your wicks to max 1cm above the wax.
(Wicks should be trimmed to 0.5cm after the first burn but I find if you need to have them a bit longer for the initial burn.)
Leave the candles to rest for 24 hours before lighting them.
I also sell a range of Aromatherapy Soy Candles in my on-line shop. Matching Natural Room Fragrance Atomisers can also be purchased. www.aromatherapysoycandles.co.uk