Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soy Aromatherapy Candles

The holidays are well upon us and I wanted to put together something useful with a homemade touch for family and friends. With baby on the way, frugality is of the utmost importance, so I decided to use what I already have. I allowed myself a couple of outside supplies. I had been holding on to some fruit jars for awhile and decided to put them to use. Looking at them gave me the idea to do a citrus aromatherapy candle.
I made these in the microwave, but you can use a stove top as well.

soy wax
essential oils- I used sweet orange, lemongrass and grapefruit.
wax dye
wicks and wick tabs

*Before I start melting my wax, I position my wicks into my jars and hold them into place with chop sticks. They sell wick holders, but you can also use whatever you have on hand.
*I also make sure that my jars are clean, dry and warm. This makes for a more uniform look to the outside of the candle.

Melt wax according to specifications. Some need to be heated in a double boiler an some are o.k for the microwave.
Remove from heat and add essential oils.
Next add dye if you are using it.
Mix with a whisk very well to incorporate oils and dye.
Pour into jars.
Let the candles cool and cure for at least 24 hours.
Trim your wicks to about 1/4 of an inch.
Approximately 5c of wax chips melts ino 20oz of liquid wax
For every 40oz of wax I melt, I use 50 drops of essential oils and 3 drops of dye.
For a stronger scent and color, use more EO's and dye.

After letting the candle cure for a couple of days, I tied a recipe card around the neck using ribbon and lace. I combined these candles with my homemade granola to make holiday gifts.


Tiffany said...

Soy candles are really good.

Happy Holidays

Cocoanib said...

Hi Tiffany!
Oh yes, they are better for our environment and us.
I love how clean they burn, so you only smell your essential oils!

Obscurely Diverse said...

That was a very informative post.
The other day I was thinking about how much healthier the candles with natural wax & essential oils are - as opposed to the typical petroleum-based, artificially scented ones. BUT, I didn't think about making my own.
Thanks, I may try that.

Cocoanib said...

Once you get your containers and ingredients together, it's a pretty simple process. They burn so much cleaner too!