- A burner (to melt the wax), such as a stove top or hot plate
- Double boiler setup
- Candle thermometer
- Wooden spoon for stirring
- Containers to pour your candles into (tins, jars, seashells, cups)
- Molds and mold release
- Wick holder or simply a wooden coffee stir stick
- Scissors (you’ll use them to cut the wick)
- Soy wax flakes
- Essential oils (100 drops of essential oil per every pound of wax. Use 100% pure essential oils, from a trusted seller.)
Prepare all your equipment, making sure you have everything nearby. Prepare the containers in which you’ll pour the wax. Place a wick in each of them, making sure they are upright, using a wooden stick or a wick-holder. This step is important since the candles will not burn if the wicks are not straight. I’ll suggest you check how to make candle at home.
Melt the wax flakes, choosing the quantity you’ll need for your recipients. Keep the temperature on low heat, stirring frequently. The wax should not get over 180 degrees Fahrenheit! After melting the wax, let it cool for a couple of minutes prior to adding the essential oils. Stir well to make sure the therapeutic oils blend well with the wax. Fill the jars, tins or other recipients and let the candles cool down for at least an hour if you’ll be using molds.
Here are just a few ideas on the essential oils you can use for your homemade candles:
- Lavender Essential Oil helps you relax, soothes anxiety and releases stress. It’s the best oil if you want to unwind and sleep better.
- Rosemary Essential Oil dispels mental fatigue and gives an instant brain boost. It helps you focus better and improves your memory.
- Rose Essential Oil reduces rage, anxiety, nervousness, depression, anger.
- Peppermint Essential Oil is a great choice to increase mental clarity and diminish headaches.
- Lemon Essential Oil brings a peppy mood, dispelling depression and anxiety.
- Orange Essential Oil is a mood booster, increasing concentration and positive feelings.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil is the best choice for respiratory ailments, reducing the symptoms of colds and flu.
- Bergamot Essential Oil has calming effects and brings gentle cheer, busting stress.
- Cedarwood Essential Oil is a grounding oil, helping you feel calm, tranquil and centered, especially when you feel stressed.
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil brings calm and peace and dispels mental fog and fatigue, also having aphrodisiac effects.