Did you know that you can easily make your own candles? Nice for the winter when the candles come out again, how about your own citronella candle against mosquitoes in the summer, or just for a nice evening on the couch with a nice book. I'll be happy to explain how you can make these.
- Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Then place the melting pot on the pot of boiling water so that it is heated by the steam from the boiling water.
- Put the soy wax in the melting pot and let it melt slowly (au bain-marie).
- Dip the bottom of the wick in the melted candle wax and stick it to the bottom of your glass where you want to make the candle. This will keep it in the middle for a while.
As soon as the soy wax has melted, remove the melting pot from your other pan and let the mixture cool slightly, until it starts to solidify a bit at the edge. 💡 TIP: I myself put the melting pan on a tea towel or a coaster on the counter.
Add the drops of your chosen essential oil(s) and stir so that it is well absorbed and distributed over the soy wax.
- Add some mica powder to the mixture if necessary.
- Pour your melted mixture into the glass and let it solidify.
- Decorate the top of the candle with some mica powder and/or some gemstone chips.
Et voilà, a beautiful evening can begin!
TIPS & TRICKS
💡 TIP: You can buy glasses to make your candle at stores such as the Hema or the Action. I advise you to choose a glass that is suitable for the oven because of the heat of the candle.
💡 TIP: The above recipe is composed for making a small candle (slightly larger than a tea light). Do you want to know how much soy wax you need for your candle? Then stick to 1 ml of water = 1 gram as a guideline. This is not quite the same for laundry, but you can use it as a handy guideline to determine approximately how much laundry you need. Fill your glass with water and measure this amount in a measuring cup, this is how much soy wax you need to make your candle. If necessary, adjust the recipe to your chosen amount of soy wax.
💡 TIP: In addition to melted candle wax, you can also use a clothespin to secure (hold) your fuse in your glass. There are also special holders where you can put your fuse.
💡 TIP: Only add the drops of essential oil once the melted wax has cooled down a bit. The hotter the wax is, the more your essential oil will evaporate and the less strong your final candle will be. Shame!
💡 TIP: Is your candle finished and do you want to use your glass again? Simply clean your glass by filling it with boiling water, which will melt the remaining wax. Once the water has cooled down again, the wax solidifies on the surface of the water and you can easily remove it. Just a wipe through the glass and you can use it again. This way you can also clean your melting pot ;)
💡 TIP: Would you rather watch a movie? Check out the highlight 'DIY Candle' on our Instagram account .
- Essential oils processed in candles often have a less strong scent than the synthetic substances that are often used in ready-to-use scented candles.
- Take pets and (small) children into account when choosing your essential oils.
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It is very important that you use 100% pure essential oils and that you are well informed about which oils you can take responsibly and which oils you cannot take.
There is a potential interaction between medications and essential oils, including a potentiation of drug side effects. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about incorporating essential oils into your daily routine. Pay particular attention to a (possible) pregnancy and when using blood thinners, which essential oil is safe to use. Special guidelines also apply to children. Consult a qualified physician for this.
This information has been compiled with the utmost care. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent diseases, or to replace medical advice from professional doctors and medicines. Anyone suffering from any illness or injury should consult a qualified physician.