How to make your own scented candles

How to make your own scented candles

As Christmas is just around the corner, it seems the perfect time to make your own scented candles to put in the bathroom or give to a friend as a Christmas present. By creating your own scented candles it gives you the sense of achievement and happiness when people are grateful for them. They also add a luxury feel to your bathroom if you light them when you are in the bath. The ingredients that are listed use a safe soy wax which makes it the candle environmentally friendly meaning no nasty toxins will be put into the air whilst you are relaxing!

What you will need:

  • Pre-waxed candle wicks
  • Empty jars
  • Soy wax chips or flakes
  • Wax crayons (for adding colour)
  • Essential oils
  • Glass bowl for mixing the wax
  • Saucepan
  • Scissors
  • Skewers
  • Cellotape
  1. Prepare the wicks and jars
    Stick the metal part of the wick to the bottom of the jar with glue or tape. Use the skewers to hold up the wick. Balance the skewers along the edges of the jar and tape the ends of the skewers to keep everything in place. Try to make sure the wick is central in the jar.
  2. Measure the wax
    Measure the amount of wax needed for the container of your candle and place it in a heat safe bowl.
  3. Melt the wax
    Put the bowl into the microwave and heat it in one minute blasts until the wax has almost melted, then remove from the microwave.
  4. Add colour
    Using one a the wax crayons, put it into the melted wax and keep stirring until it has completely melted and has coloured the wax evenly.
  5. Add scent
    Once the wax is melted you can add the scents. Add around 10 drops of essential oil to the wax and give it a good stir.
  6. Add wax to the jar
    Carefully pour the wax into the candle container. Do this slowly to avoid air bubbles and sink holes.
  7. Leave candle to set
    Allow around 3 hours for the candle to completely set and harden. It is best to do this in a cooler room as this will prevent the wax from cracking.

And there you go, you can light the candle and use it in the bathroom or wrap it up and give it to a friend for Christmas.

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