How To Make Clean Candles
Candles can provide a way to add atmosphere and light to any setting. However, most store-bought candles are not made with clean ingredients, making them an unhealthy addition to your home. Making your own clean candles is a great way to get the same results in a healthier way. Here is how to make clean candles:
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
To make clean candles, you’ll need:
- Pure beeswax or a blend of beeswax and natural vegetable oils
- 100% pure essential oils
- Wick materials
- Container or other vessel for the candle
Step 2: Melt the Wax
In a double boiler on low heat, gently melt the wax until it is liquid. A candy thermometer or deep fry thermometer can be used to help you to monitor the temperature. The wax should be kept between 115 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Add Essential Oils
Once you have melted the wax add your essential oils to the hot wax. Start out with about 20 drops of oil for every cup of wax. For example, if you are making 8 cups of wax candle you would add 160 drops of essential oil. As a general guide, you can use approximately 10-20 drops for a small container candle and up to 50-60 drops for a larger container.
Step 4: Add the Wick
Wick should be added while the wax is still hot. If you dipping wicks you will want to dip the wick several times, allow to cool, then dip again. The number of times to dip will depend on the type of wax and the diameter of article being made.
Step 5: Pour the Wax
When the wax has cooled to the point where it’s thick and viscous, you are ready to pour the wax into your container. Slowly pour your wax into the prepared container until it is 2/3 full.
Step 6: Allow for Cooling Time
Allow the wax to cool for a few hours. Check on it periodically until the wax is completely solid.
Step 7: Trim the Wick
Once the wax is completely cool, your clean candle is finished! The last step is to trim the wick to about 1/4 inch.
Clean candles are much healthier for your home and breathing. With these simple steps, you can make your own clean candles easily. Enjoy!
What materials do you need to make clean candles?
To make clean candles, you will need wax (most commonly paraffin), wicks, a heat-safe container, a double boiler or melting pot, scent or color if desired, scissors, and an eye dropper or spoon.
What type of wick do you need to make clean candles?
The best wicks for clean candles are cotton wicks. Cotton wicks are easy to find, are inexpensive, and produce minimal soot.
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