Who doesn’t love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.
Just about the first thing that every person comments on when they walk into our apartment is our excessive collection of candles. C and I collect candles and spend an exorbitant amount on candles each month. Watching us in West Elm is like watching a kid in a candy store. I’m not going to tell you how much we spent on candles last month because it actually makes me want to shed a tear…but we just can’t resist!
In an effort to get our budget under control, I’ve been trying to make candles every couple of months to offset our spending. Once you’ve invested in the ingredients (just wax flakes, essential oils and wicks), it’s insane how much money you can save. Although, if I’m being totally honest candles are one of those things that I let myself indulge in because the process can be a tad frustrating for me.
I don’t know if there’s some secret trick to candle making that I’ve yet to discover, but for some reason every time I make them something goes terribly wrong. They always manage to turn out in the end but not without kind of wanting to pull out my hair in the process.
But here’s the benefit to you, all of my mistakes means you don’t have to make them yourself! If you’re actually reading this post (I love you) then you can learn my hacks to avoid getting wax all over your home, clogging your drain and ending up with wickless candles. Here are some lessons learned from candle-making:
-ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not fun at all.
-Secure your wicks with anchors by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your jar and then pressing it into place using a chopstick.
-Use a chopstick or pen and tape your wick to it so it’s upright, ensuring that it’s straight. If it’s not straight it will burn all funky.
-DO NOT pour wax down your drain. Lesson learned on that, amIright DK? Shhhhh we won’t tell Jer.
I know this is technically supposed to be a gift giving series, but I most definitely saved all of these for us. If you’re lucky you may get candles for the holidays this year, but in all likeliness, I’ll be hoarding them to myself.
Also of note, as I write this, our apartment has like 15 candles lit, we’re drinking mimosas and C and his friend are drilling things in his office…how romantic 😉
Serves: 4 small candles
- 6 cups soy wax flakes
- wicks with anchors
- 80-100 drops of essential oil (I used lavender, grapefruit and eucalyptus)
- 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
- wood stirring device
- pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.
- Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)
- Once melted, add 80-100 drops of your favorite essential oils. Amount depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
- Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
- Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
- Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until all jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may have some wax leftover.
- Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
- Cut wick to desired length.
You know the perfect accompaniment for your aromatherapy candles? A warm mug of hot chocolate! Fit Foodie Finds got creative for her jar recipe and added a delicious mixture of spices to make it taste like Gingerbread! Check out her recipe for Gingerbread Hot Chocolate today.
Do you love candles as much as we do? Have you ever made them? Tips for readers are welcome!
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