How To Make Scented Candles


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Learning how to make scented candles is the next obvious evolution once you’ve figured out how to make candles in your very own kitchen. As you well know, candles have evolved way past the point of just providing light in primitive setting from generations ago. These days, people burn candles to titillate our senses of sight and smell.

Today, candles are used not so much out of necessity, but more so as a luxury. Indeed, candles are burned to establish a certain mood. And aroma is a huge part of that experience. So, learning how to make scented candles is a great skill to add to your repertoire. It will open the door to a whole new dimension in your gift-giving reach.

Don’t be intimidated at the thought of learning how to make scented candles. This process is very similar to regular candle-making. As always, the first step is to choose the type of wax you want to work with. You can select from among any of the natural waxes, including palm, soy, beeswax, and so on. Paraffin is a stand-by option as well.

Gel candles will work also, but with an important limitation. Gel tends to not hold quite as much fragrance as other wax alternatives. However, high density wax can generally hold more than low density wax. So just keep this in mind when making scented gel candles. You’ll have to weigh just how potent you want your fragrance to be against the desire to use gel to make your candles. To keep it simple, I just recommend using another form of wax when learning how to make scented candles.

Okay, now that you have opted for your wax of choice, it’s time to go ahead and get it melted down. When first learning how to make scented candles, or making candles in general, I strongly suggest using a double boiler. You’ll have a small pot holding the wax set down inside a bigger pot containing water. Wax can burn, as you likely know, so it’s important to go easy on the heat. You really don’t want to go above 175 degrees. When ready, slip your wick into place so you’ll be prepared.

Of course, one of the most challenging things about learning how to make scented candles is using the scent correctly. In general, you are striving for about a 6% fragrance ratio, so that means you’ll typically use one ounce of oil for each pound of wax. I would start off with this approach. You can always increase or decrease on your next batch.

Finally, here are a few quick precautions to bear in mind when you’re just starting to learn how to make scented candles. For starters, you want to use fragrance oil as sold in hobby and craft stores. Online merchant of supplies is fine as well. This is very important. Some folks just learning how to make scented candles decide to use some of their favorite perfume or even some water-based or alcohol-based substance. The problem is that a lot of your wax options will be oily in nature, and this will not blend well with water-based products. Often, the fragrance will separate out and sink to the bottom.

On the final note, I should point out a few things about the amount of fragrance. I mentioned shooting for a 6% number to begin with. Here’s the thing. If you use too much, you can end up with a candle that doesn’t burn properly. Sometimes the amount of fragrance messes things up so badly that the candle will not burn at all. If nothing else, it’s better to burn a couple of well-functioning candles than to fight one that doesn’t want to burn because you overdid it!

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