Trust me. I have been wanting to write this post for a while now. In the last week, I have seen 20 different videos and read perhaps 50 Do-It-Yourself Natural Candles blog posts to build up the confidence to make my own candle.
I have been wanting to make my own candle, not just because they may be cheaper than what we get in stores. They are cheaper, undoubtedly – And because I love candles, making them would save me a bunch of money. Okay, maybe – that could be a reason, but not the only reason.
I have been wanting to make my own candles because I can have control over what goes in that candle – A lead-free wick and a candle free of chemicals that go into a typical candle – benzene, paraffin, toluene and synthetic fragrances.
Today, my little one and dear Mr. Kapoor were by my side when I made my very first candle. And, I have to tell you – I am heart-happy and Cool-Aid cool. Truly.
This is what I used:
- Natural Candle Wick (Medium Size). This package came with a cotton wick with the metal piece attached. I choose the company that said that their wicks were lead-free. This was important to me. The packet cost me $0.25 per wick
- Bee Wax: I got a pack of 5 oz – which basically came as 5 little blocks. For what I paid for, it was expensive ($1 per oz). There is also a controversy re Organic vs. non-Organic bee wax. Some articles say that there is no such thing as organic. Anyway – my finding was that I need at least 2 1/2 oz to make one candle, so what I bought won’t work. I need to find a cheaper alternative
- A Pyrex Measuring Cup – Yep, you should have one at home. But – I bought a new one because I read that wax is a messy affair and the jar will be hard to clean. So – the new one I bought was a designated one, meant specifically for candles. Given how easy this candle-making process turned out to be, I am glad I did this. I recommend a 2-cup glass size
- Essential oil to scent the candle: I used vanilla extract because that’s what I use at home for my waffles. I will probably experiment with more oils now that I know how candles are made! You will need a measuring spoon if you are too lazy to count the 25-50 drops you need to put into the melted wax. (I am also questioning if we need any essential oil again – bee wax is supposed to have a nice scent!)
- Glass stirrer or spoon or wooden stirrer (you know you could just pick up one at Starbucks!)
- Candle Jar – I used one from a 4-jar set I bought from Ikea years ago. I am going to recommend a pack of 6 8-oz metal cans, perfect to travel or to gift
So – this is how I made it:
- Grate the block, or cut it into smaller pieces
- Oil the Pyrex jar. Otherwise it will be a nightmare to clean it later. Jojoba oil is a good oil to use
- Heat a pan with about 1/4 of water. Once the water is boiling, put your Pyrex jar in it. Leave the handle out so that it is easy to pick up once done. This is basically a double-boiler concept. The bee wax will melt pretty fast – Less than 5-6 minutes, tops!
- While you wait, prepare your candle jar. Put the wick in the middle and use chopsticks to ensure that it stays up and stable
- When the wax has melted, turn off the heat and put your essential oil in it and stir it. Then, quickly pour the liquid wax into your candle jar.
- Give it 20 minutes and you will see that the wax has solidified already
- Some recommend that one should leave the candle overnight before burning it
- I cut the wick already before setting it in wax, but you can do it 12-hours later too
Hope you give it a try! I am so excited that I did.