I love aromatherapy using essential oils to help with my mental and physical well being. I burn lots of candles and diffusers throughout my home all day long and even while sleeping (just diffusers at night, no candles!). It can get quite expensive though to buy soy candles so I decided to make my own.
Plus soy candles are a lot healthier for our home environment. It burns clean and doesn’t give off dangerous chemicals and carcinogens that are found in normal paraffin candles. I use cotton or beeswax wicks as well because regular wicks found in most candles contain lead, I don’t want to be breathing that in all day!
They’re super easy to make, you can make any combination of scent you like and you can decorate them or change their colors to match your decor. Plus they’re cheap since you can buy the supplies in bulk on Amazon!
Here’s what you need-
16 oz mason jars
2 1/2 cups soy candle flakes
15-20 drops essential oils
Heat the soy flakes in a non stick pan on medium heat. Stir to them to avoid sticking or clumping. Once they are liquid, remove from heat and set aside.
Stir in your essential oils.
Wrap the end of the wick around a pencil. Allow the bottom weight to drop to the bottom of the jar and use the stick to hold the wick in place at the top.
Slowly pour the soy into the jar and adjust the wick if it moved so that it’s in the center of the jar.
Set it in a cool place where it will have time to harden (about 4 hours). Leave it untouched until it’s completely hard.
When it’s hardened, cut the top of the wick to about 1/4 inch above the candle. It’s now ready to burn!
A few tips and tricks-
You can use a few drops of food coloring or add a crayon to the soy when melting it so you can have different color candles.
Add in glitter for an extra sparkly candle.
Add in dried herbs for extra scent and it looks pretty too.
Add a little decorations to the outside of the candles, wrap in burlap, lace or anything else you like.
A few of my favorite essential oils to use-
spearmint and peppermint (stimulates the mind and gives a sense of well-being and helps breathing)
eucalyptus and lemon (breathing and purification)
lemongrass and lime (improves mood, helps de-stress)
lavender (calming and relaxing)
orange and lemon (citrus pick me up, invigorating)
Give it a try and let me know what your favorite candle scents are!