A candle burns as a result of a physical and chemical reaction with oxygen in the air. The wick is the most important part of a candle, as it is the element that causes the flame to burn.
A wick is typically made from cotton or hemp, with modern candles using a cotton wick. When the wick is placed in the center of the candle, the flame remains close to the wick and burns slowly.
However, if the candle burns too close to the sides, it will burn faster. (When the candle is burning away from the center of the wick, the flame becomes too high for the wick to support, and the flame begins to lean.)
Why You Should Learn How to Make Scented Candles at Home:
- Homemade scented candles cost less than store-bought.
- Choosing candle containers is just the beginning of the fun.
- Creating your own blend of fragrances is inspiring and you can easily control the strength of the fragrance to make strong scented candles or lightly scented candles.
- You can also go green by upcycling containers such as glass yogurt jars or coffee mugs.
- If you like to decorate for the seasons, you’ll love creating candles for each season.
- Did I mention homemade scented candles make great gifts for any occasion?
- And you can make candles at home to match your decor and style from the container to the scent and even color.
Pros and Cons Of Essential Oils
It’s no surprise essential oils have become incredibly popular for all kinds of things, candle making included. But, do they deserve the hype when it comes to scented candles? Here are the pros and cons of using essential oil for candles.
- The biggest pro of making candles with essential oils is that they are 100% natural. Each is made from plant material – who doesn’t love that?
- Using natural ingredients is always a good thing! And it’s a highly appealing characteristic for many consumers, including myself.
- Pure essential oils are highly fragrant.
- Essentials oils are also loved for their therapeutic capabilities and are the most common way to experience aromatherapy.
- Unfortunately, despite their strong fragrance, essential oils have the least hot throw compared to other candle fragrance types. This is due to the way essential oils degrade when exposed to high temperatures.
- When it comes to essential oils you have a limited selection of scents to choose from as they are only derived from specific plants.
- I hate to break it to you, but essential oils can be expensive. Considering it takes 100s of pounds of plant material to produce a single pound of oil – it’s gonna cost ya.
4 Nontoxic Scented Candles with the Best Scents for Your Home
1. Goop Scented Candle: Edition 01 – Church
Unlike most scented candles that don’t want to display their proprietary blend of fragrances, goop lays it all out by disclosing the full ingredient list in its candles. (Hallelujah!)
Here’s the full list for the Scented Candle Edition 01 – Church by goop.
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Wax, Pongostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Extract, Juniperus Virginiana (Red Cedar) Oil, Cyperus Scariosus (Cypriol) Root Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Gum Extract, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Tuscan Cypress) Stem Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Labdanum) Resin Extract, Vanillin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract
This nontoxic, soy-based candle features a scent meant to invoke clarity and focus. The line of candles also features Shiso, Incense, and Orchard scents.
2. This Smells Like My Vagina Candle
This Goop exclusive may have a surprising name, but there’s nothing shocking about its ingredients list.
Made with 100 percent pure soy wax, a lead-free, organic cotton wick, and a combination of cruelty-free scents like geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose, and ambrette seeds, this candle is the perfect way to set the mood.
3. Shiva Rose Rosewood Vanilla Candle
This dreamy candle scented with rose, agar wood, and vanilla shows that nontoxic doesn’t mean you have to compromise on scent.
Made from coconut wax and featuring a cotton wick, this hand-poured, handcrafted Rosewood Vanilla Candle from Shiva Rose will make your day every time you light it.
4. Heretic Dirty Grass Candle
Only the grass is dirty in this clean, soy-based candle infused with a fresh, green, smoky scent and full-spectrum CBD oil.
With notes of black pepper, lemongrass, and hemp, it’s the ideal way to bring the outdoors into your inner sanctum.
Making Your Own Candle Scents
There are plenty of candle scents that you can make using herbs and spices in your kitchen and garden.
The fragrance of a candle is equally as important as its look, and whether you’re a crafter or candlemaker by trade, you certainly won’t get the most out of your abilities if you aren’t blending scents.
If you want to improve your candlemaking skills, learning how to create unique scents will give you one-of-a-kind candles.
- Measure 1 cup almond or olive oil and pour it into a 1/2 liter jar. If you are planning on selling the candles, use jojoba oil as it will remain stable for a longer period of time.
- Raid your kitchen for spices and dried herbs. Nutmeg and cinnamon are sweet and spicy and are often used in Christmas candles.
Bring the smell of nature into your home with dried herbs, such as rosemary and thyme. For a more flowery scent, raid your garden.
Fresh lavender, lilac and jasmine are more subtle fragrances often used in aromatherapy candles. If you are using flower petals or fresh herbs, leave them on your windowsill to dry for a few hours before using.
This makes them easier to crush and increases their potency.
- Push 1/2 cup flower petals or fresh herbs to the bottom of the jar, making sure they are well covered with oil. Use a wooden spoon to crush them into smaller pieces.
If you are using spices or dried herbs, simply add 1/2 teaspoon to the jar and mix them with the oil. Repeat the process until the oil begins to smell potent.
- Place two cups of water into a large pan and leave it on the lowest setting of your stove for five minutes. Put your jar inside and let it sit for a further two minutes.
This will speed up the infusion process. Don’t let the water reach boiling point, as this will adversely affect the infusion process.
- Cover your jar and put it in the cupboard for a week. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture at least once per day.
- Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain the oil into another 1/2 liter jar.
Place pressure on the herbs and flower petals that are caught within the cheesecloth to extract as much oil from them as possible.
- Cover your jar and place it in the cupboard for another week.
- Pour a dash of your newly scented oil into melted wax when you next make candles. Continue to add small amounts until you’ve reached your desired scent strength.
- Herbs (rosemary and thyme)
- Spices (nutmeg and cinnamon)
- Flower petals (lavender, lilac and jasmine)
- 1 cup oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
- Warm water
- 2 1/2 liter jars
- Large pan
- Wooden spoon
A little vanilla extract will leave your candle with a sweet after fragrances when burned. If you are making multiple scents, label your jars with the ingredients and amounts that you’ve used. This will help you in the future if you want to make more of the same scent.