At this time of year, many people want to enjoy the smell of cinnamon in their homes. Oftentimes, we associate that scent with baking cookies and other holiday treats.
You can get that same comforting feeling by making your own cinnamon-scented candles!
All you need are a few simple ingredients and some wax to make these wonderful aroma-therapy candles at home.
What is a cinnamon-scented candle?
Cinnamon-scented candles are designed to fill the room with a soothing and warm scent. They emit an inviting aroma that makes people feel at home and relaxed.
Burning cinnamon-scented candles is also said to be helpful in relieving stress, depression, anxiety, muscle pain, or fatigue.
Cinnamon has been used for centuries as a spice to add flavor and fragrance when cooking meals.
It’s also thought of as being one of the world’s oldest spices because it can be found on archaeological digs from ancient Egyptian tombs where it was discovered among other medicinal herbs believed to have healing qualities.
In addition to their use in fragrant candle creations, you can find a cinnamon available ground or whole sticks in many grocery stores. Be sure to store cinnamon in an airtight container away from heat and light as this will cause the spice’s flavor and fragrance to fade quickly.
DIY Cinnamon Candles
You will need:
- A pot, at least one liter in size.
- Cinnamon sticks / Cinnamon Oil
- Vinegar or lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Vanilla extract (optional)
- Wax of your choice
- First, start by measuring the wax. You will need a total of four cups of beeswax to make one dozen candles.
- Then, you’ll measure out your other ingredients: two tablespoons of cinnamon oil and six teaspoons of vegetable oil or white wine vinegar.
- Mix these together in a bowl using a whisk until they are combined into an even mixture before pouring this over the melted wax (if it’s not already).
- Stir with a wooden spoon for about five minutes after melting the wax so that they combine well. Once everything is mixed thoroughly, pour them into molds!
- You can also color the candles if desired – use either food coloring paste or liquid dye for best results when doing this step.
- After filling all twelve candle holders with their new contents, let them cool for about ten hours before you’re able to remove the candles from their molds.
Once they have cooled, it’s time to package and share your new creations! You can tie each candle with a ribbon or other decoration if desired, but make sure that this is done in such a way that there will be no chance of injury as these are hot items when ready.
You’ll also want to include some information on how to use the product: “To light your cinnamon-scented candle, simply strike one match at the base of the wick.”
If you’re giving these out as gifts-to-be, then consider using mini glass jars instead so that recipients get more bang for their buck. These small containers make for the perfect gift, especially if you’re looking to pack a sweet something with holiday cheer.
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.