Every single one of my friends know just how much I love candles. From Diptyque to Le Labo to Glade, I don’t discriminate. If it smells good I burn it. Another use for mason jars is homemade candles. It’s simple and much like the sugar scrub recipe, you can mix and match to create the perfect scent. This site has all of the things you’ll need to create your very own candle.

The basic directions are as follows:

STEP 1: Prepare your container

Make sure your mason jar (or other container) is completely clean. Place a wick in the center of the jar. Heat the jar. If you only have one or two containers, you can heat them using a blow dryer after your wax is ready to pour. If you have several, it’s easier to warm your jars in the oven. Make sure they don’t get too hot – 100F is about right.

STEP 2: Heat the wax

Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer. Pour the soy wax chips into a pitcher (you can use a metal pitcher or a heat-proof glass pitcher such as Pyrex – or use a large, clean can, which you can just recycle when you’re done.) Fill about 3/4 full. Heat, stirring, until the wax is completely melted and reaches a temperature of about 180F. (Use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature.) When the wax is melted, add dye if you wish (if you’re using it. Note: you need A LOT of dye to achieve a deep color – be generous!) Stir until the dye is completely melted and the wax is a uniform color. Let the wax cool to about 140F, then add your essential oil blend. Stir to blend in the oils.

STEP 3: Pour the wax

Take your containers out of the oven and group them closely together to help prevent spills and to help them cool more slowly, which reduces shrinkage. Slowly pour the wax into your containers. Try not to splash – you want a slow, even pour to avoid creating air pockets. If you’re making a large candle, you may want to save some wax to re-pour the candle.To re-pour your candle: After the candle has cooled for about an hour, poke holes in the wax near the wick to let the air bubbles out. Melt the reserved wax. Pour a bit more wax into the candle, not going above the original fill line. Let cool once again. Trim the wick to 1/4″ .

Below is a guideline for how many drops of essential oil to use for a couple different scents:

Spicy Patchouli

For a small candle such as a votive candle:

  • 4 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 3 drops Cinnamon essential oil
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

For a medium to large sized candle:

  • 20 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 15 drops Cinnamon essential oil
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

For an extra-large candle:

  • 40 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 30 drops Cinnamon essential oil
  • 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
Sweet Mint

For a small candle such as a votive candle:

  • 4 drops Spearmint essential oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops Palmarosa essential oil

For a medium to large sized candle:

  • 20 drops Spearmint essential oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops Palmarosa essential oil

For an extra-large candle:

  • 40 drops Spearmint essential oil
  • 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops Palmarosa essential oil
Lavender Candle

For a small candle such as a votive candle:

  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 2 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

For a medium to large sized candle:

  • 25 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 10 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

For an extra-large candle:

  • 50 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 20 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

Relaxing Woodsy Scent

For a small candle such as a votive:

  • 6 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

For a medium to large sized candle:

  • 30 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

For an extra-large candle:

  • 60 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 20 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
You can use just about any container to make a candle; a mason jar, an empty votive, a tea-cup, a large shell…heck, you can even use a hallowed out pumpkin! Anything that can withstand high heat is a safe bet. I’m a purist when it comes to candle wax, it’s either black or white. Scent is much more important. If you end you creating a candle send the pics my way!

 

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