Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soy Aromatherapy Candles



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The holidays are well upon us and I wanted to put together something useful with a homemade touch for family and friends. With baby on the way, frugality is of the utmost importance, so I decided to use what I already have. I allowed myself a couple of outside supplies. I had been holding on to some fruit jars for awhile and decided to put them to use. Looking at them gave me the idea to do a citrus aromatherapy candle.
I made these in the microwave, but you can use a stove top as well.

soy wax
essential oils- I used sweet orange, lemongrass and grapefruit.
http://andeverything-in-between.blogspot.com/2009/04/essential-oils-vs-synthetic-fragrance.html
wax dye
wicks and wick tabs
jars

*Before I start melting my wax, I position my wicks into my jars and hold them into place with chop sticks. They sell wick holders, but you can also use whatever you have on hand.
*I also make sure that my jars are clean, dry and warm. This makes for a more uniform look to the outside of the candle.

Melt wax according to specifications. Some need to be heated in a double boiler an some are o.k for the microwave.
Remove from heat and add essential oils.
Next add dye if you are using it.
Mix with a whisk very well to incorporate oils and dye.
Pour into jars.
Let the candles cool and cure for at least 24 hours.
Trim your wicks to about 1/4 of an inch.
Approximately 5c of wax chips melts ino 20oz of liquid wax
For every 40oz of wax I melt, I use 50 drops of essential oils and 3 drops of dye.
For a stronger scent and color, use more EO's and dye.



After letting the candle cure for a couple of days, I tied a recipe card around the neck using ribbon and lace. I combined these candles with my homemade granola to make holiday gifts.


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6 comments:

  1. Soy candles are really good.


    Happy Holidays

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  2. Hi Tiffany!
    Oh yes, they are better for our environment and us.
    I love how clean they burn, so you only smell your essential oils!

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  3. That was a very informative post.
    The other day I was thinking about how much healthier the candles with natural wax & essential oils are - as opposed to the typical petroleum-based, artificially scented ones. BUT, I didn't think about making my own.
    Thanks, I may try that.

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  4. Once you get your containers and ingredients together, it's a pretty simple process. They burn so much cleaner too!

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  5. Great Post! Christmas may come early this year for some folks in my family once I try making these.

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  6. Yedei, they make a great gift and are fairly simple to make! Let me know if you make them!

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