When it comes to candles, I can be a little obsessed. It’s like a ritual to me; I come home and immediately light a candle or three. The scents are really therapeutic to me and nothing makes a home feel warm and inviting quite like the soft glow of candlelight combined with a fresh, relaxing scent. I’ve never made candles before and so I thought I’d give it a go and check it off my creative bucket list. I used a lot of my own essential oils and bought just a couple to have variety. I felt like I was making a magical potion with how glowy and beautiful the colors looked when waiting for them to cool. The process alone was a stress reliever so combined with that and the aromatherapy oil I was feeling pretty happy. (Not to mention less mess with the slow cooker way.) I hope you try out candle making and be creative and add pretty colors and cute tags!
Things you’ll need:
4 pounds of soy wax
Any size mason jars
Start by filling your mason jars to the top with wax. Place the jars in the bottom of an empty slow cooker and slowly pour boiling water around the jars until it reaches about halfway up the sides. Place the lid on your slow cooker and set the temperature to high.
After two hours, the wax will have melted down to about half the volume of when you started, so go ahead and add more wax and stir. If you would like to add color to your candles, do that now. Then place the lid back on the slow cooker and let sit for another hour.
Once all the wax has melted, remove the jars from the slow cooker and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add your essential oils. (I used about 1tbsp for an 8oz jar and half that for the 4oz) When the wax just starts to set, insert your wicks (you may need to use a knife or chopstick to make a hole in the wax).
Let your candles cool for several hours before trimming the wicks, putting the lid on and decorating with twine and fresh herbs. For a last minute gift, stack two or three candles together and secure with pretty ribbon and a small a gift tag.