It is hard to argue that candles add warmth and beauty to any room in your home. The lovely fragrances that candles give off even when they are not lit creates and inviting room. Imagine coming home after a stressful day at work, lighting your favorite candle and sinking into the couch or easy chair. Watching the gentle flicker of the candle flame and smelling the exquisite fragrance. Kind of makes the stresses of the day fade way.
Shopping for candles can be a fun and rewarding time out of the house. But, making your own candles with the perfect blend of fragrance oils and color is a truly rewarding experience. With a little experiment you can create your own signature scented candles that your friends and family will be begging you to find out where you bought them. You might even consider turning your hobby into an additional income stream for your family, by selling your handcrafted candles.
Begin Making Candles With A Kit
Making candles is much easier that most people make it out to be, provided you start out with the right candle making supplies and information. The easiest way to begin your candle making hobby is with a candle making kit.
Starter candle making kits are an ideal way to get started with candle making. The kit includes everything you need to make your first candle. Most starter kits contain paraffin wax, wax cutting tool, thermometer, pouring pot, measuring tools, wooden spoon and wicks. Better quality kits will also include color wheel, wick stickers, glass jars for making jar candles, fragrance oils and liquid dyes.
There are a wide variety of candle wax additives available. Here are the ones that you need to be aware of and consider using when making candles.
UV light inhibitor
Add to the melted candle wax to prevent colors from fading due to indirect UV light. Never leave candles in direct sun light, the colors will fade and the candle might melt.
Increases the candle's ability to give off its scent while burning.
Palm Stearic Acid
Used in soy and paraffin wax candles to increase the fragrance load capacity of the candle wax. It also helps in giving a smooth and even finish to your candle.
Used to harden paraffin wax candles. Increases the strength, color, and gloss of candles. The burn time is increased, due to the increased hardness of the candle.
Hardens and increases the burn time without changing the opacity of the wax.
Fragrance Oils & Dyes
Use straight up or blended to give your candle an exquisite scent and color. Candles by themselves are beautiful. Adding color and fragrance to your candles is a wonderful way to express your creativity.
Select dyes and fragrances that are compatible with the wax you are working with. Gel wax requires special gel wax compatible fragrances and dyes. Use dyes that have a flash point of at least 300 degrees F.
There are several different waxes that are used in making candles. The main waxes are paraffin, soy palm, beeswax and gel wax. Most store bought candles are made from paraffin wax which is made from refined petroleum.