How To Make Scented Candles
Are you sick and tired of thinking of the perfect gift to give to your friends on their birthdays? Maybe you want to give something a lot more personalized aside from your homey but boring batches of chocolate chip cookies. You hate the thought of giving out generic gifts because you also very much abhor receiving run-of-the-mill gifts that go straight in your basement. It's high time you learn some do-it-yourself potential gift items that truly make the recipients feel honored to have you as a friend. One time, while I was out shopping, I came across this quaint specialty shop downtown which sells exquisite how-to book on scented candles. The hard-bound book, which include materials for trial, is fairly cheap so I immediately purchased it and went home delighted. The first batch of candles I made wasn't exactly perfect but was good enough to display at my room.
If you're the kind of person who likes romantic candlelight dinner dates or whose idea of relaxation involves quiet reading time by the nook, then the scented ones are for you. These candles come in variety of shapes, sizes and yes, scents that can surely fascinate anyone. Not only are these scented accessories a beauty to behold, they also have the ability to soothe you after a tiring day at work. One has the option to perfume these wax-made products using either synthetic fragrance or essential oils. Both smell terrific but the latter produce more aromatic scents that can generally ease stress. Essential oils, originating from barks and stems of certain plants and flowers like jasmine, lavender, cedar wood, calendula, and lemon grass, lend unique vibrancy and authentic sensuality to a candle. Fragrance oils, on the other hand, are less expensive but also very appealing.
Do scented candles really have certain health benefits or do they also have negative effects on your body? Actually, there are particular kinds or methods of producing candles which are thought of as harmful. Candle experts agree that wicks that are made from metal are dangerous because they often cause lead poisoning and air pollution. Always make sure you purchase a candle made from paper, hemp, or cotton wicks as they are more health and nature-friendly. Beeswax and soy varieties are also safer to use instead of paraffin. When buying questionable products, meticulously ask the vendor about the candle's method of preparation or the ingredients used. Make sure the ones you buy don't have chemical additives. Better yet, do your own ration of the candle. Through personally sourcing the materials and preparing them yourself, you can be assured you're using and giving your loved ones only the best.
Soy wax candles
Soy wax candles are made from hydrogenated soybean oil making them a natural product. Soy wax is a cheaper alternative to using beeswax and creates a long and clean burning candle. Soy wax candles can be combined with different fragrances and essential oils and come in all colors and shapes. There are many benefits to using soy wax when you want to learn how to make candles on your own. Creating soy wax candles is a very satisfying and rewarding hobby.
Some of the advantages of using soy wax to make your own candles include:
· Soy wax candles produce less soot than paraffin wax candles
· If you spill some of the soy wax when you are learning how to make soy candles, it is easy to clean up.
· Soy candles burn at least 50% longer than candles made from paraffin wax
· Burning candles made from soy wax does not increase the level of carbon dioxide in the air
Any craft store, both online and off, will have the soy candle supplies you need to make your own soy wax candles. Soy jar candles are the easiest to make. All you need to make these soy candles are:
· 1 pound of soy wax
· 1 jar (an ordinary mason jar will do just fine)
· 1 ounce of fragrance oil if you want scented soy candles
· 1 wick suitable for use with soy.
You can find these supplies at a candle making store or you can order them online. There are many retailers on the Internet that will supply you with everything you need to know about how to make soy candles and how to use the supplies. There are also many books available with all kinds of recipes to help you get really creative.
If you want special scents for your soy wax candles, try experimenting with the various fragrance oils. Combining them can often give you the unique scent you want, but it can also give you an odor that you don’t want to have in your soy candles. It is best to mix the oils before you add them to the soy wax so that you don’t have to throw out the whole pot of melted wax. If you use one pound of soy wax, your instructions on how to make soy candles will tell you that you will need to use I fluid ounce of oil to fragrance it.
You can do your one-stop shopping for all your candle making needs at a store that sells soy candle supplies. Here you can get tips on how to decorate your soy wax candles, how to store them and how to get just the right color into the mixture. You can also buy the molds for various types of soy wax candles and pick up books about making other kinds of candles as well.
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