My Tips To Making Candles At Home…

March 20, 2019
A picture of my flat with a dressing table with candles on it lit.  A beautiful bunch of colourful flowers sits behind them with orange, purple and pink flowers.

Candles Came Into My Life Late!

For along time in my dault life I rarely had candles in my home because of my upbringing. My dad has sensitivity to perfumes that make his sinuses go haywire! I remember distinctly one night going to bed and my dad trying to locate a perfume smell that had set his nose off. He asked if I had put on deodorant before bed. Ah no, just flowers from the garden Dad!

It was living with friends in the UK and their love of candles that changed me. I saw them not only to create a scent in your home but also to provide an ambiance in a darker, colder climate. My friends had multiple candle holders and without exaggeration, I counted, would light a variety of 27 candles in a room. Gathering together tealight candles to flicker against the fireplace, tall pillars framing bookshelves and a few scented ones to create the nights flavour. The effect was magnificent and really came alive when the weather was cold!

All the items you need for canfle making,  Wax in a purple bowl, wicks, various containers, lots of essential oil and measring cups, wick stickers to keet them at the bottom of the jar and a wick holder.

Candles Are Perfect For Decorating Too.

In my next home I too had a fireplace, though it was faux, and set about placing candles throughout to recreate this romantic home. Shortly after moving into this flat I won a John Lewis voucher. I wasn’t really a John Lewis shopper at the time and really struggled to find something instore to purchase. Today the store is completely different and they have many brands I use! Wandering around at a bit of a loss, I came to the candle section and decided to spend the voucher on pillar candles for the fireplace. They looked fantastic and really helped to create a focal point where the fire place had previously looked neglected.

Picture showing all the items for making in the background.  In the foreground is my hand holding a wick with a a wick sticker cut in half

How I Use Candles Now.

In my current flat I have long ago donated many of my candle holders I had due to the smaller space. Typically, I light a few unscented tea lights and one main smelly candle! My preference is for Diptyque but they are pricey and even more so with their Brexit tax. The pillar candles from my old flat have sat unused for a couple of years. I slowly burnt the very small ones but the large, almost church size ones were taking up room. I decided to make use of this wax, add my favourite scent combination of lemon, lime and clementine and create my own.

A picture showing me pouring essentail oils into the wax.

Where I Got My Supplies.

My pillar cadles were from John Lewis and cutting them down was the most challenging part. I am glad I tackled it over a few nights, slowly hacking away and adding to a bowl I had set aside. You can purchase candle wax ready to melt on Amazon. For the scents I did a lot of research as they aren’t cheap. The day before I was to buy them Holland & Barrett did a buy one, get one free offer. Fantastic! I’d ordered a candle wick kit from Amazon and was full steam ahead ready to go.

A picture from a top view showing all the containers filled with wax and then the wick holder and pencils keepign the wicks in place.

How To Make Candles At Home.

Making candles isn’t hard and I won’t labour on the details. Create a Bain Marie to ever so slowly melt the wax. Prep all your containers with wicks ready for pouring. Maybe play some jazz in the background! Take the wax off the heat and add your premeasured essential oils. Start filling up the containers and use the wick holder to centre wayward wicks!

My Tips On Candle Making.

What are your favourite candles? Have you tried making any at home? I’d love to hear about it. PF xo

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