I’ve always wanted to try making my own candles and I was recently contacted by a brand called Buff & Butter who actually sell everything you need to make your own eco candles so I thought what better way to showcase their essential oils and other products! So today, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own eco candles.
Eco candles are much better for the environment and your health, as there’s less soot burnt into the air than paraffin candles, and I am using essential oils to give the purest scent.
Before I start I would just like to point out that I had never made candles before so I got some tips online. I am not an expert however the candles did turn out pretty good, if I say so myself!
1. Clean the jars and ensure they are completely dry. Stick the wicks to the bottom of the jar using the self adhesive pads.
2. To hold the wicks in place, use two chopsticks or cocktail sticks and some tape to ensure the wick stays in the middle of the jar.
(I didn’t have any at the time so I didn’t do this and the wick stayed pretty much in the middle as I held it for a few seconds whilst the wax dried when poured.) You will need to place the jars on a flat surface where they do not need to be moved for at least 48 hours.
3. Measure the wax & heat in a jar/bowl over boiling water in a saucepan.
I filled up the candle jar 6 times with the wax flakes and this made two candles.
4. Once the wax has completely melted, take off the heat and add the essential oils.
For 9cl size jar, I added 15 drops lemongrass, 15 drops ginger and 10 drops grapefruit. Stir.
For the wax I used, they recommend a fragrance addition of between 5-10% so I would add in more next time.
5. Pour the wax into the candle jar.
Leave to set for at least 48 hours, but wait 6-8 days before lighting. Chop the wick down before burning.
Tip: When burning for the first time, allow the wax to melt to the edge completely to avoid uneven melting.
You can buy all of your candle making equipment along with essential oils from Buff & Butter.