Making scented candles is one of the most fun chandler crafts, especially if your passion is to experiment with different scents. I love lavender, old English roses, and vanilla. I was about to say that they were my favorite scents, but then I remembered plumeria and coconut and other tropical scents.
There are many secrets to successful scented candle-making, just like there are for other amazing crafts. You must add the scent at the right time, in a proper way, and in the correct proportions. This craft will become even more rewarding once you know these and other secrets. It is not only a great hobby, but it can also be used to make scented candles for personal enjoyment, craft sales, and for aromatherapy experiments.
There is a perfect scent for everyone, even those who are allergic to them. Preparation is the key to making a scented candle. You will need to assemble equipment and make your choice of the following depending on the type of project. Although we don’t have the space to provide instructions on how to make luminaries, I will share two secrets for making scented candles.
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The first and most important secret to scented candle making is to use the natural scent of the wax. Every wax has a scent, even ones we consider odorless. Some waxes are difficult to cover and many chandlers prefer to leave it alone. Some people believe that perfume can be added to any wax, provided it is handled with care. However, scented candles are more successful if you stick to the same fragrance families.
- Beeswax is a sweet honey scent. You don’t need any additional scent if you’re using beeswax. However, you can add a light floral scent to complement the honey. The key to creating scented candles is to keep the scent light. Imagine a bee flying from one flower to the next. Keep the scent light, pleasant, and clean.
- Soy wax has a natural scent that isn’t as strong as beeswax. What scents go with soy? Good scents include those of rain, field grass, and bamboo. You should look for earthy scents. Soy wax was created from soybeans grown on farms. When choosing fragrance, keep this in mind.
- Paraffin wax has a slight chemical smell. This is the one reason you might not want your fragrance family to include it. This wax requires scents that mask the chemicals. Paraffin can be used with most scents, but I prefer distinct fragrances.
You could think of every kind of oil or wax, but you get the idea. There are hundreds of scents to choose from. You must choose carefully when making scented candles. Once you have chosen the best fragrance to use in your scented candle-making project, you need to make sure you add it correctly, in the right amounts, and in the correct way. When the wax has melted completely and reached the recommended temperature, you can add scent.
Before you add fragrance, dye should be thoroughly mixed in. You can find the exact amount of fragrance oil you need on the label. Most fragrance oils suggest adding one ounce of oil per pound of wax. Don’t add too many. It’s easy to add more, but it is impossible to remove what you have already added. When the luminary is on, too much fragrance can make a room smell overwhelming. It can also make your light less efficient. Our second secret to making scented candles is to stir and stir the mixture until you can’t imagine any fragrance molecules remaining unblended. This will ensure that your wax is fully infused with the fragrance and make your room smell wonderful.