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Switching over to natural ingredients can be a bit of a hassle, but not impossible! In an effort to be more natural, conscious, eco-friendly, and reduce your carbon footprint, you might have ventured into the DIY world. There are recipes on how to make natural detergent, toothpaste, dryer sheets, and many others. However, not much has been said of the natural ways you can take care of...unwanted smells. So, what is there to know when making your own essential oil candles and what is the best way to make them? Keep reading to find out!

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The Wax

All candles need some wax to keep them burning! If we’re using only natural ingredients, this means that we would have to choose between beeswax and soy wax. Even though beeswax is a great, slow-burning option, it is more expensive! Pure soy wax will work great, burn slowly and will not make a hole in your pocket.

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The Oils

Many big candle companies use chemically engineered fragrances to make their candles. However, essential oils are a great natural substitute for these ingredients! There are literally hundreds of combinations that you can do with essential oils, but these are the most popular oils (with their benefits):

Lavender – Anti-inflammatory and relaxing

Lemon – Stimulating and uplifting

Sweet Orange – Refreshing

Eucalyptus – Improves respiratory conditions

Thyme – Relieves stress and anxiety

Peppermint – Stimulating and uplifting

You need to also take into consideration that oils have less strength than chemically created fragrances, thus you might find yourself using more than you thought. To make great smelling candles, you will need about 400 drops of essential oils (or 4 teaspoons of the stuff). This oil should be added at the right time to be sure to maximize its properties. You should wait until the melted wax is 185˚F and then add the oil.

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The Process

You can create a candle with almost any scent you can imagine, but today we’re going to go with: Eucalyptus Peppermint Scented Candle ;)

Ingredients:

  • One 4 ounce glass or tin with a cap for the finished candle
  • 100% cotton wicks
  • 2 cups of pure soy wax flakes
  • Saucepan
  • Glass jar or aluminum can for melting wax
  • Old kitchen thermometer
  • Tape or popsicle sticks to hold the wicks
  • 100 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 100 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the wax flakes in any glass jar or an aluminum can.
  2. Bring about two inches of water to a simmer in a saucepan and place the can with the wax in the center. You will see that the wax will start to melt. Wait until the wax melts completely!
  3. Remove the can check the temperature of the wax every few minutes until you see it has cooled down to about 185 degrees.
  4. Add your essential oils and stir to combine everything.
  5. In the jar you will use for the candle, place the wick in the center and use tape or popsicle sticks to keep it upright.
  6. Finally, pour the wax into the tin and allow it to cool for 24 hours before lighting.
  7. Light up and enjoy!


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