Complete guide: how to make your own scented candles?

Want to challenge your creativity? Are you looking to create your own decoration? And if today you make your homemade candle?

Don't wait any longer, get started, we are here to help you!

Summary :

  1. Everything you need to know about scented candles
  2. The steps to follow
  3. Our DIY Kit

To inspire you, find our scented candles ! They can guide you!

Before jumping into the void, let's talk about all the essential points to know when you are a beginner:

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There are several types of waxes:

  • Animal wax: it is therefore beeswax. It is secreted by wax bees.
  • Mineral wax: comes from petrochemicals, it is extracted from non-renewable solid petroleum residues, but it releases toxins that are bad for your health.
  • Vegetable wax: this wax can come from different varieties of plants: soya, carnauba, rice, rapeseed, palm... and is completely natural, ecological and respectful of the environment, it does not give off black smoke.

We strongly advise you to do like us and use rapeseed oil, because our commitment is to offer you the best quality of natural wax for your creation: our selection of rapeseed wax.

You should know that vegetable wax generally burns slowly (so your candle will last longer), and burns without smoke (perfect from a safety point of view).

By embarking on the creation of candles, Franck, the creator, knew that if he created, it was either the best possible quality or nothing at all!

This choice is simple, he opts for excellence.

Here are some things to know about rapeseed wax to impress your friends:

  • It is completely biodegradable.
  • It is made in Europe
  • It has a lower carbon footprint than soy wax
  • Rapeseed is grown in rotational cropping
  • It is GMO free.
  • It is a cruelty free and vegan wax.
  • It does not release any toxic substances.
  • Wax residue can be washed away by simply mixing warm water and soap.
  • Rapeseed wax burns longer thanks to its low melting point and allows excellent diffusion of fragrances.

Highlights :

Choosing the right wick is choosing the right size and with the right material!

There are 3 types:

Of the wick thus, we distinguish 3 types:

  • Pre-waxed wicks
  • Unwaxed wicks
  • wood wicks

In our case, we use pre-waxed wicks in rapeseed wax, the same as that of our candles in order to keep our material ethical and responsible. In addition, from a practical point of view, the wax allows it to stand straight, thus saving time: combine the useful with the ethical with its wicks!

To impress your friends, remember this information:

The 1st number indicates the number of strands outside, the 2nd indicates the number of strands inside the wick.

Here are some more telling examples:

TCR 15/8: approximately 38 to 45 mm
TCR 18/10: approximately 43 to 50 mm
TCR 21/12: approximately 48 to 55 mm                                                                                              

The perfumes

Before taking the first perfume that comes to hand, read these next lines carefully, we will save you from big dangers!

Scented candles can be made with essential oils or fragrances, but some are toxic and should not be inhaled! Once heated, these particles can be carcinogenic, hence the importance of choosing ethical candles.

In order to ensure the safety of my customers, I only use healthy perfumes, that is to say, perfumes without CMR substances and without Phthalates.

You are now alert on the subject. We therefore suggest that you take inspiration from our scents in order to help you which scent to choose!

The steps to follow

Let's go to our recipe:

To embark on a DIY without equipment is to launch into the void without knowing where you are jumping. For a first experience, we make sure to have it all!

Here is what you need:

  • Wax
  • Wicks
  • A container (remember to reuse an empty jam jar to avoid waste!)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A saucepan

For the more creative, you can try personalizing your candle with:

  • dried flowers
  • natural dye

Now that you have all your gear. Start creating!

Step 1: Melt the wax

In front of you, prepare your wax, your saucepan and launch your bain-marie!

The amount of wax depends on the size of your container, the larger your container the more wax you will need to take.

Not everyone has wax on hand, or hides it in the back of their closet. Do not panic ! We promised to help you!

Step 2: The wax

Now that you have the right wax, follow these different steps:

  1. Break the wax into pieces to make it melt more easily (you can grate it into shavings if you find that easier!)
  2. Choose the amount of wax you need: we can't have the eye during our first creation so here is our solution! Take your container and put it on your scale (the one in your kitchen is fine), press the “tare” key so that the number returns to 0, then fill the pot with water. The weight displayed in grams on the scale screen will tell you how much wax you need. Pretty handy, isn't it?! Take a bribe or an old rag to protect your countertop! If melted wax ever falls on your table, don't panic! You just need to have a damp cloth next to you to wipe, no stain will resist!

  1. Heat your wax in a bain-marie
  2. Add a few drops of the natural oil of your choice.
  3. It's optional but don't hesitate to add a few drops of natural dye for a colored candle!

Your database is complete!

Already, congratulations, but it's not over, we now move on to casting.

In our case, we use waxed wicks in rapeseed wax, be the same as that of our candles in order to keep our material ethical and responsible. In addition, from a practical point of view, the wax allows it to stand straight, thus saving time: combine the useful with the ethical with its wicks!

Now that you have the right wick, here's how to install it:

3rd step: put the wick

Nothing could be easier: just take your pre-waxed wick and put a dot of glue or melted wax to make it adhere to the bottom of your container. Make sure to position it in the center. Then, to keep it in place, and straight, take pliers and hold the wick.

4th step:

To finalize your candle, once your wick is well attached to the bottom of your container, gently pour your hot wax, let it cool.

Step 5: Cooling

Allow the candle to cool completely until it is completely hard. For optimal conditions put your candle in a room with a temperature between 18° and 20°. Then place it in a dark, dimly lit place.

Last step: The Cure

The word "cure" may surprise, but here, it is only positive! This is actually the most important moment in the candle making process, as it is these moments that will determine the quality of your candle.

The more time passes, the more the candle takes on intensity, the texture is smoother, and it lasts longer!

Our advice is therefore to let your candle rest for at least 2 days. You must add between 2 and 5 days of treatment for the candle to develop its full olfactory potential.

So ! You made your own candle!

Our scented candle making kit

Try our DIY kit

DIY scented candle making kit

Of course, we thought of you. For all those who wish, we provide you with a DIY kit (do it yourself) to make your own natural candles in a fun way, alone, or with others!

This kit can also be the ideal gift for your loved ones: give them something to spend a moment of calm and relaxation while awakening their creativity.

Your future kit will allow you to use all your creativity, by following a recipe and designing 4 candles with different scents. Once again, our commitment is our mission, so we assure you a smart kit: you will find natural perfumes from Grasse, without CMR or Phthalate.

It contains absolutely everything you need to expand your imagination, including:

  • more than 300 grams of 100% natural rapeseed wax
  • 4 glass jars of 90 ML
  • 4 lead-free pre-waxed cotton wicks and their holders
  • 4 perfumes made in Grasse, the world capital of perfume
  • 1 wooden spatula for mixing
  • 4 labels to personalize
  • 1 printed manual
  • 2 clothes pegs
Find our kit available here

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