A few weeks ago, I noticed I was feeling a bit more stressed than usual and was losing sleep because of it. Desperate to find a (natural) cure, I googled some ways that I could help myself feel more calm. It didn’t take long before something stood out immediately: aromatherapy.
The idea of aromatherapy was very intriguing – could certain scents really help me feel at ease? How could I introduce myself to these scents without being overwhelmed by how strong they can be? What’s waxy, smells good, and lights up a whole room? Oh yeah…a candle.
While looking around online for natural soy aromatherapy candles to buy, I noticed they come with quite the price tag. Feeling a little thrifty, I decided I was going to try to make my own. There are hundreds of homemade candle making techniques out there, so there was nothing to lose in giving it a shot. Besides, it looked kind of fun!
I decided that Lavender Vanilla would be the best aromatherapy scent for me, so I went on Amazon and ordered wax, oils, and wicks. Everything else I needed I had at home, so I was in the kitchen making candles in no time.
Here is a list of items you’ll need for your candles:
2. Candle Wicks
5. Large glass measuring cup, like this one
6. Pencil, pen, or chopstick
7. Glass jar (make sure you can easily reach the wick when it melts down)
*Feel free to use whatever essential oils you like
Once you everything you need to make your candles, it’s onto the fun part.
Go ahead and set up your jar before you start anything else. Wrap the excess wick around your pencil and place the metal tab in the center and flush with the bottom of the jar. You can use a little bit of melted wax to get it to stick to the bottom if you like, but I haven’t found it necessary (just make sure it’s in a place where it won’t get bumped!) Now it’s time to get cookin’.
There are fancier ways to melt the wax, but I just use the handy microwave (don’t judge me). First, fill up your jar with the wax chips so that it’s almost overflowing. That will fill the jar about 3/4 of the way once it’s melted, so make sure to compensate by adding about 1/4 of your jar’s worth on top of that. I heat the wax up for about a minute and stir it vigorously until the wax chunks slowly start to melt into liquid. I’ll pop it in for about 30 seconds more if it looks like it’s having trouble melting. You may have to play around with the amount of time you spend microwaving depending on the strength of your microwave, but make sure the wax doesn’t get too hot. It’s best to get most of the wax to melt by stirring.
Once the wax is completely melted, you can add the essential oils. This is the part that requires some trial and error – I like my candles strong, so I’ve learned you have to add a LOT of essential oil drops to bring them to that level. They may smell potent right out of their bottles, but they lose some of that once they mix with the hot wax. I typically add about 40-50 drops of lavender and 15-25 drops of vanilla to a 4oz candle, but I’m still playing with the amount. One day I will have it down pat!
Once you’ve added the drops to your liking, stir it up a bit and pour it into your glass jar while being careful not to move the wick around. Place your candle somewhere it will be undisturbed for 24 hours. Once a full day has passed, cut your wick, light, and enjoy!
As you can see, it’s a pretty simple and fun process. The lavender scent is relaxing and giving myself something to do also helps distract me from my stressful thoughts! I’m excited to eventually try mixing together different scents, but for now I’m going to stick with this combination.
Do you like making candles? What are some tips and tricks? Favorite aromatherapy scent combinations? Let me know in the comments!