Does the smell of artificial fragrances give you a headache? One of the worst offenders for this is cheap, scented candles loaded up with synthetic smells. Not only do they not smell so good once you light them up, they fill the room with less than desirable toxins.
For anyone who can’t tolerate strong, chemical based fragrances, beeswax candles scented with essential oils are perfect. Even if this isn’t an issue for you, the pure scents of essential oils versus synthetic fragrances are much nicer. Combine these natural scents with beeswax instead of paraffin (a mineral oil from petroleum) and you’ve got a winner.
Beeswax candles are easy to make with only a few simple ingredients needed. If you are keen to try this natural and healthy alternative, here we’ll show you everything about how to make beeswax candles with essential oils.
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Aromatherapy Benefits of Essential Oil Candles
Once you include essential oils in candles, they will not only give out beautiful aromas, but also therapeutic benefits. The odors of organic compounds, like essential oils, cause a change in your body chemistry. This in turn results in physical and emotional effects that are beneficial to your well being.
Each oil gives a different effect and there are many options for blending them. You can create your own unique aromas while benefiting from the healing properties of the essential oils. Here’s an example:
Classic holiday spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and ginger give a feeling of calm and well being. Specifically, cinnamon has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties.
Lemon essential oil cleanses and deodorizes while giving mental clarity with a fresh scent.
Combining cinnamon and lemon for a scented candle will give warm, spicy aromas like home baked apple pie. But at the same time you are triggering healing reactions in your body and imparting a sense of tranquility, well being and clarity.
What You Need for Homemade Candles
Beeswax is ideal for homemade candles thanks to its ability to burn for a long time. The easiest form to use for candles is beeswax pellets like these.
Here’s a few things to know about beeswax candles:
- They will give off a sweet, honey-like smell.
- Depending on what bees were pollinating, the color may vary between batches. Just like there is dark and light honey, there is dark and light beeswax.
- You need to trim beeswax candles regularly to ensure the wick stays exposed.
- Store bought beeswax candles are likely to contain hardeners. Making your own ensures the purest beeswax candles possible.
Wicks are readily available online or at local home goods and hardware stores. No candle exists without them so here’s what you need to know:
- The main function of a candle wick is to draw the wax up towards the flame so it burns continuously.
- The braided natural fibers of a wick burn easily to make it work.
- How well a candle burns is directly related to the wick’s thickness relative to the candle size.
- If the wick is too thick, the candle flickers, sputters and eventually burns out. In contrast, if it is too thin, the flame will be weak and not stay lit for long.
- It is important to select the right wick size and length for the candle you are creating. A proper wick ensures the candle will burn for a long time with no sputtering or dying out.
- As a candle wick can be too short or long, be sure to keep it trimmed to the proper height.