Discover the world of aromatherapy with beautiful and fragrant candles infused with essential oils. Whether you're a seasoned candle maker or a beginner exploring the art of crafting candles, we'll show you in this guide how to infuse candles with essential oils to elevate your senses and enhance your wellbeing.
How To Add Essential Oils To Candles Table of Contents
Why Add Essential Oils to Candles?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts known for their therapeutic properties. Adding these oils to candles can provide several benefits, such as:
- Enhancing mood and creating a calming atmosphere
- Promoting relaxation and relieving stress
- Improving sleep quality
- Boosting energy levels and focus
Choosing the Right Essential Oils
Before you begin, it's essential to choose high-quality essential oils for your candles. Look for pure, natural, and undiluted oils that have been sourced and produced responsibly. Oshu Oils offers a range of artisan essential earth oils perfect for this purpose.
Consider the effects you want your candles to have when choosing your essential oils. For instance, the following oils offer different benefits:
- Lavender: Calming and comforting
- Eucalyptus: Energizing and invigorating
- Rose: Uplifting and romantic
- Peppermint: Refreshing and stimulating
To make essential oil-infused candles, you'll need the following materials:
Create Your Own Essential Oil
- Soy or beeswax: These natural waxes are best suited for essential oil candles
- Candle wicks: Cotton wicks or wooden wicks work well
- Essential oils: Choose your preferred scents from Oshu Oils
- Thermometer: To monitor the temperature of the melted wax
- Heat-resistant container: To melt the wax in
- Candle molds or containers: To hold the finished candle
Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Essential Oils to Candles
Follow these steps to make your own essential oil-infused candles:
Step 1: Melt the Wax
Using a double boiler or a heat-resistant container in a pot of simmering water, melt your chosen wax. Keep an eye on the thermometer to ensure the wax is melted to the correct temperature. Typically, soy wax should be melted to around 160°F (71°C), while beeswax should be melted to around 175°F (79°C).
Step 2: Add Essential Oils
Once the wax has reached the correct temperature, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. As it cools, you can now add your essential oils - approximately 6-10 drops per 1oz (28g) of wax. Stir gently to ensure even distribution of the oils throughout the wax.
Step 3: Prepare the Wick and Mold
While the wax cools, prepare your chosen candle mold or container by attaching the wick. You can do this by dipping the end of the wick into the melted wax and placing it at the bottom of the container, holding it in place with a wick holder or clothespin.
Step 4: Pour the Wax
Once the wax has cooled to around 125°F (52°C) for soy wax or 160°F (71°C) for beeswax, it's time to pour it into the prepared container or mold. Carefully pour the wax, ensuring it surrounds the wick evenly and leaves no air bubbles.
Step 5: Let It Set
Allow the candle to cool and solidify undisturbed for at least 24-48 hours. Once it has hardened, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) and enjoy your aromatic essential oil-infused candle.
How To Add Essential Oils To Candles Example:
Imagine lighting up a lavender-infused candle as you prepare for a relaxing bath or cozying up with a book and a warm rose-scented candle to create the perfect romantic ambiance. You could even have a eucalyptus-infused candle to accompany you during your morning yoga rituals. The possibilities are endless when you create your own essential oil candles.
Now that you know how to add essential oils to candles, you're ready to create a unique aromatic experience tailored to your preferences. Don't be afraid to experiment with different essential oil blends and create signature scents for your home. Share this article with friends and family interested in candle-making, and remember to explore other guides on Oshu Oils to expand your knowledge of essential oils and aromacology. Dive into the Oshu Oils range of essential oils to begin creating your customized candles today.