Couples confession – we are addicted to candles! So much so that a couple of years ago I came home from work to find my ex-bomb disposal husband creating his own candle-concoctions! This year one of Matt’s christmas presents from me was a Candlefish candle making kit from Anthropologie.
The kit itself comes in a cute tin box and contains everything you need to make your candles including a blend of Candlefish essential oils which smell delicious – I love no.22, the cedar wood blend.
There are small brass tins included to make travel candles but I had some glass jars I wanted to use as well as some wood wicks. I love wood wicks in candles because they crackle like a mini-log fire as they burn. It is important to use a soy or vegetable wax (rapeseed is good too) because it won’t release chemicals as it burns.
The process is extremely easy and very simple instructions are included. You can find everything you will need to make candles online but having the pre-made kit was helpful because the quantity of the wax was perfect for the jug meaning no waste and no mess.
To make your own soy candles you will need….
Soy wax (quantity depends on how many candles you would like to make)
Double boiler or metal jug to be placed in a pot of boiling water to melt the wax
Essential oils to scent the candles
Wicks and wick stays (glue dots, or for wood wicks metal holders)
A small hand whisk
Glass jars / tins
The process is simple….
Bring a pot of water to the boil and place in it your jug containing the soy wax. Do not let any water get on the wax.
Stir the wax to help it melt, then when the temperature reaches 185-190 degrees F stir in your essential oils and take off the heat.
In the meantime prepare your candle holder with the wick
Leave the candle to stand and cool a little until it reaches 115 degrees F.
Pour in the candle wax and let it set overnight.
Once set, trim the wick if using a wood wick.
It’s the perfect DIY for a slow sunday afternoon and you’re left with candles to enjoy.
Discover more about US brand Candlefish here.