Sunday, January 26, 2014

Make Your Own Candles

My posts have been few and far between at the moment as I've been so busy but trying to get back into the swing of things!
Today I made my very own candles so I thought I would share it with you guys. My lovely cousins gave me this kit for my Christmas from 'The Melt Pool'. It's a Scottish company who's candles are handmade with soy wax and the purest essential oils. The kit comes with three glass votive containers, a packet of natural soy wax, 3 ready waxed wicks, instructions and a bottle of the essential oil blend of your choice.
The instructions are easy to follow and within half an hour I had three candles!

Start off by melting the wax. This involves a 'double boiler' or a jug placed in a pan of boiling water. I used a plastic measuring jug to put the wax in then placed the jug into a pot of boiling water. It seems like a lot of wax initially (210g) but melted is the perfect amount for the three votive containers.
The wax takes around 15 minutes to melt. I put all of the wax in the jug but it may have been quicker adding small amounts at a time. I also stirred the wax every so often to get rid of any lumps.
Once the wax is melted, pour a small amount into each votive. Next add the wick into each votive container. To keep it straight and in the centre, balance a pen or wooden skewer across the top of the votive and attach the pen and wick together with a little blue tack. I would advise trimming the wick slightly before you add it to the wax as it is a little long and tricky to trim once the wax is set.
Once they are set, add the essential oil to the remaining melted wax in the jug and stir for around two minutes to ensure both are blended. Next, pour the remaining wax evenly between the votive containers, leave to cool and ta da! You've made your own candles!
The instructions say to leave the candles to cure for 2 - 3 days before burning to ensure a good scent thrown so I will try and wait until then to see if my little candles work. In the mean time, Max is enjoying them...
It's great fun and I am so chuffed with how they turned out! Have you ever made your own candles before? You can find The Melt Pool on Facebook and Twitter as well as their own website.