Essential Oils and Candle Making

Essential Oils and Candle Making

 

There's nothing better than lighting a scented candle to create the perfect ambience in your home. But, what about those who want their candles to offer more than just a pleasant fragrance? Imagine, for example, if you could actually benefit from burning your candles? Think about how cozy that would make you and your loved ones feel!

Is it possible to combine the two and light a candle that has essential oils in it? This is a question we frequently receive at 912 Candle Co. And while there's no one answer that covers all types of candles and all types of essential oils, we can provide some general rules of thumb to help you decide whether this is something you want to try. We'll also share our favorite ways (if any) for making this work!

For starters, what are essential oils?

Essential oils are a concentrated form of natural plant oil that is extracted from the bark, leaves, flowers, roots or other parts of a plant. They're used in aromatherapy and can be found in perfumes and other products. They are not the same as perfumes or fragrances, though—they're made from whole plants rather than synthetic chemicals (though some essential oils do have synthetic ingredients).

What can I use essential oils on?

Essential oils can be used in candle wax, wicks and jars. You can also apply them to your skin or add them to your bath water.

  • Candle Wax: Add a few drops of essential oil to melted paraffin wax for a pleasant scent that will last through several uses. Have fun experimenting with different combinations of scents and colors!

  • Candle Wicks: Dip the end of each wick into essential oil before it dries out so that the aroma permeates through every inch of its length.

  • Candle Containers: Add essential oils (with cotton balls) inside tightly sealed glass containers before pouring hot candle wax over them so that they're infused throughout your next batch of homemade candles!

Why make candles with essential oils?

Why make candles with essential oils? Essential oils can be used to make a candle smell good, but they also have some other benefits. For example, they're great for helping you sleep or relax. So if you struggle with insomnia or anxiety, consider adding some essential oils to your candle!

What kinds of candle should I use with essential oils?

To get the best results, choose a candle made from natural wax. Soy wax is one of the most popular and safe options. It’s a plant-based wax that comes from soy beans and has been used for centuries to make candles. Beeswax is another good choice because it’s known for its purity and natural scent. Palm wax burns slow, making it ideal for an aromatherapy session lasting longer than an hour or so (like when you want to relax after work). Coconut oil-based candles are also great because they burn at low temperatures—perfect if your home doesn't have AC!

You should also look out for candles marked “100% pure essential oils” on their packaging; these can be beneficial since they don't contain any additives or fillers like fragrance oils do. However: if you don't see this label anywhere on your candle's label then chances are those essential oils were blended with other ingredients (and those additives might not react well with some essential oils). If this bothers you then make sure to check with whoever sells them before buying one!

How much essential oil should I use?

There are two main ways to measure the amount of essential oil you will need:

  • A drop or two per pound of wax. If you want to know exactly how much oil you'll need, weigh your wax and then use that weight as a guide for the amount of essential oil to add. For example, if your candle is going to be made out of 12 pounds of wax, use about 24 drops (2 drops per pound) or 48 drops (3 drops per pound).

  • Use the recommended dilution rate for your particular type of packaging material. It's best to check with the manufacturer first before deciding how much essential oil makes sense for your project because some containers can only hold certain amounts without leaking or breaking open during shipping. For example, gel candles require a lower concentration than paraffin ones because they're more likely than paraffin candles to leak through their lids once opened in stores after purchase; this means that adding more fragrance may not be an option due to safety concerns over potential exposure risk by customers who've bought them since they were made using less diluted fragrances than usual (which could lead them into thinking there was something wrong with their purchase).

Things to keep in mind when working with essential oils.

When working with essential oils, it's important to keep in mind that they are very strong. Oils such as clove, cinnamon, or lavender can cause skin irritation if you use too much of them. You should also be careful when using the oil in candle making because the fumes from the flame may be strong enough to burn your eyes and throat if you're not careful.

It's best to start out using a small amount of essential oil and work your way up until you find what works best for you and your situation.

Essential oils can be a very good compliment to your candle making process

Essential oils can help you make a better candle.

Essential oils are a great way to add scent, color, texture, and burn quality to your candles. They're also environmentally friendly! These are some of the most common uses for essential oils in candle making:

  • Scenting: If you're looking for a subtle scent that won't overwhelm your room while still giving off a pleasant aroma, essential oils may be just what you need. For example, adding peppermint oil can give off a minty smell that's perfect for any home or office environment.

  • Coloration: Adding certain essential oils to wax can cause it to take on different colors depending on what kind of dye is used or how much dye is applied over time (if at all). For example, adding rose petals will give off pinkish hues while citron peels will add yellowish tones; both would provide beautiful results when melted down into beeswax candles such as tapers or votives!

Once you have the basics covered, you can start experimenting with different essential oils. Just remember to keep safety in mind and don't go overboard on the amount of oil used. The best way to know if your candle will work is by testing it with some small batches before committing yourself fully into making larger amounts of candles. If that’s not possible then follow these guidelines or check our our essential oil candles here at 912 Candle Co.

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