For the love of lavender – I am in heaven! This weekend’s market haul included some amazing dried bunches and sachets of lavender + some essential oils (lavender included of course!).
I am always on the hunt for beautiful all-natural soy candles and am often floored by the cost of one single candle. Soy candles are non-toxic, made up of natural vegetables, generally burn longer and cleaner – releasing very little soot and no carcinogens.The lovely lavender man at the Guelph Farmer’s Market, inspired me to finally make my own soy candles. Off I went to collect supplies and give it a shot. And let me tell you it couldn’t have been any easier! Do note: supplies aren’t on the cheap side but I also didn’t bargain shop (bought wax, wicks and twine at Michaels). However, supplies are much cheaper than buying 6 soy candles at your local retailer.
For 5-6 candles (depending on size) here is what you need:
- 4 lbs of soy wax flakes
- glass measuring cup
- essential oils
- 6 candle wicks
- 6 jars (I used mason jars)
- 6 wood skewers
- glue gun
- dried lavender (in this particular case)
- ribbon or twine to decorate jar
- Centre and glue the wick to the bottom of the jar. (Minimal glue is needed but if you wanted to keep these all-natural, you could secure the wick with melted wax and letting it dry. I thought of this after the fact and was trying to be as quick as possible with this project).
- Microwave wax flakes on high in for 8-10 minutes, keep an eye on them and give them a stir if needed. Add an extra minute or two if needed. (Timing will vary on the size of measuring cup + amount of wax used).
- While wax is melting, wrap the wick around a wood skewer to help keep it centred and straight.
- Once the wax is completely melted, add 20-40 drops of essential oil and stir. (add more or less depending on how strong you like your scents)
- Stir in dried lavender.
- Pour into jars, keeping wick straight.
- Once partially cooled, top with additional dried lavender.
- Let cool for 10-12 hours, before use.