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How To Make Candles: Non Toxic And From Scratch

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When transitioning to a nontoxic and natural lifestyle, making little changes make it more feasible and easier than changing everything at one time. For example, if you use candles or other means of making your home smell good you may be releasing toxins into the air. Furthermore, the chemicals you may find in store-bought candles are paraffin wax and synthetic perfumes. By making your candles, cleaning products  and skin care products you can have peace of mind knowing everything in them is natural and non-toxic.

Moreover, candles make your home, a soothing Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Salt bath feel cozier, and add warmth and light. Furthermore, the best part is it is inexpensive and simple to make candles at home. Also, with a little practice and a few supplies, you can easily make your nontoxic candles. Besides, you control what goes in them from fragrance to what type of wax you use. Furthermore, you can use essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances. Although there are a variety of types of candles, they all include three main ingredients: wax, a wick, and a container.

Homemade candle for soothing bath

Homemade candle for soothing bath

 

Common Ingredients Used In Homemade Candles 

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. It is used to make candles, beauty products, and polishes. Furthermore, this is just another reason why we should do whatever we can to help our diminishing honey bee population.

Carnauba Wax also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the carnauba palm Copernicia prunifera, a plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, Maranhão, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Norte. This coating is called Carnauba Wax. It is commonly found in vegan cosmetics, edible gummy candies, protective polish, and candles.

Coconut Wax is a high melt-point (hydrogenated) coconut oil that is usually combined with different natural waxes so it becomes solid at room temperature. You can use this wax when making natural candles.

Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from soybeans. Also, the oil obtained from these beans is hydrogenated so as to make it solid and suitable for candle making.

Essential Oils are plant extracts used for aromatherapy and to add a natural scent to cosmetics, candles, and soaps.

Cotton Wick is a candlewick created of braided cotton that absorbs and holds the flame of an oil lamp or candle.

Prep Work Area

Before you begin, be sure to prep the area where you'll be making your candles. Further, you can cover the surface with newspaper, a brown paper bag, or anything you have handy.

Furthermore, after you make your first, experiment with fragrances the possibilities are limitless; just be sure to choose the appropriate wax and wick for a more advanced project. 

Gift Ideas

Finally, homemade candles make a great gift for friends and family. Plus, you can bundle a candle, with some homemade nontoxic bath salts or bath bombs and luxurious body butter.

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Ingredients Ratio:

  • 2 12 oz Beeswax (2 parts) (BUY HERE)
  • 1  6 oz Coconut Oil (1 part) (BUY HERE)
  • 20 Drops of Essential Oil of choice

Materials Needed:

  • Container for the candle (you can use an old cup, empty baby food jar etc.) or (BUY HERE)
  • Cotton wick (BUY HERE)
  • Double sided tape
  • Pencil or a straight stick or clothes pin
  • Kitchen scale (BUY HERE)
  • Therapeutic grade essential oils (BUY HERE)
  • Double-boiler (BUY HERE)

How to – Make Candles at Home:

  1. Measure how much beeswax is needed: Fill up your candle container with your wax
  2. Weigh your beeswax so you know exactly how much you have in your container and can calculate the amount of coconut oil you need (Don’t forget to subtract the weight of your container from the measurement. For example, if you container weighs 2 oz and your beeswax plus your container weighs 10 oz 10-2 = 8 oz of beeswax)
  3. Weigh out one part coconut oil compared to how much beeswax you used
  4. In a double boiler melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler, on low heat
  5. Secure the wick to the center of your container by using a small piece of double sided tape
  6. Use a pencil, chop stick, clothes pin or anything long and straight place next to the wick and across the center of the top of the container; and secure the wick to it so it stays in place until you pour the melted ingredients
  7. When your beeswax and coconut oil are completely melted, mix them up, add your essential oils  and pour your mixture into your container. Pour ingredients away from your wick, to prevent getting it on wick.
  8. Allow to cool until your ingredients are solid; once solid you can use your candle.  Congratulations you just made your first candle.

Clean Up

For easy clean up  clean out your equipment while wax is still warm. You can use news paper, reusable bamboo towels or whatever you have on hand.

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