Natural Candle Making – Make An All Natural Candle At Home

When it comes to making candles it seems the natural way is growing more and more popular. This comes as no surprise as the going green movement has really taken off in the past few decades. As far as natural candle making goes there are many things that you can do to ensure that your candles are all natural and not only great but great for the environment. So what do you need to know about natural candle making?

The first thing that you should do when you decide that you want to make an all natural candle is choose the right wax. Avoid paraffin wax as this uses petroleum and is in no way all natural, when looking for a wax to use you should look in to beeswax or soy wax as your options. Both soy and beeswax are all natural and better for the environment, they also burn very clean. Beeswax is great as not only is it natural wax, it also comes with its own unique and fragrant scent.

As far as the rest of the supplies go you can easily make your own scented oils by collecting some herbs and flowers from your garden or from the garden of a friend. Simply grind them down and put them in a dark jar with olive oil. Put this dark jar out in the sun and shake it well every few days. After this jar has been in the sun for about a month you can begin using this as your own natural scented oil, perfect for all natural candle making.

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The wicks that you choose are also very important, avoid using zinc wicks and go for all natural cotton wicks instead. Cotton wicks work very well for natural candle making and they absorb the soy wax which makes the candles burn cleaner. Now for some instructions to making an all natural candle, are you ready?

Step # 1. Gather all of the supplies that you need: soy wax or beeswax, cotton wick, wick tab, candle mold, double boiler, candy thermometer, carving knife, and a spoon.

Step # 2. Prepare the wax, if you have soy wax that is microwavable then read the instructions on the package, if you have the more traditional soy wax or beeswax then use the carving knife to cut it in to chunks and place these chunks in to the top pot of the double boiler. Fill the bottom pot half way up with water and bring the water to a boil. Stir the wax often and check the temperature as it will be ready by 170 degrees.

Step # 3. Now prepare the mold, wipe the inside of the mold with olive oil and string the wick through the wick tab, place the wick tab in the bottom center of the mold.

Step # 4. When the wax is ready pour it in to the mold and let it sit for around 24 hours. When the time has passed remove the candle from the mold and trim the wick to about a quarter of an inch, you are done with all natural candle making!

Source by Jason Kinech

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