DIY Natural Soy Candles
Candles are one of the best ways to relax after a long day. They set the mood for a nice dinner, a date night, or anything in-between! Self-care is a great excuse to light a scented candle and get lost in the lovely scent it gives off.
Today’s post is all about how to make essential oil candles that go great with your self-care kit! This is a guest post from the lovely Kimora who blogs about health and wellness over on Kimorachanel.com. Take it away Kimora!
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Relax with Essential Oil Candles
Candles. They’re so refreshing in so many ways. They smell good, they give light and character to any room, they’re calming, and most importantly they’re a hassle-free self-care technique! Seriously, I have candles on all the time in my house. Especially in my bedroom at night, while I’m stretching, des-stressing for the day, and getting ready for a good night’s rest.
Sometimes I even fall asleep with them burning, which isn’t safe. I do not recommend you pick up on this bad habit! But for me I just get so lost in the moment of relaxing that sometimes I literally do fall asleep with the flame still burning bright. And it will burn well throughout the night (but not my house!).
Why Do I Need Candles in My Self-Care Kit?
De-stressing, relaxing, and centering myself with candles is one of my favorite ways to participate self-care at night. Usually I will buy candles from the store and just burn them, but about two years ago I picked up the hobby of how to make essential oil candles.
I still buy candles to burn from time to time, but since I can make as many as I want in my own home, I don’t buy them as often. Not only is it cost effective in the long run, but it is also a great de-stressor all in itself. There’s something so calming and relaxing about putting all of your energy and attention into making a candle to specifically please your senses.
If you want to know more about how to make essential oil candles for self-care, I’ve got you covered! Here are 10 Things You Need in Your Self-Care Kit.
The Benefits of Essential Oil Candles for Mental Health
First things first, let’s talk a little bit about the calming effect candles can have on the body. I for one know that candles serve as the perfect self-care practice for me mainly because the scent helps to alter my mood, especially if I’m having a really bad day.
The calming sensation that we pick up on when a candle is burning, believe it or not, is the result of the burning flame, not just the scent that is released. According to this article, the illumination of the light helps to calm us down and achieve a meditative state of mind. That flame assists in reducing stress and increasing our self-awareness.
The best part about DIY-ing your very own candle is the fact that you can determine how it smells and how strong of a scent the candle gives off. We all have those scents that we find to be very pleasant, as well as those scents that we find to be super unpleasant. With a homemade candle you don’t have to worry about encountering any unpleasant smells!
You can pick and choose what smells you want your candle to give off. This will encourage you to light them up in a clam and relaxing space within your home while engaging in a self-care practice of your choice.
The Aromatherapy Benefits of Burning Essential Oils in Candles
The second thing you should know about homemade candle making is that it can be used as a form of aromatherapy! Aromatherapy is a holistic form of healing that uses natural ingredients, like essential oils, to promote health and well-being through smells.
Aromatherapy helps to relieve stress, reduce pain, and you guessed it, calm the mind, body, and soul. Depending on the scent of the candle you choose to use it can also assist in relieving yourself of fear, anxiety, and can even improve your mood.
You may be wondering if essential oils in candles are toxic, and that couldn’t be further from the truth! Using essential oils in candles instead of synthetic fragrances are so much better for your health! Indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air for a reason. All those household products like candles and air fresheners release a massive cocktail of toxic chemicals into the air!
Needless to say, candles are good for your health and they are good for your mind. They are soothing, can help create a calm and relaxing environment, and are the perfect self-care activity to engage in during any time of day. So my obsession isn’t for nothing!
How to Make Essential Oil Candles
Now it’s time for the fun part! Making your own candle for your self-care practice!
What you’ll need:
- Soy flakes
- Wicks with a metal base
- Essential oil(s) of your choice
- A dropper
- A pot (preferably one that is old and you don’t use as much)
- A spoon (preferably one that is long and not plastic)
- A jar of your choice (I like 8oz)
- Pouring pitcher
- A clothespin
That’s all the ingredients you will need to make your homemade candle. All of these supplies and ingredients can be found at any crafting store, I get all of mine from Michaels. Oh and in case you’re wondering, yes, all of these ingredients are chemical free!
What Are the Best Essential Oils for Soy Candles?
If you’re wondering what scents work best for mental health, there are a few. My favorite scents to use are lavender, peppermint, vanilla, and eucalyptus. If these scents are not up your alley, no worries! Whatever scents you choose to use, that you find to be calming and relaxing, are perfect for this super easy for how to make essential oil candles.
- Lavender for anxiety
- Peppermint for anxiety and depression
- Orange works as an antidepressant
- Eucalyptus removes mental exhaustion such as stress
For the next section of this post I’m going to share with you a very vague process of what I do to prepare my homemade candles. This includes how to add essential oils to candles. There are a ton of different ways in which you can do this, it will all depend on the measurements that you are using, and how many candles you are planning on making at once. However, for the most part it’s a pretty straight forward process.
If you’d like a more in depth approach to making your very own homemade candles you can check out this article. Otherwise, if you’re like me and prefer to learn visually, here’s a little video tutorial that walks you through how to make your own essential oil candles:
How to Make Soy Candles with Essential Oils:
- Pour some of the soy flakes into the pouring pitcher. I usually eyeball how much to pour, but usually I’ll pour enough wax to fill up the bottom of the pouring pitcher, which will be enough for me to make anywhere from 2-3 candles at once.
- Next, take your pot and fill it halfway with water. This is important because you will be placing the pouring pitcher inside the pot and you don’t want it to overflow. Once you have your pot with water, place it on the stove and turn the stove on.
- Once the water starts to boils gently place your pouring pitcher inside and watch as the wax begins to melt. You are going to want to stir the mixture every so often.
- Once the wax has completely melted take your wick with the metal base and slightly dip it into the wax. You are going to use it as a glue to hold the metal base down in your jar, so don’t submerge it.
- Place the wick with the metal base in the center of your jar. Take the clothespin and place it across your jar at the opening, holding the wick in place. Return to the stove and turn it off.
- Remove the pouring pitcher from the pot and place it on top of a dry towel. Next you are going to want to take your choice of scent and the dropper. Add anywhere from 20-30 drops of the scent into the mixture (sometimes more depending on the brand and scent). Stir (work fast because you don’t want the wax to dry and you want to pour it in the jar while it’s hot).
- Once you have mixed in your scent you are going to pour the mixture in your jar(s). Do not fill it all the way up. Instead fill it up leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
- Let it sit and dry. This can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, or you can do what I do and let it sit overnight.
- Once your wax has dried completely remove the clothespin and cut the wick. Cut it short enough so that it’s not extended past the mouth of the jar, but leave it long enough to be able to light a flame.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Essential Oil Candles
And that’s pretty much the gist of it! Once my candles are done, I simply place them in my room so that I can use them at night. As I mentioned earlier, I like to use my candles for my de-stressing self-care routine before bed. So usually I’ll light my candle around 6:00pm and leave it burning (if I don’t fall asleep before then) until about 9:00-10:00pm.
During the burning hours I like to shower (I like to enter my room after a hot shower with the candle already burning), stretch, do some nighttime skincare, and a de-stressing activity of some sort. Usually this activity will either be reading, journaling, or watching Netflix. After that it’s lights (sometimes the flame as well) out!
So what do you think? Does DIY-ing your very own candle seem like a self-care practice you can get into?
My name is Kimora and I’m a motivational health and wellness lifestyle blogger. I create content for anyone and everyone looking to live a more fulfilled life by learning how to build their confidence, adopt a health conscious lifestyle, and find comfort in their own skin through the power of wellness.
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