How to Make Safe Candles Yourself
posted by Annie B. Bond
by a beautiful photographic spread on how to make your own sand candles
in last August's "Martha Stewart Living," my daughter and I took
candle-making ingredients on our vacation to the coast of Maine, for a
rainy-day project. We also took an inspiring new book from Storey
Books, called "The Handmade Candle," by Alison Jenkins.
are a wonderful enhancement to ambience and mood, yet they can
contribute to air pollution, sometimes significantly if synthetic
perfumes are used. I feel as if my daughter and I traversed this
terrain and learned how to make our own stunningly beautiful candles
using sustainable, less toxic ingredients.
Hereʼs how we managed to make beautiful non-toxic, soot-free candles. It was easy and a lot of fun!
Here are five tips from us:
One of the highest goals of making your own less-toxic candles is to
make them free of petroleum products, such as paraffin and synthetic
2. You can now buy vegetable wax (usually soy) in
craft stores such as Michaels. One brand offers microwaveable soy wax
and the process was very, very easy. No fuss, no mess.
Beeswax is another pure wax choice, although expensive. I personally
just love the smell of pure beeswax candles, and we make candles with
100 percent of this wax for very special occasions. Beeswax needs to be
melted in a double boiler.
4. For myself, I prefer unscented
candles, but my daughter is looking to add scent to her candles, and
many of you might like aromatherapy. We used only perfectly pure
essential oils bought at natural food stores, and only about 5 drops
for 2 cups of dried wax flakes. Add the essential oils after the wax
has melted and has been removed from the heat source. Stir thoroughly.
so-called aromatherapy candles are very soft due to overuse of
fragrance, and often these candles cause serious problems with candle
soot. Making your own helps you control how much fragrance/essential
oil you include.
5. Use wicks without lead. We chose
wicks without any metal inside, but there are now lead-free wicks
available in craft stores. Wanting to be safe not sorry, we bought
metal-free wicks. They have been fine.