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Materials for Making Candles: Everything You Need to Know

Would you like to create your own candles but don’t know how or where to start? It’s natural to feel a bit lost when you want to begin an activity; we all go through this stage. But don’t worry, making your own candles is actually very easy! In this article, we’ll help you choose the right ingredients and equipment for making candles according to your preferences.

Choosing a Glass Container for Your Candle According to Your Desires

The container for candle making is the most important material to choose before you begin. In this regard, you have plenty of options available to you! For instance, you can use jars, vases, or even thrifted cups. This way, you promote upcycling (transforming an object or material that is no longer used into something of higher quality) while saving money and minimizing waste.

You can also recycle our candle jars or simply use other glass containers that you no longer need! Lastly, you always have the option to buy a new candle jar, although we rather recommend the aforementioned options, which are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Right Candle Wax
Right Candle Wax

Choosing the Right Candle Wax: Characteristics, Differences, and Advantages

The choice of candle wax is also very important to consider before you start your crafting. Depending on their composition, the texture, color, scent, and drying process can vary significantly! That’s why it’s necessary to research each of them before making your own candles. There are many types, classified into three categories: vegetable, animal, and mineral. In this article, we will discuss the three most important ones: paraffin, beeswax, and soy wax. Afterward, you’re free to choose the wax that suits you best, according to your preferences and values!

Mineral Paraffin: A Wax to Avoid for Candle Making!

Paraffin is the most common wax used in the candle industry, especially in candles found in supermarkets and other well-known retail chains. Paraffin is a petroleum derivative that is easily and inexpensively manufactured, which contributes to its popularity. It’s used not only in candles but also in cosmetics, food, and even medications!

Despite the limited scientific evidence regarding its harmfulness, we still advise you to avoid using it for candle making. Furthermore, it’s neither environmentally friendly nor biodegradable. Therefore, it’s better to opt for other candle waxes that are more environmentally conscious and safe for health.

Animal Beeswax: Accessible and Multi-Purpose

As the name suggests, beeswax comes from bees and is therefore of animal origin (if you’re vegan, it’s not recommended for you!). It’s widely used in various fields. It can be used to create cosmetics, maintain furniture, make beeswax wraps (environmentally friendly substitutes for plastic wrap), and of course, to craft natural candles, among other things.

Beeswax is fairly easy to find in supermarkets or organic stores. It also has the unique characteristic of being yellow (it’s white only if treated) and possessing a distinct scent compared to other waxes, which tend to be odorless. Therefore, it can be a good option if you want to venture into making scented candles.

Vegetable Soy Wax: Natural and Easy to Use

At CandleSay, we prefer crafting candles with soy wax! This wax has the unique quality of being vegetable-based, natural, and readily available. At CandleSay, we use soy wax that’s guaranteed to be non-GMO, pesticide-free, and cruelty-free! Additionally, being plant-derived, it’s biodegradable and doesn’t pollute the planet.

Creating a candle with vegetable soy wax is very straightforward since it melts quickly and pours easily into containers. It’s also convenient to clean up once it’s dried, as a little soap and scrubbing will make it disappear! If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to read our comprehensive blog article on the advantages of soy wax!

Candle Wick
Candle Wick

Choosing a Candle Wick: Cotton or Wood?

Selecting the right candle wick is crucial for creating scented candles. The choice of wick depends on the candle’s diameter, the type of wax used, and any added elements like decorations or glitter. There are several types of wicks for candles, with the most common being braided cotton wicks and wooden wicks.

Braided Cotton Wick: A Basic for Candle Making

Braided wicks are the most common, basic, and simple to add to your candles. They are typically made from cotton (which we particularly recommend), but can also be crafted from plant materials such as hemp and flax, for example.

There are several sizes of braided wicks available based on the candles you wish to create:

  • Round wicks (for candles with vegetable wax)
  • Square wicks (for beeswax, larger candles, and taper candles)
  • Flat wicks (for paraffin candles)

We particularly recommend the round wick, which we use to create our soy wax candles. Keep in mind that wicks are usually sold with their base, making it easy to place them into your candle containers.

Wooden Wick for Cozy, Crackling Candles!

Wooden wicks can be a wonderful alternative for crafting scented candles. They come in various sizes to fit the diameter of your candle and have the unique feature of working well with all types of wax. Simply ensure that you choose the right wick size for the diameter of your creations (you can refer to the product description on the website where you purchase them).

The wooden wick is perfect for beginners in candle making as it’s incredibly easy to use! Being rigid and accompanied by its base, all you need to do is place it in your container and pour the wax while making sure it remains centered.

Lastly, the wooden wick adds an original and rustic touch to your candles due to its natural appearance and material. If you enjoy the relaxing sound of a crackling fireplace, you’ll also appreciate that these wicks produce a similar crackling sound while the candle burns!

Choosing Candle Scents: Fragrances or Essential Oils?

When it comes to crafting scented candles, the essential ingredient is, of course, the scent! However, it can quickly become a challenge to find scents that suit your preferences since there are so many options available. The most important aspect is to choose scents that are as natural as possible, safe, and environmentally friendly. To do this, don’t hesitate to research the values of the websites and shops you visit. There are two main types of scents: fragrances and essential oils.

Scenting Your Candle with Fragrances

Fragrances are most commonly used for candles because they come in a wide variety of scents to suit all preferences, whether floral, fruity, sweet, woody, or even unique (like fireplace or old books scents)! They also have the characteristic of having a strong aroma due to their high concentration. It’s important to adhere to the recommended dosages mentioned on the products. We recommend choosing Grasse fragrances, which are created in France and known for their clean composition and high quality.

Scenting Your Candle with Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for a wide range of purposes: health, cleaning products, personal hygiene, and even fragrance! Therefore, it’s entirely possible to use essential oils for your candle-making endeavors.

The advantage of using essential oils is that they are natural, safe for health, and environmentally friendly. Moreover, they release their beneficial properties during the candle’s burning process. For instance, by using lavender essential oil, you can enjoy its calming and relaxing properties. However, it’s important to be cautious when selecting essential oils of high quality and to research the effects of certain oils. Some oils can be allergenic or contraindicated if you have specific health issues. Hence, make sure to thoroughly research the essential oils you plan to use before you start your crafting and adhere to the recommended dosages.

Natural Candle Making Kit from CandleSay

At CandleSay, we offer a DIY candle making kit! Each kit includes everything you need to create 4 small candles, complete with essential ingredients and accessories.

Inside the kit, you’ll find:

  • 4 glass jars with lids
  • Natural soy wax
  • 4 braided cotton wicks
  • 4 bottles of Grasse fragrance
  • 4 labels
  • A wooden stick
  • 2 clothespins
  • A manual with step-by-step instructions.

You have the choice between two candle sets. One features floral and fruity scents (Fig, Lotus Flower, Orange Blossom, and Musk), and the other includes woody and earthy fragrances (Bergamot, Cedar, Oakmoss, and Pine). This DIY candle box offers numerous benefits and is great for both beginners in candle making and as a gift for your loved ones. Additionally, it can serve as a simple and fun activity to do with children!

Now you have all the necessary information to dive into the world of creating scented candles. Feel free to share your candles on Instagram, and don’t forget to mention us so we can see your creations!

You can now explore our range of scented candles, astrological candles, reed diffusers, and even our smudging sticks if you’re interested. We also offer candle-making workshops in Paris at our studio, perfect for those who enjoy creative and warm experiences. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated with CandleSay’s news and follow us on social media!

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