When it comes to candle making scents the best possible thing to use are oils. Fragrance oils mix well in to the wax and they provide a strong and recognizable scent that fills the room and even the home as the candle burns. You do, however, have other options around your home if you do not want to buy oils anytime soon. You can simply use different extracts such as almond, lemon, or vanilla extract. These will do the job and create a pleasing fragrance for your candles. This article is going to focus on using oils for candle making scents.
Now that you have explored wax choices, let’s talk wicks. If your candle had no wick, it wouldn’t burn at all! The wick runs from the top to the bottom of the candle so a flame can burn until all the candle’s wax has melted.
Palm materials were once quite popular in the 1990s. However, palm trees are grown in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Recent news on the devastation of palm rainforests and their habitats have contributed to palm wax becoming less popular. What was once a well-selected wax, palm is no longer the hip choice to choose. Since many candle makers believe in being Eco-friendly, palm has lost its public appeal due to the destructive nature of its production.
Paraffin wax believe it or not comes from petroleum. When petroleum (which is crude oil) is refined (purified) one of the extracts is paraffin wax. Since oil is a hydrocarbon (an organic chemical containing only hydrogen and carbon atoms) so is paraffin a hydrocarbon compound. There are different grades of paraffin with different melting points.
Latex is another option. However, latex Candle making workshop molds have diminished in popularity with the availability of other molds. These are quite unique in that you paint the liquid latex on a frame. Using multiple coats, you create a latex “negative” of the object you want to mimic. By taking this highly individualized approach, you are able to create all sorts of candles to look like virtually anything you can imagine.
You may hear soy candle fans mention that their candles burn cleaner than others. In actual fact, every single candle will release some soot as it burns. But, since paraffin releases a black soot, it’s easy to see the difference. Soy candles actually release a soot that’s more white in color, and it’s not a problem for people.
To make your floating candles just melt enough wax for all 3 candles, then sprinkle cinnamon into one mold and nutmeg in another. Shake them around to let the spices coat evenly in the mold, then dump out any extra. Just pour in the wax, then set your wick in the center (using pinned wicks with a tab). This little cheat means that you don’t have to actually mix the scents in with the wax, saving you a step.
Now put the lid on the container and put it to the side for five minutes. As you are waiting use the notepad to document all of the different candle making scents that you just used so that you do not forget. When the five minutes are up then remove the lid from the jar and take a whiff. How does it smell? Is one scent more powerful than the others? Is one scent drowned out? Take notes and continue working and you should have you own original candle making scents in no time!