Scents That Last

Scents That Last

One of the biggest complaints candle enthusiasts have with their candles is that the scent doesn’t last. Of course, spending a lot of money on the fancier brands will get you a better smelling candle than on the less expensive brands, but even with the finest brands, a lack of scent can be a real problem.

Some waxes you can use for your own candle making come with their own natural scent (beeswax is a popular choice for those who enjoy the natural scent of the wax itself) but many prefer to add their own scents to their candles. Essential oils and fragrance oils are the best way to do this, and they give you complete control over just how much scent goes into your candle. Fragrance oils can be purchased online and in some craft stores, while essential oils have gained enough popularity you can find them nearly anywhere, including grocery stores.


Adding Scent to Your Candles Using Oils
To make a scented candle, you will need the following items:
• Jar
• Wick
• Wick tabs
• Wax
• Fragrance oil of choice
• Dye of choice (optional)
Heat the wax in your double boiler (or your substitute double boiler) until the wax has reached 178 degrees F. stirring occasionally. If you are adding color to the candle, go ahead and add the dye or the crayon now – taking note that crayons do have a scent of their own and if you choose to use this to color the candle, you’re going to need more oil to compensate for the scent. Once the wax has been colored and is melted, add the fragrance oil, a few drops at a time. The more oil you add, the stronger the scent is going to be. Remember to keep stirring throughout to ensure the oil is incorporated. Prepare the jar as you would and pour the wax inside. Allow to set up overnight, and your scented candle is ready.


Adding Scent With Fruit
To make a fruit scented candle, you will need the following items:
• Jar
• Wick
• Wick tabs
• Wax
• Fragrance oil in orange or lemon (optional)
• Dye of choice (optional)
• Dried orange or lemon peels
Heat the wax in your double boiler (or your substitute double boiler) until the wax has reached 178 degrees F. stirring occasionally. If you are adding color to the candle, go ahead and add the dye or the crayon now – taking note that crayons do have a scent of their own and if you choose to use this to color the candle, you’re going to need more oil to compensate for the scent.
Add the fragrance oil a few drops at a time, if you choose to add this extra scent. The candle will smell a lot stronger if you add in the extra oil, but it’s not necessary with the dried peels. Remove the wax from heat and stir in the fruit peels, Transfer the entire combination to a candle jar (you may need to pull on the wick to ensure it stays standing) then allow the candle to set up overnight.

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