Monday, April 13, 2015

Keeping Cool Without Air-Con: Part 1How to make your own scented candles

With one simple decor,you can create a completely different mood. Candles are one such addition that can transform any space into a calming, romantic sanctuary. And we are not simply talking about the typical white altar candles, we are referring to the beautiful, handmade scented candles which sell anywhere from a few hundred pesos for a mason jar size candle, to a few thousand pesos at the store. 

Thankfully, with ingredients that can easily be purchased at the craft store, you can handcraft your own winning scents. Here’s how. 

Things you’ll need:
Two pots
Glass container for the candle
Wax flakes
Pre-waxed candle wick
Essential oil of your choice
Colored crayons

1. Ready the container, which you use to in your candle wax, by cleaning it and making sure that it’s dry before use.

2. Place the candle wick at the center of the container. Straighten the wick with the help of chopsticks. You can firmly secure the chopsticks at the side of the container with tape.

3. Fill half the pot with water and set to a boil. Place a smaller pot or bowl inside the first pot, creating a double boiler. 

4. Once the water is bubbling, place the wax flakes into the smaller pot and stir with a metal spoon until the mixture is smooth.
5. This is the time to add some color. Cut off a bit of crayon (color of your choice) and let it melt into the wax. Put more crayon for a more pronounced color. But do keep in mind that once the wax cools, the color will turn lighter and more milky. 

6. Remove the pot with the wax from the stove then gently mix in the essential oils. It is recommended that you use roughly 10 drops of essential oil per 16 oz. mixture. But depending on what you prefer, you can choose to lessen or add more of the scent. 

7. While still hot, pour the wax into your glass container. Make sure the container is placed on a balanced surface. Let the wax cool overnight to solidify. To prevent any unsightly cracking of the wax, allow the candle to cool and harden at room temperature.

Tip: To make a more creative presentation, before pouring wax into the container, decorate the bottom and sides of the container with dried flowers, marbles or colored pebbles. You can use a little bit of glue gun to secure them. 

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