We’ve probably never voiced this here on our blog, but we’ve always wanted to start our own candle company. In fact, we plan to do just that at some point down the road. We’ve been obsessed with candles basically our whole lives. We have vivid memories of going to the local “candle” store and stocking up on Yankee Candle’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ as kids. So our obsession is really just a side effect of our parent’s addiction to candles.
We’re always on the lookout for new candle brands and scents to try. Anthropologie has a HUGE selection of gorgeous, beautifully scented candles. But like everything else at that store, they are pricy. Once in awhile we’ll splurge on these gems because you can usually keep the candle jar, once the candle burns, and use it for something else. We actually store our stevia packets in a cute jar next to our Ninja Coffee Bar!
If you’re like us and prefer pretty looking things but have no money to spend on them, consider making your own candles. It is way easier than we anticipated and actually a lot of fun. We seem to hoard essential oils so it was fun to go through our stash and pair up scents that we thought would work together. We opted for grapefruit and fir because it’s the ultimate Spring mix. Fir is clearly a Winter scent, while grapefruit tends to remind us of Summer. You can absolutely use one scent or mix as many as you’d like. Go crazy!
Also, how stunning are these glasses? We spotted them at CB2 and knew we had to use them for candle making. We think our candles would fit in perfectly at Anthropologie and they costed us roughly $8 each! We also plan on reusing these glasses for candles so next time we make them, they’ll be free!
- Soy Wax Flakes
- Natural Candle Wicks
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Fir Needle Essential Oil
- Saucepan (Use one that can be dedicated to candle making)
- Pink Old-Fashioned Glasses
- Lay parchment/wax paper down next to your stove to make clean-up easier.
- Measure out your wax flakes. A good rule of thumb is to double the volume of each candle vessel.
- Hot glue the metal wick plates to the bottom of each vessel, then wrap the excess wick around a pencil and rest on the opening.
- Heat the wax on low heat, stirring frequently just until the wax flakes are melted. Remove the pan from heat.
- Add roughly 20 drops of each essential oil per candle to the pan and give it a stir. (The number of drops you’ll need will greatly depend on how strong you’d like the scent to be and the brand of essential oil you use.) Since I’m making 2 candles, I’ve added 40 drops of each oil.
- Next, evenly divide the wax between the vessels and allow to cool to a solid state.
- Once the wax is completely cool, trim the wicks to ½”.
What would be your ideal scent combo?