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A Guide To Aromatherapy Candle Making

Updated on August 10, 2010

A Guide To Aromatherapy Candle Making

Making aromatherapy candles can be a fun and rewarding thing to do. You can get into aromatherapy candle making for candles to keep for yourself or to give out as gifts to your family and friends. The process involved in aromatherapy candle making is not that difficult or long and there are actually only a few basic steps you need to follow. Before you can get started in the actual candle making process you need to get prepared and that means gathering together all your supplies.

It is best to only start mixing things up after you have a bit more experience with candle making. When you are just getting started you will be better off just following more basic recipes, such as for container candles. The basic supplies you need are wicks, wax, containers and fragrance. You can choose to make paraffin wax, soy or gel candles.

They burn longer and cleaner so you can get most aromatherapy properties because you will get the most smell of the fragrance you have used. Always be strategic when choosing your fragrances because each has its own very different purpose. There are fragrances like lavender which are used for relaxation purposes whereas one like lemon for instance would be used to energize and refresh. It depends on what mood you are trying to set as to which fragrances are right for you to choose.

It is important to do a bit of research into aromatherapy to learn about the different essential oils and what they are all used for. To get started you want to start by cutting up the gel and putting it into a pot over medium heat then add in the fragrance. It is fine to use pots that you have around the house but keep in mind you will probably not be able to use them again as they will be coated in wax or gel. Always keep an eye on the temperature you are using to heat your wax, as it should never be higher than 180 degrees.

Everything should melt and combine together nicely and once you have done that you put the wick in your container and pour in the liquid mixture. The wick must be held straight and up out of the way so it does not get coated with the mixture. If it does get wet you will not be able to light the candle afterwards so this is an important step. It is easy to see just how simple aromatherapy candle making can be and once you get the hang of it you could easily start making gifts or setting up shop to sell your lovely candles.


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      Katie Luense 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Awesome Post! I rated it up a notch! Keep on writing! Would love to see some pictures and video!