Like any millennial basic b**, I love a good candle. There’s something so relaxing about pouring a glass of wine, putting on some fairy light, throwing on the diffuser and lighting candles before bed.
My criteria for a great candle is cute container and smell (maybe burn as well), and Anthropologie takes the cake on both of these criteria. I found this adorable white candle holder with the unique, best smelling candle last year that fit perfectly with my room decor so burned I burned it to every dot! Once I finished, I couldn’t get myself to throw the container out so decided to make my own candle with basic essential oils and wax, while going on the hunt for a second container that matched my room. This is when I discovered the cult favorite, Capri Blue.
The navy and white container fit perfectly in my room and the candle smelled divine. I noticed they sold an essential oil so the light bulbs went flashing in my head and I decided to make my own. I use the oil not only to make the candle but also add it to my diffuser so have one singular smell throughout my room.-
**DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, MIXOLOGIST OR CHEMIST AND I AM BARELY A BEGINNER CANDLE MAKER SO THOUGH I DID MINIMAL RESEARCH, I AM UNSURE EFFECTS OF USING DIFFUSER OIL INSTEAD OF FRAGARENCE OIL**
How to make the candles:
💚 Candle wax (found on amazon or local craft store)
💚 Metal container (I used a milk heating cup I had)
💚 Oils (I use Capri Blue Volcano directly from Anthropologie’s website)
How to make:
Again, I really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to candle making and I try and make it as simple and quick as possible so this is what works for me – It likely is not right!
I typically take my wax (I prefer the pre-shredded or pre-cut wax) and pour it into my metal container on very low heat. I know most people recommend double boiler – I’m too lazy for that and my cup is stove friendly so I put it directly on the stove top and check it often. I have the dry wax always melts down significantly so as the wax begins to melt, I add some more until it reaches the height of the handle.
While the wax is heating – I prep my container by removing old wax and left over residue (and since it is the same smell, I often will add the old wax with the new one). Then I wipe the container out with alcohol and hand wash it. Once it is cleaned and prepped, I add the wick to the bottom of my container so that it is ready for my pour. I have found it helpful to make sure all wax and alcohol is completely off the container and that it is fully dry so the sticker the wicks come with adhere to the bottom.
Once my candle wax is ~90 – 100% melted I pour in some of the oil (I eyeball it but maybe a tablespoon or two) and mix it around so it is even across the container. I then slowly pour the wax/oil mixture into my candle holder and let it cool for a few hours.
Voila – homemade candles. Again, I don’t totally understand if there is any harm in using diffuser oil but one thing I have noticed is it is not as concentrated. I personally don’t mind this as I dislike strong scents and both candles and my diffuser all use the same smell so I like that it is mild.