Scented candles are all the rage. They're great for adding that inviting air to any situation. A favorite fragrance can bring back fond memories like grandma's apple pie cooling in the kitchen or the first day of spring when all the flowers are in full bloom. If you want to add scent to your homemade candles, read on.
There are a couple of different techniques for making scented candles. You can use specially designed fragrance oils, scented wax beads, or even fresh cut flowers from your garden. One thing you should remember is any additive to your wax must be oil based. That means you shouldn't use your favorite perfume or cologne. Perfumes are alcohol based and wont mix with the wax well, and they tend to evaporate quickly before you even poor your candle. We're going to look at using fragrance oils and fresh flowers.
To use this method, you only have to go as far as your own backyard. Pick any of your favorite fragrant flowers. You can use fresh flowers or dried if you prefer. Melt your wax as you normally would. Now when your wax is good and molten, add about half a cup of flowers for every pound of wax. You're going to want to let this mixture simmer for about a half hour for the wax to become infused with the fragrance. Remember your candle making safety lessons, and never leave your molten wax unattended. Now all you have to do is strain your was through a bit of gauze. Now you have naturally scented wax you can pour into your molds. This method is a bit more complicated than using oils and may take some trial and error, but you have the satisfaction of knowing you used your own hand grown flowers to scent your hand made candles.
The most commonly used method for scenting candles is to use a specially made fragrance oil. These oils are made specifically for candle making and combine well with wax. All you do is add a few drops to your molten wax. That's it. You want to add the fragrance oil just before you pour your candle, that way you minimize the amount of scent that evaporates. The bottle of oil you use will tell you just exactly how much to add per pound of wax.
Fragrance oil has an added advantage in that you can easily combine scents. How about an apple cinnamon combination? How about a coffee and chocolate or vanilla combination so you feel like you're sipping a latte in your favorite coffeehouse? You can even find scents that you might not be able to get naturally, like pumpkin pie, Honeysuckle, jasmine, or cider.
Whichever route you choose to scent your candles, I'm sure you'll love the results. Just remember to always follow safety precautions. This is especially true if you're using fragrance oils. The oil will have its own flash point that might be different than your wax. Always double check the safety information on the bottle, so you'll have a fun and enjoyable experience.