Aromatherapy can be used for many different purposes or benefits.
The beauty of making your own aromatherapy candles is that you control the quality of the ingredients and also you can create the blend of essential oils that you personally like.
You can adapt the aroma based on the time of year if you want too. Pumpkin for Thanksgiving or perhaps cloves for Christmas.
If you want to relax a little, try some vanilla. If you want to stay alert, try some peppermint. Your choices are endless.
To learn which oils do what, you should consult an aromatherapy book or simply visit an aromatherapy store.
The amount of essential oils you add to your candle will depend on how strong you want the aroma, which oils you are using, how big the candle is, the size of the room that the candle will be burning in, how many candles you plan on burning at the same time, etc.
Usually, you don't need many drops. In most situations, 10 or fewer drops will suffice. But you may need to play with the formulation a little to get the aroma you seek.
1. Pour the wax into the mould once the proper pouring temperature has been reached.
There is nothing like having more than one color in a candle. You can combine various colors to suit your mood or the time of year.
You can literally make any color combination you want. What a colorful thought!
When making candles, you will, at times, notice that your candles are not exactly perfect from a visual standpoint.
Other common problems include having trouble releasing the candle from the mold.
This is a rather common problem that many will experience at one point or another. A simple solution to help release the candle from the mold is to simply put the candle into the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes.
The cold of the freezer helps to shrink the candle wax. Then, all you should have to do is simply gently tap the mold and the candle should come out.
If you continue to have problems releasing your candles from the molds, then perhaps you may want to consider getting a silicon spray or another type of releasing agent. You apply these releasing agents to the inside of the mold before pouring the wax. This will help with the release of the candle, however, this method simply increases your expense.
One thing you always want to do is simply keep your molds clean. Keeping your molds clean will substantially help your candles release from the molds more easily. However, when you clean your molds, do so very gently. Any scratches on the molds will appear in your candles.
Wax appearing on the side of your Candle. What happens is after you soak your candle in water to cool the wax, the wax will shrink causing a well in the bottom. At this point, you add some more wax to fill the well and to make the candle flat.
Some will fill the well and some won't... because let's face, the well is at the bottom where no-one can see. But nonetheless, some will fill the well and if you do, you need to be careful that you don't fill the well too much.
If you fill the well with more wax than it can hold, what happens is the wax will essentially begin to slide down the inside of your mould. This creates a film of wax which you won't to avoid.
So if this happens to you, simply do not overfill the well. Only top it up to its natural and original height. Do not over fill.
If your candle has a pitted surface, it simply means that your wax was probably too cold when poured.
The solution is to make sure you always use your thermometer and pour when the wax has reached its proper pouring temperature.
When you see air bubbles in your candle it usually means that you didn't tap your wax hard enough before placing the mould into the water bath.
Tap harder! Don't be afraid!
Tap with your finger or use a spoon. If you continue to get this problem after tapping the mould harder, try decreasing the rate at which you pour the wax into the mold.
If the flame is unusually big,then this usually means that the wick you used is too big for the candle you made. This can also mean that your wick is too long. If your wick is too long, simply make it shorter.
If your flame is too small, then try making your wick bigger. A small flame can also be caused by impurities in the wax which are preventing the wick from burning efficiently. If you add powdered herbs to your wax, then it is possible you added too much but if you added no powders and your wick is a good height, then the wax itself probably has impurities.
If the wick won't light, then the obvious question is "Did you prime the wick?"
Make sure the wick is primed as this helps the wick burn.
Now you are ready to go ahead and give it a try.