Candles have been around for a very long time serving the purpose of bringing light. As time went on, candles took different forms and functions. Now we have scented candles that do not only provide light to the eyes only but also the smelling senses through various distinct fragrances that promote relaxation and tranquillity in the room.
History of candle making
Candles have been used as a source of artificial light for thousands of years now. They also have a rich tradition in religious events among many different denominations throughout up to now. Candles date back in the Roman Empire, where they were made from animal fats from cattle and sheep or tallow. These handmade candles had poor lighting and probably had an awful smell.
As time went on, candle making took different forms. Around the 14th century, people improved the process and began handmaking candles using bee wax. The bee wax candles were expensive, making them limited to only the wealthy and the clergy. The early settlers in colonial America then discovered that it was possible to obtain a lovely wax by boiling berries from bay-berry shrubs. The wax from the berries was burning well and had a delightful scent.
In the 18th century, the traditional bee wax, tallow, and bayberry wax were replaced with whale oil in the candle making process. In the 19th century, chemists named Michael Eugene Chevreul and Joseph Gay patented and begun making candles from crude stearic. In the same century, paraffin wax was also introduced. The handmade candles burned bright, clean, and odorless.
Today, candles exist in varieties with different colors, scents designs, and waxes with the latest being gel waxes.
How to make scented candles
To make a scented candle, you need the following; your preferred type of wax, essential oils/candle powder, double boiler, thermometer, candle containers, spray oil, wick, and a dryer. The handmade candle making process is an easy one.
The process begins by grating the wax into smaller pieces and putting them in the boiler and leaving them to melt. Ensure that the wax temperature does not go beyond 90 C. Add your desired essential oils and color powder into the melted wax. Remove the mixture from the heat to allow the color to mix evenly. Get your candle container ready. For temporary mold, smear it with oil for easier removal. Attach the wick to a pencil/stick and place it across the top of the candle container so that the wick hangs vertically in the container. Next, pour in the melted wax while using a hairdryer to remove any air bubbles and give a smooth top. Cut off the wick from the pencil and give it 24 hours to cool off before lighting it up.
Benefits of scented candles
- Scented candles nourish the room. A scented candle such as soy candle produces soothing soy into the atmosphere that gives you an extra sense of calmness.
- Scented candles also help deal with sleeplessness—the soothing and relaxing scents released by scented candles the user to fall into sleep easily.
- Scented candles play a significant role in aiding the meditation process. The sweet smell and gentle warmth from the scented candle give you a suitable environment to sit back and meditate properly.
- A scented candle may also help someone to change their mood depending on the scent. Experts say that some specific scents tend to promote positive emotions in most people.
- Scented candles are also used as air fresheners that enable your living area always to have a pleasant scent. This also helps in dictating your personality based on the type of scent you like.
- The soothing and relaxing atmosphere created by scented candles also promotes one’s creativity levels. Some scents such as citrus or mint can help one remain focused and alert while they work.
Recycle your old candles
- You can use old candles to make new candles from them. You just need to be disposing of your old candles in one place. Once they are adequate, melt them and pour them into containers with wicks and leave it to cool.
- Old candles can also play the role of grease or lubricants. Old candles are used to fix squeaky door hinges by removing the hinges and rubbing your old candles over the hinges.
- Old candle wax can also be used to give a waterproof nature onto something important on a paper such as addresses on letters. You can do this by melting the wax over the important sections. The most suitable type of wax in such a case is clear or transparent wax.
- Old wax is also commonly used in scented wax warmers to provide both fragrance and soothing warmth in the room. The old candles are cut into small pieces and burn them in your candle warmer.
- An old candle can also be used for storing pins. The leftovers from an already used candle are a very suitable place to store your pins by just inserting them in the old candles.