Being the craftmeister that I am, I figured it can’t be that hard to make candles. Just hot wax, some string, and a little ingenuity.
Each of us has a luxury that we’re willing to spend money on. For my friend Fiona it’s shoes, for others it may be a motorcycle or a dog. My cash black hole is definitely my apartment. I will spare no expense when it comes to making my house a home. Which would explain the logic in spending $25.00 on a candle to get my home to smell like, “Luau Party.”
Wait… doesn’t Luau mean party? So basically I dropped an Andrew Jackson on a candle with a redundant name. Ah well, it smells good.
Nevertheless, I like a challenge and as Yankee Candles literally burn my money away this zaftig lady set out on creating her own.
First I did some research, because there’s nothing new under the sun that someone else hasn’t already tried and blogged about. Karrie over at the blog Happy Money Saver had a really good plan so I used her recipe.
Making 50 Hour Soy Survival Candles http://happymoneysaver.com/happy-homesteading-making-50-hour-soy-survival-candles/
I have mini hoarding tendencies. I especially feel bad whenever I have to toss something glass and perfectly serviceable in the garbage bin. Therefore the top shelf in my kitchen has a menagerie of jelly jars, glass vases and other translucent receptacles of all sorts. After some inspection I chose about 7 and tossed the rest. After an hour long soak in hot water and a bit of scrubbing, these babies were good to go for getting their wax on.
Total Cost so far: $0.00 and some elbow grease.
I went on Amazon to scout the rest of the stuff I would need. I bought wicks, 5 lbs of soy wax and essential oils.
I like sandalwood, vanilla, lavender and bergamot. A mix of sweet, woody and fruity; assuming that because I enjoy those scents separately I’d enjoy them mixed. Now, when you’re DIY anything scenty; i.e. candles, lotion, scrubs, you want to buy essential oil, not extract. Essential oils are much more expensive than extracts, but for good reason. Essential oils are the essence of boiling the plant and seeds together, extract is essential oil diluted with alcohol and other additives. If you want something that really has a lasting smell, oil is the way to go. Extracts should be used for cooking.
Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5 pound bag: $11.29
Low Smoke 210Z Wicks – 6 inch: 8 dozen Wicks: $9.95
Cost of materials: $66.39
Other things I needed: hot glue gun, a pot, scissors, tin foil, funnel and a thermometer. All of which I had in the house, because as aforementioned, I’m a mini hoarder.
Once I gathered all my supplies, thanks Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, I set to get meltin’.