There are candles at all prices. However, when it comes to scented candles, it is better not to have too sensitive a smell to support low-end perfumes. For a pretty candle with a pleasant scent, you will need to put your hand in the wallet … or in the paste and more precisely in soy wax. Here are the steps to follow to make a DIY, natural, vegan and scented candle. It’s your turn!
Candles bring a warm touch in the decoration of a house or on a festive table. The store offers a wide choice of candles, but they are mostly made of harmful ingredients like paraffin. Making your own candles is a pleasant hobby and in this way, you can ensure the quality of their ingredients. We offer a homemade recipe for beautiful vegan candles made from soy wax.
Why choose soy wax?
Soy wax is natural and vegetable: it is obtained from soybean oil, itself harvested by pressing its beans.
This vegetable wax is not toxic, nor its combustion. It is naturally white and opaque. Another advantage: it burns more slowly than paraffin wax, which is obtained from refined petroleum. Thus, you enjoy your candle for longer, which gradually diffuses its fragrance.
We also find beeswax candles which is a non-vegan product, or palm wax candles which is obtained from palm oil with all the environmental damage that we know.
Growing soybeans does not require any pesticides or herbicides. Be careful, however, to choose soy wax without GMO.
Soy wax is fully biodegradable and has a low melting point, which means that it does not spoil perfumes at too high temperatures. Plus, wax melts completely, without digging, leaving an empty, residue-free container.
How to get a colored candle?
If you want to color your candle, it is advisable to use natural alternatives to synthetic dyes. Learn more about how to use wax melts in this great blog post.
You can use, in combination with soy wax, vegetable oils:
- Buriti oil for an orange candle
- St. John’s Wort oil for a pink candle
- Avocado oil for a green candle
You can also use naturally colored essential oils like blue chamomile. Be careful with the choice of essential oils and with what is called the “flashpoint” we will tell you about it below.
The powders of coloring plants also give pretty colors to your candles. Black henna gives the candle a blue-green color, while nettle powder transforms white wax into the khaki green.
Finally, you can simply use an infused tea bag. A red fruit tea will allow you to obtain a pink candle. For a yellow candle, you will need a citrus tea bag and a green candle, a green tea bag.
No need to resort to chemical dyes all colors are in nature!
When choosing the essential oil or fragrance, you absolutely must take the time to read its technical sheet, in order to know what is called the flashpoint. This indicates the temperature at which a fragrance, essential oil or a perfume can ignite.
As a reminder, when using a scented candle, it is important that the place is well ventilated in order to preserve the air quality.