Candle making is a fun and relaxing hobby that everyone can enjoy. Buying candles at the s
tore can be expensive, and making them at home allows you to customize them however you’d like! Before running out and buying state-of-the-art candle-making supplies, it’s important to figure out the basics you need to get started.
This hobby requires patience and persistence, and you’ll be sure to have fun along the way. Let’s look at how to get started with candle-making at home and the supplies you’ll need.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get supplies. ReWax and UnWine supplies candle making kits for beginners. If you’re just starting out, the basics will do. You don’t want to
throw a lot of money into something before you’re sure you’ll like it. You’ll need:
Wax is essential for candle making, of course! There are several types of wax on the market such as paraffin, soy, and coconut wax. Everyone has a preference, and certain types of candles may require different wax. Wax can be easily ordered online from locally sourced sellers to get you started. We use natural coconut wax at our candle studio.
Without a wick, you won’t be able to light your candle to enjoy it! You may want to order wicks in abundance to keep room for trial and error. Some of the most common wicks are made of cotton or wood.
The whole point of a candle is to encompass yourself in delicious fragrances, right? Typically, candles are scented with fragrance oils, so getting yourself a set of them will be a great place to start. Less is always more with fragrances, so add a little at a time to get it just right. We recommend 1 ounce of fragrance to 1 lb of coconut wax. Our most popular scents are White Tea, Palo Santo, Tobacco Oud, Sandalwood Rose, Salt Cave, Sequoia and English Oak.
You’ll need a way to melt the wax, and many candle-makers use the double boiler method. All you will need is a heat-resistant pouring pitcher and saucepans. You can use your stove as a heat source. To use the double boiler method, you fill a large pan with water and heat it on the stove. Place a smaller pan inside with the wax in it. This will melt the wax to the desired temperature.
You should have a designated workspace for candle-making, and cleaning supplies on hand. Keep a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol and paper towels around to clean up spills, and use a newspaper to keep your workspace safe from wax damage.
Your candle-making journey will probably include a lot of trial and error. Use a journal to keep track of recipes, progress, what works and what doesn’t. Date everything so you can look back and see how far you’ve come.
Perfecting the art of candle-making won’t happen overnight. It’s going to take time and patience. Treat mistakes as a way to learn, and you will still have a candle you can enjoy out of most mistakes. Take your time, don’t rush, and don’t stress. Remember, this is supposed to be relaxing!