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Silverfern

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I'm trying to make aromatherapy candles but I can't seem to get it to work. Any suggestions on the best way to add essential oils to home made candles?

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Good Morning Silverfern, Although I am certainly not an expert at making aromatherapy candles, I can make some suggestions. Firstly, not all essential oils will be suitable for including in candles - some are rather weak such as most of the citrus oils, and some are potentially irritating to the respiratory system, and some just don't smell nice - which is why most so-called aromatherapy candles are in fact either completely or partially fragranced with synthetics or isolates. If you intend to use all pure true essential oils, then you'd probably want to select those essential oils that have strongly characteristic fragrances, cush as lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon with orange, clove, ylang ylang, geranium etc. I woud expect that the essential oils should be added to your melted wax at the last minute, before pouring into the mold. I have also added essential oils into a small quantity of beeswax and then pasted dried flowers over the surface of an ordinary unfragranced bought candle - a bit messy though and you'd need as always to watch the burning carefully. Looks good though. I would strongly suggest that you contact http://www.handmadetoiletries.com - this site is a wealth of information and contacts for handmade products and although its emphasis is on personal care products, there's a huge body of associates who make aromatherapy candles for interest or commerce - so you should be able to pick the experts brains there. I hope this little helps, and if you'd like to tell me a little more about your candle-making methods and how you're already trying to add the essential oils, I might have a clearer idea of what to suggest - and please let us know how you go on. I'm sure there are many other Message Board visitors who would like the same information. Best Carolyn

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Carolyn, thanks for the reply. I was successful after a few attempts. I placed the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding to the wax and then stirred it in really well. I also let the wax cool a bit before adding the oils. It just took a few more drops of essential oils than I had originally anticipated to create a noticeable scent. I made a great blend of basil and rosemary to help a friend stay alert while studying for exams! cheers, SilverFern

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Hi Silverfern!  I too, am looking to make my own aromatherapy candles.  May I ask how you did it, exactly?  How much carrier oil did you use per ounce of EO's, how much of that mixture did you add to each pound of wax, which carrier oil did you use?  I'm hoping to give them away as Yule presents.  Thanks!


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Have been watching this thread and thought I'd share my own experience incase it's of help.
Melt about 1 lb of hard wax in a double boiler - or a crock-pot / roaster with a thermostat control - but never leave wax melting - always supervise although a bit like waiting for water to boil. Instead of buying - can also make so quite well with small pan over large containing boiling water and candy thermometer. Make sure water doesn't boil away and smaller pan is large enough to take melted wax comfortably -NO splashing onto cooker. Smoking wax means temp is too high - turn it down. Wax is flammable at 385-395 degrees.
Color and fragrance can be added once melted - wax dyes need to melt in completely and be mixed in thoroughly. You can buy blocks of dye in all sorts of colors and usually extends to 15-20 lb wax - depending on the hue you want of course. Too much dye interferes with candle quality - just like essential oils - less is more.

Synthetic fragrances usually have greater intensity and longevity than true essential oils - general rule of thumb = 5 ounces fragrance oil(s) total per 10 lb wax - so 1/2 ounce by weight for 1 lb should be a good starting point.
Now translating ounces to liquid measure - if we take 1 ounce as 30 ml - generalizing on viscosity of various essential oils of course - I have started with 15 ml of total essential oil blend and produced acceptable results. So using Auroma's comprehensive range of essential oils, I need a total of 1 & 1/2 bottles - and extremely reasonable cost-wise for citrus, the mints, lavandin, and the lemon-scented aldehydic oils such as lemongrass, citronella, lemon-scented tea tree or eucalyptus citriodora - and Auroma always has special offers. Whilst there's no need to blend essential oils in a carrier for candles - in fact best not to do so - the fixed oil will interfere again with the quality of the candle. Fixed oils are also flammable - consider a chip pan fire - and smell equally nasty when burnt. However, I have incorporated Auroma's happily affordable rare and prescious oils pre-blended in jojoba, for blending - a fabulous way to enjoy a more exotic, luxurious ambiance for very little extra cost.
Remember, some essential oils are naturally pigmented - bear this in mind for desired color outcome.
Then pour colored and fragranced blend into base mold - coffee/other cleaned tins are perfect - tabbed and waxed for votives - or without wick for larger candles that will be drilled, threaded, and topped up with wax later.
Hope this helps - do call Kevin at Auroma for his current specials and advice on essential oils with most powerful punch - and please let us know how you go on.
Carolyn
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Hello,
I have been experimenting with soy wax and making tarts. I thought I had a good ratio from the smells but I am not too sure now. I have fragrance oils, some essential oils as well. I have been using 1/4 cup 100% soy wax to 1/4 teaspoon oil because I don't have a big boiler and I am new to this. I know what people have said 1 pound wax to 1 oz of oil but I don't make that much at one time. Can you please help and let me know if my ratio is okay?
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Hi,I have been making candles with both soy wax for jars and parafin wax for free standing ones with essential oils and fragrances-have been advised to use a carrier oil at all times with both these products or the smell would not be great while burning,can anyone throw light onto this and explain why these do not mix properly without the carrier oil,have recently bought grape seed oil but not experimented yet,as for the quarter cup mix and half tea spoon,I do it by weight ratios and was informed 10ml of oils per 1KG of wax,
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Charlie
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