The beautiful thing about making your own candles is that you get to tailor each aspect to your liking. The type and shade of wax, the thickness of wicking, the scent, and the containers/molds you choose are all a matter of personal preference. Use your imagination and get creative!
Yes, but it's a good idea to warm the glass before adding the wax. This will ensure that you don't crack the glass in the process. It's the same principle as heating your jars during canning. Hot liquid + cold jars = messy cleanup and a little too much danger than we like.
Nope! I prefer beeswax because it melts slowly, promoting even burning. However, you can use soy wax, palm wax, or tallow just as easily.
Absolutely not! I use peppermint more than any other oil because it's one of my favorite scents. Also because it's one of the stronger-smelling essential oils, which means I can use less. However, you can use any essential oil you like. Wild orange oil makes a great-smelling candle. Burning a lavender candle in your home can be extremely therapeutic.
Create candles in glass canning jars, used mint tins, tea cups, sea shells -- whatever item of which you might have an abundance. I purchased a tapered-candle mold from a local wholesale (and online) store called GloryBee Foods, and it's my favorite.
NOTE: If you're using a mold, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions for lubricating the mold before you pour wax into it. Beeswax, especially, has a tendency to stick if the mold is not lubricated properly.
Try melting the wax at a lower temperature next time. If your wax is too hot when it's poured, your candles may crack.
First of all, never pour wax down your sink drain! It will clog it quicker than a duck on a Junebug. Pour the extra wax into a disposable cup or container to harden, and wipe the melting pot with a rag or paper towel. Rather than using soap to clean your melting pot, try 1/2 cup of white vinegar instead. Swish it around and scrub the remaining wax from the bottom and sides of the pot.
Peppermint Candles https://traditionalcookingschool.com/food-preparation/recipes/peppermint-candles/