Make scented candles the eco-friendly way, and you will be amazed by each new candle making fragrance you create. You will amaze friends and customers, too, with your fresh, natural bouquet of creations. People will gather at craft shows to breathe in the aroma of each pillar, taper, and votive. Online customers will return to replenish their favorite fragrances. We who like to make scented candles the eco-friendly way, as well as those who buy our creations, appreciate the “green” benefits of this candle making craft.
Make scented candles the eco-friendly way and you open up a whole new realm of unique possibilities. Beside soy pillars featuring the natural soy aroma, you can offer soy pillars with the heady scent of caramel and rich maple blended with chestnut. When making beeswax luminaries, you can leave some unscented, and add a real hot apple pie candle making fragrance to others. All will be nature friendly.
When you make scented candles the eco-friendly way, you create them with minimal or no harm to our environment. You use natural waxes, wicks, dyes, and fragrances.
- Waxes: Begin an eco-friendly candle making craft with a natural wax such as beeswax or soy wax. Some argue that paraffin is natural, since it comes from petroleum, but we prefer a more “renewable” meaning of the word. We like renewable beeswax that can be produced fresh every year by worker bees. We also like renewable soy wax that comes from a new crop of soy beans each season.
- Wicks: When you decide to make scented candles the eco-friendly way, you decide against wicks that have metal cores. Instead, you choose biological, 100% cotton wicks, or cotton wicks with paper cores. You may even want to use 100% biological hemp wicks.
- Dyes: Another must for those who make scented candles the eco-friendly way is to use only biological dyes. Aniline dyes that are often used in candle making crafts are derived from coal tar. Again, this is a non-biological, non-renewable product. A nature-friendly choice is dye made from vegetable matter. Try steeping things such as beets, coffee grounds, curry powders, herbs, or onion skins in melted beeswax or soy wax. Just remember that all dyes used to make scented candles must be oil soluble, so it will not work to extract color with water or alcohol.
- Fragrances: Make scented candles the nature-friendly way and then add anything other than biological fragrances – and your efforts have been wasted. Why bother? Candle making crafts that consider the environment will consider not only the waxes, wicks, and dyes, but also the aroma oils that they put into that environment. They will choose only those oils that are created from nature’s renewable sources.
You will be intrigued by the wonderful fragrances you can use when you make scented candles. Imagine filling your room with fresh lavender. Think about the lemony sweet smell of lemon grass!
Fragrance is the aromatic compound of flowers and plants. It takes a lot of flowers or other types of plant life to produce fragrance oils, of course, and that is simply not cost effective. That is why manufacturers use synthetic chemicals made from such things as petrochemicals, coal, and coal tars. You will get a sense of satisfaction when you make scented candles that contain no synthetic chemicals that try to mirror nature’s scents.
You will create, instead, your own biologically-based fragrances to make scented candles. You can use original oils right from the plant source. You can produce your oils using the conventional “hot enfleurage” process. Although this article cannot stretch to include a full description of that process, you can find detailed information in other articles and eBooks.
If you want to use a unique, multi-note mixture of fragrances when you make scented candles, or you would like to create a more potent, unique scent than you get from your homemade oils, visit an organic aromatherapy shop locally or online. Purchase two or three bottles of biological essential oils of your preference, and mix your own aromas to use when you make scented candles. You might also try adding a few drops of your purchased oils to the infused oil you created with the “hot enfleurage” process
Make scented candles the eco-friendly way, and you will open the door to a growing market of environmentally conscious consumers.