This week I've been making a new batch of candles. It's one of our much loved spring scents Sea Salt and Lavender. I thought I'd give you an insight into how I make the candles and the processes involved.
I make the candles in small batches using a bain marie to melt the wax - it melts at around 60°C. While the wax is melting I warm the containers that I'm going to be using (I use glass or tins). I use cotton wicks and these are attached to the centre of the base of the containers before the wax is added.
Once the wax is melted it's time to add the fragrance. There is 8% fragrance in our candles. I like to take the temperature of the wax at this point. If the wax is too hot then the fragrance will burn off too quickly and I don't want to lose any of that gorgeous fragrance! The fragrance and the wax are then mixed thoroughly and poured into the warmed containers.
Finally the candles are left to set and then the wicks are trimmed. By this point my house smells amazing!
Once the candles have cured it's time to test them and it's worth pointing out that some common sense is required when burning candles.
These points might be obvious to some but it's important to read the guidance that comes with the candles and never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Each time, always trim the wick to 5mm before lighting to avoid smoking and damage to the glass.
- Don’t burn the candle all the way down as the container can get too hot and cause damage to the glass.
- Extinguish if the wick becomes loose or leaning and do not relight.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Burn candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Do not burn candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
- Only burn this candle on a level heat resistant surface.
- Glass may become hot during use.
- Extinguish when 10mm of wax remains and do not relight.