Hello, it’s Adam here – causing a bit of a stink on a Friday afternoon…
Our sense of smell is a very powerful thing indeed – one whiff of an old familiar scent can take your brain hurtling back through time in an instant, filling you with the emotion that you were feeling at that time.
Soon after I bought my first car (a Citroen AX for those interested) I took a few of my mates on a road trip to Newquay. Before picking them up in my pride and joy I stopped off at a petrol station and bought an air freshener in the shape of Eric Cartman. This was an attempt to offset the baby Citroens current odour – a smell I can best describe as old dog. With the faintest hint of Benson and Hedges.
Cartman filled the warm August air with coconut and this lasted for the duration of my week in Cornwall. It was a great holiday, full of fun, sun, laughter and freedom. Whenever I smell a coconut scented air freshener it takes me straight back to the summer of ’98 and puts a smile on my face.
So, where is all this going? Well today we have a guest D.I.Y post from Chloe Adlington of Adore Wedding Blog fame and she is going to show you how to make your own scented candles…
Hello lovely people!
It’s so nice to be here on the polka dot pages, although I won’t pretend I’m not a little nervous. It’s not just the spider eye-balling me in my office either, today ladies and gents I’m going to attempt to teach you how to make candles in a totally ‘non-science lesson’ kind of way!
My friend Karen taught me and I promise that these aren’t just any old candles… these are divinely scented, in pretty vintage china, long-lasting soy candles (no virtual M&S ad voice intended).
Honestly though it’s fairly easy once you’ve got the right equipment *no sniggering* and everything you need can be found on www.devonscents.co.uk.
To make them you will need…
- Eco soy candle wax – make sure it’s the ‘container blend’
- Eco wicks (they burn better with the eco wax) – check the website guides on the wick sizes needed for your containers
- A double boiler or a saucepan and a slightly larger metal bowl
- Scent oils
- Dye chips if you want to colour the wax
- A thermometer (temperature is the key to success!)
- Measuring scales
- Teacups or other containers to make your candles in
TOP TIP ~ You will need 4 tbsp of scent oil for 1lb of wax and this will make around 3 teacup candles!
Now it’s just like baking a cake, except no calories are involved and the house will smell amazing 😉
How to make them…
Step 1 ~ Boil the kettle and add the water to your saucepan or double boiler and put on a low heat
Step 2 ~ Measure out 1lb of wax and add this to your metal bowl on the double boiler to melt slowly. It needs to get to 180 F or 85’c so once it’s melted check every 15 seconds or so with your thermometer
Step 3 ~ Once it’s reached the right temperature turn off the heat. When it cools to 170 F you can add 4tbsp of scent oil and a small piece of dye chip. Stir really well to distribute the scent and colour throughout the wax (for around 5 minutes)
Step 4 ~ Whilst the wax continues to cool slightly, add wicks to the centre of your containers, when it’s reached 150 F it’s ready to pour!
Step 5 ~ To keep the wick central use a teaspoon lay across the centre of the cup for it to rest against. As the wax cools it will start to look cloudy and hold it in place.
Step 6 ~ Allow them to set at room temperature for at least 6 hours before you use or transport them!
TOP TIP – If you get little air bubbles forming on the top of the candle as it sets or little gaps around the edges just give it a little blast with a hairdryer to smooth it out!
I’d love to chat more but the spider is getting closer and now my only option is to surrender and flee the room.
Do pop by and say hello on my blog though! There’s loads more DIY projects, crafty wedding ideas and recipes there 😉
Photography – Butterworth Photography.
Styling & vintage china – Darby And Joan Vintage.
Thanks Chloe! I am actually quite partial to a scented candle myself – currently favouring one I found in Waitrose… Guess the smell. Yep. Coconut.
I can see myself cruising down the M5 in the AX with with a fully laden cargo of 18 year old lads as I type this… It’s like the opening scene of an episode of The Inbetweeners.
Anyone out there a fan of scented candles – is anyone thinking about a particular scent for their wedding?
Does anyone else wish that you could still buy Eric Cartmen shaped car air fresheners?
…Um, just me then.