1) Pick a container. You are going to want something that can withstand wax at high temperatures. Glass is best. I used jelly/canning jars that I picked up at a discount store.
2) Hot glue your wick to the bottom of the jar. Make sure you get the wick exactly in the middle or when you burn the candle your burn pool will be off which will result in a lopsided burning candle.
3) Melt your wax. These days you can choose between soy wax and paraffin wax and who knows what else. I always used paraffin. I started making so many candles at one time that I had a huge roaster that I melted wax in, but an old saucepan will work just as good. You have to be careful that you melt the wax but you don't want to get it too hot or you'll learn about something called the flashpoint. You don't want to learn about the flashpoint!
4) Add color and scent. This is the fun part. You'll have to experiment a bit with the color because it's hard to always get it right. A good guide for scent is usually one ounce of scent for every pound of wax you use. I always picked the food scents, some favs were banana nut bread, sugar cookie, pumpkin pie, cinnamon roll, and hot cider.
5) Pour mixture into your room temperature jar. Allow several hours to cool and don't be tempted to mess with it or you'll break the surface of the candle and it won't look very good.
When I was making candles I worked with 150 women and I would get absolutely mobbed when I bought candles in for sale. Everybody loves candles. I loved having them on hand for last minute gifts. It is a messy hobby and it can get smelly, but if you are a candle addict, it may be worth it to you to try it yourself.
My favorite supplier was a place called The Cajun Candle Company. They have an amazing beginners kit that will give you everything you need. If you are interested check them out, http://www.cajuncandles.com/containerkits.html
If you love candles, but have absolutely no desire to mess up your kitchen, I finally found a good brand sold in stores. The brand For..Every..Body.. is awesome. The throw (a fancy candle term for how far the scent reaches) is amazing. I just bought some for 50% at Kohl's the other day. http://foreverbody.com/
Are you a candle addict? If so, what's your favorite scent?
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