The Biggest Trend of Lockdown: Candle Making
A year’s worth of lockdowns gave many of us amounts of free time we could have only dreamed of in the past. Of course, this came with the unfortunate caveat of not being able to go anywhere or do anything!
As a result, many people turned to new hobbies or DIY projects. One breakout star of the lockdowns was candle making. We were hardly surprised by this fact, as it’s an incredibly therapeutic process. As professional candle makers, we decided to put together some helpful tips for anyone wanting to start making their own candles.
Candle making: beginner’s tips
Our candle business didn’t just start from nowhere. Candle making has been a passionate hobby for many years, and turning it into a business felt like the natural next step. That said, it’s not without its trials.
Here are some top beginner tips that we think would be helpful.
- There’s a lot of trial and error
Making your own candles requires a bit of prior knowledge, so don’t be afraid to do some research first. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials on candle making, or you can get hold of some books if you prefer a more traditional approach. Either way, don’t be afraid to make some mistakes and experiment with techniques when making your first candles.
- Expect to ruin some pans
Candle making is messy business; wax covers everything it touches. To deal with this, we recommend using some old pots and pans that you don’t mind ruining. You’ll also need a thermometer, which again will get very waxy. Finally, protect your kitchen with several layers of newspaper or dust sheets. It might not look pretty, but you won’t regret it.
Bonus tip: Never pour waste wax down the sink or toilet. Doing so will clog your pipes, which is very expensive to fix. Instead, pour it into a takeaway container, wait for it to cool, and throw it away (or reuse it).
- Experiment with scent
While you don’t have to make scented candles, this is always a good direction to go in. After all, you can make your own scent combinations that appeal to your exact tastes. The best thing to use is essential oils, which are really easy to pick up online.
Don’t be afraid to get experimental with your scent combinations. When it comes to how much essential oil to add to your mix, this will depend on how much wax you use. It’s always better to add too little, as this can be altered in the future. The last thing you want is a candle that stinks the house out because it’s too strong.
Candle making is an unsurprising lockdown trend. It’s an enjoyable and scientific process that offers physical, tangible results that are a great distraction from current difficulties. If you’re thinking of making your own candles, please feel free to reach out to us for more information. We’re always happy to discuss candles with our fans!