making scented candle

How Are Scented Candles Made?

A candle is an ignitable wick embedded in the wax that gives light. In some cases, a fragrance is emitted when essential oil or other fragrance agents are added in the wax.

Scented candles are made out of three simple ingredients. There’s the perfume itself which can be essential oil or any other agent. Then there’s the candle wax which can be soy wax, beeswax or paraffin wax (please be mindful of paraffin wax as it’s made from petroleum jelly, it’s not natural or eco-friendly). And finally the wick, which is made of cotton, linen or rope infused with oil for burning. Mixing and matching these three ingredients allow for a vast variety of candles and ways of releasing the scents.

For a candle to burn, a heat source is used to light the candle’s wick, the wax melts and vaporizes a little. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen within the atmosphere to ignite and form a continuing flame and aroma.

Choosing A Scented Candle

Scented candles are usually made in containers, glasses, pots, etc. The wax accustomed to make scented candles is different from that of moulded candles. The concept of scented candles is to diffuse an aroma. The perfume is diffused when the wax around the wick gets hot and liquid. this is often why it’s important to settle on the proper wax for this type of candle, preferably rather soft, so it becomes liquid at a low temperature.

If you want to make a scented candle in a container then you need to choose the right type of wax for example beeswax, soy wax or check for the ingredients on how much is the composition of each ingredient and a suitable wick as mentioned earlier.

You can add fragrance to a moulded candle, but it won’t be as effective as a scented candle in a container because of its added ingredients and its composition.

Candles are known to be at least 5000 years old. They were used as a source of light and for illuminating celebrations. In old days candles were also a way of keeping time. A person who makes candles is traditionally referred to as a chandler. Beyond the candles, the devices that are made to carry candles also became an art form. From simple tabletop candlesticks and candle holders to elaborate candelabra and chandeliers, the candle stand experiment is on-going.

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