Thank you for coming along to our London Craft Club Candle and Scent Workshop.
We really hoped you enjoyed it, and we'd love to see what your creation looks like at home. If you post a picture on Instagram or Twitter, tag us @londoncraftclub so we can see!
Alice has suggested some top tips and suppliers for you below to help you with future projects.
Download the instruction sheet right here
You can also download a copy of the scents and blending sheet right here
Melting wax: never melt wax on direct heat, treat it like chocolate, so in the microwave but preferably in a bain marie/ double boiler. Heat until the flakes have totally melted (around 60-75C.)
Candles should use about 6-8% essential oil to wax. You used a higher % of 12ml for 180ml wax to ensure your candle had a good smell throw.
For wax you need 1.5 x amount of wax flakes per container to make the right amount of melted wax for your container.
Wicks & wax
wax: https://www.livemoor.co.uk/products/copy-of-soy-wax-ecosoya-cb-135-cb135?variant=48003193813 (1kg will make around 4 x 200ml candles)
If you are using large containers, check the diameter of the pot versus the melt radius of the wicks (different wick thickness allows a larger melt pool) - it explains how wide the container needs to be for the different wicks supplied on Livemoor. As you may be making in small quantities I would advice going for pre-waxed wicks already attached to the metal clip - makes life much easier for you and not really that more expensive.
When picking essential oils look for those that have the Latin name on the front and tell you exactly what is in the bottle if it is a blend (e.g if it says floral blend and has perfume on the back it is not a pure essential oil blend). Always smell testers if possible to see if you like it.
For reasonably priced good quality cosmetic grade oils that are best for candles try Purely Essential oils. You can use for beauty products too but they aren't as good as the best therapeutic levels. You can buy on amazon or ebay
This company has therapeutic levels at much better prices: https://www.aromantic.co.uk/home/products/essential-oils.aspx
For the really good effective stuff: (not to use on candles as far too good a quality to burn, but great for diffusers, body oils etc (use in very small quantities diluted in a carrier oil and please always check with the company if you are taking any medication or have a medical condition before using essential oils on the body)
- Neals Yard Remedies
- Penny Price Essential oils
Have a wonderful crafty week,
Zoe and all of us at London Craft Club