Winter has a really bad rep. It’s known for its bitter cold, lack of sunny days, shoveling heaps of snow (depending where you are) and, least we forget: the winter blues.
But sometimes I like to think that winter is like a clean slate. We get a lot of snow here in these parts and it sometimes reminds me of a fresh white blanket covering the ground. And yes, sometimes that white blanket can feel a bit suffocating, but it’s also kind of soothing (like in the slowly killing you kind of way).
I was inspired by that fresh white blanket to create a candle that represents the nicer side of winter. The fresh side. I’m also a huge lover of minty freshness, and I feel like mint should be the official flavor of winter because it’s just so fresh! (sick of hearing that word yet??)
So if you’re feeling a bit suffocated by winter and need a fresh start (there it is again) try whipping up this fun little diy to get your juices flowing.
** Find recipe card at the end of the post **
What You’ll Need:
Glass jar (I used 250ml canning jar)
Double boiler (or a glass bowl over a saucepan)
A Skewer (or anything long and skinny to hold the wick in place)
1. Melt the wax. First things first, measure the amount of wax you will need to fill your glass jar. I used just over two times the amount of my jar (ie. filled the jar twice with soy flakes, then added a bit extra)Then take your double broiler (if you have one, or you can make one like I did by using a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water) and start melting it down.
2. Place the wick. When the wax is almost completely melted, dip the end of the wick into the wax then quickly place it in the center of the jar. Hold it in place until the wax hardens. Then to ensure the wick goes up the center of the candle, wrap the wick around the skewer and rest it on the mouth of the jar.
3. Add the essential oils. When your wax is completely melted, it’s time to bring some life to it. Take the pot off the heat when adding the essential oils, you don’t want them to cook, it could take away from their essence. I used 20-30 drops of essential oil for the 250ml candle. For this fresh winter scent, I used:
10 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
10 drops White Fir Essential Oil
You can change these amounts or chose different ones all together, that’s the fun of making your own candle!
4. Pour the wax. Once you’ve made your concoction, pour the wax into the jar being careful not to disrupt the wick.
5. Let it sit. Put your candle in a safe place for 4-5 hours to make sure it’s completely cool, then cut the wick at your desired length.
This quick little diy might be just what you need to kick those winter blues and start enjoying this season, because you only have a few more months of it left (!!!!) and you don’t want to waste it by wishing it had already passed, right? (can you hear the sarcasm in my voice).
As always, I’d love to hear how you like this project, and if you have any tips on seeing the brighter side of this often dreary season, I’m all ears!
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- 2 1/4 cups Flakes of Soy Wax
- Candle Wick
- 20-30 drops Essential Oils (10 Wintergreen, 10 Bergamot, 10 White Fir)
- Glass Jar (250ml)
- Double Boiler
- Measure out wax into double boiler (or glass bowl over sauspan of boiling water) and melt.
- Dip the end of the candle wick in the melted wax and quickly stick to the bottom of the glass jar, hold until wax has hardened.
- Remove wax from stovetop and add essential oils, and stir to combine.
- Carefully pour the wax into the glass jar, using caution not to dislodge the wick.
- Allow to harden for 4-5 hours, then trim wick to desired length.
- This candle really wont compare to store bought candle in the amount of scent it gives off, you can add more essential oils to it if you would like to try to achieve a stronger smell. Unfortunately its hard to compete with chemically designed smells!