One of my favorite scents in the world is calming lavender … its sweet floral and herbal fragrance with balsamic undertones. One of the easiest ways to infuse its intoxicating scent throughout the home is with candles. I’ve found that dried lavender doesn’t diffuse throughout a room as quickly and evenly as a burning candle. But good candles with quality fragrance can get expensive, so I decided to make my own lavender candles.
I added dried lavender buds to the candle wax.
You don’t need a lot of supplies … candle wax, essential lavender oil, candle wicks, candle dye, glass containers, and of course the lavender buds. You can purchase a bag of lavender buds from Save on Crafts and you’ll find candle making supplies online or at your local craft store.
Start by placing wax or parchment paper under the jars to catch any wax that might drip when pouring your candles. Hot glue the bottom of the candle wicks to the bottoms of your glass jars, being sure to place them in the center of the jar. Make sure the wick extends at least 1/2″ above where the top of the wax will be.
Melt 2-3 lbs candle wax in a double boiler. I don’t have one so I simply placed an old pot that I won’t use for cooking inside a larger pan filled with water to act as a double boiler. Turn the flame to medium or medium high and let the melted wax reach a temperature of 180 degrees.
Turn off heat and let wax cool to 125 degrees, then add .5 ounces of lavender oil for every 2-3 lbs. of candle wax. If you’re using dye, add it now. I used small, equal amounts of blue and red candle dye to achieve a soft lavender color. It’s best to add a little dye at a time until you get the right hue. Once it’s too dark, you can’t go back. After adding the essential oil and dye, stir in about 1/3 cup of lavender buds per 3 pounds of wax. Carefully pour the wax into each container – I used a funnel to avoid wax from spilling.
Let your lavender candles cool overnight before using and trim wicks to 1/4″ above candle.
Decorate the jar lids and give these candles as gifts. Or keep them for yourself!
Here’s two more lavender projects for you …