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. ( This post contains affiliate links. )
PLEASE NOTE: I added lavender buds to my candles but they CAN catch fire once the candle burns down. DO NOT add the lavender buds if you want to avoid any risk. I don’t burn my candles all the way down so it wasn’t an issue for me. Simply eliminate this step when making your own candles.
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. I added dried lavender buds at this point for looks, but I’ve been told the buds can catch fire (I didn’t experience this issue myself) so DO NOT add lavender buds if you don’t want the risk. I have to say though, I like the look of the buds in the candles. Your candles will still smell lovely, however. 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.
Use new glass jars for your lavender candles, or re-use old jelly jars.
Decorate the jar lids and give these candles as gifts. Or keep them for yourself!
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