I’m super excited with this post today because it’s all about DIY spiced candles. Besides, I always have a candle burning…they’re one of my favorite things in the world.
Especially when it corresponds to the season we’re in. Because it just sets the tone and mood.
While I do love store bought candles, they’re loaded with carcinogens and toxic chemicals. But if you make them yourself, you have full control of the quality.
If you save the glass jars from sauces and condiments, buy the wax and wick in bulk (I don’t recommend the candle making kits because they’re not cost efficient), and use spices you have in your pantry, you can make each candle for less than two bucks.
Yup, you read that right. To have your home smelling delicious with something you made- well, how can you refuse?
The added bonus is these spiced candles are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients. Think of any fall flavor and go with it. I used pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, and chai spice.
If you don’t have those spices on hand, you can make them with the ingredients you already have.
Spiced Candles Ingredients
You can find an apple pie spice recipe HERE.
HERE’S a recipe for pumpkin pie spice.
Chai spice can be made with THESE ingredients.
The only caveat is the waiting time. So if you’re planning on gifting them, you want to wait a full day before giving these candles.
Additionally, if you’re using coconut oil to make the candles, it takes soooo long to set. About a week. I really don’t have that much patience so after learning my lesson the hard way once, I haven’t made a candle with coconut oil again.
Now, let’s get to the candle recipe.
The following recipe will make ONE 4oz candle.
Please note: If you plan on making more than one flavor, you’re going to have to make them in separate batches so you’re not infusing the spices into each candle.
What you’ll need:
- Glass jar or heat proof tin
- Double boiler (you can use a saucepan and a Pyrex cup)
- Candle wick
- 4oz of wax- any type of wax you have on hand will do (I used a combination of soy and beeswax)
- 1 tbsp. of whichever spice you’re using (I made pumpkin pie spice, apple pie, and chai)
If you’re a visual learner, HERE’S a video of DIY candles. I forgot to take pictures while I was making them so you can watch the video for reference if you need it.
How to make:
- Put an inch or two of water into the saucepan.
- Pour the wax, coconut oil, and spice into the Pyrex cup of the top part of your boiler.
- Turn on the stove to medium.
- While that’s working, place the wick into the glass jar. The wicks I have come with stickers so I can place the wick onto the sticker and then adhere it to the bottom of the glass.
- Keep an eye on your concoction. You only want it melted, not boiled. This should only take a few minutes.
- Once it’s ready, slowly pour the wax into the glass jar.
- Watch to see if the spices are settling to the bottom of the glass. If it is, let the wax settle a bit, then pour a small amount into the glass. You may have to pour, wait till the wax dries a bit, and repeat the cycle. But I promise you it’s soooo worth it.
- Once all the wax is poured in the glass jar, wrap the wick around the chopstick to make sure the wick remains centered.
- Leave the candle to form- it can be up to 24 hours.
- Once it’s dry, remove the chopstick and trim the wick.
Repeat this if you’re planning on doing this with different spice blends.
There you have it…super easy DIY spiced candles. Hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!
Which candles are you planning on making? Let me know in the comments below.
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See ya soon…in the meantime, stay zenspired!
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