1 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin
How to make cinnamon, orange & clove candles for Christmas
Stuck for stocking fillers? Try this festive candle recipe for some homemade gifts.
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Three of our favourite Christmas scents combine in this warm, festive blend.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but certainly not the most relaxing. Whilst the festive period brings with it many joyful experiences, Christmas shopping can often leave us feeling more stressed than excited.
If you're short a few stocking fillers and reluctant to face those high street crowds, then these homemade Christmas candles could be a fantastic alternative.
160g soy wax flakes (or twice the capacity of your container)
Sweet Orange Essential Oil: 10 drops
Cinnamon (Bark) Essential Oil: 15 drops
Clove Bud Essential Oil: 7 drops
This is a very rough guide, as these quantities should vary dependent on the size of candle that you plan to make, and the blend that smells best to you.
You may want to up the amount of orange, or decrease the strength of the cinnamon. We would recommend adding between 30-35 drops of essential oil in total.
If you'd prefer to use a more reliable blend, you could also try adding 30-35 drops of our Christingle Essential Oil Blend, which combines these three oils.
Some people prefer to use fragrance oils in their candles, as their scent is typically stronger. If you're one of these people, then try substituting the essential oils for approximately 30 drops of our Clementine & Cinnamon Fine Fragrance Oil.
Any of these versions of the recipe should yield a great result. However, it is only through practice and experimentation that you'll find the oils and quantities that smell best to you.
You will also need:
- Candle wicks
- Glue dots
- Add a glue dot to the underside of the metal circle at the end of your candle wick, then press that circle to the bottom of your candle container. Hold for a few seconds to make sure that it is stuck down neatly.
- Measure out the amount of wax you will need by filling your candle container as high as you would like it, and then repeating the process. The wax will halve in volume when melted, so you will need enough wax flakes to fill your container twice.
- Place a pan of simmering water over the stove. Pour your soy wax into a glass bowl, and then place it in the pan. Let the wax melt before removing it from the stove.
- Set aside the wax to cool for a minute or so, but ensure that in this time it remains in a liquid state.
- Add your oils and mix them into the wax.
- Carefully pour the wax mixture into your chosen container. Ensure that the wick stands straight and remains upright as you do this.
- Let the candles set for 24 hours, ensuring the wick stands straight for the entire time.
- Snip the wick to the length you want, and light to enjoy!