Newbie with candle questions

indianaplantloverMay 12, 2009

A couple of probably dumb questions. I buy tons of candles. I don't burn them I put them on the candle melter things since it seems safer. Is there anything I can do with all the candles I have after they have lost their scent?

Next question. If I want to make candles to just put on the burners, so without wicks, what would be the easiest way to do it. I spend a small fortune on candles so I might as well invest the money and make it a hobby and be able to make the scents I love but sometimes can't find. Thank you in advance. Vicci

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simplemary

Do you have a local craft/hobby store nearby? A lot of these stores now carry soy wax-- it's cleaner & isn't a pain in the butt to work with.

All you have to do is heat the wax (most are microwavable or can be done on the stove top in a double boiler), add the scent (also obtainable at craft stores) at a rate of 1 oz scent to 1 # wax & pour into a heat-resistant container. Let it "cure" for a few days, then use in your warmer. Obviously, if you're not going to light it, you don't need a wick.

If you think you're going to go through LOTS of scent, here are a few sites I've found have good results for the price:(search them as I don't have exact names) Gelluminations, Cajuns Candles, Save on Scents, and Candles & Supplies. I think all of them also sell soy wax, but it's heavy & you have to take into account shipping costs if you can't find it locally.

Good luck

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 10:42PM
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sara-s

If you make your candles out of soy wax, you can re-use the wax after it has lost its scent. You can re-melt and re-scent it or mix it with a carrier oil & plant butter (such has jojoba oil & shea butter) to make lotion bars.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:50AM
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simplemary

If you make body bars out of candle soy, make sure that your fragrance oil is body safe! Not all of them are.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 11:10AM
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sara-s

Good point simplemary. Thanks for adding that. Many Fragrance oils are good for candles and body products, but you do need to read the labels.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 1:51PM
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