Who doesn’t love the scent of candles burning? To be honest, it’s one of our favourite things when the weather turns cooler and we want to make our homes cozier and smell inviting with scents like pumpkin spice or apple pie candles.
We also love these kinds of candles for staging – especially in the fall when the leaves are changing and the temperatures drop. As we don’t open our windows as often during the fall months, it’s important to make sure that the scents in our homes are appealing – especially if you have home buyers walking through. Candles can be a great way to add a delicious scent to the air especially as most of them don’t add chemicals like room sprays do. We steer our clients away from chemical laden scents because they often incite allergic or negative reactions from people visiting. In fact, many people these days are very sensitive to sprays like Febreeze so it’s important to find alternatives that will make your home smell great without turning buyers off.
Now this doesn’t mean we are encouraging you to go stock up on expensive candles (although we can tell you where to shop as we know all the best spots). Making your own candles can be simple, fun and a great way to inexpensively make your home smell amazing. Here are deets on making your own candles:
A variety of different sized jars (we love mason jars)
2 tbsp pumpkin spice essential oil (or apple pie essential oil)
Yellow and red liquid dye
2 lbs soy wax chips
6″ wicks with tab
Heat proof glass measuring cup
1. Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted.
2. Dip wick tab in melted wax and center at bottom of a jar. Wrap other end of wick around skewer; knot. Rest skewer across top of jar until wax dries.
3. Add drops of liquid dye to melted wax, following about a 1-to-3 ratio of red dye to yellow dye; stir. Continue adding dye until wax is orange in color.
4. Stir in about 40 drops of oil total for each cup of wax.
5. Fill jars, leaving a 1/4-inch rim at top. Let set until firm; trim wicks.