Scented candles are easy — and cheap! — to make. You can get all the materials online, or at your local craft store, and you can buy candle fragrances online, too, in small or large batches. (My personal favorites are conifer-based scents, like pine and spruce.)
- Heat-resistant pouring pitcher (I use a 4 lb. aluminum one)
- Old saucepan
- 8 oz. canning jars
- Cooking thermometer
- Soy wax flakes
- Candle wicks
- Fragrance or essential oils (I use 1 oz. bottles I buy from CandleScience.com)
- Pencils or chopsticks (to hold wicks in place)
- Melt 1 lb. of soy wax in the pitcher over a double-boiler setup with the saucepan. Heat to 185 F.
- When the melted wax is at 185 F, add 1 oz. of your fragrance of choice. Remove from heat.
- As the wax cools, place the wicks inside the 8 oz. jars, centering as best you can. Secure in place with pencils or chopsticks.
- When the wax has cooled to 135 F, carefully pour it into the prepared jars.
- Let the jars cool overnight. Before lighting your candles, trim the wicks to 1/4 inch.
- Light and enjoy!
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the co-author of the graphic novel IN REAL LIFE with Cory Doctorow and is co-founder of the annual community arts festival Comic Arts Los Angeles.