It may be tempting to buy a bunch of candles for your next meditation session. That’s until you look up some candles and balk at their expensive price.
There are also so many candles to choose from. What are some good brands? Which brands are organic? Do these even smell good?
Hold up for a second. What if we said candles don’t have to be super costly? In fact, what if we said you could make healthy, beneficial hemp candles and customize them to your liking?
If creating your own customized, lovely-smelling hemp candles sounds to your liking, read on.
Making Hemp Candles at Home
First, let’s look at the tools of the trade:
- Wax for your desired amount of candles (soy, beeswax, natural)
- Containers (thick glass)
- Double boiler setup
- Essential oils (if desired)
- Scissors, pliers, wooden dowel
- Hemp wick
- Hemp seed oil (if desired)
Aside from these tools, it’s a good idea to have some tape and oven mitts handy.
Ready? Let’s get into it.
Step 1: Melt Your Wax
Use your double boiler setup to melt the wax. This should be done on medium-low heat – you might be tempted to use a higher heat, but don’t. Medium-low helps us keep an eye on the wax while we do the other steps.
Step 2: Adhere Hemp Wick
One of the ways these are hemp candles is because we use hemp wicks, which are organic and high quality.
There are a couple of ways to adhere the hemp wick to the bottom of your container(s):
- Dip the end of the wick in some of the melted wax and stick it to the bottom of the container
- Hot glue the wick to the bottom
Either way, just make sure the wick is fully stuck to the bottom of the container.
At this point, it’s also a good idea to wrap the wick around a wooden dowel so it comes straight out of the top of the container.
Step 3: Add Oils
First, wait until the wax has cooled to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once it’s cooled, feel free to add your desired hemp oil or essential oils to your hemp candles. The nice part about this process is that it’s customizable – you can put as much or as little oil in as you want.
Step 4: Pour Your Candles
Once the wax is prepped for the candles, pour it into your containers, making sure you leave about one centimeter of space at the top.
Then, let those babies cool (overnight works). Once cooled, you can trim the wick to your desired length (half an inch works nicely in our opinion).
Once you’ve trimmed the wick, you’re done! Your customized, homemade hemp candles are ready to be given as gifts or burned in your next meditation session.
Now that you know how to make your own hemp candles, why stop there?