Good morning sweet friends. I hope you are having a beautiful start to your week. I am so happy to be joining Lucy and each one of you again today to share another inspiring project. And if you have a few minutes to spare I would love if you stopped by to visit us at A Burst of Beautiful to see what we’ve been working on.
Lately, we have been blessed with the most beautiful spring-like weather – the sun is shining, the birds are singing and our trees are beginning to bloom. The first signs of spring are always such a welcome and wonderful feeling. I always feel so completely invigorated and ready to embrace a new season – usually by freshening up our home (drop by to see our spring home tour or the subtle spring touches we added to our bedroom).
For me, it’s cathartic to strip away the winter layers, both figuratively and literally. We pack away the extra blankets and our cozy slippers and trade our hearty comfort food for lighter, healthier options. And on those first warm days of spring, we open every window in our home to let the crisp breeze blow through. Everything smells so clean and fresh, it’s a scent I long to capture and enjoy forever.
We decided to do just that with our Rosemary Lemon Candles. The combination of fresh rosemary and citrus is perfect. I love lighting one of these candles in our kitchen after a busy day when our little one is tucked into bed, the house is clean and the laundry is done. It’s a light, refreshing and energizing scent that completely matches my mood.
Rosemary Lemon Candles
- 1 lb paraffin wax (chopped to allow quicker melting)*
- 3 wicks with clips
- Wick stickers
- 3 – 250 ml mason jars
- Rosemary essential oil (40 drops)
- Lemon esstential oil (40 drops)
*Makes 3 – 250 ml candles
- In a double-boiler (I used a large glass measuring cup placed on top of a pot), bring water to a boil, reduce heat and add wax. Reduce wax to liquid, stirring occassionally (approximately 20 – 25 minutes).
- While the wax is melting take a few minutes to prepare each jar. Adhere one wick to the bottom of each jar with a wick sticker (to ensure the wick is secure while pouring the wax into the jar), clip a clothespin to top of each wick and rest on the jar top to help keep the wick centered.
- Once wax is melted remove from heat and allow to cool to 185 degrees F before adding essential oil and gently stir to combine.
- Fill each jar with wax to the lid-line.
- Allow the candles to cure for 48 hours and trim the wicks to 1/2 to 1 inch before lighting.
I hope you enjoyed this very simple tutorial for making your own candles. Have fun trying different esstential oils to create your own signature scent – they make terrific gifts for family and friends.
These look fun to make! Do you have a suggestion on how to easily clean the wax out of the glass measuring cup?
An easy way to remove the wax is to either reheat using the double broiler method or you can microwave and then quickly pour remaining wax into a grocery plastic bag or if the amount of wax is minimal go straight to using a bunched up wad of paper towel and wipe up as much of the remaining wax…depending on your wax it should remain soft enough to get the majority out. Once this is done use a crumpled ball of foil and your favorite grease fighting dish soap and hot water and your glass should be back to new! Hope this helps, and good luck on your candle making! God bless-Stephanie
Love this! I will definitely try this.
Looks great! Do you have a suggestion as to what size and type of wick should be used for the best results?
From my experience cotton wicks work best for paraffin wax candles. you should be able to purchase this from any candle supplier.
Crafty candle supplies’ wick selection guide is a good starting point.
Lucy, I love this idea! I can’t wait to try it myself. 🙂
great idea, thanks for the how too.
What a great candle. Can you tell me in your own experience how you would equate 40 drops to ml for this particular candle. I don’t want to generalize just in case I get the quantities wrong. Unfortunately us Brits use decimal.
Love this idea. Do you know if you can add fresh lemon slices and rosemary to the wax as decoration?
I would suggest all cotton wicks, beeswax and organic essentials oils for the least polluting air.
Can you use soy wax instead?