Spring is officially here and so is this simple recipe for a three layered candle inspired by spring colors. Enjoy with lemon, orange and strawberry scents that will brighten your day. 🙂
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- First, prepare the bottom layer. I decided to use lemon essential oils and beeswax, but you can also use paraffin wax and yellow coloring.
Melt beeswax on a double boiler. Heat water in a large pot and put a smaller container with beeswax in it. Be careful not to get any water inside the wax.
Beeswax will melt quickly, but don’t overheat it. It also hardens quickly, so pour it as soon as it melts.
Beeswax melts at 62-64°C (144-147°F) and paraffin wax at 46-68°C (115-154°F). Paraffin wax is easier to work with, because it melts quicker and stays liquid at lower temperatures, so you have enough time to mix in colors and scents and then pour it.
This candle is layered in three levels that can be horizontal or diagonal. I decided to make a diagonal one that looks more dynamic than regular candles. Since beeswax needs to be at higher temperatures to be liquid, you need to cool each layer before you proceed to the next one.
First, clean the glass container and let it completely dry. You can also wipe it with a paper towel. Do you still have some remaining wax from the previous candle? Clean the container completely with sugar! Yes, sugar acts as an exfoliant that cleans all impurities just like on our skin. Polish it gently so that it doesn’t scrape the surface.
Pour a small amount of wax on the bottom and let the end of the wick sink in this wax. This will make the wick stable, so you can pour the next levels. You can also tie the wick to a river nut that will make it stay on the bottom.
Next, pour the remaining wax for the first layer. Tilt the glass container to the desired inclination and pour the wax in. Hold the wick until the wax hardens and then let it cool completely. I had to proceed faster, so this is why some lines and colors are smeared. 🙁
The second layer consists of paraffin wax, red color and orange essential oil.
The top layer is paraffin wax, red color and strawberry scent.As I’ve already mentioned, layers aren’t as clear as I wanted them to be, because the wax didn’t completely solidify when I poured the next one. It’s best to chill each layer in the fridge, but don’t freeze it (it will break).
Three layered candleThe photo above is not nearly as good as it should be, but the glass reflected the light due to double glass. Sorry. 🙁
Here is an example of layered candles:
These candles are made using crayons that I don’t recommend because it can be toxic when inhaled. Choose powdered colors that are meant for candle making instead. 🙂