Yes, You Candle: DIY Candles that Boost Productivity and Tranquility

It’s time to channel your energy and become hyper-focused on goals for the new year! These DIY candles utilize essential oil recipes and specific hues from the color spectrum to help you both relax and focus your mind. We’ve also incorporated some nature-inspired elements to help bring them to life wherever they end up in your home—be it the bathroom, your office, or nightstand.

Here’s what you need:

  • Candle wax (amount depends on how many candles you’re making)
  • Tempered glass jar
  • Wicks
  • Crayola crayons
  • Essential oils in lavender, frankincense, rosemary, tea tree, and eucalyptus
  • Faux greenery
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Step One: Decorate

Begin by decorating the exterior of your candle. We’re using large green leaves for one and blue-green grass for another. You’ll likely need to cut the faux foliage down so that it fits. Use your hot glue gun to secure each piece, and get creative in the process—it doesn’t have to be perfect! Also—and this is very important—make sure you’re using tempered glass as your vessel. Mason jars work, as do jars intended for candle making. Plastic will melt and release an unpleasant/unhealthy chemical smell, and non-tempered glass can sporadically shatter.

Step Two: Add Wick

Secure your wick with a hot glue gun, then use a pencil to keep it upright and centered, as pictured.

Step Three: Melt, Color, & Scent Your Wax

Place your wax in a medium-sized pot and melt over low to medium heat (don’t let it boil). This may take about 20 to 30 minutes, so consider working on the previous two steps while you’re waiting! Once the wax is completely melted, divide into two heat-safe containers and add two green crayons to one, and one to two blue crayons to the second. Mix well. Crayons work because they’re made from a similar wax, but you can also use liquid candle dye. Note that food dye won’t work because it’s water-based, and you need dye that’s oil-based.

For the blue candle, add 20 drops lavender, 20 drops frankincense, and 20 drops rosemary (add more or less depending on size — this is for 4.75-in. x 4.13-in.). For the green candle, pour 40 drops eucalyptus and 40 drops tea tree (size is 6.25-in. x 4.13-in.). Carefully pour and leave at room temperature to cool.

Step Four: Enjoy

Let your candles cool completely before lighting them. We recommend waiting an entire day just to be sure. Keep them lit for no more than three hours at a time so the wax stays even as you use them.

About Your Candles

Blue Tranquility Candle: Individually, lavender relieves stress and calms your spirit, frankincense soothes and boosts mood, and rosemary promotes focus and memory. Together, this blend prevents distractions, helps you concentrate on the task at hand, and makes you feel more content. The color blue conjures thoughts of the deep ocean and expansive sky. It has a calming effect and symbolizes, depth, tranquility, and stability.

Green Energizing Candle: Eucalyptus and tea tree oil join forces to create an invigorating, earthy blend that improves clarity and promotes productivity. Green is associated with the earth and symbolizes renewal and personal growth. It can also help soothe you and make you feel more grounded and in control.

 

About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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