If essential oils and DIY stuff is your thing, then you definitely would have played with the idea of making your own candles. Well I have, many times. Lucky me, I finally get to give it a go thanks to Yan Teng’s recommendation.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a candles hoarder, to the point that my husband no longer bat an eyelid and have since learn to appreciate the different scents I bring home.
To Be Calm is one of the brands that I like; if you’re an Ion scent lover, you will definitely know about them! For those who don’t, it is a local brand founded by an Australian lady who was bored of the high flyer banking life and decided to pursue her passion instead. And we all know how passionate the Aussies are about organic products 😊
What I didn’t know is that they actually conduct candle making classes (be it personal or corporate) and the price range depends on the holder that you pick! Travel sized tin (not seen here) is the cheapest, followed by the gold foil glass holder in the middle rack, and ceramics in either white or red. The ceramics being the biggest and most expensive at around $70+ if I remember correctly, and you’ll also get an in-store voucher.. which is quite reasonable I feel?
Guess my pick!
But first, let’s talk about wax! In the candle market, there’s 3 types that are commonly used:
1. Petroleum-derived paraffin wax
2. Natural soy wax
3. Expensive beeswax
Beeswax will be the most ideal as they actually releases negative ions that help cleans the air when it burns. Due to the higher price point, soy wax is thus often chosen as a cost effective alternative.
After choosing the candle holder of my choice, we then proceed to weigh our wax accordingly before melting our wax using a double boiler.
While waiting, it’s time to utilize our sense of smell! Categorized under different accords, there’s a wide variety to choose from. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix and match ‘til your hearts desire.
Well I wasn’t. Not after the very bad result from my previous perfume making session, so less is more for me.
Time to pour my blend of essential oil into the melted wax! The trick is to do it gradually so that the scent does not dissipate from the heat, while stirring for a few minutes.
Finally pouring them into my chosen ceramic jar! oOo the satisfaction ❤️ (spy the travel sized tin on the right)
Said travel sized candles are also sold in store. Makes good Christmas presents!
They are also currently having a promo where if you purchase a large candle, you’ll get a medium one for free! And that’s just what I did 👌🏻
Diffuser section if anyone is interested.
Pick up your candles in approximately one week’s time and here’s my masterpiece! Green tea and marshmallow for that soft yet fresh soothing scent in my bedroom.
Don’t be too stingy with your candles and burn them for at least 2-4 hours each round to get the best of the scent, it also helps the candles to melt evenly so you won’t have that “hole”. Keep it for too long (say 2 years) and you’ll smell nothing when you burn them anyway.
White tea & Ginger (Lrg): This is the iconic candle that a lot of beauty bloggers went crazy over cuz it’s the closest you’ll ever get to Ion’s signature scent.
Lychee & Berry (Med): My chosen “freebie” which is very different from my usual pick, even the husband was wow-ed by it. Fruity and juicy, it’s realllly sweet!
It’s definitely a worthwhile experience and if you really like your chosen scent, you can always come back for a refill at the cost of the material price only (ard $20-30). Currently planning a corporate one next year and a date with the hubs. I’m hoping to do a refreshing minty one next as it will be perfect after a long day. Who’s up for it?! x
P.S My workshop was at their Capitol Piazza outlet!