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Handmade Candles – Smelly Heaven – Candlemaking for Mummy Bloggers

It’s about time I introduced one of my hobbies – my smelly heaven of candlemaking.  I absolutely love the scents and smells of burning candles.  Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter, I love, love, love them.

I started out by buying the ready mades you get in supermarkets, but they just didn’t cut it for me.  They either burned right down the middle, or they  burned too fast, or the scent was just awful.

I soon cottoned onto the partylite / yankee type candles which burn pretty well, and smell pretty good as well.  The only thing was, that the amount of candles I wanted to burn, I pretty much would have had to rob a bank to pay for my growing habit.

My next step was to move onto looking into how to make them for myself.  My first attempts at candlemaking were a complete and utter disaster if I am honest.  They either ended up too large, or too small wicks, or the wrong mix of scent to wax, and then I CRACKED IT.   

I found myself a fabulous formula for my wax and additives, and my candles all turn out fantastically.  I even make them with soy, and potter about decorating some of them.  I will put up more pictures over time of things I make, and how to get the best out of the ones you buy, but for now, this is just an introduction to my “hobby”.

If anyone is interested, I may even give you the recipes for some easy start candles to make yourself.  Apologies for the dark photographs as the only camera I had on hand this morning was my phone.

13 thoughts on “Handmade Candles – Smelly Heaven – Candlemaking for Mummy Bloggers

  1. I have been thinking about making my own candles for some time. I would like to use soy as it is more environmentally friendly when it burns but haven’t had the courage to get on and DO IT! Yours are inspirational must get going!!! Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Wow, they look fabulous. You must do a post of how to do it… what you need etc. I’d love to have a go with all that spare time I get….. ha ha. Fiona

  3. They are absolutely beautiful … too bad I’m so far away or I’d run over to your place and buy ’em. I’ve not the time to devote to making them, unfortunately. Heck, I’m still experimenting with the bread making!

  4. Wow, I LOOOOVE these 🙂

    1. Awww thanks. I can’t resist good candles.

  5. woweee!! Those are fabulous! Something else I’d really like to try!

    Thank you for linking up!!

    1. It’s a speedy and rewarding passtime – you get to enjoy the end results whenever you want .

  6. Oh they’re gorgeous! I’m looking forward to Max being that bit older that I can allow myself to have candles about sometimes. 🙂 x

    1. They can’t go out as much as I’d like, ie no kitchen table etc, but thankfully have a high enough fireplace etc that I can burn mine.

  7. wow they look amazing ive never tried making candles but its something i might try sometime when i get chance

    1. It’s worth a go.

  8. Oh wow, they really do look amazing – I can only imagine how they smell.

    I’ve bought myself some wax and wicks but haven’t plucked up the courage to start yet!

    1. If you get stuck, give me a shout..

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