The term “aromatherapy” is an article other medicines argues that special “scent” go with essential oils have therapeutic effect. The healing art “aromatherapy” traces back to 4,000 BC where Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Persians used to burn herbs and flowers for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. In ancient Egypt, plant oils were widely used for spiritual relaxation, cosmetics, and lubrication and mummification of the dead.
The term “aromatherapy candle” is used loosely in Western societies, because unlike other cultures, mainly use “aromatherapy candle” for “aesthetic” qualities vs healing properties. We want a soothing, calming scent to assist in meditation, bathing and relaxing activities.
Natural candles are becoming more popular with the development of natural waxes such as soy wax and palm wax. It is more the desire of consumers to go “green” with all natural ingredients in candle making. With all natural soy wax, which is renewable, grown right here in the United States has gained popularity for several years, since the development of soy wax, soy wax is 1998. hydrogenated soybean oil which is non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Combining all natural ingredients, including natural scents, to “aromatherapy” candles is highly desirable.
A lot of so-called “aromatherapy” candles out on the market today contain paraffin wax (a byproduct of crude oil process) and fragrance oils that are chemically processed. Some major manufacturers have paraffin wax, along with the natural scent. Some people have a natural wax together with substances derived synthetic scents. My idea of natural “aromatherapy candle” is one that is all natural. So, what are the natural smell? They are essential oils
Essential oils are volatile parts of plants, trees, fruits and roots are processed by various methods :. Steam distillation, cold-press extraction, chemical solvent extraction and effleurage method. Essential oils that are “clean” mostly have the botanical name of the jar, and comes in dark-colored bottles for protection from sunlight. They should be stored in cool, dark places, and out of reach of children and pets. An essential oil is mixed with carrier oils such as jojoba, and are considered “diluted”. Some candle manufacturers sell “essential oils”, but they come in clear plastic containers and are synthetically derived, or mixed with alcohol or other solvents.
Due to the concentrated nature, pure essential oils can be more expensive than fragrance oils and come in small bottles – Darius (1/8 oz), 1/6 ounce, etc. They either have a closed lid or dropper to disperse essential oils .. Prices can range from anywhere from $ 5 to $ 75 a fraction of an ounce of pure essential oils.
So, how do you use essential oils in the candle making? Good question – and there are many answers to that question, depending on who you talk to. When I tried initially to study this subject a year ago, there was very little information out on the Internet, with a candle supply company, or any e-books I bought. One year later, there is a wide variety of answers that have appeared in articles, candle supply websites, and so-called “candle expert”. Some experts argue that the use of a pound of wax is 1 oz – which is similar to using aroma oils. Now, 1 oz of pure essential oils can be either incredibly strong or incredibly expensive. Others argue that by using as little 3-20 drops / pound of wax
I personally believe that aromatherapy candles should be used much less essential oils and fragrance oils for two reasons :.
1 Style & Taste. When essential oils in aromatherapy candles, I want a gentler, less dominant, natural aroma fragrance of essential oils. I do not want to over-power Cinnamon Spice fragrance oil fragrance is going to fill up my house for days. I want “natural” candle, because I want a soothing, relaxing, mild, fresh, natural aroma that gives just enough scent to calm my mind for a beautiful bubble bath, meditation, yoga or Pilates exercises. I do not want to compete with the aroma of what I’m trying to reach -. Relaxation
2. Cost. Essential oils are expensive, and the cost should be considered when buying and using “pure” essential oil candle making. First of all one DRAM (1/8 oz) of 100% pure peppermint oil (made right here in the USA) on the sale was $ 5 / DRAM plus shipping. Honestly, do you feel it is cost effective to use $ 5 peppermint oil in one 8-12 oz. soy candles? I do not think, in addition, it may be too high. Fragrance oils (mainly Synthetics) can be 10 times cheaper to buy in bulk. I have used mixtures of essential oils with 1/6 oz. and made three 12 ml. soy candles, and they were perfectly fragrant. So what is the cost / benefit rule you need to apply to determine how much you are willing to pay to achieve the desired result.
Another important consideration in the amount of essential oils to be used in candle making, using wax manufacturers lead in how much fragrance / essential oils will absorb the wax in order to make safe candle. I mainly use 100% soy wax candle making my and manufacturers recommendations using 3-9% of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax. There are additives that can increase the percentage, but I mainly use 1 oz. fragrance oil / pound of soy wax, which is about 6%. When using essential oils, I use much less than 1% / pound of wax. It all depends on how strong or pure natural oil and my taste, of course!
So, with the facts explained using essential oils is a matter of style, taste and cost. If you are selling your candles, you pass the costs to consumers, but hopefully you can market and price your candles effectively to sell them at a profit. If you are making candles for your own satisfaction, it is a question of what you are comfortable with -. Gentler / stronger, and if cost is a factor for you