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How to use botanicals in your candle

The Art and Science of Infusing Nature: Harnessing the Power of Botanicals in Candle Making

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This marriage of natural elements and the flickering glow of a candle creates not only a visual feast but also an olfactory experience that transcends the ordinary. Let’s delve into the art and science of using botanicals in candles.

1. The botanical or embed candle should be created in a special way 2 step way which allows for the candle to burn safely without the flame touching the botanicals. You can learn how to make an embed candle in my Advanced Candle Making online course. You create a pillar candle which is scented. Once cool you then insert this candle into a larger mold and then surround with the botanicals. The size of the wick is chosen so that it melts only the first candle and doesn’t burn near the botanicals. Essentially creating a tunnelled candle so you can see the glow but the flame stays away from the botanicals.

2. Botanicals introduce a visual allure to candles. Petals, herbs, or even whole spices suspended in the wax create a stunning and dynamic display when the candle burns. This visually adds an artistic dimension to the candle, turning it into a decorative element that enhances the ambience of any space.

3. Many botanicals possess therapeutic properties, and when infused into candles, they can contribute to a calming and rejuvenating atmosphere. Essential oils extracted from botanicals like lavender or chamomile have long been associated with relaxation and stress reduction. Lighting a candle infused with these natural essences can create a tranquil environment, promoting a sense of well-being. I suggest choosing the botanicals that marry with the fragrance of the candle.

4. The inclusion of botanicals introduces unique textures and patterns to the candle’s surface. Delicate flower petals may create an ethereal mosaic, while herbs might form intriguing patterns as they intertwine within the wax. One of my favourite suppliers is Baldwins These natural embellishments can turn each candle into a work of art.

5. Candles with botanicals requires a thoughtful approach to ensure a harmonious union between nature and wax. Candle makers must consider the compatibility of botanicals with the chosen wax, ensuring that the materials burn evenly and safely. The placement of botanicals within the candle also demands precision, as incorrect positioning can affect the candle’s burn time and overall performance and risk a candle fire.

6. As the world shifts towards sustainable and eco-friendly practices, using botanicals in candles aligns with this ethos. Opting for locally sourced or responsibly harvested botanicals promotes environmental consciousness. Additionally, natural wax alternatives such as soy or beeswax complement the ecological appeal of botanical-infused candles. You will need to use a pillar candle wax – I suggest Kerasoy Pillar Wax

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