It’s no secret that I *love* all things fall! As Sally Clarkson puts it in her book The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming Fall is a season that pulls people homewards. Everyone loves to hunker down in the fall and enjoy their family. Smells of homemade bread and pumpkin pie come to mind when I think of Autumn. Creating a cozy environment that people can rest in is a big deal to me. I want my husband and kiddos feel like home is peaceful and a place where they belong. Now, you need to know I am no expert at this. In fact my house is a total disaster right now. We went camping (yay colored leaves!) this weekend and I have loads of laundry to switch out, but I am trying. Small steps, right?
I’ve found it a bit tricky to create a cozy environment using candles ever since I was diagnosed with a soy allergy. The vast majority of candles are made with soy wax and artifical scents and they leave me with a ginormous headache and brain fog. Yeah, that’s not so peaceful. I’ve bought some Soy-Free Candles in the past, but I really wanted a Fall flavored candle that I knew was safe for this holiday season.
Deciding to make my own soy-free candles ended up being an excellent idea, because they were crazy simple. I even made them with my four year old without directions. Y’all they are really hard to mess up!
First off I did a little research initially. I decided I wanted to do a 50:50 ratio of Beeswax Pellets and Coconut Oil and use these Candle Wicks. Next, I wanted to be sure to add a really safe scent to them and I reached out to Plant Therapy and they told me that they have line of Fall Holiday Blend Synergy Essential Oils! They came to my door is this adorable little box and smell like Thanksgiving bottled up!
After consulting with them I decided I would go with their kid safe Autumn Breeze and use Pumpkin Pie and Autumn Breeze for another candle. The reason Autumn Breeze is considered safe for kids is because it doesn’t have the spicer oils like Cinnamon. However, I will note that since I wasn’t diffusing these oils I feel like the Pumpkin Pie one was just fine for the kids to be around as well. It’s not as strong in a candle.
I made these candles around ten today and I’m enjoying them burning right now during nap time! I love that they are not only make the air smell great but that the beeswax is purifying the air as well. I’ve read that beeswax candles are excellent if you have asthma. I feel confident about lighting these candles because I know what’s in them and that there is nothing artificial in them that could harm my little family!
I highly recommend making your own safe candles. It’s crazy easy and would make excellent gifts. If you do decide to make these as an allergy friendly candle please double check that the wax and wicks are 100% soy-free. Things change quickly on the internet so it never hurts to double check. I can say with confidence that Plant Therapy oils are much better than using artificial air fresheners!
- 1 cup of BeesWax
- 1 cup of Coconut Oil
- 5 drops of essential Oil
- Two small containers or tea cups
- 2 Natural Candle Wicks
- Heat Water in medium pot on high
- Cover with a small glass bowl to create a double boiler
- Heat the beeswax until it melts and turns a yellow-ish color.
- Add coconut oil. Stir well.
- Add in essential oils.
- Place the wicks at the bottom of your candle container.
- Wrap them around a pencil or pen to hold it's place.
- Let the candles set for 2-3 hours.
- Burn for at least an hour.
For a stronger smelling candle you may want to do 4 drops of essential oil per candle.
I wanted to include this picture to show the color difference of the totally melted wax and partially. You want to shoot for that deeper yellow color for your candles!
I recieved these Essential Oils from Plant Therapy in return for my 100% honest review. There are also Amazon Affiliate links in this post. Check out my disclosure here.