Regular candles, especially those made from paraffin wax, can be potentially toxic when burned. They release chemicals like toluene and benzene, produce soot containing harmful substances, and may include additives and fragrances that contribute to indoor air pollution. Lead in wicks, though less common today, remains a concern. Health-conscious alternatives include beeswax or soy candles, unscented options, and maintaining good ventilation.
Creating a homemade non-toxic cinnamon candle is a delightful way to bring the warm and inviting scent of cinnamon into your home. This project is not only enjoyable but also ensures that you’re using natural, chemical-free ingredients. Here’s a simple recipe to make your own cinnamon candle:
- Soy wax flakes (a natural, non-toxic wax option)
- Cotton wick (ensure it’s lead-free)
- Cinnamon essential oil (100% pure)
- A heat-resistant glass jar or container
- A double boiler or a makeshift one (a pot filled with water with a heat-safe bowl on top)
- A wooden skewer or pencil (to hold the wick in place)
- A thermometer (optional, but useful for monitoring wax temperature)
- Cinnamon sticks for decoration (optional)
- Prepare the Container: Clean your glass jar thoroughly and dry it. Attach the cotton wick to the bottom of the jar using a little melted wax or a wick sticker. Make sure the wick stands up straight and is centered.
- Melt the Wax: Fill the bottom part of your double boiler with water and place it on the stove over medium heat. Put the soy wax flakes in the top part of the double boiler. Stir occasionally as the wax melts.
- Monitor Wax Temperature: If you have a thermometer, keep an eye on the wax’s temperature. Soy wax typically melts at around 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit (77-82 degrees Celsius).
- Add Cinnamon Essential Oil: Once the wax is melted, remove it from the heat. Let it cool slightly, then add the cinnamon essential oil. The amount will depend on your preference, but generally, 10-15 drops per 8 oz of wax is a good starting point.
- Pour the Wax: Carefully pour the melted wax into your prepared jar, leaving a little space at the top. Keep the wick centered and upright; you can wrap the excess wick around a wooden skewer or pencil resting on top of the jar to help.
- Add Cinnamon Sticks (Optional): If you want to enhance the aesthetic, you can add a few cinnamon sticks to the jar while the wax is still liquid. Be sure they don’t come into direct contact with the wick.
- Let the Candle Set: Allow the candle to cool and solidify completely. This may take several hours or overnight. Avoid moving the candle during this time.
- Trim the Wick: Once the candle is set, trim the wick to about a quarter inch above the wax. This helps ensure a clean, even burn.
- Curing the Candle: For best results, let your candle cure for a couple of days before using it. This allows the fragrance to properly infuse into the wax.
Your homemade non-toxic cinnamon candle recipe is now ready to light and enjoy. The natural aroma of cinnamon will create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere in your home. Plus, making your own candles allows you to control the ingredients, ensuring a healthier and safer environment.