Scented Candles

9 Tbsp paraffin wax
1 Tbsp stearin (stearic acid)
Candle dye (from craft store)
3-4 drops essential oil (single or a blend)
1 wick
1 wick rod, or pencil or toothpick
1/4 pt candle mold, or yogurt container

Melt the wax in the top of a double boiler. Stir in the stearin, which strengthens the wax and slows down the rate of burning, and the dye. Stir in the frangrant oil and stir until well blended. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Cut a piece of wick 3 inches longer than the depth of the mold. Dip the wick in the melted wax and tie it, close to one end, around the center of the wick rod. Lay the rod across the top of the mold and thread the other end of the wick through a hole in the center of the mold base. Stand the mold base upright. If it is an uneven shape, it may be necessary to support it in a jar or box.

Pour in as much wax as the mold will take, taking care to keep the wick vertical. Tap the mold to release any trapped air and leave the wax to set slightly. As it does so, a depression will form in the top. Gently reheat the remaining wax and pour it into the mold to level the surface. Leave the candle to cool completely, overnight if possible.

Remove the wick rod. Peel off flexible molds, or tap rigid ones to release the candle. Trim the wick and polish the candle with a soft, dry cloth.

Makes one candle

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