We go through about 150 tea lights during each month-long yoga teacher training. We’re always looking for ways to minimize waste in landfills, and those little metal tea light cartridges were bumming me out. So I was stoked to find this recipe for homemade candles. But then you never know whether something you read about on the internet is actually going to work; I was happily surprised when this one did.
You won’t believe how easy this is.
Olive Oil Candles Recipe
- light olive oil, about one ounce per candle. It doesn’t have to be cold-pressed; I used light olive oil. The other day I tried a blend of olive oil and a cheaper vegetable oil but the wick wouldn’t stay lit.
- Libbey 4-1/2-Ounce Spice Jar with Lid, Set of 12 though I think you could use shot glasses, which is what we use during yoga programs in the yoga studio, but I thought these mind prove hardier on windy evenings because of the smaller mouth.
- wicks I bought with 2.5 inch wicks but if I did it again I’ll buy 1.5 inch ones (at least for the Libbey jars. I have heard that you can use twine or cotton string, but then you have to rig a system with paperclips around the mouth of the jar and hooked into the twine to get it to stay above the oil. The wicks have a little metal base and are waxed so they stay upright on their own.
- essential oils update I added citronella and eucalyptus oils (4 drops each) to one of the candles, to no effect. It didn’t turn into a scented candle, so I’ll try more tonight. If I If you try this at home, I would love to hear what works.
We burned 2 candles for about three hours and couldn’t see any measurable difference in the olive oil levels so I would guess that one ounce could last for a week to ten days. The links below are for the spice jars and wicks that I used (if you aren’t boycotting Amazon).
Libbery 4 1/2 Ounce Spice Jar http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HDMKJY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1