Candles have come a long way since being used as a main source of light for centuries. Nowadays, candles are used to create a warm ambiance with their soft lighting and beautiful designs. Others are used to provide soothing scents to spaces. For seniors, candle making can be a calming hobby or a fun way to supplement a pension income. If you're in a small space, here's what you need to know.
If you stick to a small side hustle or hobby operation, your basic candle-making supplies should all fit on a small desk or kitchen counter. This is what you'll need:
There are several things to consider when creating your candles, and the work surface is probably the most important component. It should possess the following qualities:
Melting wax can cause toxins such as soot and organic compounds to be released into the air. This can cause irritation of the airways and increase the possibility of health risks. When setting up your candle-making station, it's important that it's in a well-ventilated area.
It's also important to note that your candles need to cure before use. The curing allows them to harden sufficiently to carry the fragrance and melt as evenly as possible. Paraffin candles should be ready in 48 hours, while soy candles can take up to a week to cure.
If you're in a senior living community, find out whether there are any rules that might keep you from making traditional candles in your apartment. Many communities prohibit the use of flame candles and processes that require extreme heat to reduce fire hazards. In such cases, you might want to consider making no-melt candles.