Scented candles are so much more than decorative objects; they add a warm glow and create an atmosphere. Just think of a cedar-scented candle in December or a lilac one when you’re longing for spring blossoms! If you, too, need a different candle for every occasion, you’ll love our reusable candle recipe, which you can continue to adapt as the seasons change. InfiniFlame is the candle that keeps on giving… and burning!
A responsible alternative to regular candles, InfiniFlame will perfume your surroundings while respecting nature. It’s all thanks to its unique composition: part water and part oil! The oils fuel the flame, and the water cools the oils—and extinguishes the flame when the oils are used up! It’s easy to make and a fun activity to do with friends or family.
Read on to learn how to make InfiniFlame, the DIY candle you can light up night after night!
How to make a reusable eco-friendly candle
- 168 g (70%) water
- 57.6 g (24%) calendula maceration
- 9.6 g (4%) citronella essential oil
- 4.8 (2%) eucalyptus globulus essential oil
- Enough yellow beeswax to prime the wick
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- Small stainless steel bowl
- 8 cm wick RRD #5
- Wick tab holder (sustainer base) 15 mm x 6 mm x 3 mm
- Wide-mouth mason jar (240 ml)
- Plastic water bottle (bottom only)
Good to know!
- You can create this recipe in the container of your choice. Respect the indicated percentages to ensure your candle works properly. It is recommended that your candle is made up of ⅔’s water and ⅓ oil.
- Beeswax is ideal for priming wicks; however, you can replace it with any candle wax you have on hand.
- We recommend using water for the central part of your DIY refillable candle to ensure it works well and lasts a long time. You can replace the water with the hydrosol of your choosing, which will add a delicate scent to your candle without altering its functionality. It will, however, reduce its shelf life; you’ll need to replace the hydrosol with fresh hydrosol or water regularly.
- Wanting to decorate your candle? Just add any water-resistant decorations you like (seashells, dried flowers, and so on) at step 7.
- We chose citronella and eucalyptus globulus essential oils to scent our homemade candle because they repel mosquitoes, which comes in handy in summer. You can replace the essential oils in this recipe with the essential oils or aromatic essences of your choosing. For this unique candle, you don’t even have to worry about sticking to “candle-safe” essential oils! You’re free to follow your heart’s desires.
- When you cut the bottom of the water bottle to create the floating base, it’s important to not leave an edge. The oils must be able to enter through the grooves of the base to provide fuel to the wick.
- There’s no risk that the plastic of the floating base will burn, as it will be slightly immersed in the oils, which the water will maintain at a low temperature.
Steps to follow
- Using scissors, cut off the bottom of a plastic water bottle.
- Pierce a hole in the centre using scissors or a small knife. The hole will be easier to cut if you run the scissors or knife under hot water first.
Prime the wick
- Melt a little bit of the wax of your choosing in a double boiler.
- Once the wax has melted, dunk the wick into the wax. Make sure it’s fully submerged. Remove the wick and set it on a piece of aluminum foil, making sure it’s straight.
- Let cool for a minute, then place the wick, still on the sheet of foil, in the freezer.
- Wait about ten minutes, then remove it from the freezer. Push the wick through the hole of the wick tab holder (sustainer base). Pinch the wick tab using a pair of pliers to hold the wick in place.
- Pass the wick through the hole in the plastic base.
- Weigh the water (phase A) and transfer it to the jar.
- Weigh all the phase B ingredients, then mix well.
- Pour phase B into the jar. The oils will naturally float to the top, creating two phases.
- Place the plastic base, with the wick already primed and threaded through it, on the surface of the oils.
- Trim the wick to 1 cm. Your natural, infinitely refillable candle is now ready to use!
Use and conservation
- When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this homemade candle will keep for one year without being lit.
- Once lit, the candle can burn for an average of 10 to 20 hours. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- If the wick comes in contact with the water or becomes submerged in the oil, it may burn out or crackle.
- You can continue to use it as long as you’d like—even infinitely! Just be sure to change the oil phase regularly so that the candle continues to burn well and safely. Ideally, this should be done when there’s 5 mm of oil left; any less than that and the water may enter the floating base and put out the wick.