Guys, I learned how to make a candle!
Not gonna lie, it's been kind of a pipe dream of mine. I love candles. And while I love buying fancy candles from our local boutiques I've often entertained the idea of making my own. I even went so far as to create a Pinterest board about it called 'DIY Candles', which is pretty much half way there am I right? So when one of my favorite shops, Restyle, announced that they were hosting a candle making class with Arcane Chemistry I called them immediately and signed up!
Did you know that the burn time on a candle isn't necessarily because of the danger of it overheating but rather that the oils that make the candle smell evaporate at a certain temperature? I didn't know that and it blew my mind! Just one of the nuggets I learned at the class. It's called a 'flashpoint' and every oil that you use has a different temperature in which is burns off, even the solidified part of the candle is susceptible if it gets too hot. And the scent of a candle is 90% of the payoff, who knew I was letting it go to waste?
I could go on and on about the class, tell you all the nerdy questions I got to ask, or how charming of a time I had with my friends... but what I really want to talk about is the importance of community and taking advantage of opportunities like this.
I'm not really a 'DIY'er, even though I like to pretend to I am. Let's be real, the majority of my Pinterest boards are coffee related (shocker). And while I like to think I can pick up something like candle making from reading a few things online, I realized quickly during the class that that's simply not true. So much trial and error, time and effort, sweat and tears, go into refining a craft and building a business. It was a treat to listen to Refugio talk about Arcane Chemistry and their products, and I have a feeling he only scratched the surface of what it takes to actually make a candle. At the end of the night I walked away with a candle, a notebook full of tidbits about the process, and a desire to take more classes from makers in my community.
Pine Cones and Honeysuckle Jasmine ended up being the winning combo for me, an 80/20 ratio respectively. And I'm not gonna lie, my candle is far from perfect. I can't really smell it and it's burning down in an odd way. But hey, how in the world could I expect that the very first time I made something it'd turn out like the pros? If anything it makes me want to keep trying or take another class and figure out what I did wrong. It's kind of like the scientific method; the only element that was unknown was the human element, i.e. me, so I'd like another chance to figure that out. What I do know is that it smells real good, pretty proud of the scent combination I picked. And like I said, that's 90% right? I'm going to have to recreate it the next time around.
Would you do me a favor? Next time you read about a class in your town or neighboring town and you're unsure about it, just take a leap of faith and go for it. Sign up with friends or make some new ones there and go with an open mind and a desire to learn. We could all use to be a little more well rounded don't you think? And yes, to all my friends and family out there, you will be getting candles for Christmas.
Special thanks to Restyle for opening up their shop and serving us goodies. Still dreaming about those key lime cookies! And also to Arcane Chemistry for leading such a great class, looking forward to taking another one someday!