In colonial times, it was quite a find to discover that boiling bayberry berries produced a beautiful wax that was fragrant and burned cleanly. The only problem was that it took many, many berries, as much as 15 pounds to produce one pound of wax. This is why we don’t see many today but you can find bayberry fragrance oil and make your own bayberry candles for “good luck” at the holidays.
I bought soy wax, 4oz. tins and bayberry oil to make a huge batch of candles that I will give everyone from my friends and family, co-worker, my neighbors and to all of our helpers from throughout the year. I never made candles before and was able to get a lot of helpful information on the internet.
Most of my supplies came from candlescience.com. They have a great FAQ section that really helped me figure out what I needed and how to complete my project. In addition to the wax, tins and oil, I needed wicks, a wax pitcher and a thermometer. All in all, I think I ended up spending around $180 and made 60 candle tins, which comes out to $3 a candle. This also included the cute labels I bought from swankpress.com.
Making candles seems like a daunting task but it was really pretty easy. The tins so well for this task and I think they make a great gift for a little bit of time and not a lot of money.