I have been making my own candles for almost 5 years now. I pretty much stick to soy container candles or pillar mold candles.
The container candles are great to have around as little hostess gifts year round and make perfect stocking stuffers or last minute gifts . I have made soy container candles several times now with groups of older kids – the wax is hot so need to supervise with younger ones. One of the MOST important ( and most expensive) factors in candle making is the fragrance oil. This is what makes the difference between a candle at the dollar store and brand names like Yankee Candle Factory. This is why I started making my own candles- I hated the scent of cheap candles and really hated the price of expensive candles.
At any rate- after lots of experiment here is a list of favourite suppliers and my recommended scents.
Favourite Fragrance Suppliers:
The Cajun Candle Factory- Best Candles Scents and Fragrance Oils
Apple Strudel – I normally don’t; go for fruit or “bake” scents but this is exceptional . A great spiced apple scent with hint of vanilla. Really nice fall scent
Banana Nut Bread – Again- I bought this on a whim because I normally don;t like “baked” any kind of scent- but this is just incredible! Anyone I have ever made it for raves about it.
Christmas Memories – OKay- this is my all time favourite scent- I could just eat it. I don;t know what they put in it- it has hint of pear with some spice- Impossible to describe but if you order this you will NOT regret it. I could burn this year round.
Christmas Tree – Best Christmas tree scent I have tried. Slightly sweet- not hint of “pine-sol” or disinfectant smell. Highly recommend. I burn this to compensate for our artificial tree 🙂
Cinnamon Buns – People I make this for gaga over it.
French Vanilla – Perfect vanilla scent. I have tried others but keep coming back to this.