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Is Candle Making an Expensive Hobby?

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Candle making is a great way to have fun and get creative, but is it an expensive hobby?

Avid candle lovers will be aware of how expensive branded candles can be, so it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that making your own candles is a much cheaper alternative.

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Creating your own candles requires a number of different supplies. Candle making kits can be a great help when starting this hobby. Breaking down the materials to make your own candle, you need:

  • Wax
  • Fragrances or oils
  • Dyes or pigments
  • Wicks
  • Containers or jars

Once you have calculated your total costs, you can decide whether or not the expenses of buying candle supplies are worth it for you. Your costs will fluctuate depending on the size and type of your candles.

Of course, there is also the factor of time. Time equals money in today’s day and age. When calculating the cost of making your own candles, it might be a good idea to take into account the numbers of hours you will spend making the candles.

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as just pouring wax and fragrance into a container. You have to melt the wax to a specific temperature and different waxes have varying temperatures. There is a lot of testing that goes into creating the perfect candle that smells great and burns efficiently.

Scented or coloured candles will cost more to produce due to the additional supplies required to make them. A cheap way to start candle making is to choose non-scented or plain candles to avoid the extra non-essential costs.

Although it appears like there are a lot of expenses when it comes to candle making, you can often buy these raw materials in bulk. Wholesale companies sell bundles of candle supplies to the public and this works out much cheaper. Remember that if you want a high-quality candle, you need to use high quality materials, which will cost more.

Making your own candles does not have to expensive if you shop around for some cheaper materials to work with. If you plan on selling your homemade candles, there is definitely room to make a profit with your sales.

Candle making can incur a lot of expenses, and may provide a low profit margin if you’re selling them, but the expenses of creating your own candles are justified when you consider the price of buying pre-made candles such as Yankee candles. Choosing the right materials and perfecting your wax composition will save you money in the long-term.

Buying wholesale materials, and ‘bulk creating’ your candles can save you money and time. If you love making your own candles, it is definitely not the most expensive hobby in the world, and it’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing!