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Eco-Friendly Candle Making


Taught by Melanie Monteverde

Learn everything you need to know about making your own natural aromatherapy candles!

Everyone loves the glow of candlelight. Learn to make your own candles, just like those you find in stores, but better because you will be using natural waxes (no petroleum-based paraffin) and pure essential oils. Soy wax is a newer product and is a wonderful alternative to paraffin. You’ll work with the two main types: hard soy wax (used for votive, pillar or freestanding candles) and soft soy wax (used for container candles). Beeswax is another natural wax with a lovely honey aroma, and we’ll use beeswax sheets to make rolled taper candles. Both soy candles & beeswax candles burn longer & cleaner than common paraffin candles.

Please Note: A materials fee of $22 in cash is due
and will be collected on the day of the class.

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Using these 2 natural waxes, we’ll experiment as we make 3 popular types of candles:

  • Soy Wax Votives
  • Soy Wax Container Candles
  • Rolled Beeswax Candles

The class will cover everything you need to know about making candles: basic safety considerations, necessary equipment and materials, different types of wick, how to color your candles, how to scent and mold them, as well as ideas for how to package them.

We’ll discuss scenting candles with natural, pure essential oils for their aromatherapy benefit and to keep our candles natural. Each student will custom scent and color (optional) their own candles. Whether you are making candles for yourself, for gifts, or to sell, this is the class you’ve been looking for! It’s hands-on and packed with information.

You’ll take home thorough handouts, enough information to make natural wax candles on your own as well as a pair of beeswax rolled taper candles, a 6 oz. aromatherapy soy container candle, and 2 aromatherapy scented soy wax votives. Just to be on the safe side, please don’t wear your favorite clothes (in case wax gets on them).


Melanie head shot croppedMelanie Monteverde has been coming to The Nova Studio since 2006 and has taken (and been a teacher’s assistant) for nearly every class taught at The Nova Studio! She is an avid crafter who enjoys knitting, beading, pouring natural candles, and making bath and body products. Her kitchen gets more use from making bath and body products than it does from cooking! She has taught students of all ages, ranging from preschoolers to adults in a corporate setting. Learn from Melanie at the Studio.

If you are coming from out of town, contact us before making any non-refundable travel arrangements so we can verify the class has met the minimum and is definitely a go.

All payments are non-refundable, but we do offer partial class credit depending on how much advance notice you give us. If you cannot attend a class, you can always send someone in your place. Alternatively, you can receive partial credit as described below. Note: We do not offer refunds, only future class credits.

At Least 7 Days’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us at 510-234-5700 with 7 or more days’ notice, you will be able to transfer your class fee, minus a $15 change fee, to any future class.

At Least 48 Hours’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 48 hours’ notice (but less than 7 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 50% of your class fee to any future class.

Less than 48 Hours’ Notice: If you give us less than 48 hours’ notice that you cannot attend a class, you forfeit your class fee. We are happy to send the class handouts to you. Simply email us a request.

If We Have to Cancel: In the rare case where enrollment is below the studio minimum of 5 students, the teacher has the right to cancel no later than the Monday prior to the class. If a class is cancelled, you will be contacted using the phone number and/or e-mail address that you gave when signing up. You will have a choice of a full refund or a credit for any future class.


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