Lavender Travel Candle Tins: Beautifully Practical and Perfect for Gifting
You’ll never leave home without a travel candle after you’ve tried one of these DIY lavender travel candle tins!
Lavender is one of my favorite scents in the world; calming, floral, and soft, with herbal undertones. When I lived in the Midwest, I would count the days during the winter until I could begin working in my herb garden—flipping through seed catalogs and daydreaming of what I would plant to use in my DIYs. Nowadays, living in Texas, I can walk by my lavender plants, brushing my fingers through the tall stalks just to smell the unique scent of lavender. Breathing in its stillness and reprieve.
Because dried lavender doesn’t travel well, I found a way to take that feeling and scent with me in a hand-poured lavender travel candle. Lighting one makes you feel as if you are in the garden (no green thumb required).
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What’s a Travel Candle?
Its true travel can be stressful even when you’re with family or friends. Lighting a travel candle is a popular way to calm down and replenish upon arriving at your destination. Made in 2 to 4 ounce sizes in travel-friendly candle tins.
Make any Airbnb, hotel, flat, or odd spare bedroom feel more at home. It’s good to be prepared with a travel candle because how can we truly anticipate what a place we haven’t been to will smell like?
I don’t know about you, but I like to make myself as at home as I can be when I travel. I unpack every single thing the minute I arrive (this drives my husband a bit crazy) but prepping the vanity for getting ready, having my sleep mask and headphones in the nightstand drawer, and placing a travel candle beside the bed is a must.
And the last one is key when you think of a travel candle as your very own pocket-sized coziness. Why not scatter a few different scents around your vacation rental and bask in the warm glow of candlelight?
Bring the fresh, light scent of lavender on your travels with this creative lavender use!
Related To: DIY Lavender Sleep Spray
What are the best travel tins for candle making?
If you’re going to travel with a candle, it has got to be unbreakable! So what are the best travel tins for candle making? Containers that are small and lightweight are ideal. Choosing a candle tin with a lid protects the wick and makes it easy to pack. Plus, the lid can be used to extinguish the flame if you forget your candle snuffler. And metal candle tins are #1 on my list of safe candle containers!
But, safe and practical doesn’t have to equate to boring. Choose from sleek matte black to warm rose gold or Anthropology-inspired candle tins, and more. Scroll through these travel tins for candle-making specially designed for hitting the road!
Did you know you can reuse travel candle tins?
Yep, don’t toss them after your trip! After a candle has burned down to ½ inch of wax remaining, don’t light it again (Burning a candle down any lower, you can risk starting a fire); instead, give it a second life. Use it as a secure spot to pack small trinkets from your trip, foreign coins, or chocolates.
Find my tips on how to clean a candle container for new use, along with a handful of ideas for reusing candle containers such as storing sugar scrubs and homemade dishwasher detergent, here.
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How do you make a travel candle?
Travel candles are a treat! Made with eco-friendly clean-burning soy wax, wood wicks, and essential oil – you can’t go wrong! Bring the fresh fragrance of an herb garden to life in these hand-poured travel tin candles. Pull out the lavender buds you’ve been saving, or dry your own with quick tips here.
Did I mention these travel candles make a wonderful gift? Personalize one with the best candle scent for you. Take our quiz to find out what yours is!
Travel Candle Supplies:
4 metal candle tins, 2 ounce
½ pound soy wax flakes
8 small wood wick and clips
15 ml lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
How to Make Travel Candles:
Double layer wood wicks into each wood wick clip. Then use glue dots to adhere the prepped wicks to the center base of each candle tin.
Use a digital kitchen scale to measure 8 ounces of soy wax. Pour it into a candle melting pitcher. Fill a large saucepan with about 2 inches of water and place it on the stove to heat using the double boiler method.
Melt over medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, stirring often. (Never leave melting wax unattended.)
Remove from heat after melting and let the wax cool to 120°F to 125°F before adding 15 ml of lavender essential oil. Slowly stir the essential oil into the wax for a consistent 1 to 2 minutes.
Then carefully pour the scented soy wax into prepared candle tins. Sprinkle dried lavender buds on the top of each candle. (I love the look of lavender buds in these candles, but you can skip them, and your candle will still smell great.)
Last let the candles cool 30 minutes to 1 hour or until the wax is hard and white. Then cut each wood wick to approximately ⅛ an inch above the wax for the best burn rate.
You’ll never leave home without a travel candle after you’ve tried one!
To make the most of a candle when traveling, light it when you first arrive to alleviate any unwanted odors and disperse the fragrant, calming scent of lavender into the space.
To avoid setting a fire alarm off, make sure to trim the wick to ⅛ inch each time before lighting. This prevents a big flame, smoke, and soot from building up in a candle. And always remember safety first – never leave a candle burning unattended!
5 Tips on How Turn a Hotel Room into a Sanctuary
1. Clean If You Must
If you have trouble relaxing in a hotel room without know if it’s completely clean, try this. Bring a pack of natural cleaning wipes to disinfect the top of the vanity, nightstand, or remote control. These are even made with lavender essential oil!
2. Light a Travel Candle
You can create a relaxing sanctuary in any hotel room or even your in-law’s spare room by simply lighting a travel candle for all the cozy feels.
3. Play Some Tunes
Wind down or get your vacation party started with your favorite tunes. Your music is always travel-friendly when you use a service like Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify.
4. Don’t Forget the Little Luxuries
If you paid for a room with a jetted jacuzzi tub or an antique claw foot tub, put it to use!! Add your own homemade bubble bath or bath bombs to a jacuzzi (neither of these will clog the jets). As for a deep soaking bathtub, go all-in with a milk bath recipe and moon bath ritual beginning with milk and ending with ahh…
5. Get Some R&R
Traveling itself and adjusting to a new sleep space can be hard on anyone. So bring along a DIY sleep spray to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Spritz it on your hotel linens and pillowcase. You can even dab a drop of lavender essential oil behind each ear. Just make sure you put out your travel candle first.
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Lavender Travel Candle Tins
Give the gift of ambiance that travels with these enchanting hand-poured travel candle tins! Print these instructions on how to make a travel candle now.
- 4 metal candle tins, 2 ounce
- ½ pound soy wax flakes
- 8 small wood wick and clips
- 4 glue dots
- 15 ml lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
- Double layer wood wicks into each wood wick clip. Then use glue dots to adhere the prepped wicks to the center base of each candle tin.
- Use a digital kitchen scale to measure 8 ounces of soy wax. Pour it into a candle melting pitcher. Fill a large saucepan with about 2 inches of water and place it on the stove to heat using the double boiler method.
- Melt over medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, stirring often. (Never leave melting wax unattended.)
- Remove from heat after melting and let the wax cool to 120°F to 125°F before adding 15 ml of lavender essential oil. Slowly stir the essential oil into the wax for a consistent 1 to 2 minutes.
- Then carefully pour the scented soy wax into prepared candle tins. Sprinkle dried lavender buds on the top of each candle. (I love the look of lavender buds in these candles, but you can skip them, and your candle will still smell great.)
- Last let the candles cool 30 minutes to 1 hour or until the wax is hard and white. Then cut each wood wick to approximately ⅛ an inch above the wax for the best burn rate.
You’ll never leave home without a travel candle after you’ve tried one!
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Give the gift of ambiance that travels with these enchanting hand-poured travel candle tins! Pin these instructions on how to make a travel candle now—tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share your candle-making with me.
Hi, this is a lovely article. Do you not find your lavender discolours with the soap or the essential oils in the soap? Its a real pain for me!
Thanks Wendy, lavender does discolor in soap fairy quickly, but not in candles.