In times of economic downturn, finding affordable and enjoyable hobbies becomes essential. One such hobby that ticks all the boxes is candle making. Not only does it offer a creative outlet, but it also provides numerous benefits that make it worth the time and effort. Here are ten compelling reasons why you should consider making candles at home during a recession.

1. Cost-Effective Craft

Store-bought candles can be surprisingly expensive, especially if you’re looking for high-quality, scented varieties. By making your own, you can save a significant amount of money. Bulk purchasing of wax, wicks, and fragrance oils allows you to produce many candles at a fraction of the cost of retail prices.

2. Personalisation

When you make your own candles, you have full control over the materials, scents, and designs. This means you can create candles that perfectly match your preferences and décor. Whether you prefer a calming lavender aroma or a vibrant citrus scent, the choice is entirely yours. Plus you can control what quality of materials you use and be happy that the scents you are burning are Phthalate free.

3. Ambiance Enhancer

Candles are excellent for creating a warm and inviting ambiance in any room. The gentle flicker of candlelight instantly transforms the atmosphere, making any space feel cozier. During a recession, when nights out become less frequent, creating a pleasant home environment becomes even more important.

4. Eco-Friendly Option

Many commercial candles contain harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances. When you make your own, you can choose natural ingredients like soy wax and Phthalate free fragrance oils, resulting in a healthier and more environmentally friendly product.

5. Stress Relief

The process of making candles can be incredibly therapeutic. Measuring, melting, and pouring wax requires focus and patience, which can help take your mind off financial worries. Additionally, lighting a homemade candle and enjoying its soothing scent is a great way to unwind after a long day.

6. Unique Gifts

Homemade candles make wonderful, personalised gifts for friends and family. During a recession, when budgets are tight, handcrafted gifts show thoughtfulness and creativity without breaking the bank. Plus, everyone loves receiving something made with love.

7. Social Activity

Candle making can be a fun group activity. Invite friends over for a candle-making evening. Share materials, swap ideas, and enjoy each other’s company while creating something beautiful. It’s a cost-effective way to socialize and have a great time together. Take advantage of the candle making kits that we have on offer which are great value.

8. Learning Opportunity

Mastering the art of candle making involves learning new skills and techniques. From understanding the properties of different waxes to blending fragrance oils, there’s always something new to discover. This continuous learning process keeps your mind engaged and sharp.

9. Household Savings

Beyond just the cost of the candles themselves, having a stash of homemade candles on hand can save you money in other ways. For example, using candles for lighting can reduce electricity bills, and scented candles and diffusers can substitute for other air fresheners and deodorisers.

10. Sense of Accomplishment

There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands. Seeing a finished candle, lighting it, and enjoying its light and scent brings a sense of pride and accomplishment that store-bought items simply can’t match.

Getting Started with Candle Making

If you’re new to candle making, don’t worry – it’s easier than it looks! Start with a basic kit that includes wax, wicks, and a high quality fragrance oil or come to a beginners candle making class which we run at our showroom each month. Take a look at our knowledge section that can guide you through the process step-by-step or get yourself a Candle Maker that does the whole process for you. We even have a list of tried and tested recipes that you can use to create the perfect candle. As you gain confidence, you can experiment with different molds, colours, and scent combinations.


Making candles at home is a rewarding and cost-effective hobby that offers numerous benefits, especially during an economic recession. It enhances your home’s ambiance, provides stress relief, and offers a fun social activity, all while saving you money. So, gather your materials, invite some friends over, and light up your life with homemade candles!