Candle Making With Soy Wax

With an inexpensive price tag and a low melting point making your own soy candles has never been more rewarding.

Tips For The Best Possible Candles

The wicks and the wax really matters. If you can stick with the good stuff, do it. A low quality wick will lead to a candle that won't stay lit, or will have your wax hardening before you are ready. Soy wax manufacturers have done all the leg work to find the right elements that make a good soy candle.

Not all fragrance oils or essential oils survive in candles. Citrus, and mint essential oils may not come through or weaken dramatically in the finished candles.

This is also true of some fragrance oil, which evaporate out of the candle before it has had a chance to set. This has to do with the temperature each oil will evaporate at. Many essential and fragrance oil manufacturers print this information out on the label, some do not. It is always good to check before you start your batch of candles.

Equipment You Need

A digital temperate gauge

A kitchen scale

A double boiler

It would also be nice to have a glue gun to secure the wick to the bottom of your container or mold, and a wick centering device.

Using Cotton Wicks

Most candle makers using fragrance oil will use 1 oz. fragrance to 1 lb. of dye. With essential oils this may vary a little due to differences in each type of plant.

When using essential oils use the 1 oz. to 1 lb. ratio, but let your nose guide you.

Sensual Cinnamon Essential Oil Candle Recipe

This recipe will make: 4-8 oz. Or 8-4 oz. candle containers

4-8 3.5" Cotton Wicks

2 lbsEcoSoya Container Blend Wax

1 oz. Cinnamon Bark C02 extract

½ oz. Ginger Root C02 extract

½ oz. Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil

1/8 oz. Sandalwood Essential Oil

Directions

Melt your wax in a double broiler, do not burn or scald the wax. You never want to leave the wax unattended, at a temperature of around 300 degrees it will burst into flame. Soy wax has a melting point of around 97 degrees.

Once the wax is evenly melted remove from heat, you can add a dye at this time. The candle dye may require special handling, check the instructions on the dye package.

Reserve adding the fragrance to right before you are about to pour the candle. This allows the wax to cool enough to evaporate less of the fragrance.

The tab of the wick can either be secured with a small dot of glue to the bottom of the container, or mold. Or you can wait until the wax is setting a bit around the edges and push your pre-waxed, tabbed wick into place.

Allow your candles to dry overnight.

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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

I've always wanted to give candle-making a try, especially soy candles (which I love). Great hub and tutorial. I thank you for sharing.


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By Lori 4 years ago from USA

Very good. I read that soy candles burn longer than most so if I ever make candles again I will try that.


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

Have never made my own candle. Sounds like a fun crafting activity.

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