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How to Make Scented Soy Votive Candles

Updated on February 12, 2014


  • Soy wax. 1 lb will make about 10 votive candles.
  • Votive candle molds.
  • Candle scents.
  • Wax color chips.
  • A wax pouring container.
  • A wax thermometer.
  • Pre-tabbed candle wicks.

Melting Your Wax

Put the amount of wax that you want to melt down into your wax pouring container, and then place this container within a stock pot that contains boiling water. You'll want to place your candle thermometer (candy thermometers work well for this) into the wax pouring container to monitor the temperature of the wax. Keep stirring the wax regularly.

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Adding Your Color and Scent

Once your wax hits about 170 degrees, you'll want to add your coloring and your scent. You mustn't add scent after the wax has exceeded 180 degrees or when the wax is lower than 160. If the wax is lower than 160, the scent will not bond with the wax. If the wax is higher, the scent may simply burn off. One wax color chip is enough for 1 lb of wax, and 1 oz of scent is usually the right amount for 1 lb of soy candle wax. Mix the color and scent into your wax for at least two minutes while maintaining the temperature.

Lower the Temperature of Your Wax

Lower your wax's temperature to about 150 degrees before slowly pouring your wax directly into your votive molds. When pouring your wax, you'll want to pour it to the top of the container. Most soy waxes today are one pour waxes, which means you should not need to pour again -- other types of waxes will require that you pour a little more after the wax has set.

Add Your Wicks Into the Candles

Once a film has appeared at the very top of the votive candle, you'll want to insert your wicks. Your wicks may not stay straight immediately; as the candle hardens, you'll want to make sure that it is straight but you'll also want to avoid fussing with it once the candle has actually set. You'll be able to see the candle setting because the wax will slowly turn from clear to opaque as it thickens.

Allow Your Candles to Harden

Wait for four to six hours before trying to remove your candles from the votive molds. Your candles should be easily removed after six hours, but if they resist you can pop them into the refrigerator for about five to ten minutes to loosen them.

Eventually you can experiment with more advanced techniques.
Eventually you can experiment with more advanced techniques.


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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Excellent tutorial. Thank you! Shared and voted up, UAI.