Learn to make soy wax candles with essential oils in your favorite fragrances! Create a homey atmosphere with a candle type that’s not only safer to burn, but aromatic too 👃.
Soy wax candles are gaining popularity for good reason these days -they are made from hydrogenated soybean oil making them all natural. Soy wax is less expensive than beeswax and produces longer and clean-burning candles.
Consider combining them with the therapeutic properties of essential oils and you’ve got a recipe for amazing candles on your hands!
There are many benefits to using soy wax when you want to step up your candle-making game….Essential oils have their place in so many types of beauty regimens including bath salts….so this is a winning combination!
What are some of the advantages of using soy wax to make your own candles ?
Any craft store, both online and off, will have the supplies you need to make your own soy wax candles. Soy jar candles are the easiest to make if you’ve got a nice collection of glass jars around, mainly small and wide mouth ones.
If you’re ready to get started, here’s what you need:
· 1 jar (a smaller, pint-sized mason jar will do just fine)
· 1 ounce of essential oil scent of your choosing
· 1 wick suitable for use with soy
You should be able to locate these materials at a candle making store or you can order them online. There are many retailers on the Internet that will supply you with everything you need to know about how to make soy candles and how to make use of the materials. This kit to the left has the whole-shebang -pretty much everything you need to get going.
A hand-dipped candle making kit like this one is just what you need if you are looking to embark on a fun new hobby. Or if you’re looking for “just the thing” for the next girls’ night in, pamper day party or craft meet – this one has got the whole enchilada!
I remember back in the early 2000s, I was interested in candles and I bought all my materials a la carte. When I first got started, I would become worried that I forgot or left out something. I would have loved to have stumbled upon something like this! This complete set has all the ingredients, and then some, to make your own line of essential oil scented soy wax candles – you will be able to make a nice batch of tealights, as well as four tins for regular-sized candles. There’s an assortment of wicks, stirring sticks, tins for tealights and medium sized candles, color dye blocks, soy wax chips and a pour pot – that’s something I didn’t have when I last was working with wax.
It’s also a great supply kit to get the kids involved with – with your supervision of course, it will be a great family activity. Instructions are included too – as a special bonus there are labels to adorn the larger tins. Give your candles as gifts or keep a few to enjoy for yourself, you can’t go wrong with the subtle, natural fragrance of soy candles as well as a far less smoky burning experience.
If you already have some experience working with essential oils, you should be in good hands for choosing a scent or combination to your liking. Combining them can often give you the unique scent you want, but you want to be sure you’ve chosen a good combo before proceeding with the mixture.
Be sure to use a measuring cup like this one to get a precise amount of the wax chips. Heat the soy wax on the stovetop in an instrument like a double boiler until it melts or you may be able to microwave it…being sure to use a cooking thermometer to keep track of the temp.
About 180 degrees F is the ballpark we want to be in.
Center your wick in the middle of the jar.You can use a dab of e6000 or hot glue to attach the metal disc to the bottom of the jar. .if there is much overhang above the jar, wrap the extra length around a pencil placed atop the jar -this helps the wick remain in place before pouring in the wax.
It is best to mix the oils before you add them to the soy wax so that you don’t have a whole pot of melted wax with an undesireable scent – ick!
If you are using one pound of soy wax, your instructions on how to make soy candles will tell you that you will need to use 1 fluid ounce of oil to fragrance it for best results. That is equivalent to about 100 drops – quite a lot. The scent of these candles will not be that powerful.
😊The aromas of essential oil scented soy candles are subtle, subtle, subtle.
When the wax has melted completely and reached a temp of about 130 degrees F…. slowly pour into the jar until you reach the top (you can leave the pencil in place for now) The pencil on top of the jar will keep the wick from shifting around.
Now you’re going to want to let it set up and cool…repeat with remaining wax and other jars/wicks if any.
Prior to burning your new candle, you may want to trim the exposed wick to about a quarter of an inch (0.25″) It’s a good idea to keep the wick at that length for subsequent burnings later on to minimize soot in the air.
With a little practice you will almost certainly get the hang of it – enjoy experimenting with different jars sizes and types, as well as different oil combinations.
Enjoy your new essential oil-infused soy wax candles – and don’t forget they make great gifts for friends and family too!
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