I’m one of those people who likes to make things from scratch. I enjoy the process, but even more than that, the finished product warms my heart. It’s so much more satisfying when you make it yourself. For Christmas prezzies this year, I thought I’d DIY a few things and see how it goes.
This is my first attempt at Soy candles and they are somewhat easy to make.
I’ve always wondered why scented soy candles cost a pretty penny… Well, supplies are definitely not cheap! I have a whole new level of respect for people who sell handmade, natural products.
And if you’re wondering why soy wax as opposed to the more popular and much cheaper paraffin, soy wax is natural and eco-friendly. As is beeswax. This article should help you understand the difference.
Now to the business of candle making:
– To begin, gather your supplies. You’ll need:
- Soy wax
- Glass jars (or whatever containers you want your candles in. No plastic, though)
- Pouring pitcher
- Eco wicks
- Wick bar
- Essential oils
- Thermometer (preferably a glass thermometer if you have one. I used what I have)
- Stirring stick
– Measure wax into the pitcher. I used a stainless steel pouring pitcher that came with my candle making kit, but if you don’t have one, use any other container that is heat friendly. An old small pot, perhaps? Just be sure not to cook with it afterwards.
(If you’ve never made candles before, you’d be surprised at how much wax you need. It’s a lot!)
– Melt wax in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, improvise like I did. Fill a larger pot with water about 1/3 of the way and heat it up. Then insert pitcher containing wax. Make-shift double boiler done! Watch it carefully, soy wax melts pretty quickly. Stirring occasionally until wax is completely melted or it reaches a temperature of 185 F (Note: Don’t reuse stirring stick for food).
Alternatively, do this step in a microwave. 20-30second intervals until wax is completely melted.
– While wax is melting, stick wick to bottom of the jar you are using for your candles. Use glue if you have some on hand or just dip the metal base of your wick into melted wax and stick to bottom of jar. Hold in place with a wick bar to centre the wick and keep it upright through the entire process.
– When the wax reaches temperature, take off heat and mix in fragrance/essential oils. I made two batches, one with chai spices and the other with jasmine oil.
Then carefully pour melted wax into prepared jars. Leave undistured for 24hours until wax hardens completely.
(Pouring temperature should be about 135 F).
– Jamsine scented soy wax
– 24 hours later
– Trim wick to desired length. About 1/4 of an inch works.
It’s ready to use. But you can leave it to cure for about a week before lighting if you want to intensify the scent.
I lit one anyway…
There you go, easy-peasy soy candles.
(My chai-spiced candle wasn’t a complete success. As the wax hardened, the spices settled at the bottom of the jar. It’s not a huge deal now, I guess, but in time my candle won’t light up anymore. Back to the drawing board with that one.)