Gift giving can be challenging, but this easy homemade soy candle recipe will make it easy. Go down the road less traveled by making your own thoughtful gifts instead of going store-bought. Soy candles make ideal Eco-friendly gifts because they’re made from biodegradable materials to ease the strain on the environment. Following our easy instructions on how to make soy candles will teach you how to make some amazing gifts that keep on giving, sustainability-wise.
How to Make Soy Candles in 8 Easy Steps
Here is the list of materials you need:
- Wick Stickers (Choose the size carefully– too big and the wick will be sooty and hard to extinguish, too small and you will get a melted pool that does not reach the edge of the candle)
- Recycled candle containers (old teacups, mason jars, mugs, ceramic flower pots)
- Measuring cup
- Double boiler (You can buy one, or just approximate one at home. All you need are two pots: one small and one larger. Best materials for this item are aluminum, copper, stainless steel, ceramic because they are quick conductors of heat.)
- Candy thermometer
- Candle dye (optional)
- Fragrance oil (Avoid essential oils because they have a weaker scent)
Before we move on to our super easy soy candle tutorial, here are some of our reminders to keep in mind:
- Cover the area you intend to work on with newspapers to make cleanup easier.
- Choose the wick size for your candle. The wick size is determined by several factors such as wax brand, container size, and the amount of fragrance used. Luckily, many wick manufacturers offer online charts to help you decide.
- Prepare a clean dry candle mold/container. Be sure to use a heat-safe container or it will crack.
- When adding some color to your candle. The amount of coloring you need to add will vary depending on the type of dye you’re using and the size of your jar. The soy wax does not color as well as the traditional paraffin wax. If you want a lovely pastel color, you must be very conservative with your dye. If you’re still having trouble adding color to your soy candles despite using a large amount of dye, you’re likely using a dye that isn’t suitable for soy wax.
- To measure the amount of fragrance oil you’ll need to measure 10% of the total weight of the wax. Just divide the weight of the wax in grams by 10 to get the answer for the amount in milliliters you need. If you find the fragrance too strong you can lower the fragrance oil percentage to between 7-9%. Don’t add more than 12% because this will reduce the stability and integrity of the wax, leading to poorly made candles.
- The wax can be poured at different temperatures with varying results. Variables such as the brand of wax and the size and material of the containers will determine the best temperature to pour the wax. Different “How to make soy candles” guides will have different temperatures but a safe bet, however, is in the 120-140 F range.
How to Find the Amount of Wax you Need?
There are plenty of how to make candle guides that feature math in order to find the precise amount of wax needed, but that can be tedious. Luckily, there’s an easy technique for those who want to skip the math. Just, fill the container you intend to use with water, then transfer the water to a measuring cup to find the right amount. This is the easiest way to make sure you’re not wasting any wax.
For those interested in the math, simply multiply the container’s volume by 0.85 to find the required amount of wax in grams. For example, if the volume is 250ml, multiply this by 0.85 to get 212.5 grams of soy wax.
We’re all set and ready to make our soy candles. Let’s get started!
1) Melt the Soy Wax
With our double boiler, fill a large pot halfway with water and allow it to simmer over the stove. Allow the wax to melt while stirring occasionally.
If you’re using a melting pot or pitcher lower it directly into the water, but if you’re using a heat-proof bowl set it right on top of the pot as if you were melting chocolate.
A word of caution: Melting the soy wax must be done slowly because soy wax may catch fire if not melted properly.
2) Add some Color and Fragrance to your Candle to give it that Luxury Feel
This is an optional step if you want to add some pizzazz to your candles. Make sure that the wax is between 170-180 F (82 C) and not any hotter. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature. If you’re at the desired temperature you may add the dye. If your dye is a block candle dye, then you should break it apart before adding it to the wax to make it melt quicker.
Once you get the temperature of the wax down between 150-160 F, add the fragrance and stir to fully distribute the fragrance and make sure temperature does not exceed 160F or the fragrance oil will evaporate very quickly.
3) Pour the Wax into the Containers
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Carefully pour the wax into each container while avoiding the tape and wick. Pour slowly to avoid air bubbles, which will make the finished candle look uneven. You can also use a clothespin after the wax is poured to keep the wick centered.
4) Wait 24 Hours
Once the candles are fully cooled and hardened just trim the wick to ¼ inch and you’re done. Be sure to continue trimming the wick to this length every time you light the candle to prevent mushrooming. Mushrooming is the shape the wick takes after burning and causes the flames to consume more wax than it can burn.
Watch this video from Candle Science to learn more:
Making your own gifts instead of buying them can save you both time and money. Following this How to make soy candles guide will help you make the perfect eco-friendly gift for your friends and loved ones while making sure you’re doing right by the environment. Now that’s a win-win!
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