The craft of candle-making is an incredibly popular pastime in both America and abroad. Recent statistics have shown the sector as a whole is currently experiencing a major growth period. Sales for candles and goods related to candles now exceed over $3 billion per annum. Who would have thought our childhood hobby would ever have spawned such a lucrative industry and business?!
While some businesses are increasingly capitalizing on the growth of the industry, others of us will go on doing what we love, which is simply just making candles! I plan on giving you the basics of how to make your own soy candles in this post. It’ll take a bit of time on your part though. This is an extremely delicate process and it will probably take a couple of tries to perfect it.
Some of the advantages of using soy wax to make your own candles include:
- Made of Natural Ingredients Soy wax, derived from soybean, is a hydrogenated vegetable oil which at room temperature turns to solid. Soy wax contains nothing toxic, which makes it a safer alternative to the old-fashioned paraffin wax, made from synthetic oil and creating hazardous by-products when burnt or melted. Since it is non-toxic, it makes it safer for both the environment and your own wellbeing!
- Length Of Burn Soy candles burn at least 50% longer than candles made from paraffin wax due to the chemical composition of soy wax which makes it more cost-effective in the long run.
- Scents are Stronger Since soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, the fragrance from infused essential oils is more attractive and better smelling than those added on to paraffin by artificial scents. It’s normal to hear people talk about headaches when paraffin candles are burning, which is not because of the wax’s fragrance but rather because of the chemicals it introduces into the air.
- Completely Vegan If you are someone who does not want to use animal products, shopping for candle related products can be an uphill task because the reality is that that are many brands of candles that use animal ingredients! Beeswax comes from the hives of beeves, tallow comes from the fat of animals, and some wax even comes from whales or dolphins. Soy candles however are 100% vegan and do not require any animal products when manufactured.
- House Maintenance Soy won’t damage the house: paraffin candle pollutants are piling up on windows, staining the paint in the home. They even build up in fabrics of upholstery and in carpets, which influence the air quality in your house.
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Any craft shop, online as well as off, will have the tools you need to make your own soy wax candles. The best to produce soy container candles. Here’s what you need to make those soy candles:
- 1 pound of soy wax
- 1 jar (an ordinary mason jar will do just fine)
- 1 ounce of fragrance oil if you want scented soy candles
- 1 wick suitable for use with soy.
Steps To Making Your Own Soy Candle
Get some large and small pour pitchers, some wax paper and a standard thermometer which can withstand high temperatures once you have your materials. Hint: A candy thermometer was a something that worked for us. You’ll definitely need high quality soy wax. Many supplies stores usually market this in block or flake form. The flake type is better in my experience, as it appears to melt more reliably. You will also want to make sure you have a good supply of wicks, and some sturdy glass containers to use as molds.
Based on the size of the glass mold you can gage the quantity of wax to be used. Place the sauce pan into the stovetop, the the heat of the fire just below halfway. Your wax has a boiling point of 127 degrees so keep a close watch on it to ensure it doesn’t burn. Place the wax into your mold somewhere from 95-110 degrees, for better results. Then place the wick in the wax, and give enough time to dry. If you do decide to add some color, do this when the wax is still on the stovetop at around 150 degrees. Fragrance should be added at around 140 degrees after the wax has been removed from heat.
While wax colors and fragrances are optional, they really bring a great deal of value to the end product. But for this, i’d say you should save your money before you’ve perfected the method of candle construction.
Of course, to make things easier for those that are just starting out. There are candle making kits that are readily available on the market so you don’t have to source everything by yourself. Here are some of our suggestions.
Hope this guide was helpful in guiding you to make your own soy candles. Hop on over to shoptheoccasion.com for more tips, tricks, shopping guides and more ideas!