Making Palm Oil Candles


Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil that is sourced from the African Oil Palm Tree. It is one of the most versatile oils in use today, and its uses range from fuel to food products such as lipstick, margarine and even ice cream. In recent years, palm oil has become an increasingly popular ingredient for making candles due to its long burning time and colorless appearance, which allows for beautiful colors to be added. In this guide, we’ll look more closely at how you can make your own palm oil candle from scratch.

The process of making candles with palm oil generally involves combining it with either beeswax or soy wax as well as other ingredients for scent and dye. The materials needed include a double boiler-style pot heated by a stovetop burner or by electric heat source such as in a slow cooker, thermometer for temperature control, glass jar or container with lid for poured candles (the width should not exceed the size of the double boiler), wicks, dye chips if color wax is desired and essential oils if scented candles are desired. After the supplies are gathered and arranged on a safe working surface near the heat source, the process begins with melting the wax over low to medium heat while stirring until it reaches 150-175 degrees Fahrenheit. Now additional special ingredients may be incorporated into the melted wax such as dye chips or fragrance oil depending on what type of candle is desired. The next step is pouring melted wax into molds or containers, adding a wick when necessary and allowing them to harden until they have cooled completely before storing away. With patience and attention to detail one can create their own customised palm oil candles!

Understand the Benefits of Working with Palm Oil Candles

Making your own palm oil candles offers a great deal of benefits. Palm oil is one of the sturdiest oils, so it’s ideal for making wax candles. It is easy to work with and can create beautiful and unique designs. This makes it perfect for those looking to create meaningful works of art from candle-making. Not only that, but palm oil candles burn longer than traditional wax candles, adding an extra touch of luxury without spending too much money. In addition, the natural properties of palm oil make for cleaner burning with minimal smoke pollution, meaning these candles are better for the environment than other types of waxes. Finally, palm oil is very affordable and can be sourced from many different countries around the world. All of these factors combined make it clear why making your own palm oil candles is beneficial in more ways than one!

Selecting the Right Supplies

When making palm oil candles, it’s important to have the right supplies. Selecting the necessary tools and materials will make your papier-mâché creating process easier and more enjoyable.


Double boiler – This is a must-have item when melting the wax and blending it with the oil. It ensures that you don’t overheat either ingredient, which can cause hazardous situations.

Candle jar or container – The size and shape of this container will depend on how large you want your candle to be; a shallow bowl can work well for this purpose. As for material, choose a heat-safe glass, ceramic, or metal vessel.

Melting spoon – You’ll need one for stirring your ingredients together. A wooden spoon works great for this project because it won’t burn from coming in contact with hot wax.

Wick – The wick must be able to hold up against being submerged in liquid wax without unraveling so choose something strong and durable such as cotton or paper string. Choose a size appropriate for your container; if unsure opt for longer than needed as you can always cut it down afterward.

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Palm oil – Make sure to select sustainably harvested products that come from reliable sources so you know that no trees were harmed in order to make them.
Fragrance Oil – You may mix in any kind of scent you wish ranging from fruity to floral depending on what you think smells best! Keep in mind though that too much fragrance could cause problems during burning like flares or smoke formation so pay attention while measuring out drops or teaspoons of scent oil into your double boiler before combining with wax.)
Wax pellets/Beeswax – You may use either pellets or full sheets depending on what is convenient for you since both are readily available at craft stores but keep an eye out on the packaging labels mentioning natural materials since these will likely be better quality than synthetic ones which can emit unpleasant odors during use due to deceptively cheaper cost.

Heating and Melting the Wax

To make palm oil candles, first the wax must be heated and melted in order to create a liquid form. To achieve this, several different methods can be used. A double boiler may be used, by placing the wax within a metal pan and then submerging the pan in another larger pot that is filled with water. This method prevents burning and ensures that the wax will not smoke or reach too high of temperatures. Another option is to use an electric skillet filled with a few inches of water with the wax placed inside a smaller container within it; again ensuring that the heat doesn’t get too intense. In addition to either of these methods, you can also use a microwave to safely melt your wax own its own without any additional assistance. However, make sure there are no bubbles or metals mixed into the wax before microwaving as that could lead to dangerous results. Take necessary safety precautions such as using mitts when handling hot equipment, make sure surfaces are dry from spilled liquid wax, and always keep an eye on it until it has finished melting. After adequately melting the wax, you are one step closer to making beautiful palm oil candles!

Crafting Techniques

Palm oil candles are a unique and beautiful craft to partake in. They give a soft, warm light, making them perfect for any home decor! Crafting them yourself is not only fun but also quite simple if you know the steps:

1. Gather Your Materials: Before you start, gather all your necessary supplies. This includes palm oil, paraffin wax, an metal or glass container to use as your candle mold, wicks, and any fragrances or essential oils that you want to add. You should also have some heat resistant gloves and safety glasses in case of spills.

2. Mixing The Wax: Start by using a double boiler to mix together the paraffin wax and palm oil until they are fully melted into each other. Make sure the mixture is at least 140F then set it aside to cool off a bit before adding the fragrance or essential oil.

3. Adding Fragrance: If desired, add your chosen fragrance or essential oil to the mixture after it has cooled down a bit; 10-14 drops should do just fine for every 16 oz of wax/oil combination! Don’t heat up your oils too much as this could cause some unpleasant effects such as bad smell and thickening of the wax too quickly.

4. Pouring The Candle: Now for the fun part – actually creating your candle! Place the pre-waxed wick into your metal or glass container and carefully lower it until it reaches the bottom (you can use a metal paper clip if needed). Install a fireproof anchor (such as metal washers) into your wax/oil mixture so that one end is inside the container and connected with the base of your wick while ensuring that excess wick material stays outside of your mold – this will ensure that everything burns evenly!

5. Finishing Up : Lastly, pour in your mixture evenly over the wick until it reaches just below the rim of your container – let this sit undisturbed until completely cooled off and solidified (could take up to 4 hours depending on size); once done enjoy your new palm oil candles!

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Design Details

Molding: Palm oil candles can be molded into a variety of shapes. This can make them both aesthetically pleasing and unique. You could use different designs or even add your own special message in the shape of the candle. The solidity of palm oil also makes it an excellent material for custom candle holders, giving each one its own individual character.

Coloring: The color of candles can be customized with a few simple steps. By melting down the palm oil and adding natural plant dyes, you can create any color combination that you would like to accentuate your design. For a more unique look, mix different solutions to produce swirled or gradient effects.

Scenting: Candle fragrances can also be customized with essential oils or other scents mixed into the melted palm oil before hardening takes place. The sky is the limit when scenting palm oil candles, as this type of wax is able to hold fragrance better than many other materials due to its unusually low melting point temperature. Carefully combine different quantities of fragrances to get just the aroma that you are looking for in your original creation!

Caring for Your Candle

The proper care of your palm oil candles is essential to ensure an enjoyable experience that lasts. In order to extend the life of your candle and prevent any unwanted accidents, follow these tips:

• Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch. Before lighting, snip the wick back as needed. Wick trimmers are also available for purchase at home stores or online.

• Burn in a well-ventilated area, away from drafts, vents or fans. Avoid placing candles near flammable items such as drapes or furniture. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

• For maximum burn time place candles on a stable heatproof surface and keep away from drafts that could cause rapid burning or uneven wax pools while lit. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the candle has enough room space around it in case it ignites during use.

• Allow wax to cool before disposing of it and refueling with additional palm oil. The debris requires more time than other types of wax to evaporate when melted because it is thicker and denser than usual lantern fuel like paraffin and soy wax. Do not refill with fuel until all cooled down completely — this could be hazardous if you accidentally overfill the vessel!

• Follow manufacturer’s instructions when relighting or extinguishing candles which may require special attention for longer lasting performance and quality assurance that prevent any potential hazards from developing after repeated uses over time. Always remember to let your candles rest between each use – especially if they have been continuously burned for long periods without breaks in between – as this will help to maximize their life span effectively!

Closing Thoughts

Making the perfect palm oil candle is surprisingly easy! Begin by heating up the palm oil until it melts and reaches its boiling point. Then pour the melted oil into a pre-made tin mold, inserting a wick into the middle of it. Let the palm oil cool and solidify for a few hours before trimming down the wick so that it’s shorter than the top of your candle. Lastly, light your finished candle and enjoy its pleasant glow! With a few simple steps, you have created your own homemade palm oil candles that can fill any room with warmth and scent.

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