Introduction to Soy Candle Making
Soy candle making is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby that has been around for centuries. Soy wax is derived from soybeans, and is a natural, renewable resource. It’s important to choose organic and non-GMO soy wax to ensure you are using the highest quality ingredients in your candles. The type of wax you choose will depend on the look, scent, and feel you want your finished product to have.
Before you start making candles, there are some essential pieces of equipment you will need to make sure your candles turn out right. For example, you will need an appropriate work surface, safety goggles or glasses, protective gloves, thermometers (not digital), containers or molds, wicks and wick holders, weighing tools like digital scales or measuring cups/spoons, old towels or newspapers for containing spills or messes, pots for double broiling waxes and other ingredients like fragrance oils etc.
With these simple steps and the right supplies at hand lending an imaginative eye to your project can result in beautiful works of art gracing your home in no time!
Crafting Your Own Soy Candle
Step 1: Decide On a Container For Your Soy Candle
Choose the type of container you want to use for your soy candle. It can be a glass jar, an aluminum can, or even a mason jar! Make sure that whatever you choose is heat-resistant and large enough to hold the amount of wax needed for your candle size. To determine the best size for your container, measure the inside diameter of it. This will help you calculate how much wax needed for each candle type.
Step 2: Prepare Your Wax
Next, prepare your soy wax for pouring into containers by either grating or melting them in a double boiler. Be sure to leave enough room in the pan for stirring and pouring into individual candle molds. If desired, add colours and/or scents directly to the melted wax.
Step 3: Add Wicks
Cut off lengths of wick at least three times longer than the height of your planned container and insert one wick into each container or mold before pouring in wax. Use a pencil to stabilize each wick against the side of each mold so it stands upright while melting and hardening.
Step 4: Pour Melted Wax Into Containers
Take great care when measuring the temperature (make sure it isn’t too hot) and slowly pour melted wax into individual containers or molds until they are almost full but not quite overflowing. Allow time for each batch to cool before starting another one.
Step 5: Trim Wicks Once Candles Have Cooled Down
After several hours or overnight, once all candles have cooled down completely, trim any excess length on all wicks with scissors until they are just ½”¾ inches high above the surface of the candle wax. This will ensure a clean burning flame!
Popular Soy Candle Recipes
Featured Soy Candle Recipes of the Month:
July – Summer Citrus soy candle – achieve a bright, citrus scent by mixing orange, lemon, and mandarin essential oils.
August – Relaxing Lavender soy candle – mix lavender and chamomile essential oils to create an earthy, calming fragrance.
September – Honey & Spice soy candle – mix warm cinnamon, nutmeg and honey essential oils for a cozy Fall atmosphere.
October – Apple & Cinnamon soy candle ” embrace the flavors of Fall with a blend of apple, cinnamon and cardamom essential oils.
November” Frosted Birch soy candle ” make your own winter wonderland by combining birch, fir needle and peppermint essential oils.
December” Vanilla & Cocoa soy candle ” combine the comforting scent of vanilla with chocolatey cocoa absolute for a festive treat!
Variations of Soy Candle Recipes
Using botanicals, herbs, or dried fruits to customize your soy candle recipes is a great way to add unique and lovely fragrances. Depending on the particular recipe you are using as a base, there are many options for adding these natural elements. You can purchase several types of botanical, herb, or fruit products specifically designed for use in wax blends from your local home craft store such as dried flower petals, powdered fragrant spices like cardamom, lavender buds, accumulated citrus zest, etc.
When selecting the proper elements for enhancing your soap please do research first. Some botanicals are not suitable for burning purposes and should be avoided; and others need to be treated before usage in order to eliminate any toxicity problems. Not all essential oils and fragrances may be compatible with some of the chosen elements so proceed cautiously when adding these products.
The amount used will vary depending on the intended strength of fragrance desired; usually varying between 1 teaspoon up to ¼ cup per pound of wax. To avoid overpowering a blend stick with the lower side of amounts initially and increase as necessary once tested in smaller batches. Be sure to combine any added botanicals lightly into the wax blend while still melted – they may settle after cool down if not blended properly resulting in uneven dispersal within each candle created from said batch.
Ways to Use Your Soy Candles
Using Soy Candles to Create Homemade Spa Treatments:
Making your own soy candle spa treatments is a great way to relax and unwind. To create a luxurious experience, select the essential oils of your choice and mix with melted wax prior to pouring into a small container such as a teacup. Add a cotton wick, let cool and light. The scent of the candle will add an element of relaxation while you enjoy the nourishing benefits of the oils in the wax.
Creating Speciality Air Fresheners With Soy Candles: Make your own speciality air freshener by mixing essential oil scents of your choice with pourable melted soy wax. Place this blend in small spray bottle for long lasting fragrant mists that can be used throughout any room or living space for months on end.
Soothing Hot Baths Made With Soy Candles: Create the perfect soothing hot bath experience by adding complementary scents from essential oil-infused soy candles directly into bathwater! Add several drops of desired scent immediately after filling your tub with water – each drop will be added to the calming atmosphere while releasing aromatic oils skin-soothing benefits as well.
While soy candles are a great option for anyone wishing to make their own, it is important to know how to properly store and care for them. Always store the candles in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Avoid leaving wax-filled containers in high temperatures, as they may leak wax or melt out of shape. Make sure not to overfill the container with wax as it will cause it to splatter when burning. For best results, trim the wick before each use and burn your soy candle in bursts of no more than 4 hours at a time. When finished burning, make sure to extinguish the candle fully and discard of any remaining wax away from flammable objects. If you follow these steps, you can enjoy your homemade soy candles safely and securely!
Welcome to my candle making blog! In this blog, I will be sharing my tips and tricks for making candles. I will also be sharing some of my favorite recipes.