Soy Wax Candle Making

Introduction to Soy Wax Candle Making

Soy wax is an increasingly popular alternative candle wax to traditional paraffin, especially for those interested in it being an all-natural product. Derived from vegetable oil, soy wax is most often made with hydrogenated soybean oil and has quickly become a favorite of candle makers around the world, as comsmers realize its potential on more than just an environmental level.

Throughout history, candles have been used for sewing, cooking and timekeeping — in times predating electricity — but after making a resurgence in the 18th century as a symbol of wealth and luxury, have become increasingly popular for relieving stress during meditation or creating a calming atmosphere for unwinding after a long day. Here are some reasons why soy wax is now being favored over paraffin:

• Soy wax is longer lasting because its lighter molecular structure makes it harder to melt than other types of wax. This allows your candles to burn longer and more slowly.
• Agglomeration (the way the molecules bond together) prevents the formation of soot while burning due to the fact that it creates smaller particles then other types of wax.
• Soybean byproduct creates a brilliant white hue when achieving different colors which helps make brighter dye colors when adding candle fragrances;; this gives you amazing sensations with a beautiful finish beyond what paraffin would offer.
• Candle makers find that because of this low melting point, they can create thicker layers on their candles; this adds to their stability since soy can hold more weight before melting than other forms of wax.
• For those concerned about being green or living sustainably, feeling good about using products that reflects your values can be another great reason for selecting soy over paraffin; by choosing renewable sources over nonrenewable like petroleum-based ones offers reductions in energy costs.
• The eco-friendly burning properties also mean that you and your customers can enjoy cleaner air without leaving soot residue throughout your home or at an event where you may be using them. As mentioned earlier, standing on those values and connecting with likeminded people who care about our planet even further amplifies it’s appeal among shoppers as many are looking for ways to live “greener” in every aspect life – even simple luxuries like purchasing candles.

Benefits of Making Soy Wax Candles

Soy wax candles are a popular choice for those looking to make their own candles from home. This type of candle wax is 100% natural, and is also made from processed soybean oils. The benefits of using soy wax rather than paraffin or other types of candle wax, include the fact that soy wax candles burn slower and cooler than any other type of candle wax. As a result, they naturally release a steady stream of fragrance over longer periods when compared to paraffin candles.

Although it has a high melting point, soy wax has some unique characteristics that allow makers to achieve different types of burning effects and results. For instance, because soybeans are hydrogenated oils with fatty acids and higher levels of viscosity, makers can produce softer, cleaner burning options with extraordinarily vibrant scents through the use of specific additives like stearic acid or vybar. Also due to its lower melting points, excess heat created in the first few seconds of a flame’s lifecycle can be regulated as well as how fast fragrances diffuse into the air (or not). Additionally, since there isn’t an oil bleed that sometimes occurs in paraffin-based candles, this results in virtually no residue buildup on jars which can help extend the life and appearance of votive or Mason jar style candles. Finally, so that you can monitor the purity and consistency when crafting these types of soy wax candles at home yourself; suppliers typically offer pre-Measured pourable pellets so you know exactly what ratio needs to be followed each time you make your own batch!

Gathering the Necessary Supplies

Before you can start soy wax candle making, it is important to gather all the necessary tools and supplies. Begin by purchasing high quality soy wax that is specifically designed for candle making. This type of wax tends to be more pliable and will allow your candles to have a consistent shape. The easiest way to find high-quality wax is online; there are a variety of online stores that offer excellent products.

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In addition to the wax, you’ll also need wicks, either pre-made or those that come in spools so you can make your own. Natural cotton braided core candle wicks work well for traditional candles, while larger wooden wicks may be needed for thicker candles. Any type of oil fragrance should work; however, it’s best to choose an oil specifically made for creating scented candles as these have been tested for compatibility with the wax used during the candle making process. If adding colorants or burning enhancers such as stearic acid flakes, be sure they are meant to be melted into hot wax without losing their effectiveness or damaging the wax itself.

Once the primary ingredients and supplies are acquired, it will be necessary to purchase the tools required when mixing components together and pouring them into molds or shapes using metal pouring equipment such as thermometers or melting pots/kettles, which will at least require an electric stove or double boiler if not bought as part of a kit in order to achieve temperatures between 170-185°F (77-85°C). Other tools may include containers/pourers which allow easier pouring of melted wax into molds; glass measuring cups; strainers and funnels; stirring sticks/utensils like spoons; gloves & other direct contact clothing protection such as aprons; cutting boards; food scale for measuring specific weights of elements; safety goggles; timer/clock for timing specific cooling periods. Finally you may look into various crystal molds, silicone molds and holders that accompany various sizes & shapes of taper & votive candles available for purchase separately from all aforementioned items but imperative in successful completion of your project!

The Process of Making Soy Wax Candles

1. Gather the tools you will need to make soy wax candles, such as an old pot, a candle wick, food coloring/essential oils (if desired), soy wax flakes and a thermometer.

2. Measure out the right amount of soy wax flakes for your project and place them in the pot. Heat the wax on low heat until it is completely melted— remember to keep an eye on it by using the thermometer. When all of the wax has melted, lower the heat and add your desired color and scent with food coloring or essential oils.

3. Tie one end of the wick around a pencil or popsicle stick and hold it over the center of your container while filling up with your prepared wax mixture. This allows you to keep it centered in your candle—if you don’t use this trick, be sure that when pouring in your melt, you do so slowly enough that it doesn’t move the wick out of place.

4. Wait for one hour after adding in your desired color/scent for your candle to cool before moving onto adding additional layers if want a more decorative look–again waiting an hour between each layer–and attaching wicks onto containers corners if needed to ensure each layer creates its own affect when lit! Remember to do any additional steps such as cutting off excess wicks from each side of container and trimming down any loose strings on last layer before stepping away from project-the earlier these steps are taken care of,the better!

5. Finally once soy wax has fully cooled for ~12 or 24 hours , light up and enjoy! Allow candle to burn until melting pool extends edges of container – but no longer than 4 hours – every time you relight candle-ensuring maximum life span possible while being enjoyed safely!

Adding Fragrances & Color to Soy Wax Candles

One way to dress up a soy wax candle and make it look beautiful is by adding fragrances. You can use essential oils or synthetic fragrance oils to create your own one-of-a-kind scent. Essential oils come from plants and herbs, so they’re natural, while synthetic fragrance oils are manmade versions of natural scents so their smell will last longer. If you’re looking for something unique you can even mix different essential or synthetic oils together to create a signature scent for your candles.

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Another way to spruce up candles made with soy wax is by adding color. This can be done in a few different ways depending on the effect you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you want a vibrant color you can add a dye block directly into the melted wax but it may be prone to fading over time due to UV rays from sunlight. Another option is using liquid candle dyes which will last longer when exposed to light but won’t produce as bright of a color as the dye block. Finally, you could also try adding powdered pigment which won’t fade over time and provides an opaque finish or colored mica powder (which generally comes in iridescent shades) which produces an intense sparkle effect that works with almost any candle type and combo.

The possibilities really are endless when it comes to dressing up your soy wax candles since there are multiple types of fragrances and colors available that work together in so many combinations and create different effects! Have fun experimenting with scents and colors until you find your perfect blend!

Advice on Selling Soy Wax Candles

If you’re looking to market and sell soy wax candles, here are some tips and tricks that can help you out:

1. Identify Your Target Market – who are the people that would be interested in buying your soy wax candles? Narrow down your target audience and create marketing strategies around their wants and needs.

2. Choose Natural Ingredients – make sure all the ingredients you use for your soy wax candles are natural, organic, and/or cruelty-free certified products. This will attract customers who prioritize using natural products, helping you stand out amongst other competitors.

3. Promote Health & Wellness Benefits – highlight how your soy wax candles not only provide a beautiful aesthetic to spaces but also can provide wellness benefits such as aromatherapy or environmental purification purposes.

4. Leverage Social Media Platforms – promote your candles on social media platforms! Pose questions to generate conversations with potential customers, join relevant groups in order showcase your product, create videos demonstrating how to properly care for and use their product, etc., all of which could increase engagement with potential customers.

5. Focus On Packaging & Display – having an attractive package design can help draw attention from potential customers towards your product! Additionally, focus on where you display the products — if they are visually pleasing and aesthetically appealing, it will likely encourage more sales!


Soy wax candle making is a fun and creative hobby that can allow for some great results. As you can see, it’s fairly easy to get started with soy wax and many of the supplies can be found online or at craft stores. Of course, once you become more adept at creating soy wax candles, you could even start your own business. Whether it’s selling one-of-a-kind candles at craft markets and festivals or developing your own line of specialized candles to sell in specialty stores, the possibilities are limitless!

In the future, technologies like natural ingredients and non-toxic dyes may further enhance soy wax candle making. This would give people even more opportunities to create unique, custom designs that they couldn’t make before. People may also seek out new sources of scents and fragrances to give their candles added character. With so much potential available through soy wax candle making, there’s no telling what inventive ideas people will come up with!

One possibility that has yet to be fully explored is mixing soy wax with other products or materials. For example, mixing beeswax into your candle recipes could give them a glossy appearance or provide an extra layer of scent with honey. Additionally, adding essential oils along with dried herbs can create a luxurious spa-like sensation for those who choose to indulge in their handcrafted creations. Finally, experimenting with shapes and molds can yield unexpected results when paired with unique wooden wicks: from sculpted hearts to cylindrical hollows—the sky is the limit when it comes to opportunities within this exciting hobby!

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