Curb your candle addiction
There are very few things as satisfying as making your own candles!
I got into candle making after taking a few classes with my friends Joy and Hyunny from Lighten Up Shoppe. I was surprised at how easy it was to make a super nice smelling candle at home and how similar it was to cooking a recipe. The whole process is about heating, measuring, and stirring!
Another aspect of soy candle making I really enjoy is being able to use my own containers. I have a collection of ceramic cups that would make beautiful candles. You can temporarily transform any fire-resistant container into a candle! Once you've burned through your candle, just wipe out the extra wax, wash, and you've got your ceramic piece back.
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Our candle kits come with everything you need to make soy candles at home!
Scented Soy Candle Kit
Makes 3 scented soy candles in 6 oz tins. Available in lavender or pine scent.
Gather Your Materials
- Soy Wax
- Wax Thermometer
- Wax Pitcher
- Scented Oil- Choose from essential oils or synthetic fragrance
- Containers for your candles- look for empty containers from around your house! Jars, soup cans, and ceramic cups all work great
- A double boiler
- Popsicle sticks
- Kitchen Scale
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Step 1: Measure & melt your wax
It can be tricky to measure the exact amount of wax you need for your specific container. A good rule of thumb is to double the amount of wax flakes that fit in the container.
Once you have your wax measured out, let's melt it! It's important to use a double boiler to make sure the wax doesn't burn- it heats wax very gently.
If you don't have a double boiler at home, it's easy to make one! All you need are two different size saucepans.
Heat your wax to 185 degrees.This is the optimal temperature to ensure your fragrance oil binds properly with the wax. Too hot or too cool will result in a weak smelling candle.
Create a Double Boiler
Step 3: Adding Fragrance
Spend a little time choosing what scents you like together, it's a lot of fun to blend! Some of my favorite scent combinations are lavender and sandalwood or ginger and orange.
To create my blends, I smell multiple open containers of oils at once. It gives you an idea of how they smell together. Be careful of nose blindness! If you feel like you can't smell anymore, take a break and breath some fresh air outside.
You can add up to 10% fragrance oil to wax. The easiest way to figure out how much oil to add is to weight the wax on your kitchen scale.
For instance, if my wax weighs 150 grams, I will need to add 15 grams of fragrance oil.
Step 4: Cooling and pouring wax
For soy wax, the pouring temperature is 125 degrees. While you wait for your wax to cool, prepare your container.
Center your wick (or wicks) in your container. It can be helpful to add a drop of super glue to the bottom of your wick to hold it in place.
I use popsicle sticks to center my wick. Arrange the wick so it's standing straight up.
Once your wax is cool, carefully pour it into your container. Depending on the weather, it will take anywhere from 20-45 minutes for your wax to harden completely.
Step 5: The waiting game
Once your candle is cool, trim the wick to 1/4" and wait for a full 48 hours before you light it for the first time. This allows the candle time to cure, ensuring an evenly burning candle.
It's so hard to wait, but it will be worth it! I hope you love your new candle!
By Jennie Lennick
Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco