How to Make Soy Candles Using Essential Oils

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How to Make Soy Candles Using Essential Oils
Use essential oil soy candles to relax. (Aromatherapy image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Soy candles are a natural alternative to paraffin wax candles. The wax burns clean with little soot. Often soy-based candles have a longer burning time and have a cooler burn. Spilt soy wax can be cleaned with soap and water, making accidents easy to clean. When scented with essential oils such as lavender to relax, sandalwood to relieve stress or jasmine to uplift your mood, soy candles can be beneficial to one's well-being.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Soy candle wax
  • Weigh scales
  • Double-boiler pan
  • Candle thermometer
  • Candle dye
  • Metal spoon
  • Candle fragrance oil
  • Glass cup
  • Pre-tabbed candle wick
  • Wick stickum
  • Stick, pencil, or dowel
  • Glass candle jar

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the amount of wax needed to fill the jar by weighing the wax equal to the number of ounces the jar can hold. Add 2 to 3 additional ounces to accommodate any sinking as the candle cools.

  2. 2

    Place water in the bottom boiler pan and the wax in the upper pan. Set the stove at temperature that allows the water to gently boil. Use the candle thermometer to monitor the wax temperature; it should not be melted above the temperature recommended by the wax manufacturer.

  3. 3

    Remove the pan from the stove when the wax has reached its melting temperature. Add the desired amount of candle dye and stir gently until melted. Powered dyes work well with soy wax, but dye chips and liquid will also work. Liquid dyes have been known to give some soy wax brands a frosty appearance.

  4. 4

    Weigh the essential oil into the glass cup at a ratio of 1 to 44.4ml. per 0.454kg. of wax. Combine different fragrances to create unique scents. Mix the oil into the candle wax.

  5. 5

    Place a wick stickum to the bottom of the wick tab and secure the tab to the bottom centre of the candle jar. The stickum is a strong adhesive sticker that holds the wick in place. If stickums are not available, use tacky wax or glue gun glue to secure the wick tab in place.

  6. 6

    Wrap the leftover wick around the stick, pencil or dowel and set it across the jar opening. This keeps the wick from sinking into the melted wax or going off-centre.

  7. 7

    Pour the wax slowly into the jar until it's filled just below the rim. Allow the candle to cool and fill in any sinking that occurs around the wick. Allow to cool overnight before using.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a cotton wick for an all-natural candle.
  • Certain soy-based wax can be melted in a microwave, but read the wax instructions before attempting this instead of using the double-boiler. A melting pot also works very well, especially if you want to make several candles.
  • If the candle wax sinks a lot, let the wax cool more before pouring.
  • Always use caution when working with melted wax to prevent burns on the skin or spilling in the work area.

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