Unfltrd DIY: Soy Wax Candles
Hey everyone! I am a huge fanatic of DIYs, from Pinterest to YouTube, you name it. I own my bath and body company, where I make candles, scrubs and the like. Since I had a large order to make, I thought I would share some of my secrets with you today and hope that maybe you learn a few things, or just pocket this in you memory banks for later use. Let’s get started!
Here are some supplies you will need:
- 1lb of soy wax or other wax blend. (I use soy wax because it burns cleaner).
- candle pouring pot (you can pick this up from your local craft store)
- food scale to measure wax and fragrances
- stirring spoon, can be wooden or plastic
- container for measuring fragrances
- candle fragrance of your choice
- wicks and glue dots (you can find at craft store
- candle container and label!
Now candle making is very easy and doesn’t really take any brain cells to make. If you can heat water, and use a scale, then you can make candles.
STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR WAX
I am making 24 container candles, but I like to make small batches at a time (keeps things easy), so in this case, I will measure out 2 lbs (32oz), which will make 6 containers at a time (depends on the size of your container). Makes this order go a lot smoother and it helps me separate out my various scents and not get confused.
Step 2: MEASURE YOUR FRAGRANCE.
Certain waxes has certain fragrance load amounts. For my particular wax, I usually do the maximum amount allowed, which is 12% total fragrance per pound of wax. This gives me the best scent throw. “Scent Throw” is the scent that comes off the candle when its cold and when its hot. The best candles IMO, have pretty strong scent throw. I used 4oz fragrance per 2lbs of wax in this case. Sorry I measured before I took the picture!
Step 3: MELT YOUR WAX
This is the slow, annoying part for me. I hate waiting for my wax to melt. It just slows down. LOL. But it is the most crucial. For this process, I use the double boiler method. It is when you place one pot on the stove, fill the bottom with water, and then place another pot inside that. Double Boiler!! Very easy. The key to heating anything up on the stove, as your mother once told you is to KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STOVE! Wax CAN and WILL burn and COMBUST if you are not careful. I have heard horror stories. But anyway! Melt your wax on low, and wait! I melt my wax to 180 degrees. I use my infrared digital thermometer. Makes things easy. Other wax have a specific maximum melting temperature. Make sure you follow those instructions carefully, cause like I said, wax CAN combust if it gets too hot.
STEP 4: POUR AND STIR YOUR FRAGRANCE
The next crucial step in this process is to pour and mix your fragrance. The way you do this determines if your candle will have excellent scent throw. When I first started, it took me a while to get this exactly right. I’ve made weak candles before, and trust me it sucks! I mean it also depends on the strength of the fragrance as well, but that’s a whole other conversation. Once you take the wax off the heat, be sure to check the temperature to get the desired temperature. Mine is 180 degrees and I like to mix my fragrance at that same temp. Stir for 2 minutes, then WAIT! Your candle has to cool down before you pour.
STEP 5: WAIT… and WAIT… and WAIT!
This step I hate because I just want my candle already, but while I work on my patience, it allows me to do other things in the meantime, like clean the kitchen, wash the dishes, type a few emails, rewind the DVR, oh and the important thing. Prepare my containers. In this case, I will be using these glass containers. They are a great seller in my line, so I wanted to have a pretty container that people would love. I prepare my wick and place a glue dot on the bottom of the base, and stick inside the container. I apply a little pressure so that my wick can stay in place. Now sometimes these wicks can be unpredictable, so they do come out of the container or slide around when the heat of the wax hits them but that’s when popsicle sticks come in handy. You can see them in the supply picture.
STEP 6: POUR YOUR WAX
Once your wax has reached the desired temperature, it is now time to pour. I like mine to get to around 120 degrees before I pour. After many tests, I just prefer it that way. Other waxes have different temps they like to be poured at and you should follow it. Helps with smooth texture of the candle when its completely done. Ill get more into that later.
STEP 7: WAIT! AGAIN!
Once you pour your candle, let it set up completely. This usually can take anywhere from an hour to a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, etc. Mine usually take about an hour to be nice and white. But I like them to sit overnight so that they really complete. Gives them time to gel properly and all that fun stuff. Whatever it does inside the container when I’m not around!
STEP 8: CUT YOUR WICK AND DECORATE
At this final step, I like the cut my wick about 1/4 inch. Sometimes I leave a little more that that customer can cut it themselves, I stick a warning label on the bottom, a custom label with my fragrance name and logo and VOILA! DONE!
And there you have it! It takes no time at all, and you can have something you can use over and over again at home, or give them as gifts. Comes in handy for those last minute mother’s day gifts! I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and learned something new. Ill be back with some more DIYs real soon. If you want to learn more about candle making, there are tons of great blogs and websites dedicated to candle making. The internet is your friend! Enjoy.