How to make a soy candle at home

Making candles is deeply satisfying.  If you are anything like me you have searched the interweb and done research about how to make a candle.  If you want a great resource try Candle Science.  It is a solid website and company about all things related candles and wax.  

Back in October of 2018, I went over to the house of a family friend who kindly taught me and a bunch of her friends how she makes candles.  I highly suggest finding someone like this who will give you a hands on tutorial and step by step process.  I learn best when I see it actually happening, and I actually do it.  

Here are the items you will need to get your candle made:

  • some sort of jar or vessel or  container that will hold the wax
  • buy some wicks and sticky pads so that the wicks stick to the bottom of the vessel.
  • get yourself  soy wax from a local company.  I get mine from a business close to Columbus in Canal Winchester.  I drive and pick it up so I don't pay any shipping which is a huge savings for me.
  • if you want your candle to smell good and be good for your lungs use plant based essential oils.  The scent won't be as strong as synthetic fragrances but much better for your health, your home and your relaxation/purification/zen.
  • I was lucky that we already had a double boiler in the house.  If you don't have one, you can be thrifty and create one yourself.  Remember to fill the pan with water at the bottom because wax is highly flammable.  
  • usually 32 oz of wax equals about 4 candles.  Pro tip: as the wax heats up and melts, it actually shrinks.  Usually I keep adding more wax to the double boiler as it melts so that I can get the most out of the candle making session.
  • another pro tip: clean out your vessel or jar so that it is super clean.  When there is dust or dirt in vessels it can deter from the final product/wax quality. 
  • save all your old chopsticks from Chinese restaurants.  You can use them to center the wicks.

Measure out the wax and put it into the double boiler. Melt down the wax.  Usually it takes the wax to become fully melted at 180 degrees. 

A common question is how much essential oil do you use for each candle?  My special sauce ratio for my candles took a lot of testing.  I suggest that you do the same.  It is super important to remember that you don't want to add the essential oil to the melted wax when it is too hot.  So definitely get yourself a thermometer.  I bought one online for $10 and I think it was listed as a meat thermometer.  So you don't have to be perfect. 

In terms of essential oils to add, I suggest doing so when the thermometer shows the wax at around120 degrees.  At that point, the essential oils won't evaporate from the heat if you use oils like lemongrass and rosemary or lavender and wild orange.  When do you pour the essential oils into the melted wax? Like I said, I would pour the essential oil when the wax has cooled to about 120-130 degree.  Then I wait until the wax reaches 110 degrees and I pour the wax into the vessels.  The wicks have already been placed in them.  As the wax is poured into the vessel, the wicks might waver so you will want to grab your Chinese chop sticks and center the wicks.  Let the wax cool.  This takes a long time.  I let them cool overnight and cure for about 3 days.  

As I am pouring the candle for you I am saying a prayer, infusing the candle with reiki energy.  Then I take a charged natural quartz crystals and place them in the candle.  Natural quartz is energizing and purifying which is helpful for your home, space and inner life.  

Some other hot pro tips: get a heat gun and heat up the container to prevent cracking of the wax.  

Pour the wax slowly into the containers to prevent cracking.  Stir the essential oils once you pour them into the wax.  

Now I want to hear your story.  Are you just starting out with candles?  Or have you been a pro for years?  Let me hear your feedback in the comments (keep them kind please).

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