SOY CANDLE MAKING SUMMARY
In a nutshell (for those who won’t read this whole info guide:))
Time needed: 1 hour.
How To Make Natural Scented Soy Wax Candles In A Container (In A Nutshell)
- Set up your containers / vessels
Ensure vessel is completely clean and dry before starting. Any residues, dirt and water may affect the end result. Securely fit the wick to the centre of the vessel by using the sticker and pressing down firmly. Centre the wick using the wick holder (paddle pop stick) then gently pull to straighten wick. Use the wooden peg to hold in place.
- Melt the wax
Use the double boiler method for melting the wax. A saucepan with water and a glass bowl fitted on top works quite well. Melt so the wax is completely liquid. Use an infrared or mercury thermometer to heat wax to 65°C-85°C. Then pour wax into your pouring jug. Tare the weight of the jug then weigh to measure the amount of wax in grams. We do not recommend using a microwave for melting wax.
- Mix in the scent
Add the correct amount of scent to the wax when the wax is 60-65°C. Then mix with a spoon or disposable wooden stick. When using natural 100% essential oil scents, add from 1% up to no more than 5% of the total weight. If you are using fragrance oils up to 10% is usually fine. So a 200g candle will have up to 10g of essential oil or up to 20g of fragrance oil. Keep in mind 20 drops is approximately 1ml.
- Pour the candle
When the temperature reaches 55-60°C, pour the mixed scent and wax into the candle container at a steady pace but not too slowly. Do not fill all the way to the top. Leave at least 1cm from wax to the top of the container. Now wait for a few hours to allow your candle to set.
- Once set, trim the wick and finish the candle
Once the candle is set you can remove the peg and wick holder. Wipe down any drips and splashes. Trim the wick to approximately 6mm long. Stick the warning label underneath. Then leave it overnight to set fully or if you can’t wait just light it straight away. Why not?!
- Optional: Decorate your candle
After the candle has set you can re-heat the surface of the candle and sprinkle some crystal chips, dried flowers or herbs to make it special and one of a kind. Some rose dust, gold leaf or glitter can be a great way to finish off your design.
- Congratulations. Enjoy your handmade candle.
Now it’s time to burn and enjoy your homemade, beautifully scented soy wax candles.