Posted by Bryan on 4/16/2013
Soy candles lend an ideal touch of beauty, warmth and fragrance to any home or festive event. They come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and scents, making them perfect for adding that final touch of elegance and beauty. Traditionally, most candles are made from paraffin wax. However, soy candles - made from soy wax, a processed form of soybean oil - are becoming increasingly popular. Candles made from soy wax
are slow burning, clean burning, and more eco-friendly than their paraffin counterparts.
Consider making your own soy candles at home. It can be fun, easy, and, best of all, you can create beautiful eco-friendly candles custom made to your liking!
How to Make A Soy Candle
Gather the necessary materials:
- Soy Wax
- Double boiler or hot plate
- Glass container
- Wick bar
- Fragrance oil
- Reddig-glo dye chips or Liquid color (if you want a colored candle)
Follow these simple directions:
- Using the double boiler or hot plate, melt your wax to a temperature of 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While the wax is melting, pre-heat your glass container to about 125 degrees. You can do this in your kitchen oven.
- When the wax has begun melting, add your color chip and stir to incorporate the color completely.
- Add your fragrance oil. About 1 oz. per 16 ounces of wax is sufficient.
- Stir the fragrance in and quickly remove from the heat source. You do not want to allow too much time to pass after incorporating the fragrance as the scent will evaporate out of the wax.
- Cool the wax down to 125 degrees.
- Pour the cooled wax into your glass container.
- When the wax begins to set up at the bottom, insert your wick assembly into the center of the candle. Use the wick bar to keep it centered as the candle sets.
- Allow the candle to cool and set overnight.
Be sure to trim down your wick to 1/4" if necessary before lighting your candle. Enjoy your beautiful and fragrant soy candle!