Making soy candles is amazingly rewarding. They look pretty, they smell wonderful, they're non-toxic.
And best of all, soy candle making is fun and easy! All you need is...
... Some simple soy candle making instructions
... An aromatherapy candle recipe or two
... Plus a few basic ingredients
And you're on your way to making your own handmade soy wax scented candles. And guess what - you'll find all that stuff right here! (Well, not the ingredients, but you will find some recommended sources for soy candle making supplies.)
Scented soy candles have many benefits. They burn WAY longer than paraffin candles and, unlike paraffin, they don't poison you as you burn them. (In case you didn't know, paraffin wax is carcinogenic, which means cancer-causing.)
Soy candles burn clean, with very little soot, and they're eco-friendly because they're made from plant materials. Clean and green!
You'll need to choose the type of fragrance you want to use for your handmade soy candles. Pure plant essences (essential oils) have a much more subtle scent than synthetic fragrance oils.
If you like scented soy candles with a strong aroma that fills the room for a long time, you may prefer to use a synthetic soy candle fragrance oil. The down side to this is that synthetics are not eco-friendly and you don't get the same therapeutic benefits as you do from pure, natural essential oils.
I like natural aromatherapy soy wax scented candles because they're environmentally responsible, they set a warm, friendly mood, and their scent is beautiful without knocking your socks off.
There are hundreds of wonderful choices when it comes to containers, ribbons, flowers and other great decorative stuff you can use to create your own personalized decorative soy candles.
Decorating your handmade soy candles is a place where you can really unleash your creativity, playing with color and texture, not to mention the aroma of your scented soy candles.
Try cinnamon sticks and red ribbon for a winter mood, or use white frosted glass for a modern look.
The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Below the instruction links are a few tips and tricks.
There are two basic methods for making soy candles:
Melt-and-pour candles such as mason jar soy candles or tea lights.
Molded candles such as soy wax pillar candles.
I've separated the instructions for making soy candles into two additional pages, because each method is quite different and needs different candle supplies.
Click on the links below to view the step-by-step instruction pages, plus essential oil blends to scent your handmade soy candles.
These soy candle making instructions are for container candles like mason jar soy candles or tea lights.
Step-by-step instructions for making soy candles using pillar candle molds. A little more challenging than melt-and-pour scented soy candles, but super-rewarding!
Essential oil blends for handmade soy candles. Spicy and sensual, floral and fresh... a blend for every mood!
Rich, decadent and sooooo good for your skin... and fun and easy to make with this simple massage candle recipe.
Soy candle making can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it. But it's always a lot of fun!
Here are a few great tips and tricks I've come across in my candle making adventures. I found the internet is packed with sites with great ideas for decorative soy candles. A quick search can answer any question!
For making soy container candles, I like using a pre-waxed wick with a metal tab on one end. Then you can just use a little bit of hot glue or wick putty to hold the metal tab in place in the bottom of the jar.
(Sometimes I'm lazy and I just mash it into place with my fingers - it usually sticks reasonably well.)
For small candles like votives, use a clothespin to keep the wick centered at the top of the container.
For larger aromatherapy candle recipes, if you're using a pre-waxed wick (which is slightly stiff) prop the top end of the wick against a pencil or popsicle stick laid across the top of the container to keep it centered.
If you're using a soft wick, tie the wick onto the pencil and lay the pencil over the top of the jar to keep it centered.
Sometimes the soy wax can pull away from the sides of your jar and make funny looking blotches on the sides. (This is only a problem if you're using clear glass, of course.)
One way to help prevent this is to group your candles closely together and wrap them in a towel once the wax is poured. You want to slow down the cooling process, because rapid cooling increases shrinkage.
Using a container such as a cup or frosted glass eliminates the problem entirely - and they still look pretty!
People know I love candles, but they often don't realize that I don't love paraffin wax candles (how could I - they're toxic!) so I've been given some really pretty paraffin candles I'll never burn. So I cut out a tealight-sized hole in the top, and now I tuck soy wax tealight candles inside and burn them. I just replace them when they run out.