Soy Candle Making

Ideas, tips and tricks for making decorative soy candles (plus how-to videos)

Soy candle making can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it. But it's always a lot of fun!

This page shares all the great tips, tricks and resources I've come across in my candle making adventures.

If you're looking for step-by-step instructions for soy candle making read the linked page first, then jump back here for additional soy wax candle information.

Okay, let's jump right into the soy candle making tips and tricks...

Tips for working with wicks for soy candles

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.

To re-use a jar that has already held a candle

  1. If the wax is hard, put the container in the freezer overnight. Next morning, shake out the wax (it will be brittle) and warm the glass up to room temperature.
  2. Scrape out as much of any remaining wax as possible using a spoon wrapped in a rag or paper towel (to avoid scratching the glass.)
  3. Fill the glass with boiling water. Let it soak until the wax floats to the surface. After it cools, skim off the wax with a spoon.
  4. Dump out the water and wash the container in hot, soapy water.
  5. If there's any glue or other sticky gunk on the outside of the container, clean it off using a product like "Goo Gone", which you can usually find in office supply stores.

Preventing Shrinkage in Glass Jar Candles

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!

Crafty Ideas for Your Decorative Soy Candles

Here's a quick video on wrapping the base of your candle with leaves and raffia. A row of them down the center of your table would be beautiful for a dinner party.

How to Decorate a Pillar Candle video

Simple, but so elegant!

Here's another wonderful soy candle making idea... My friend gave me a rustic candle holder I just love. She got a birch branch, cut it about 6" tall and drilled a hole in the top just the right size to hold a tea light. Then she tied some raffia around it and tucked in a sprig of plastic berries. It's so pretty, and when it runs out I just put in a new tea light.

The internet is packed with sites with great ideas for decorative soy candles. If you have a favorite candle site or decorating project to recommend, it would be lovely if you'd take a moment to share it. Just type it into the form below to create a web page with your ideas.

Here's another great soy candle making trick. 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.

Making Your Own Candle Molds

I found this cool Martha Stewart video on making your own candle molds using a silicone mixture, and I thought it was such a great idea I included it here.

Martha Stewart silicone mold video

Isn't that great? I saw other videos of people making candle molds using tree branches, action figures, turtle statues - I can think of a million neat ideas to try!

If you've done this craft, we'd love to hear about it. I'd be delighted if you'd take a second to share your story in the candle making chat box below.

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What Other Candle Crafters Have Said

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Homemade Vanilla Soy Candles - Vanilla Didn't Mix - Help! 
I made soy candles with orange and vanilla essential oils. They smell really good, but the vanilla never "melted" in with the wax, but left brown blobs. …

Soy Candle Making Help - How to Add Fragrance 
Q: Hi, I have just started to make candles. The first batch was great, but I'm not sure if I put in enough fragrance oil. 2lb of wax chips melted …

Can you use oil burner fragrance to scent your candles? 
THE QUESTION I have a lot of oil fragrances for an oil burner I use to use. Can I scent my soy candles with this? It's higher quality oil from …

Why does my homemade soy candle have a white ring around it? 
I made a candle with blueberry scent and color of blue and it came out with a white ring about half way in the middle of the container all the way around …

Using Essential Oils in Soy Candle Making 
THE QUESTION Hi, I'm from Australia. I love your site! Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, I can't find another website like yours in Australia! …

Holes in candle 
I am trying to learn how to make soy candles. Our 4th try lead to the same problem. Holes near wick. We have tried pouring at temps from 145 to as low …

Color spots on the top of my soy pillar candle 
I use the Ecosoya pillar blend wax. Whenever I make specifically lavender pillar candles (using candle dye chips), and even after stirring for a really …

How much essential oil can I put in a pure Soy container candle? Do I need to add a carrier oil? 
Hello Candle experts! I am new to the candle making process. I made my first soy candles yesterday and am burning them today. I notice that I can barely …

Why is my candle wax not setting? 
I'm making wax candles with essential oils and the top sets, but it's still moving underneath about three quarters of it! Does anyone know why?

No hot throw after candle is lit second time 
I am in my first year of making soy container candles. I have had pretty good luck with getting a good hot throw, but today I had one of my “testers” tell …

My candles stink like jet fuel! 
I just made soy candles for the first time. I am so disappointed. The candles came out good but when I lit one it smelled horrible. The fragrance (a fruity …

Wax coming away from glass container 
After 48 hours the soy wax has come away from the sides of the glass container and has gone white. The colour was pinkish. Also, when soy wax has set …

Soy Candle Making Burn Pool Problem 
My soy candles are not burning completely. There is a good amount of wax left on the sides of the jar. What am I doing wrong???

Soy Candle Making - Why Does My Wax Crack? 
My wax is cracking when it sets, why?

Colour Changes in Homemade Soy Candlemaking 
Why does some of the colour I add turn white in the drying process (only a small area)? I use the same method every time and sometimes candles are perfect. …

Candles Not Burning Clean 
I just bought a candle store. Not knowing what I am doing. I used the instructions that the owner left and sometimes the candles are not burning clean …

Where can I get good quality soy wax 
Where can I get good quality soy wax?

Sweet Oil vs Almond Oil 
Can I use sweet oil instead of almond oil in the massage candle recipe?

Candle Making Help - No Scent Throw 
I've experimented with different amounts of oil, I have a beautiful cold throw, but no hot throw when the candle is lit. Any ideas? When the wax is …

Scenting SoyTarts and Melts 
I am using soy golden blend GW444. I am making tarts/melts. After melting the wax, it cools a bit then I add me FO. The smell fills my home. I pour …

Problems Scenting Candle 
Hello. I am trying to make homemade scented soy candles as gifts. However, I am having a difficult time making the candle smell. I have made test batches …

Making Soy Candles -- How to Get Rid of Craters 
After making my batch of soy candles and allowing to cool I was left with what I call small craters at the top of my candles. What tips do you have to …

Do you use Ecosoya CB135 for your Soywax Container Candles with Esential Oils? 
I hear it works well with eo's and is gmo free. I love your web site... thank you... you are just what I have been looking for! I want to make healthy, …

great cold throw, weak to non existent hot throw 
hi. when i make my soy candles using ecosya cb advanced, i get a great strong cold throw. so strong it can fill a room. the tarts will fill a house …

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Making Decorative Soy Candles 
I wish to put decorative paper around my soy candle jars - what kind of glue could I use? Thanks

candle making with bees wax and soy 
Can you add bees wax to soy and would there be any advantage or disadvantage ???

Using essential oils in homemade soya candles 
I want to make natural candle with soya wax. I tried making one using essential oil in my candle, but when I burn the candle I can't smell the EO I added. …

Choosing Wicks for Making Lavender Soy Candles 
Hello, I've been testing a few types of wicks and none of them are working for me. My pillars are 3"x3" and my two main problems are the non-shiny …

Soy Candle Making Help - Wax Stuck to Wicks 
After pouring the soy candles and after some time cooling, there is a small ring of wax stuck the the wick a millimeter above the candle surface. Any thought …

Soy Candle Making Help - Cracking Around the Wick 
Hello, When my soy candles set, I'm getting a slight crack around the wick. It doesn't affect the burn but is a cosmetic issue for me. I am also experiencing …

Soy Candle issues - Wax mottling (white) and essential oils not fragrant enough 
Hi There, I watched the soy candle making movie to ensure I am making my soy candles properly as I am having 2 big issues with my candles: 1) the …

Soy wax got water in it - could you still use it? 
My soy wax got water in it... could you still use it?

Help for Aromatherapy Gel Container Candles 
Hi! Do you have any tips or guidance on working with flashpoints and gel candles with essential oils? I know the combinations are very different due to …

Massage candle recipe: can I use ecosoy advanced wax? 
Can I add ecosoy advanced formula in a massage candle?

Massage Candle Recipe: Vanilla, Lavender, Sandalwood 
Firstly, I love your site and your info on massage candles. I need assistance in combining vanilla, lavender & sandalwood in a massage candle with the …

Question About Making Soy Container Candles 
When I pour a soy container candle, the instructions I follow are identical to yours. Here is my problem. After the poured candle cools for about an …

Wicks to use when making soy candles with essential oils 
Hi! I am making soy candles with both fragrance oils and essential oils. My problem is that the wicks I am using for the essential oil candles let off …

Making Soy Wax Leather Candles 
I am just beginning to make candles and I have had several family members request leather candles. I have everything as far as supplies go but do have …

What temperature to add essential oils to soy wax 
What temperature should I add essential oils at? I followed my wax instructions as well as used as much as the wax would hold and the cold throw is good, …

Why Don't My Soy Candles Have Enough Scent? 
I have made 4 wonderful recipes for my 100% soy wax candles, they smell wonderful as I was pouring the wax into my containers (allowing the wax to cool …

make a photo candle or hurricane shell with Soy wax 
Is it safe to make a photo embedded candle with Soy wax and also is it safe to make a hurricane candle shell with Soy wax. I have researched for hours …

How Much Essential Oil Do I Use for Making Soy Candles? 
How much essential oil do I use for 1lb soy wax... Thank you

What are the best essential oils for candles? 
My candles smell really faint, and I'm wondering if my essential oils are too weak. What are the best essential oils to get the strongest scent?

Why is my homemade candle burning straight through the wick? 
Q: I made homemade soy candles, used the wicks with the metal tabs on the end. Completed the process, cooled successfully. However! When I lit …

Is Cinnamon Essential Oil Toxic? 
Q: Hi, I was planning to make a soy candle and to put some essential oils in it; the recipe I found was using Cinnamon Leaf EO, Clove Bud EO, …

Why are my candles not burning correctly? 
Q: Hi! I've recently got into making candles and experimenting with different techniques. A few I have made have been wonderful so far. However …

making soy mason jar candles 
Q: I'm trying to make soy candles in mason jars. I want to make them three color striped, purple lavender, green honeydew and pink grapefruit. …

Easy Wax Cleanup for Making Soy Candles 
Found this tip floating around on the internet: When your candles have burnt their last, invert the containers on a foil then paper towel lined cookie …

Need soy candle making advice!! 
Q: I tried to make my first soy candle but I wasn't able to heat up wax to 180. How long does it take to reach 180f. I did the double boiler method …

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Massage Candle Won't Burn 
Q: I mixed up a very large batch of 1/2 soy wax, and the other half a combination of almond oil, cocoa butter. For some reason the mixture …

Candle scent confusion 
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How to Add Essential Oils Using My Candle Maker 
Q: I have a candle maker where it heats wax and once its melted, I turn a switch and the wax pours into a jar. Can I add essential oil to the …

Can I make several homemade candles in a batch? 
Q: As far as the essential oil blends for the candles... the blends that you share... is the quantity for one candle? Also, if I'm making several …

How do I re-melt a candle that I just poured? 
Q: I just poured my wax into a container and it looks layered. How can I re-melt it? A: Put the candle (in its container) into a big, …

Can you melt soy wax in the microwave for homemade candles? 
Q: Hi, I was wondering if you can melt soy wax for candlemaking in the microwave. A: No, it's not a good idea. The wax doesn't melt evenly …

Homemade Candlemaking Wick Problems 
I have made several candles and the wick burns in the middle but not the entire candle, what have I done wrong? I have read and followed all instructions …

Making a sand candle - my first and only candlemaking experience 
Yes this is true it was many years ago when staying with an Aunt in Nova Scotia, Canada. She had all us kids make our own candle in the sand on the beach. …

Where to Find Scent for Snickers Scented Candles 
THE QUESTION Hi, I have just started a soy candle business (very small), selling to friends etc... I have a friend who loves the candle scent …

Benzoin for Scent Throw in Candle Making 
THE QUESTION Has anyone heard of Benzoin, a fixative, that is supposed to make the essential oil scent stronger in candles. Are there any other …

Candles cracking at the wicks 
Once my candles have set the wicks have fine skirts (best way to describe it). They measure as small as 2-3mm. Can anyone suggest how I can avoid this …

my candle has no cold throw 
My candle has great hot throw but no cold throw.

Wax to Oil ratio 
How many mls of the oil fragrance per mls of wax do you use? Each wax is different, and MOST waxes will indicate the amount of oil that is best. Check …

how much essential oil do you add to melts with no wick 
what is the ratio of fragrance oil to add to soy melts. eg 1 cup of wax. how many drops of oil

Smelly Candle Dye Help! 
I just made my first soy candles. They came out great but the dye overpowered the fragrance of the essential oil. And the dye smelled horrible like jet …

What ratio of essential oil to wax in making soy candles? 
per 16oz. of wax what amount of essential oil blend should I use to achieve a nice strong scent throw?

Choosing Wax for Massage Oil Candles 
What type of wax would you use for "intimate" candles? ie. low temperature.

Tips for Making Soy Pillar Candles Relief Holes 
Hi, quick question about your tips on filling relief holes in your pillar candles. You say to leave it overnight then re-melt remaining wax to fill relief …

How to Glue Ribbon onto Candles 
What type of glue to use to attach a wide ribbon on a soy wax pillar?

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What Next?

Click on the links below to view the step-by-step instruction pages with how-to videos, essential oil blends to scent your handmade soy candles, and some ideas for buying soy candle making supplies.

Instructions for Soy Container Candles

Instructions for Scented Soy Pillar Candles

Essential Oils Blends for Soy Wax Scented Candles

Soy Candle Supplies

How to Clean up Wax Spills

Soy Candles Main Page

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Soy Candle Making