The joys of soy candle making... Create your own soy wax scented candles

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.)

Why choose soy wax scented candles?

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!

Choosing soy candle fragrances

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.

Creating the look of your decorative soy candles

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.

Soy candle making instructions

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 because each method is quite different and needs different candle supplies.

I've also put together essential oil blends to scent your handmade soy candles, all the supplies in one place and a delicious massage candle recipe! Click on the links below...

Essential Oils Blends for Soy Wax Scented Candles

Essential oil blends for handmade soy candles. Spicy and sensual, floral and fresh... a blend for every mood!

Soy Candle Making Supplies

Everything you need for soy candle making and where to get it.

Moonlit Melts Massage Oil Candles

Rich, decadent and sooooo good for your skin... and fun and easy to make with this simple massage candle recipe.

Soy candle making tips

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!

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 idea for paraffin wax candle

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.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Making Soy Candles