I made candles! And it was much easier than I thought it would be. After all was said and done, each candle cost between $3-$5. Pretty darn good, huh?? And, no extra junk went in – just soy wax and essential oils. I am very pleased.
There are lots and lots of tutorials out there that I read and you should read too to get some good ideas. But, since this is my blog, I’m going to give you my version of how to make your own soy candles.
1. Gather your supplies.
I found some great containers ($0.99-$3) at thrift stores and will now be keeping my eye out for ones to give as presents! Soy wax ($13 for 5lbs.) and candle wicks ($8 for 50) were purchased on Amazon. My wonderfully intelligent husband suggested I get a cheap bowl ($3, thrift store) to use just for this project, and he was right. I also purchased that measuring cup with spout ($2, thrift store) which I highly suggest, as it makes it easy to pour into the containers. A thermometer which I didn’t end up using is in the picture, as well as chopsticks! And of course, my essential oils which I already had (thanks Jenny!).
Make sure your containers are all clean and set up close to where you will be melting your wax.
2. Place wicks in jars.
This was the hardest part for me. I’m sure there is an easy way to do it, but since my wicks had wax coating, they weren’t very malleable to tie around the chopsticks, as some blogs suggested. I ended up super gluing them to the bottom of the containers then using the chopstick (and starbucks straws, since I didn’t have enough chopsticks!) to keep them from falling over. I think there was some tape involved, but not sure if it played any important part. Eh, it works.
3. Melt your wax.
The majority of blogs say to microwave your wax, but, since I’m better than you, I don’t own a microwave and opted for the double boiler option. Either way works. The wax melts to about half of what you measure, i.e. I measured out 8 cups of wax chips and it melted down to 4 cups of liquid. I read about making sure to keep at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, but I am very impatient in the kitchen so I said screw it and took it off as soon as it all was melted. This is when I added my essential oils, which is step 4 in this series.
4. Add essential oils.
I did this in two sets, so I could try different scents. My first was rosemary and eucalyptus, my second was pure lavendar. Yum. Just stir in 5-10 drops, depending on your nose.
5. Pour into containers.
I poured from the glass bowl into the plastic measuring cup then into the containers. Thank you bloggers for suggesting using a cup with a spout. Oh, and don’t forget to use oven mitts!! Wax is hot when it is melted.
As you can see there is some wax on the side of this big one. That would be my one stupid decision in this venture. I poured too much in the big one leaving not quite enough for my last jar. So, I tried to pour from the big into the little. Not so good. Very messy. Make sure to have paper towels around! Lesson learned.
6. Let wax harden, trim wick, and light!
I think I let my candles sit for a couple hours. You’ll be able to tell when they are ready. And oh, how satisfying it is to light that first one!
Guys, I’m in love with candle making.
I will now be researching how to color the candles without ruining the integrity of the soy. Also, collecting containers!
This was so fun, and was a huge money saver! Husband & I have dished out $20 for a candle before. Not so anymore! Thank you DIY nation.