How to Make Soy Wax Candles


If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the soft glow and delightful fragrance of a well-crafted candle, you’re in for a treat. In this article, we’ll be sharing valuable tips and tricks straight from an expert in the field, providing you with the knowledge and techniques to create your own beautiful soy wax candles.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced candle maker, our expert insights will elevate your skills and help you embark on a delightful journey of creativity and relaxation. Get ready to unlock the secrets of this art form and fill your space with the warm ambiance of handmade soy wax candles. Let’s dive in!

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London is an experienced candle maker who is passionate about creating soy container candles. She has been making candles for her own business, Particle Goods, for three years and loves the versatility of soy wax. London is excited to collaborate with Brambleberry, a brand she has been using since the beginning of her candle-making journey, due to their exceptional product quality.

In her tutorial video, London starts by explaining the benefits of using soy wax. She highlights that soy wax is a natural and clean-burning wax, unlike paraffin, which emits chemicals into the air.

Soy wax is also less likely to cause soot and is water soluble, making cleanup easy. London advises viewers to look for soy wax with a high fragrance load, good glass adhesion, and a strong cold and hot throw to ensure a highly fragrant candle.

London emphasizes the importance of choosing the right container for soy container candles. She recommends using glass, ceramic, or metal containers that can withstand the high temperature at which soy wax burns.

Irregularly shaped containers may present some challenges when it comes to wicking, so it’s best to choose containers with a stable base. London advises against using materials like plastic, wood, or terra cotta, as they are not suitable for candle making.

Next, London discusses the selection of wicks based on the chosen container. She explains that the wick size should be determined by the container’s diameter and shape to ensure a proper melt pool.

Using wicks that are too small can result in tunneling, while using wicks that are too large can lead to excessive burning and poor scent throw. London recommends testing different wick sizes and keeping a log of the results to find the optimal wick for each container.

Moving on to the candle-making process, London demonstrates the setup of a double boiler to melt the soy wax. She mentions that maintaining the temperature below 200 degrees Fahrenheit is crucial to avoid discoloration of the wax. London also discusses the importance of using a digital scale to measure ingredients accurately and a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax.

While the wax is melting, London discusses fragrance oils and their selection. She advises using fragrance oils specifically formulated for candle making and recommends checking the flash point, which indicates the temperature at which the fragrance may start to evaporate. Higher flash point fragrance oils are preferable for soy wax candles.

London suggests starting with a fragrance load of around 6 percent and adjusting based on the wax manufacturer’s recommendations.

Once you’ve chosen your fragrance oil and determined the appropriate amount to use, it’s time to incorporate it into your melted wax. By now, your wax should have reached a temperature of around 185 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to add the fragrance oil at this temperature to ensure proper bonding.

Using a digital scale, measure out the required amount of fragrance oil based on the recommended ratio of six percent. For example, if you have one pound of soy wax, you’ll need to add one ounce of fragrance oil.

Keep in mind that different fragrances have varying densities, so it’s crucial to measure by weight rather than volume for accurate results.

Carefully pour the measured fragrance oil into the melted wax in the pouring pitcher. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to stir the mixture gently but thoroughly. Make sure the fragrance oil is evenly distributed throughout the wax.

Once you’ve incorporated the fragrance oil, it’s time to prepare your containers for pouring. Place your chosen containers on a flat and heat-resistant surface. For best results, ensure that the containers are clean and free from any dust or debris.

Now, take a moment to check the temperature of your wax. It should be around 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit before pouring. This temperature ensures that the wax is still liquid but has cooled down enough to prevent any potential damage to the containers.

Carefully pour the scented wax into each container, filling them to the desired level. Remember to leave some space at the top to accommodate the wick and prevent overflow during burning. Take your time and pour slowly to avoid any spills or splashes.

As you pour the wax, you may notice air bubbles forming on the surface. To eliminate these bubbles, you can gently tap the containers on the tabletop or use a heat gun or hairdryer on low heat to release the trapped air.

Now it’s time to insert the wicks into your candles. Choose the appropriate wick size based on the diameter and shape of your containers. A wick that is too small may lead to tunneling, while an oversized wick can cause excessive mushrooming and poor scent throw.

Dip the wick’s metal base into the melted wax and quickly place it at the center of the container’s bottom. Press it down firmly to ensure it adheres to the container. You can use a wick centering device or simply wrap the top end of the wick around a pencil or chopstick, resting it across the container’s opening to keep the wick centered as the candle sets.

Allow the candles to cool and solidify completely. This process typically takes several hours, so be patient and avoid moving or disturbing the candles during this time. Once the candles have hardened, trim the wicks to a length of about ¼ inch for optimal burning.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully made your own soy container candles. They are now ready to be enjoyed or gifted to others. Remember to follow proper candle safety guidelines when burning them, such as keeping them away from flammable objects and never leaving them unattended.

Now that you’ve learned the basics of soy container candle making, feel free to explore different fragrance combinations, container shapes, and decorative elements to make your candles truly unique. Enjoy the process and have fun creating your personalized soy container candles at home!

Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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