I love making candles! I use soy wax in them because it burns more cleanly and at a lower temperature, and is sustainable and carbon neutral. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this fun tutorial with you. My first few attempts were kind of a disaster, but thankfully I’ve learned from my mistakes so you don’t have to. ;) Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Keep your work area well ventilated — you’re going to be working with very strong fragrance oils and you’ll get a headache if you don’t! Open up windows and point a fan in them to draw air outside.
- Use wick stickers. It’s a pain trying to keep the wick on the bottom of your jar otherwise.
- Wear protective gear! Safety goggles, mask, and gloves.
This makes one 8oz candle. Multiply as needed. I bought all of my candle supplies from CandleScience.
- 6 oz (1 2/3 cup) soy wax
- 2 1/2 tsp or 12mL fragrance oil
- Dye chip (I used half a chip per candle)
- Soy wick
- Wick stickums – they stick the wick to the bottom of your jar so it doesn’t move. You don’t need these, but it’s much less of a hassle if you do have them!
- Plastic pipettes or measuring spoons, for measuring fragrance
- 8 oz wide mouth mason jar with lid
- Pyrex measuring cup (mine holds 4 cups)
- 2 colored pencils (or pens, or popsicle sticks)
- 2 rubber bands
- Stainless steel spoon for stirring
- Latex (or similar) gloves
- Safety goggles
Step 1: Measure out 1 2/3 cup or 6oz of soy wax in a Pyrex measuring cup and put it in the microwave for two minutes.
Step 2: While your wax is in the microwave, unscrew the lid from your mason jar. If you’re using wick stickums, stick one to the bottom of your wick, then stick the wick to the bottom of your jar.
Step 3: Wrap together the ends of your colored pencils with the rubber bands, and carefully slide the wick in the gap between the pencils. This will keep the wick standing straight while you pour in the wax.
Step 4: Once the soy wax is done microwaving, stir it and return it to the microwave for another minute.
Step 5: If you are using a dye chip, you may want to cut it in half at this point, depending on how dark you want your color to be. For my yellow candle, I used slightly less than half of the dye chip.
Step 6: When the soy wax is done microwaving, it should be a clear liquid. If there are any unmelted chunks of wax left, stir to melt it. The measuring cup will be hot, so use an oven mitt to remove it carry it to your work station and add in your fragrance and dye chip. Stir until the dye chip is fully melted. You’ll want to wear your mask, gloves, and safety goggles for this.
Step 7: Carefully pour the mixture into the mason jar, being careful not to move the wick.
Step 8: Let sit for 2-3 hours (until hardened) then trim the wax so it’s sticking about half an inch from the top of your candle. Don’t forget to add a fragrance sticker!