Hey there, I’m Dana from candlescience.
Today I’m going to show you just how
easy and fun it is to make your own soy
candles. First let’s take a quick look at
the supplies you’ll need.
For this batch we’re going to use AAK
464 soy wax. This wax comes in
flake form which makes it easy to handle.
For containers we’re keeping things
simple and using our 8 ounce candle tins.
Wicks are chosen based on the wax and
the width of the containers. We’re using
a CD 18 braided cotton wick, interwoven
with small paper threads. A correctly
sized wick is very important for
creating a candle with a strong
fragrance through and a clean even burn.
For help finding the right wick size for
other waxes and containers take a look
at the candlescience wick guide for
recommendations. Now for the most
exciting part, the fragrance! Today we
chose Oakmoss and Amber which has notes
of sage, lavender, amber, and moss. Always
use fragrance oils that have been
developed specifically for use in
candles to make sure you get the best
scent performance from your candles. To
help us measure our wax and fragrance
we’ll need a digital scale. It’s
necessary to measure your wax and
fragrance by weight and not volume to
keep measurements consistent. A pouring
pitcher is a candle making essential.
This piece of equipment is inexpensive
lasts forever and really makes the
candle making process a lot more
friendly. Next you’ll need a heat source
to melt your wax. Today we’re using a hot
plate with a medium saucepan filled
about halfway with water to create a
double boiler. The double boiler ensures
we don’t scorch or burn the wax. A
thermometer–any candy thermometer will
do. As you continue you may want to
invest in one with a digital view. To
safely secure the wicks to our
containers we’re using wick stickers, in
particular our wick stickers Pro. We love
these because they are very simple to
use and are super sticky. Wick bars help keep the wick
centered and straight as the wax cools.
You can also use popsicle sticks,
clothespins, or even pencils. Last but
certainly not least, a warning label that
includes safety tips and burning
instructions. Be sure to label your
candles if you are giving them away or
selling them. Let’s get started and make
our own soy candles!
We’ll begin by filling our saucepan with water and
placing it on the hot plate with
medium-high heat to create a double
boiler. While the water heats, up we’ll
weigh our soy wax. Place the pouring
pitcher on the digital scale and tear or
zero out the scale which will subtract
the weight of the pitcher. Weigh out one
pound of wax
and place the pitcher in the double
boiler. We’re going to allow our wax to
reach 185 degrees before adding fragrance. We
like to think of this temperature as the
Goldilocks zone, it’s hot enough for a
fragrance oil to fully bind and mix with
the wax but not so hot that any
fragrance might be lost to the heat. To
scent our wax we’re going to weigh out
one ounce of fragrance oil to give us a
6% fragrance load. We recommend starting
out with 6% but you may find you want to
adjust as you continue. Once the wax hits
185 we add the fragrance then remove the
pitcher from the heat.
We’ll stir gently for about two minutes.
This may seem like an easy step to skip,
but mixing thoroughly is important for
getting the best fragrance from your
finished candle. We’re going to let our
wax cool down to 135 before we pour.
While we wait, let’s get our containers
ready. Remove a wick sticker and place
the sticky side on the bottom of the
wick tab. Remove the paper backing and
secure the wick in the center of your
tin using the ridges to guide you.We will
repeat this for the other two tins.
Now that our wax has cooled to 135
degrees it’s time to pour. Working slowly
we’ll pour from our pitcher into the
tins we’ve just prepared, filling them up
to the inside groove of the tin or about
a quarter inch from the top. Next we’ll
take our wick bar and center the wick in
our tin by pushing the wick into the
center groove. Again, you can also use a
pencil, clothes pin, or popsicle stick to
center the wick. As your candles cool,
space your candles about four inches
apart in an area that’s out of the way
and free from drafts. We know it’s hard
to wait but allow them to cool
undisturbed overnight. When your candles
are cooled, trim the wick down to about a
quarter of an inch and top with a lid. As
the last step be sure to add a warning
label to the bottom of your container.
Before burning we do recommend allowing
the candles to cure at least four to
five days, but ideally up to two weeks to
get the best scent out of your candles.
Congratulations on making your own soy
Whether you’re making candles as a fun
DIY project, as gifts, or starting your
own handcrafted business, be sure to
check us out at candlescience.com for
additional guides, resources, and supplies.
And, if you have any questions or could
use an assist, don’t hesitate to reach
out. My fellow support team members and I
are here to help! Thanks for watching see
you next time.
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