Soy Candles How To Make
Curious about soy candles and how to make them? Soy candles are a great way to go green and freshen a room without breathing in harmful chemicals. Soy candles last up to fifty percent longer than traditional candles and are budget friendly to make.
To make soy candles, you will need:
- Sox wax
- Candle molds
- A wick
- A double boiler
- A candle thermometer
- Fragrance of your choice
- Dye of your choice
- Pour two ounces of soy wax for each candle you would like to make. Use a double boiler to melt your wax; at high temperatures the wax can quickly inflate. Soy wax can be purchased at craft stores, natural and organic markets and candle stores.
- When the wax reaches a temperature between 170 to 180 degrees, add your dye. Do not use water-based coloring or food dye. Stir with a wooden spoon and keep adding dye until you reach the color you desire.
- Add 1.5 ounces of fragrance to every pound of wax. Be sure to keep your temperature at 170 to 180 degrees so the scent will bind with the wax and not burn off. Stir for two minutes.
- Lower the heat to 150 to 155 degrees, and place your wax molds in a oven set on the lowest temperature to prepare for your wax. Pour the wax into the mold and allow it to cool until a soft film develops on the top.
- Push your wick into the center of the candle. Smooth the top of your candle by running a hot flame over it; refrain from catching the wick on fire. Allow your candle to sit for four hours and cool, then remove it from the mold.
Temperatures can vary from wax to wax. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when making your candles. Do not melt wax over an open flame; once it reaches its flash point it will ignite, which can be harmful and dangerous.