There are many advantages to using soy wax in candle making. It is often less expensive than paraffin wax, and requires a lower melting temperature. The candles burn with less heat, and this distributes your fragrance stronger and more evenly. Also, it's really easy to clean up soy wax from your utensils using soap and hot water. Most important though is the fact that soy wax is made from soy bean oil, a natural and renewable resource.
Since soy wax is softer than paraffin wax, it works best as a container candle. These candles are very simple to make and the equipment you'll need can be found in your kitchen. Supplies are easily found at craft supply stores or online candle supply retailers.
What You'll Need:
- Soy wax, in either pellet/flake form or solid
- Candle dye
- Candle fragrance oil
- Candle wick (pre-tabbed for convenience)
- Clothespin or a pencil and twist tie (to hold the wick in place)
- Large metal pot
- Glass or Pyrex measuring cup
- Metal spoons
- Glass container for the candle (make sure this is clean and free of dust)
How to Make Soy Wax Candles:
- If you are using solid soy wax, cut off a chunk and chop it into small pieces. Measure out enough of the wax to fill your containers. Place wax in the measuring cup.
- Fill pot about halfway full with water; place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a low simmer.
- Place the measuring cup containing the wax directly into the simmering water. Allow the wax to melt, stirring only occasionally to break up any large chunks. The wax will melt more quickly than paraffin or gel wax, so watch it closely.
- As the wax is melting, dip the tab of the wick into the wax and place it in the center of the bottom of your container that will hold the finished candle. Hold it in place for a minute to make sure it is secure; hold the wick in place with a clothespin or place a pencil over the opening of the container and secure the wick to the pencil with a twist tie.
- As soon as the wax is melted, add the color and scent. Add a little bit at a time until your desired color and fragrance are reached. Stir gently but thoroughly to incorporate the dye and fragrance oil. Too much stirring will cause air bubbles to form, and you want to avoid this.
- Pour the melted, scented, and dyed wax into your container, leaving at least one inch headroom at the top of the container. Set the candle aside for several hours or overnight to allow the wax to set.
- Trim the wick and you're ready to light and enjoy your new soy wax candle!
Your soy wax candle making equipment can be safely placed in the dishwasher for cleaning if desired. The wax is natural and the hot water will melt it enough so that it won't clog any pipes.