I bought a soy candle kit for myself several years ago, opened the box and looked at the supplies, then folded it back up and set it aside. For years! I don’t know if I felt intimidated or scared I’d get it wrong, but I’ve been missing out because it is pretty darn satisfying to make your own candles!
If you’re a beginner, like myself, I highly recommend starting with a candle kit. I purchased this kit from www.candlewic.com. Unfortunately I no longer see these or any kits available (this may change in the future), but they do sell all the supplies individually or you can purchase a kit from another reputable website, including Amazon, Bramble Berry, Candle Science, etc. Each kit should include instructions with specific temperatures to add any colors or scents. In this post, I’ve refined the instructions from my kit which you can reference to create your own candles or apply the basic principles if using another candle kit.
- 12 candle containers (8 oz)
- 12 pre-tabbed wicks
- 12 glue stickers
- Pouring pot
- Stirring utensil
- 4 pounds of soy wax
- 4 different color dye blocks
- 4 different fragrance oils (1 oz)
- 3 bow tie wick bars
- Prepare your candle containers. Place a glue sticker onto each pre-tabbed wick, then place one wick directly in the center of each candle container.
- Place one pound of soy wax into the pouring pot. If you have a kit, this may already be measured out for you, if not use a kitchen scale.
- Set the pouring pot into a large saucepan filled a third of the way with water and bring the water to a soft boil.
- Allow the wax to melt, then insert your thermometer and continue to heat until it reaches 175 F.
- At 175 F, add the color dye block and stir until it’s completely melted and blended with the wax.
- Remove the pouring pot from the water and allow the wax to cool to 140F.
- At 140 F, add the fragrance oil and stir until well incorporated.
- Carefully pour the dyed and fragrant wax into three of the prepared wax containers. One pound of wax, one color dye block and one ounce of fragrance can create three 8 ounce candles.
- Center the wicks in the bow tie wick bars and allow them to cool and set completely on a level surface for at least 24 hours.
- Once cooled and set, remove the bow tie wick bars and cut the wicks.
I plan on using these in our home, but I would love to make more for family and friends! Do you use candles in your home? What is your favorite scent? Mine is Spruce or Mulled Cider, all the holiday feels!