Making your own scented soy candles is a fun and rewarding DIY project that allows you to create unique, custom-scented candles in the comfort of your own home. Not only are soy candles environmentally friendly, but they also burn longer and cleaner than traditional candles made with paraffin wax.
If you’re looking to make candles with a strong, long-lasting scent, follow these simple steps for the perfect scented soy candles.
- 1 Materials Needed
- 2 Step1: Select Your Waxes and Oils
- 3 Step 2: Prepare Your Melting Containers and Wicks
- 4 Step 3: Melt Your Waxes and Additives in a Double Boiler
- 5 Step 4: Add Essential Oils After the Wax Has Cooled Slightly, or Add the Fragrance Oil and Dye (Optional)
- 6 Step 5: Prepare the Wick and Container
- 7 Step 6: Pour the Candle Wax into the Container
- 8 Step 7: Allow the Candle to Cool and Set
- 9 Tips for Making Strong Scented Soy Candles
- 10 Moving On
- Soy wax flakes
- Candle wicks
- Wick stickers or hot glue
- Double boiler
- Candle dye (optional)
- Candle fragrance oil
- Essential oil
- Glass jars or tin containers
- Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl
Step1: Select Your Waxes and Oils
The right mixture of waxes and essential oils will make all the difference. Choose a soy wax blend with a vegetable base to ensure your candles are clean burning. Then, select the essential oil or fragrant scent additive you want to use. Be sure to read labels; if the oil contains synthetic fragrance, opt for an organic option instead. Oils that contain high concentrations of natural oils produce stronger scents when heated.
Step 2: Prepare Your Melting Containers and Wicks
Measure out the wax and place it in an appropriate melting container. Then attach a flat-based wick to your desired candle containers. This will help ensure a clean, even burn and that the candle wax does not overflow its container. To hold the wicks upright during the process, you can use a wooden skewer or dowel rod attached to either side. Make sure it’s stable before you start pouring in wax.
Step 3: Melt Your Waxes and Additives in a Double Boiler
To begin, measure out the desired amount of soy wax flakes and add them to a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl. This ensures that the wax melts slowly and evenly, instead of burning and risking waste or harm. If using a double boiler, heat the water until it reaches a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Make sure to have the water in the lower pan boiling before adding the mix of waxes and additives above it. If necessary, you can use a thermometer to measure the temperature of your melted wax to ensure that it’s not too hot. Place the bowl of soy wax flakes on top of the double boiler and stir until the wax is completely melted. If using the microwave, heat the wax in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is fully melted.
Step 4: Add Essential Oils After the Wax Has Cooled Slightly, or Add the Fragrance Oil and Dye (Optional)
Once the wax is melted, it’s time to add the fragrance oil and dye, if desired. The amount of fragrance oil you add will depend on the strength of the scent and the size of your candles. As a general rule, use about 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax. For a strong scent, you may want to use slightly more.
If you use essential oil, the ratio of essential oil to soy candle wax should be about 3% (more info here). The best time to add essential oils for smell is after you have melted the wax, but before it has completely cooled. Remember to turn off the heat and let the wax cool until it is still liquid, but not steaming hot. You can use a thermometer to measure the temperature of your melted wax and make sure that it has reached a safe level (below 175°F or 79°C). Once your wax has cooled slightly, add 5-15 drops of essential oil according to your desired intensity of scent. Stir thoroughly and wait for the wax to cool down before pouring into containers.
To add the fragrance oil, simply measure out the desired amount and stir it into the melted wax. If you want to add candle dye, do so at this time as well. A little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and add more as needed until you achieve the desired color.
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Step 5: Prepare the Wick and Container
While the wax is still melted, it’s time to prepare the wick and container. If using a glass jar or tin container, apply a wick sticker or a small dot of hot glue to the bottom of the wick and press it into the center of the container. If using a wooden wick, you can use a small amount of hot glue to adhere it to the bottom of the container.
Step 6: Pour the Candle Wax into the Container
Once the wick is secured, it’s time to pour the melted wax into the container. Slowly pour the wax into the container, making sure to leave about a half-inch of space at the top to allow for the candle to burn properly. If using a wooden wick, be sure to pour the wax slowly and evenly to prevent the wick from shifting.
Always use a heatproof measuring cup with a long handle that you can hold away from your body, and be sure to only fill containers with wax up to around ¾ of full. Allow the candle to cool completely before moving or touching it. If there’s extra wax left on the side of the container, do not remove it; instead, allow it to cool completely before disposing of properly.
Step 7: Allow the Candle to Cool and Set
After pouring the wax, allow the candle to cool and set for at least a few hours or overnight before lighting. Once the candle has set, trim the wick to about a quarter-inch in length and your scented soy candle is ready to use!
Tips for Making Strong Scented Soy Candles
- Use high-quality fragrance oils: Cheap fragrance oils may not have as strong of a scent and may not last as long. Opt for higher-quality oils to ensure your candles have a strong, long-lasting scent.
- Experiment with different fragrance oil combinations: Mixing different fragrance oils can create unique, custom scents for your candles
Making your own scented soy candles is a fun and easy DIY project that allows you to create unique, custom-scented candles at home. By following the steps outlined above and using high-quality materials, you can create strong, long-lasting candles that are environmentally friendly and burn clean.
So why wait? Gather your materials and give it a try! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make your own scented soy candles and how much you’ll enjoy using them. And who knows, you may even discover a new hobby in the process. Happy candle making!