How to Make Soy Candles for Beginners

How to Make Soy Candles for Beginners

Gone are the days when you only had virtually two types of candles to choose from – scented and unscented. Now, there are candles of different varieties including beeswax and soy. You probably raised your eyebrows while reading the word soy and candle put together.

However, it’s true. In fact, it’s a much better choice than the paraffin candles. If you want to know more about soy candles after reading this article, Candle Making 4 You™ can definitely help you.

Soy Candles over Paraffin

Burning paraffin candles is like inviting a diesel truck into your home and fill it with exhaust. The soot that comes from burning paraffin wax is the same as diesel fuel produces. It is a mix of carcinogenic petro-carbon which is simply bad for your health. It blackens your home and emits toxins such as toluene and benzene. Petroleum is also not renewable.

This is where soy wax comes into the picture. Soy wax is 100% vegetable based. It’s not 100% perfect but it is a lot better than paraffin candles. They don’t produce the soot that paraffin candles do, come in many wonderful scents and burn longer as well. There are companies that use recycled content for their packaging and even lead-free paper or cotton wicks.

Is it easy to make soy candles at home? Yes! You can always buy them but if your local candle store doesn’t have 100% soy candles and can’t order them for you, then it is better that you make them. The process is not as intimidating as you’d think.

Materials that You Need:

  • Clean and dry containers – A total of 16 oz for this procedure. You can be creative and use mason jars or recycled glass jars.
  • Candle wicks.
  • Double sided tape – If you want a professional look, you can use metal candle wick tabs.
  • 4 cups of Soy wax flakes.
  • Essential oils (optional) – You’d be using approximately 15 drops for every 4 cups of wax.

Procedure:

  1. Begin by arranging your glass containers on a clean and dry dishtowel.
  2. Cut the wicks into the number of pieces as your containers. The wicks should be 4 inches longer than the height of the containers.
  3. Place a small piece of double-sided tape at the bottom center of your containers.
  4. Tie a knot at the end of your wick and press it gently but firmly onto the double-sided tape and leave the free end of the wick hanging at the side of the container.
  5. Fill a saucepan with soy wax flakes and place it over medium heat.
  6. When the wax begins to melt, gently stir it until all the wax is smooth. You may also opt to melt the wax using your microwave.
  7. Remove the wax from the heat and let it cool.
  8. Add essential oils and stir well (optional).
  9. Pour the wax into the jar; leave only 1 inch of space between the wax and the lip of the jar.
  10. Center the free end of the wax and twist it around a wooden skewer or pencil.
  11. Let the wax dry.
  12. Cut the wick about 1 inch long.
  13. Decorate and add labels to your candle jar for a personalized touch.

Benefits of Soy Candles

As mentioned above, soy candles have a lot of benefits that you can enjoy. If you’re giving your soy candles away as gifts, you can put in the benefits too so your recipients would know!

  • Soy candles are natural candles. You’re living in an age today where organic and natural are becoming more and more sought after. Soy candles are made from soybeans which is a natural and renewable source.
  • Support local farmers and agriculture. If you’re going to produce soy candles for business, you can go one step further and partner with local farmers. You’d be helping their livelihood and promoting your product as natural.
  • Cleaner burning. Although soy candles also produce soot, it is nothing compared to the soot produced by paraffin candles. More importantly, soy candles are non-toxic. The scent that you inhale is clean and not harmful to your body.
  • Soy candles last longer. A soy candle burns slowly because of the cooler burning temperature of the soy wax. It costs more than the usual candle but it does last longer so it pays off in the long run.
  • Soy candles give off better scents. If you’re using essential oils in your soy candles, you’d find that they smell nice. Because soy candles burn slowly, the scent is released gradually. You won’t be hit by a strong wave of scent immediately when you light the candle. The gradual release of scent from a scented candle is more pleasing to a large number of people.

All the information contained in this article is just a tip of the iceberg. If you want to know more about candle making and be able to do it like a pro, then Candle Making 4 You™ can certainly help you get there.

 

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