How to make Soy Wax Candles step by step

In this article, we show you all the details step by step on how to make low melting point soy wax candles, ideal for container candles, massage candles, and many other applications. This process is perfect for those looking to create personalized and eco-friendly candles. If you need a guide to walk you through each stage, from preparation to the final finish of your candles, you are in the right place.

If you are interested in using soy wax for molds and want to learn specific techniques for it, we recommend visiting our article dedicated to that type of soy wax.

Shopping list, What you need to make candles with Low Melting Point Soy Wax

At Candeliss, we want to make your candle-making journey easier, so we’ve prepared a detailed list of everything you need. From selecting low melting point soy wax to the essential tools for shaping your ideas, this list will guide you to ensure you have everything you need for your creative process.

  1. Newspaper (Optional): Ideal for protecting your work area from wax spills. You can use any sturdy paper or fabric that doesn’t easily absorb liquids.
  2. Artisanal Candle Containers: Explore your creativity by using different containers like glass cups, metal tins, or ceramics. Ensure they are heat-resistant and leak-proof.
  3. Precision Scale: Essential for accurately measuring the wax and fragrances/colorants. This ensures the consistency and quality of your candles.
  4. Low Melting Point Soy Wax: Use quality soy wax. Soy wax is an ideal vegetable wax for making natural and eco-friendly candles. In this case, we will use low melting point soy wax of the best quality, like the one we offer at Candeliss in different formats, which ensures a clean burn and smooth finish. Soy wax for candle making is one of the most used vegetable waxes by enthusiasts when making homemade candles, soy massage candles, or natural and vegan candles.
  5. Wax Melting Containers: At Candeliss, we prefer the classic method: melting the wax in a metal container in a double boiler. For this, you will need, in addition to the container for the wax, a large pot to heat water. For smaller amounts, the microwave is a quick option, while a wax melter offers precision and convenience for larger projects.
  6. Wooden Stir Stick: Ideal for mixing the wax and evenly distributing the colorants and fragrances, minimizing bubble formation.
  7. Thermometer: A digital or kitchen thermometer is ideal for monitoring the wax temperature, crucial for adding fragrances and colorants at the optimal moment.
  8. Colorants and Fragrances (optional): To make natural colored candles, you can add pigments or colorants. Experiment with different combinations to create unique candles.
  9. Candle Wicks: Cotton or wood wicks are excellent options. Consider the size and type of candle when choosing the wick. Wicks with a metal base are practical for easy attachment to the container.
  10. Adhesives for the Wick and Glass: These double-sided adhesives are perfect for securing the wick in place, ensuring uniform combustion.
  11. Wick Centers or Holders: Use creative tools like clothespins, popsicle sticks with a hole, or chopsticks to keep the wick centered and straight during pouring.
  12. Scissors for Trimming the Wick: A crucial element for adjusting the wick to the proper length, which influences how your candle will burn.
  13. Heat Gun or Hair Dryer: Useful tools for smoothing and correcting imperfections on the candle’s surface, giving your creation a professional finish.

Step-by-Step Process for Making Soy Candles

Prepare the materials and workspace

Before you start making your candles, it’s important to prepare everything you’ll need. Make sure you have all the ingredients and tools we’ve mentioned earlier on hand.

It’s also essential to prepare your workspace. Choose a flat and clean surface, and cover it with newspaper or a cloth for protection. This will help you keep things tidy and make cleanup easier afterward.

Measuring and Weighing the Soy Wax

A kitchen scale will be very useful for measuring the exact amount of soy wax. Precision is important to ensure you have the right amount of wax for the size of your candles.

A good rule of thumb is to measure the capacity of your container and use about half of that weight in wax. For example, for a container that can hold 200 grams of water, you would need about 100 grams of soy wax.

If you want to buy low melting point soy wax for making homemade soy candles, you can check out Candeliss Soy Wax here.

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Melting Soy Wax: Techniques and Containers

When it comes to making soy candles, melting the flake wax is one of the most crucial processes. The most common method is the double boiler, which involves placing the wax in a heat-resistant container and then placing this container in a larger one filled with hot water. Other options include using a special wax melting machine or even the microwave, though the latter requires care to prevent overheating.

The double boiler is our favorite method and one of the most widely used by those making their own candles. It’s ideal if you’re looking for precise temperature control, which is important to prevent the wax from burning. Special wax melting machines are convenient and easy to use, making them an ideal acquisition if you regularly make candles. On the other hand, the microwave might seem like a good idea but we only recommend it for small amounts of wax as temperature control is more complicated. If you choose this method, you should heat in short intervals and monitor the process.

Add the Dye to the Melted Soy Wax (Optional)

If you decide to add color to your soy wax for candles, now is the time. After melting the soy wax, but before it starts to cool, add the dye. You can use block dyes specific for candles or liquid dyes. Add gradually and stir well to ensure an even distribution of color. Remember, a little dye goes a long way, so start with a small amount and increase until you achieve the desired shade.

Add Your Favorite Fragrance (Optional)

If you want your candles to be scented, if you’re making aromatherapy candles, or if you love aromatic candles, you can add your favorite essences to the melted soy wax. However, you should wait for the melted wax to cool a bit before adding the fragrance, as excessive heat can evaporate the aromas. An ideal temperature for adding fragrances is around 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit.

To turn your soy wax into candles with essential oils, it’s crucial to keep in mind that soy wax has a limit on the amount of fragrance it can effectively absorb. Generally, this limit is about 10% of the wax’s weight. Exceeding this limit can result in problems such as fragrance separation, crack formation, or even poor candle combustion.

Add the fragrance gradually and stir gently to integrate it evenly into the wax, ensuring not to exceed the wax’s absorption capacity.

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How to Position and Secure the Wick

Before pouring the wax, you need to prepare your container by placing the wick. If your wick does not come with a holder, you can attach it to the bottom of the container with some melted wax or a special wick adhesive. Ensure that the wick is well-centered and straight; this is crucial for an even burn of the candle.

To keep the wick upright and centered while you pour the wax and as it cools, you can use wick holders or even household items like toothpicks or tweezers. Place the holder over the mouth of the container so that the wick is in the correct position.

Pour the melted Soy Wax into the container

Once the wax is at the right temperature and you’ve added colorants and fragrances, it’s time to pour it into the container. Do it slowly and carefully to minimize the formation of air bubbles. To prevent deformations or sinkholes on the surface, pour the wax at a low height and steadily.

Keep an eye on the wax temperature as you pour. Pouring the wax at too high or too low a temperature can affect how it settles and solidifies, which could lead to issues with the candle’s appearance or burn.

Candle curing process

  • Optimal Time and Conditions for Curing: After pouring the wax, it’s crucial to allow the candle to cure properly. Leave the candle in a cool, draft-free place for at least 24 hours. This process allows the wax to settle and solidify completely, resulting in a cleaner and more even burn.
  • Importance of Curing for Candle Quality: Curing not only helps the candle maintain its shape but also maximizes the effectiveness of the fragrance. A well-cured candle will release its aroma more effectively when burned.

Trim and adjust the Wick

Once the candle has fully cured and is ready for use, the final step is to trim the wick. The ideal wick length for most candles is about 1/4 inch (around 6 mm). This ensures that the candle burns cleanly and controlled, reducing the chance of an overly large flame or soot formation.

Final Inspection and Touch-Ups

  • Surface and Shape Review of the Candle: Once the candle has fully cured, carefully examine it. Look for any imperfections on the surface, such as cracks, sinkholes, or air bubbles. If you find any, you can gently smooth them out using a hot spoon or a hair dryer, applying heat evenly and gently over the surface.
  • Touch-Up Techniques for Imperfections: To correct minor imperfections, you can slightly melt the surface of the wax and smooth it out. For sinkholes near the wick, consider carefully pouring a bit more melted wax to level the surface. Always make sure the candle is completely cool and solidified before handling or lighting it.

Extra tips in making Soy Wax Candles

  • Tips for Storing Your Candles: Store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. This will help maintain their shape and prevent them from melting or losing their fragrance. Additionally, if you wrap them in waxed paper, you’ll protect their surface and preserve their scent.
  • Burn Testing and Fragrance Adjustments: Conduct burn tests to ensure your candles burn correctly. These tests will help you adjust the amount of fragrance or the length of the wick if necessary. Remember, a well-balanced candle burns evenly and effectively diffuses its scent.
  • Using Essential Oils vs. Synthetic Fragrances: Experiment with essential oils for a more natural option, but keep in mind they may require more quantity than synthetic fragrances to achieve the same level of aroma.
  • Innovation in Presentation: Explore different ways to present your candles, such as in eco-friendly packaging or reusable containers, to add extra value to your products.

Final Thoughts

Creating soy candles is much more than a simple hobby; it’s an art that offers deep satisfaction. Each candle you make is a reflection of your creativity and passion, a path to explore and express your individuality. By experimenting with different colors, scents, and designs, you not only create something beautiful and functional but also embark on a journey of personal discovery.

At Candeliss, we encourage you to experiment with soy wax in your next candles and to play with the endless possibilities it offers. Every candle you create is an opportunity to learn something new, to innovate, and above all, to enjoy the creative process. Remember, there are no limits to creativity, and every candle is a story told by your hands.

Continue exploring, creating, and enjoying every moment in the fascinating art of making soy candles, and if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help.