How To Make A Scented Soy Candle

In this guide, we will take the soy candle making supplies included in your kit and transform them into scented soy candle.

The time it takes to make a candle(s) shouldn't be more than an hour, though you experience more benefit from the process by taking taking a relaxed and mindful approach to soy candle making with essential oils.

By the end we will finish with an soy essential oil candle that will last for up to 40 hours if made in an amber glass jar that came with your kit. If you are about to make an upcycled candle, it is more difficult to estimate how long the candle will burn for due to unknown measurements.

If you are upcycling your Wickpy candle jar or another candle container, aim to find a jar that is as close to 3 inches as possible for an optimum burn with the wick that you have in your kit.

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What you need

  • A stainless steel or heat resistant glass Jug (min 300 ml)
  • A saucepan filled with 2-3 inches of water
  • A thermometer, preferably digital
  • A tray or plate to craft on

Method

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Getting Started

  1. Place your candle jar, wick, adhesive, straw, spoon and essential oil blend on a tray
  2. Pour a few inches of water in to a saucepan and heat until a gentle simmer
  3. Add soy wax to your jug and place it gently into the water to melt
  4. Heat the wax to 85 degrees celsius
  5. While the wax heats, carry on with the next step. Note: keep watch over the wax to avoid heating it above 85 degrees celsius and to make sure the water doesn't boil off

Attach The Wick

  1. Take the double-sided wick adhesive and remove the paper from one side, and attach it to the metal sustainer at the base of the wick
  2. Slide the wick through the hollow wheat straw and remove the other side of the adhesive paper
  3. Hold the wick at the top where you can grip the wick and the wheat straw together, and attach the adhesive to the base of the jar in the centre
  4. Once you are happy that your wick is in place, press down and release the wheat straw

Stir and Sense

  1. With the wax at 85 degrees celsius, remove the jug from the heat and pour in all the essential oils that came with your kit
  2. Stir gently for two minutes, changing direction every few few turns
  3. Wait for the wax to cool to 50 degrees celsius before pouring it into the jar

Pouring The Candle

  1. As you pour the wax, direct it on to the wick. This helps them to bind together
  2. Save a small amount of the candle wax to top up later
  3. When poured, peg the wick in the centre of the jar
  4. Leave the candle in position until set

Next Steps

  1. One your candle is set, you may want to heat up the remaining wax to smooth out an uneven surface (optional)
  2. When fully set, trim the wick to 0.5cm and screw the lid on tightly
  3. Clean up the jar of any fingermarks with a microfibre cloth / cotton cloth / paper towel
  4. Decorate the jar to make it your own, or keep it minimal.
  5. Cure the candle by allowing it to rest with the lid on for 7-10 days. The longer you leave the candle to cure the better the performance will be for the life of the candle.
  6. Store the candle away from sunlight in moderately cool room
  7. Once cured, light and enjoy your new creation

Candle Safety and Care

  1. Never leave a candle unattended
  2. Keep away from flammables
  3. Place in a draught-free area to light
  4. Trim the wick to half a centimetre each time before lighting
  5. Allow a full edge-to-edge bed of melted wax to form before turning your candle out, especially the first time you light your candle
  6. Burn for a maximum of 4 hours at a time
  7. Eliminate smoke when turning out the candle by using something heat resistant to push the wick into the wax, allowing it to bounce back up and cool

Recycling and Upcycling

  • Please help us keep the planet tidy by reusing and recycling components and packaging from your kit.
  • To remove the wick, prise the adhesive out with a dinner knife.
  • Remove soy wax from the jar with hot water. Use a dedicated sponge with washing up liquid to remove residual wax.
  • Put your jar to use making new candles with an Upcycle Kit for Candle Making.

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Neil Gaiman

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Troubleshooting

  • For off-centre wicks, you may want to re-adjust by using a dinner knife to prise out the adhesive and try again