How To Make A Soy Candle.
This page offers information on making eco-friendly soy candles.
Source your own ingredients or shop Candle Making Supplies or DIY Candle Kits at Wickpy.
Our inspiration to make soy candles came from a desire to make healthy non-toxic candles.
We found most candles available on the high street to be laden with petrochemicals. In short, they are bad for us.
The candles we wanted to create needed to be eco-friendly, non-toxic, have natural plant-based scents.
The first scented soy candles we made were a delightful disaster.
Back then we were short on expertise but committed to learn how to make healthy soy essential oil candles.
Today our candles are more successful and we hope these tips help you to create your own natural soy candles.
What you'll learn.
- What you need to know before sourcing candle making ingredients
- What's involved in making soy candles
- What to expect from soy candle making
- How long it takes to make soy candles
- The costs involved in making soy candles
1. Soy wax for candle making
If you've already decided to make soy candles or you're looking to make informed choices, we're here to help you source the right ingredients for your next candle-making project.
What is soy wax.
Soy wax is produced from soybean oil which is extracted from soybeans.
How to make soy wax.
Soy wax is not as easy or as affordable to make as allowing experts to do it.
Hydrogenating unit by Armfield.
Soy wax vs paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax is made from crude oil which makes it a fossil fuel.
Soy wax vs beeswax.
Beeswax is produced by honey bees and formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominals or worker bees, who secrete it at the hive.
Beeswax candles. Photo by Kristina Umaeva.
Choosing the right soy wax for your candle.
Depending on the type of candle you want to make you need one of two types of soy wax: container wax or pillar wax.
How to shop for soy wax
Follow these 3 golden rules for better quality wax and more successful candles.
Three wick soy candle by Wickpy.
Soy Wax (145g)
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
2. Why make soy candles.
If you're considering candle making for a new hobby, this section aims to be informative for beginners and hobbyists wishing to take their candle-making in a natural direction.
In this section, you'll discover why we make natural candles with soy wax and pure essential oils, the difference in cost between store bought candles and making your own, why candle making is important to the environment and why soy essential oil candles hold a number of positive benefits for you and your family.
Soy candle making for healthy natural crafting
One of the great benefits of making candles with soy wax and pure essential oils is the sheer naturalness of it all.
The unexpected benefits of crafting
Making things can be a rewarding process and the psychological benefits of crafting are well documented.
Crafting can help reduce stress, relieve depression and anxiety, raise self esteem, slow down cognitive impairment and can help with insomnia.
Crafting can help build friendship and community.
Save money by making your own
If you ever wondered if making your own candles is cheaper and can save you money, the answer is a resounding yes.
Candle making and the environment
In the UK alone, we spend around £2 billion each year on candles and our desire to burn wax shows no sign of stopping.
Soy candle making and essential oils
Our history of using essential oils can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians.
Key tips / takeaways
- Making candles can contribute to our health and wellbeing when we use plant-based wax and good quality essential oils.
- Candle labelling in the UK is a safety driven policy, not a health conscious policy. Labelling is not required to inform consumers of contents.
- Expect natural therapeutic benefits for body and mind when making and enjoying candles with pure essential oils.
“Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities in the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. How to make a soy candle.
This section is intended to give you straightforward advice to help you make your own soy essential oils candles.
We use natural wax and pure essential oils to create cleaner, longer lasting candles that add atmosphere and healing at home.
How to choose a container for your soy candle.
Your choice of candle container is both practical and aesthetic.
How to choose wicks for your soy candle.
The most popular choices for natural wicks are cotton wicks and wooden wicks.
How to scent a soy candle.
Use scent to transform your candle into a centre of health and wellbeing.
Decorating your soy candle
Candles with crystals and botanicals look great. Should I make or buy them?
How long does it take to make soy wax candles?
Once you have your ingredients and equipment in place, making soy candles is surprisingly quick.
What do you need to make soy candles at home.
With some good quality ingredients and equipment from the kitchen, you can make your own beautiful soy candles.
How much soy wax for a soy candle.
Use our soy wax calculator to determine how much wax you need for your candle.
How much essential oil for a scented soy candle.
To calculate how much essential oil for a scented candle.
How much does it cost to make soy essential oil candles?
Soy candle making requires little investment to get started.
- Soy Wax - our small packs of Soy Wax can be bought for as little as £2 with enough wax to make one 180 ml candle.
- Aroma/Scent - we suggest using pure essential oils for health benefits and pleasant aromas. A 10 ml bottle of good quality essential oil starts at around £4.
Shop Wickpy essential oil blends for candles and diffusers and feel supported throughout the day. From £6.
- Temperature probe - we recommend spending minimum £10 on a digital thermometer for soy candle making. Cheaper digital thermometers are found to be slow and often give inaccurate readings.
- Heat resistent jug - a stainless steel jug is the soy candle makers best friend. Any capacity above 300 ml will do
Invest in a jug with a capacity of 500 ml plus in order to make more than one candle at a time.