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DIY Soy Candle

Making your candle is a great way to customize your home decor and add a pleasant aroma to any room. Not only is it fun and easy, but it’s also eco-friendly. Soy wax candles burn cleaner than traditional paraffin wax candles, and they last longer too. Here are five simple steps to make your soy candle.

Why soy wax?

Soy candles are made from natural ingredients like vegetable oil and cotton wick, so they burn cleanly and don’t release toxins into the air. They also last up to 50% longer than traditional paraffin candles, and you can choose from a variety of scents that will fill your home with wonderful aromas.
  1. Gather your supplies

    To make your soy candle, you’ll need soy wax flakes, a fragrance oil of your choice, wicks, jars, or tins for the candleholder, a double boiler or old pot for melting the wax, wooden stir sticks, and heat-resistant measuring cups.

  2. Melt the soy wax

    Start by adding water to the double boiler or old pot and bringing it to a boil over medium heat. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat so that it’s just simmering. Measure out one pound of soy wax flakes with the measuring cup and pour them into the double boiler or pot.

    Stir until all of the flakes have melted completely—this may take several minutes depending on how hot the water is. Once all of the flakes have melted, remove them from the heat and let them cool slightly before proceeding to the next step.

  3. Add the fragrance oil

    When adding fragrance oil be aware that too much scent can cause your candle to not burn properly. A good rule of thumb is not to exceed 5ml of fragrance oil per 500ml of melted wax. After measuring out the correct amount, pour it into the melted wax while stirring gently so as not to create bubbles. For best results allow the mixture to cool again before pouring it into containers.

  4. Pour into a jar or tin

    Now that everything is mixed together well, it’s time to pour. Carefully pour the melted soy wax mixture into a glass jar or tin—be careful as this will be extremely hot. Place wicks in each container before pouring them for them to stay centered once cooled down later on. This will make sure your candle burns evenly when lit up later on.

  5. Let it cool and enjoy

    Now all that’s left is waiting for your creation to cool completely before lighting it up and enjoying its ambiance. Make sure you trim any excess wick off the top so the flame won’t be too long when lit. Enjoy your DIY masterpiece.

    With just five simple steps you can create something unique for yourself or as a special gift for someone else—the possibilities are endless! Plus you get bragging rights knowing that you created something beautiful with your own two hands!

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