diy soy candles
Let me start by saying these likely aren't any sort of professional grade candles. I'm not selling these, haha. They're literally just for my own enjoyment, and the gift of being able to repurpose pretty jars and vessels with supplies I have. But honestly, I love how these all turned out! Each one I made is very different, and I'm so happy with the results and I hope you will be too! I should also say, I'm doing this post and sharing how I made these because you guys asked! So my "recipe" may not be your cup of tea, but I'd love for you to do what works best for you <3 I'm the type of person that skims recipes, then make it my own. I didn't use any sort of exact measurements for these, I just eye everything, and add more if/when necessary.
First things first, gather your supplies. You'll need:
- Jars and vessels
- Essential oils
- Candle wicks
- 100% all natural soy wax
- super glue
- clothes pins
- a measuring glass with pouring spout
- double broiler or pot + glass bowl (what I use)
Order supplies here:
I made three different candles for this. One that was woodsy and earthy so I used Euclyptus leaves since I didn't have oil on hand, plus Cedarwood and Copaiba oils. I also made one for the kitchen that I wanted to be very fresh so I used Citrus Fresh. And for the others, I used a bunch of old wax from the bottom of used candles mixed together with my new soy wax.
You'll want to super glue your wick to your vessel first. If you don't use super glue, when burning your candle, the wick will come loose and won't stay put. Hot glue will not work, as it will quickly melt. Must be super glue! I just dab a bit into the center of my vessel, then to the bottom of my wick, then press the wick into the glue until it holds... it does take a little bit. My fingers have totally stuck together a couple times during this process, but using a little oil gets it right off. I use clothes pins to keep the wick in place as it dries, and during the pouring of wax. The ones I got are pretty flimsy but they're cheap and do just fine!
I made each candle individually, so I could keep the scents separate. Like I said, I didn't measure the wax, I only eyed it. I do know that the wax melts into at least half the amount. So if you would much rather measure, you could fill your vessel with wax twice, then dump into the melting bowl.
I filled my pot about 1/3 with water, then added the glass bowl atop, and waited for it to boil. I poured in the soy wax when the water after boiling, and turned heat to medium, stirring with a rubber spatula until it melted fully. Once it was fully melted, I added about 20 drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil, gave it one last good stir, then poured into my pouring glass, and then into my candle vessel. For my kitchen candle, I used a mug. We collect mugs when we visit coffee shops in new places, and these (though so cute) are more decorative, so I thought it would be the perfect candle for this space.
You'll want to rinse both the bowl and the pouring glass before using again for another candle, if you're using a different scent. It's not really necessary if you're using the same. To rinse, just use very hot water, and it'll melt right off. I suggest rinsing to melt first, then using soap.
For my woodsy/earthy candle, I threw in my eucalyptus leaves in hopes that the natural scent would release into the wax. It's a very mild scent, but it's there! I definitely need to order some Eucalyptus from Young Living though :) it's a favorite around here. Call me cheesy, but I loved that my leaves were heart shaped <3
When the wax fully melted, I added in 10 drops Cedarwood, and 10 drops Copaiba, then used a colander to strain the leaves before pouring into my candle.
You can put your hot candles in the fridge to cool them faster. But don't put them in the freezer, or it will shrink your wax! I take mine out before they're fully cold. You can see in that bottom candle, it's not fully hardened. Just enough to not be wobbly if it were to get bumped.
I absolutely love how lightly scented these are. It's the sweetest, softest fragrance, and I love knowing that they're scented naturally, without any harsh chemicals. When they're hard enough to hold the wick, you can remove the clothespins and trim the wick to be about 3/4 inch. If you're making a candle that's wide (for example, like those gold bowls in the back), you'll want to use 2 or three wicks depending on how wide it is, so that it burns evenly without wasting so much.
And there you have it! Super simple. Probably because I'm not good at following recipes. I just go with the flow and do what works, and I hope it works for you too! I've been LOVING these, and can't wait to hear and see how yours turn out, so please please post a photo of yours and tag me! :)
Also, we just oiled all these pretty wood products to keep them looking lovely and help them last longer. Would you be interested in a post on how we did this? Let me know!