Soy Candles are an excellent option to choose over paraffin candles which have petroleum as a key component. They are eco – friendly even when burned and they do not emit Carbon Dioxide. That’s probably the main reason why thousands of people are starting to get right into making soy candles.
Soy Wax – its key component – is a recent discovery. In 1991, a chap by the name of Michael Richards was looking for a cheaper option for beeswax. This led him to develop the soy type. During the early 90’s there was a big inflow of demand for natural wax candles, but beeswax was significantly more expensive (10x more) than paraffin. Michael began testing different natural waxes from plants and finally ended up with a vegetable type which had partially hydrogenated soy oil, coconut oil and palm oil as key components. Michael finally succeeded in replacing beeswax with soy in the year 1996. Generally, these candles are made by combining wax with dye and fragrance. These candles have certain advantages over Paraffin Candles
• Soy wax candles are inexpensive
• It’s a natural wax
• Soy have a longer lifespan
• Wax spills are easy to remove with soap and water
• It gives out less soot
• Scented soy gives out more flavor
Making soy candles can be a very fulfilling hobby. As you go deeper into the business of candle making, you will find out that it is so much easier and more fun to make soy candles than paraffin based ones. The materials needed to make soy candles are very easy to find and can be bought online or through your local hobby shops. We will explore the step – by – step process in making this type of candles.
For the materials, the follow listed below are what you will need:
1. A pound of soy wax
2. 1 mason jar
3. An ounce of fragrance oil
4. Wax dye
5. 1 cotton wick (e.g. HTP – 105)
6. Candle Thermometer
Choosing your soy wax
This wax generally comes in two varieties: Block and flake form. Choose the flake form.
Understanding fragrance for soy candles
The secret to making a good soy candle is to use your own special batch/mix of fragrances. The fragrance of your choice needs to be compatible with soy wax. On an estimated scale, you will need an ounce of fragrance oil per 16 ounces of soy wax.
Understanding Wax dyes
There are many different forms of dyes. There are dye blocks which can be melted/mixed with soy wax. The other ones are concentrated liquids and dye chips.
Choosing the appropriate soy wax candle wicks
The bigger the diameter of your candle, the thicker your wick must be.
Choosing the right soy wax candle containers
The container to be used for making these candles depends on the appearance/look one wants to achieve. If you want country look, you can choose/use a Jason jar. Containers for soy candles should always be germ-free, dry and at room temperature.
• In a pan put the soy wax and slowly heat on medium temperature until completely melted. Remove from heat.
• Pour in the fragrance oil and stir until all is absorbed in the soy wax. You can add wax dye as an option
• Pour the melted soy wax in the jar and place the wick in the center. A clothespin or pencil is ideal in making sure that your wick stays in the center.
• Upon turning solid you can trim the wick by or to 1/2 inch
• Enjoy your soy candle!