How to make soy candles with essential oils
Discover how to make soy essential oil candles in this beginner-friendly tutorial. Essential oil candles have a reputation for being difficult to make, but this easy-to-follow guide takes the guesswork out of the equation. You don’t have to be an advanced candle maker to make beautiful essential oil candles!
Additional items needed:
- Small glass container (for measuring oils)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Paper towel
- Double boiler
- Silicone or metal stirring spatula
Notes about essential oils in candles:
- Check the recommended usage percentage on the candle-approved essential oil product page and start with low percentages. Some essential oils shift at higher loads, so starting with a low load is an excellent way to avoid unpleasant results and product waste.
- Always measure by weight, never by drops! Essential oils vary in density, so measuring by weight is the best way to ensure accuracy.
Step 1: Weigh and melt wax
Place a pouring pitcher on scale and tare the weight. Weigh 24 oz (680 g) of 464 Golden Brands soy wax.
Begin to melt the wax with a double boiler or hot plate.
Step 2: Prepare your jars
While your wax melts, wipe out your Burnt Sienna Modern Ceramic Jars with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and a clean paper towel. Using a wick sticker, center one CD 22 wick in each jar.
Step 3: Weigh and add the essential oil
Place small glass container on scale and tare the weight. Weigh 1.45 oz (41 g) of the Patchouli essential oil, approximately 6%.
Once your wax has reached 185°F (85°C), add the measured Patchouli essential oil (or the candle-approved EO of your choice). Stir gently for 2 minutes to ensure that the oil is fully incorporated with the wax.
Step 4: Pour the wax
When the wax cools to 135°F (57.2°C), carefully pour the wax into the jars.
Secure wick with a wick bar and allow your candles to fully cool.
Step 5: Trim the wick
Once your candles have cooled completely, remove the wick bars.
Trim the wick to ¼ in. (6 mm) and place a warning label on the bottom of the container. Let your soy candle with essential oil cure for 2 weeks before use.
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