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How to make a soy candle

30 minutes
2 candles

Ready to make your first soy candle or to improve your technique? We got you! Learn how to make your own soy candles with this beginner-friendly tutorial. We'll walk you through the process step-by-step, and you'll complete the project with a great foundation of candle-making skills and two beautiful handmade soy candles! 

EO Notes: You can also use candle-approved essential oils for this project. Check the recommended usage percentage on the essential oil product page and start with low percentages. How to Make Soy Candles with Essential Oils

Making candles at home will require a couple of items that you likely already have around your house:

  • Double boiler
  • Stirring spatula
  • Paper towels
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Scissors

Step by step directions:

Step 1: Melt the soy candle wax

Pour your 1 lb (16 oz or 454 g) bag of Golden Brands 464 soy wax flakes into the pouring pitcher. Begin to melt the wax with a double boiler or hot plate.

Step 2: Prepare your jars

While your wax melts, wipe out your Straight Sided Tumbler Jars with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and a clean paper towel.

Using a wick sticker, center one CD 18 wick in each jar.

Step 3: Add the candle dye block and fragrance oil to your melted wax

Once your wax is fully melted, add half of a Caribbean Blue dye block to the wax and stir.

Note: The block should snap in half, but you can also use a knife and a cutting board to cut it in half.

Stir the dye block into the wax.

Once the dye is fully mixed in and your wax has reached 185°F (85°C), add the 1 oz (28 g) bottle of High Tide fragrance oil, approximately a 7% fragrance load. Stir gently for 2 minutes to ensure that the oil is fully incorporated with the wax.

Pro Tip!

For more information about calulating the amount of fragrance oil you need, check out our FAQ.

Step 4: Pour the wax into the prepared candle jar

When the wax cools to 135°F (57.2°C), carefully pour the wax into the jars. Secure the wick with a wick bar.

Allow your candles to fully cool.

Step 5: Trim the candle wick & enjoy!

Once your candles have cooled completely, remove the wick bars and trim the wicks to 1/4 in. (6 mm). Place a warning label on the bottom of each candle.

You just made two soy candles! Our candles feature the Caribbean Blue Dye Block and High Tide fragrance oil, but be sure to have fun customizing the dye and fragrance oil pairing for your own candles – the options are soytainly endless! 

This is a fun and simple DIY project that, with a little time and effort, can turn into a new home business. 

Pro Tip!

Show off your first soy candle and all your handmade creations, with the CandleScience community by tagging us @CandleScience and using the #CandleScientist hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We may feature you in our Stories or on our website!

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