Learn how to make soy candles in the microwave

Learn how to make soy candles using the microwave in this easy-to-follow video. You can order the supplies used in this guide by clicking "Add Items to Cart" below the supply list. 

Supply List:

Aditional Items Needed:

  • 4-6 Cup Plastic Microwave Safe Container
  • Microwave

Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Rose from CandleScience. Today I’ll show you how to use the microwave to melt wax when making soy candles. This is a quick, easy, and convenient alternative to using a double boiler.


To safely melt wax in the microwave we’ll need the following items:

  • A 4 to 6 cup microwave safe container. The container can be reused for candlemaking after a thorough cleaning, but make sure not to reuse it with food.
  • We’re using Golden Brands 464 Soy Wax. We've found it to be an easy wax to microwave. For this project, we'll use 16oz of 464 soy wax to make three 8oz candle tins.
  • A scale for weighing our wax.
  • 1oz. of fragrance oil - For this project we chose Clean Cotton.
  • A stirring utensil.
  • Three wick bars.
  • Finally, you’ll need three 8 oz tins. Each tin is prepared with an Eco 14 wick, and a warning label on the bottom.


First, place the microwave safe container on the scale and tare it to zero. Next, weigh 16oz. of soy wax in the container.

Place the container of wax into the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes.

When heating anything in the microwave, your actual heating time can vary depending on your microwave, so be sure to keep a careful watch while the wax is heating and do not walk away. 

After 5 minutes, carefully remove the hot container of wax using pot holders or a towel. If the wax is not completely melted, give it a quick stir, place it back in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals until all of the wax has fully melted. (Heating to 185°F is recommended to fully bind and mix your fragrance oil with the wax.)

Place the container on a level surface and add 1oz of fragrance oil to the wax. Carefully stir the wax for two minutes, allowing the wax to cool.

After stirring for two minutes, the wax will have cooled to a temperature that is suitable for pouring into the prepared candle tins (around 135°F). Pour the wax into the tins, up to the indented ridge near the top of the container.

After pouring, center the wick in the tin with a wick bar and allow the candles to cool overnight.

After the wax hardens overnight, remove the wick bar and trim the wick to 1/4 of an inch. Then place the lid on top. For best results, allow the candle to cure for at least 24 hours before burning.

For more information on candle making or candle making supplies please visit us at candlescience.com. Thanks for watching!

*Note: Be sure to follow all candle burning safety rules.

Important! Using a microwave to melt wax requires extra safety precautions.

  • Keep a careful watch while heating wax in the microwave and Do Not walk away.
  • Melting wax typically takes 4-5 minutes, but can vary depending on microwave.
  • Be careful not to overheat wax once it liquifies.
  • Container and melted wax will be hot! Use caution when removing melted wax from the microwave.