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DIY – Make your own Soy Wax Candle

Let’s just start by getting one thing out there… I LOVE candles! I’m sure if you are reading this, you share the same sentiment. I burn through candles like crazy and I constantly have to buy more. Candles are not cheap, especially if you want a candle that has any sort of decent scent or smell.

I was tired of spending so much on candles every month, when its way cheaper to make my own, and I can control the scent of the candle. I wanted to put together this DIY to hopefully help other fellow candle lovers, who are looking to save on some money or just looking for a new hobby.

My candle wax of choice is Soy Wax. Why soy? Soy wax is more environmentally friendly than traditional paraffin wax which is made from petroleum and is non-renewable. Soy Wax also burns slower, meaning your candle will last longer and it holds scent really nicely. So all round, a good idea to use Soy Wax.

Basic ingredients for your candle include:

  • Soy Wax – you want to try aim for double the amount of dry wax as the size of your container
  • A glass container
  • A wick – I prefer a cotton wick than a wooden one – especially if you are a beginner
  • Essential oils
  • A heat resistant jar and a pot to melt the wax in

Here’s how to make it. Melt your wax in a heat resistant jar, placed in a pot of slow boiling water. Once your wax has melted, let it cool slightly and add your essential oils. Note: if you have a wooden wick, you’re going to need to coat it in wax before placing it in your glass candle jar.

Prepare your jar with the wick Place the wick in the container. If you have a wick holder it makes things easier but don’t fret if you don’t. Pour a bit of wax in the bottom of your jar and hold the wick in place until the wax hardens. Secure the top of the wick with a peg or a pen ensuring it’s upright and centred.

Pour your wax in your prepared container and let your candle sit in a cool place for at 3 days before burning. Once its set, enjoy your homemade candle!

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