How to make scented soy candles

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How to make scented soy candles

How to make scented soy candles

I have a little bit of a craft obsession. I’m not what you’d consider good at it but I still love cracking out the scissors and glue, colouring in, fabric, stitching, paper, painting – yes I would thrive as a kindy teacher in the craft section (because they all have a special section for crafting right?)

For my Birthday last year, strange one that I am, I asked for some wax and wicks to make my own candles. I was very excited to receive them but actually forgot about it until a few weeks ago (my Birthday is in 3 weeks so that was nearly a whole year). Spurred on by the excitement of finding a use for my jar collection, one rainy Saturday afternoon I did a bit of Googling of how to make scented soy candles then got straight to candle making.

It was pretty straightforward – melt, pour, leave to set, but what I didn’t realise was that soy wax is a lot easier to work with than parafin wax, which I’d asked for. It made nice candles but soy wax makes them a much prettier white colour.  

Homemade soy candles

Homemade soy candles

I remembered pinning Inquiring Chef’s tutorial on how to make scented soy candles a little while ago and after a bit of research, I placed an order at Natural Candle supplies and patiently waited for my wax and scents to arrive. Then I saw the Young House Love Winter Pinterest Challenge. It’s not sponsored by Pinterest but a group of bloggers issue a challenge to anyone who wants to accept, to recreate something they ‘pinned’ with their own spin.

My challenge was set – make my own soy candles.

In need of a makeover

In need of a makeover

I doubled the challenge and started with seriously dead little glass votives that I have had sitting in a drawer looking like this for years. I never knew it was an easy task to clean them up like new but after reading this tutorial that I found via Pinterest, I was in the know.

Cleaning out the old candles

Cleaning out the old candles

The first step is to fill them with boiling water. When I told mum about this after I’d done it, she warned that the glass can break if you pour the water straight into the glass jars. Maybe heating them a little in some warm water would prevent this but mine didn’t break.

Getting rid of the old wax

Getting rid of the old wax

You leave the water to cool and the wax should lift to the top of the water. Some of mine stayed at the bottom but a little nudge with a fork and they popped right out.

All clean

All clean

To get rid of the black soot marks I just gave them a little scrub with dishwashing liquid and warm water and they were as good as new. I seriously can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. They were destined for the bin in my mind.

Prepping the candles

Prepping the candles

Now come the technical parts. You don’t have to re-use old candles, you can use whatever you like – old jars, a little pot, tea cups – anything that you could microwave safely I’d say would be fine.

First up you have to add the wicks. Measure out the height just by holding it next to your container then add a few centimeters on the bottom and top. To attach the wicks at the bottom I was very professional. I used sticky tape. Just fold it around itself to make it double sided then secure it to the bottom of the jar.

Use a skewer to press the wicks down and stick it to the bottom. You can get fancy little things to hold it there but sticky tape works so I’m not wasting money on something else. A word of warning though – don’t try using a hot glue gun. The glue will melt when you add the hot wax and the wick will float up from the bottom (yes I’m telling you this from experience).

Once it’s attached to the bottom you will need something to hold with wick taut and centered. You can wrap it around a skewer. My bag clips were the perfect size to fit over the jars so I used them.

Scenting the candles

Scenting the candles

For the wax, you’ll need to work out the capacity of your jars then use double the amount of flakes. For example, if you jars hold 1 cup of liquid then you will need to measure out 2 cups of wax flakes.

Pour them into a heat-proof jug and then microwave for 1 minute. Take them out, give them a stir and microwave again for 1 minute and stir. If they’re not melted then continue the microwave-stir 20 seconds a time until all the flakes have melted. Make sure you use an oven glove to take the jug out because it gets mighty hot – safety first!

If you want to add a scent to your candles now is the time. You can buy special essential oils made especially for candles and they’ll work much better than normal oils (again trust me on that one). This time I went with classic French vanilla. Make sure you use rubber gloves when adding the oil. I’m not sure why but it says avoid contact with skin so I though it was better to be safe than sorry.

Once you’ve stirred in your fragrance, pour the wax into your containers then leave them to set for at least 12 hours.

Trimming the wicks

Trimming the wicks

You will notice that some of mine have little cracks. That is because I wanted them to set quickly so I could write this post. I popped them in the fridge when they were nowhere near set so I’m guessing the bits around the outside set first then the inside sank a little as it set. The moral of the story – be patient.

Mum and I were out Birthday shopping yesterday, while the candles were in the fridge and what did we find? Wick trimmers! I think it was meant to be. After I’d been telling mum all about my candle making she very kindly bought me a pair. If you don’t have any, you can just use scissors to cut the wick down.

Homemade vanilla soy candles

Homemade vanilla soy candles

Then it’s time to marvel at your perfect little creation. I was marvelling even more after an afternoon of shopping. I saw a candle nearly exactly the same as this for $19 in one store and in others, bigger versions were selling for more than $50. I’m thinking maybe I should go into business.

Vanilla scented soy candle

Vanilla scented soy candle

They make a lovely gift especially considering you can tailor the container and ‘flavour’ to suit the person you’re giving them to. Happy candle making!

What about you? What would you make a candle in and what’s your favourite candle scent?

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How to make scented soy candles

Adapted from Inquiring Chef

You will need:

Glass jars or old candles in jars
Boiling water
Candle wicks
Sticky tape
Skewers
Soy wax flakes
Candle fragrance oils

Here’s how:

If you are using old candles, pour the boiling water into the old containers and leave to cool.
Remove the wax floating on the top.
Use dishwashing liquid and hot water to clean up any excess wax or soot.
Dry the glass containers.
Cut small pieces of sticky tape and fold to make double-sided tape then place in the middle of the bottom of each jar.
Cut the wicks so that about 4cm comes out the top of the jar.
Use a skewer to press them into the sticky tape so they stick to the bottom.
Place a skewer over the top and wrap the wick to hold it up in the middle.
Measure out the soy wax flakes (you will need double the amount – eg if your candle is 1 cup capacity, you will need 2 cups of soy wax flakes).
Place the flakes in a heat-proof jug and microwave for 1 minutes.
Remove and stir then microwave for 1 minute again then stir.
If there are still solid flakes, microwave for 20 seconds at a time until dissolved.
Add the fragrance oil, stir and then pour the wax into the jars.
Make sure the the wicks are in the centre then leave the wax to set for 12 hours.
Trim the wicks to 1 inch.

 

172 Comments

  • Jess

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    YAY! Welcome to the soy candle-making bandwagon. You will now be addicted forever – I speak from experience. Isn’t it shocking how much those things cost when they’re so easy to make!? I’m so glad you shared this, because I didn’t know the tip about how to clean old jars – I’ll give this a try next time.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Yep you can recycle all the ones you finish with! So crazy and I can’t stop they’re just so much fun to make! I love that they don’t really look homemade either.

      • Nabil

        Reply Reply January 2, 2015

        Thanx Claire for the tip
        Can you check this site ribbonwick.com
        and tell me what do u think about refilling these beauties ?
        Happy 2015
        N

        • Claire

          Reply Reply January 11, 2015

          Hi Nabil,
          You’re very welcome. I’m not 100% sure on these. You would need to find the special wick but I couldn’t find anything from a quick Google. They look amazing though!
          Sorry I can’t be more help.
          Claire

    • Ken

      Reply Reply October 30, 2016

      Hi, I’m new to the homemade scented candle business and I have a budding question, please pardon me if this question has been asked and answered before. Can someone please tell me which is better for scented candles Tin or Glass Jars??? does any affect the way the fragrance is released or the intensity of the fragrance??? I look forward to your responses.

      Cheers

      Ken

      • Claire

        Reply Reply November 1, 2016

        Hi Ken. I would be more inclined to use glass.

  • I’m candle crazy! My favourite is by Tuberose Rouge by Diptyque! You did a great job-what is your favourite scent Claire?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      That sounds rather fancy Lorraine! I’m not sure which is my favourite yet but I do love classic vanilla.

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    I spend a fortune on candles and I’m always resentful every time I do because I know they must be cheap to make. What lovely candles and they turned out so well. I’m going to have to try this xx

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    This is great, Claire! I have always wanted to try making my own candles. You have inspired me to give it a try. 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 1, 2013

      Yay Jen! They’re really easy to make, you’ll love it!

  • I’m so excited to try this! I had no idea it was so easy – these look beautiful and I bet they smell amazing.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 5, 2013

      Look forward to seeing yours Stephanie!

  • Jen

    Reply Reply March 23, 2013

    Can’t wait to try making soy candles! Suggestions about types of oils to use and types to avoid and why or why not? And, how much oil do you add? Thank you!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 23, 2013

      Hi Jen. I’m not 100% sure. I usually just add a couple of drops. I bought my oils from here http://www.naturalcandlesupply.com.au/#Candle-Making. It’s best to buy the ones that are made for candles. As far as what to avoid etc… depends what you’re after. I was making one for a pregnant friend so did some googling to find out which oils weren’t good for the bub. Lavender is safe!

  • Ciara

    Reply Reply May 31, 2013

    This is great, thanks for the instructions! I just spent a small fortune on candle making stuff!
    Just wondering if I wanted to add colour would I add it when I add the scent?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 1, 2013

      You’re welcome!

    • sarah

      Reply Reply July 22, 2013

      Have u tried to add colour? How did it turn out?

      • Claire

        Reply Reply July 23, 2013

        Hi Sarah. I haven’t yet. That will have to be my next challenge.

  • Clarice

    Reply Reply June 8, 2013

    I just made two candles in containers that had candles before. It only took me about 20 minutes using the microwave. I used newspaper to lay my tools on, so there was no surface cleanup. I wiped out my Pyrex cup and the metal spoon I used with paper towels, and stuck them in the dishwasher. This is incredibly easy. A question: I used about a tablespoon of candle scent in my candles, about 8 oz each, and they don’t seem to be that scented. Do these candles really smell when they burn or is it barely noticeable? I want it to be able to tell when they burn.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 8, 2013

      I think it depends on the type of scent. The one I used was pretty strong and I could smell it well. Are you using special candle scent?

    • Koreena

      Reply Reply January 15, 2015

      i add about 8 drops 🙂

  • Jackie

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    Hi Claire!
    How much oil do u use per candle?
    Thanks so much! : )

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 21, 2013

      Hi Jackie. That’s a good question.. I just used a few drops in the jug which had 2 cups of melted wax.

  • Stacey jones

    Reply Reply July 5, 2013

    Hi I have just had a little lesson with a friend on making soy candles and she went to a class. They told her to add 10percent qty of fragrance per candle. So 400gm candle add 40ml. My house smells fab and the oil came from a candle supply place. French pear, oh it’s smells amazing and for the few dollars of cost for the fragrance it’s well worth it. The 400gm candle retails for $30.00 Aussie and cost less than $5.00 I am very happy.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 5, 2013

      Thanks for the tip Stacey. Isn’t it crazy how inexpensively you can make them compared to the price in the shops?!

  • Hodge Podge

    Reply Reply July 13, 2013

    Great tip for cleaning the glass votives, thank you!

    I really could not believe how easy it is to make candles at home. I made scented candles in teacups (here: http://hodgepodgecraft.com/2013/07/how-to-make-scented-candles-in-a-teacup-a-step-by-step-tutorial/) and have included a tip at the end about how you can get a smooth finish on the top, even if your candle sets with cracks initially…

  • Jo Oliver

    Reply Reply October 27, 2013

    Wonderful easy explanation, i think Im going to give it a go .
    Thank you heaps
    Jo

  • Kayla

    Reply Reply November 17, 2013

    Thanks so much for posting this, it’s so simple to follow! Quick question – do you know a cheap place to buy the wicks and wax flakes from? I just want a small/cheap amount to start with to make sure I can actually do it haha!

  • Andrea Louise Walsh

    Reply Reply November 19, 2013

    How much of the fragrance oil did you use ??

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 20, 2013

      Hi Andrea. It really depends how strong a scent you want and what fragrance you are adding. I just used a couple of drops for mine.

  • Joanne

    Reply Reply November 24, 2013

    Hi we have made some in tea cups but the wax has slightly come away from the sides of the cups. Any ideas what we did wrong.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 25, 2013

      Hi Joanne. Sometimes as it sets it shrinks a little and you can have to top it up a little. I think it happens if it cools to quickly.

  • Pip

    Reply Reply November 30, 2013

    Have you added any colouring to the candles? Would you just use food dye?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 30, 2013

      I haven’t added colour before I’m sorry. I assume food dye would work.

      • John

        Reply Reply December 3, 2013

        Hi, great article – thank you!

        Just wanted to add a note that I am sure I read recently that food dye is not suitable for candle making. I have no experience with this myself but I am sure I remember reading that you need a different kind of colouring for it to work well.

        • Claire

          Reply Reply December 3, 2013

          Thanks for that John! I will have to do some research into the colours.

          • Jay

            March 2, 2014

            I haven’t done it but been told to add crayons in the melting process to colour, food dye is water based so it wont mix with the wax.

          • Claire

            March 3, 2014

            Very interesting Jay. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it.

  • Ange

    Reply Reply December 8, 2013

    Hi Claire!

    Love your post! How much fragrance oil does one need to use for a candle? What’s the formula for the amount we need? Also, where does one buy wax flakes?

    Thanks so much!
    Ange 🙂

  • Jasmine Campbell

    Reply Reply December 30, 2013

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for writing this post, I’m really looking forward to giving it ago! Just wondering if you or anyone knows where I can buy soy wax and other candle making bits and pieces from in QLD, Brisbane or around brisbane south or north?

    Thanks, Jasmine 🙂

  • SJM

    Reply Reply January 26, 2014

    I want to use wild crafted organic essential oils. What would be wrong with that? I don’t want to get a pre made fragrance. Can someone speak to that?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 26, 2014

      Hi SJM. I’m sorry but I don’t know enough about them to give any tips.

    • Sandie

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Essential oils are fine to use just start at 6% as some may ‘upset’ your wax.

  • Faye

    Reply Reply January 29, 2014

    Great page Claire, thank you.
    Bought some soy flakes ages ago- didn’t come with any instructions!?
    Going to attempt some Clary sage scented ones this afternoon!!
    Rather excited!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 31, 2014

      You’re welcome Faye! Good luck!

  • Laura

    Reply Reply February 6, 2014

    Your candles look delicate enough to eat 🙂 May I ask how long the candles burn for and are the fragrances/oils used phthalate free? Also are the wicks cotton? Sorry for all the questions but it gave me a great idea.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 6, 2014

      Hi Laura. Sorry I’m not sure about any of that except yes the wicks I used were cotton.

  • Rachel

    Reply Reply February 15, 2014

    Hi Claire

    I’d like to make some soy candles for my wedding, which is in three weeks. I read on another blog that you can’t use the candles for two weeks after making them. Is this your experience as well?

    Thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 17, 2014

      Hi Rachel. I’ve not heard that. I know it’s best to leave them at least 24 hours but I’ve used mine before 2 weeks. Happy nearly wedding day!!!

  • Tracey Dee

    Reply Reply February 22, 2014

    Hi. I’m also just getting into candle making and have been experimenting over the last few weeks. I’m yet to get a decent scent throw, however, I have just been using fragrance oils that I use for my burners. Maybe that’s the problem? In regards to colouring the wax, I tried food colouring and it does not work that well. I got quite a lot of colour bleeding and it looked terrible. Ive experimented with crayons and that turned out ok.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Tracey. Hmm that could be it. Great idea with the crayons!

      • Mersini

        Reply Reply January 23, 2015

        you cant use food dye, it must be special dye for candle making only

  • Kahri

    Reply Reply March 8, 2014

    Great idea melting the wax in the microwave! I just got some candle making supplies from a friend and here I was about to try to find pots to melt the wax in on the stove. I will be trying the microwave method instead tomorrow!

  • Raisa

    Reply Reply March 21, 2014

    Do you have any tips if I don’t have a microwave?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 21, 2014

      You could melt the wax using a double boiler on the stove.

  • mel

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    You can buy all your supplies at a great price on ebay

  • mel

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Great site,you people are really up on the candle making
    I love it.

  • Renee

    Reply Reply March 27, 2014

    Can you use bees wax..instead of soy?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      I’m not sure Renee, I’ve never done it.

  • merryn@merrynsmenu

    Reply Reply March 27, 2014

    Wow Claire I love your post! I have often thought about making candles, especially soy candles as they are beautiful to look at and smell. We had a black out recently and my soy candle supply has now diminished. With your easy instructions I will get some supplies and have a go (French Vanilla is my favourite too). Have you tried making citronella candles yet?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Thanks Merryn I’m glad I could help! No I haven’t but that would be great.

  • Kirsten

    Reply Reply April 3, 2014

    Thanks for this, Claire! I followed this tutorial to make soy candles today for my blog, but I put them into teacups. So good and easy to understand! And they smell soooo delicious. You are the candle master.

    http://kirstenlearns.com

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2014

      Thanks Kirsten! I’m glad you liked them and great idea using tea cups!

  • Tania

    Reply Reply April 28, 2014

    Hi Claire, I too have just started making soy candles and loving it. I cant help but wonder if there are any type of glass jars, cups, jugs etc that wouldn’t be safe to burn a candle in. Is there a rule you follow? Thanks

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 29, 2014

      Hi Tania. Hmm I’m not sure. I would say that any glass jar is fine. Ceramics it probably depends on the type. If it’s oven-safe I’d say then it’s fine.

  • Sue

    Reply Reply May 6, 2014

    Hi Claire, Love your candles!
    I am a candle-making newbie and have been getting condensation on the inside of my glass containers when using either soy or paraffin wax. I have tried warming the containers before I fill them but nothing seems to make any difference. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong please? Many thanks.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 6, 2014

      Hi Sue. I’m sorry I’m not too sure about that one. The only thing I can think of is maybe the temp of your kitchen? I would say if it’s too cold that might cause condensation?

  • Suzanne Hernan

    Reply Reply May 7, 2014

    Hi there Claire i have just made my first batch of soy candles. I used pommegrante and sage scent. A couple of questions. What does C- Soy flakes mean and do you melt the crayon and how many do you use per pour.? My house smells fantastic ..i cant wait to see how they have turned out in the morning. I added a product called container maker….it came with my kit. Do you use this? You add it in with the fragrance and stir it around before you pour. Many thanks Suzanne

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 7, 2014

      Hi Suzanne. Ooh that sounds delish! I haven’t heard of that product sorry. With the amount, it depends on what sizw candle you’re making. The wax should include instructions for that. With the one I used, you needed 2 cups wax for one cup.

  • joan adams

    Reply Reply May 11, 2014

    i love making candles great to make but when i make the glass jars
    when they set i get white marks on the glass jars so do you know what i doing wrong i tried
    every thing cant make it out why
    than you Joan

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 11, 2014

      Hi Joan. I’m very sorry but I don’t know what could be the cause of that!

  • Diane C.

    Reply Reply May 21, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading about your candle making foray followed by the comments section. I live in Arizona and found the following site has an extensive “how to” section that you might find useful. It covers questions regarding different types of waxes/soy, dyes, scents, containers, other basic supplies and safety precautions. I can’t wait to get started.
    lonestarcandlesupply.com/‎
    (877) 956-3192
    Find High Quality Candle Supplies.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 22, 2014

      Thanks Dianne. I’ll have a look. I definitely need some more tips!

  • Hannah

    Reply Reply May 25, 2014

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you for your post. I can’t believe how simple it is to do! I am definitely going to give it a go.. was wondering with the wick – i’ve had a look on the website you mentioned.. Did you get a spool of wick and what thickness did you get? http://www.naturalcandlesupply.com.au/Candle-Making/Candle-Wicks/HTP-Wicks/?cid=512

    Thanks !
    Hannah

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 26, 2014

      Hi Hannah. From memory mine came with just a big piece of wick and it was about 2cm thick. Hope that helps!

  • Suzanne

    Reply Reply June 5, 2014

    Wow, I didn’t know you could make your own scented candles right at home 🙂 I found some candle making stuff here on Amazon and I was wondering if this is good enough and not too expensive? Thanks for your tutorial 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 6, 2014

      You sure can Suzanne! Maybe hunt around for the stuff that’s inexpensive for your first go then when you’re a pro buy the more expensive stuff?

  • hermiliesmith

    Reply Reply June 11, 2014

    Nice post and the information in the blog is really useful and I will definitely look toward the experiment of soy wax candles.

  • Wendy C

    Reply Reply July 5, 2014

    I just made some beautiful soy candles myself. I did struggle with getting the wick to stay on the bottom though, the sticky tape didn’t really work for me. Any other suggestions? To remove wax from the old glass containers I just placed them in the freezer. The wax shrinks and just pops out then I washed them as normal. Can’t wait to burn my first candle. I think my favourite so far is vanilla & cinnamon but also made Asian Pear & Lily and I couldn’t resist trying the Monkey Fart, which despite its name smells nice as an oil. Thanks for all the tips and hints. Wendy

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 5, 2014

      Wendy I did have that problem with a few. Superglue works well but don’t use a hot glue gun like I did. The glue melted when I put the wax in!

    • Violet

      Reply Reply October 25, 2014

      Hi Wendy, You could try blu-tack (the white version!), I’ve found this works extremely well and is really easy to remove afterwards if you’re re-using the container.
      Hope that helps. V

  • Kedyma

    Reply Reply July 8, 2014

    Congrats on your beautiful job! I love candles and I´m trying to make my own soy candles, but I have to say that here in Brazil finding the right support to make them is quite difficult. We are not used to make them and the supplies we have here are not good enough. In my opinion for example the most difficult part is how to choose the wick. 😀

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 8, 2014

      That would be hard Kedyma. I hope you can find the right supplies!

  • Madeleine

    Reply Reply July 13, 2014

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks so much for sharing this candle making post, I have made some Coconut & Lime candles and it was so easy!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 13, 2014

      You’re welcome Madeleine! That sounds like a lovely combo.

  • Alison

    Reply Reply August 6, 2014

    Hi there – well I have just poured my first candle – if it works (and why shouldn’t it lol) then I am on my way. I love and burn candles all the time. I use the melts which a friend makes and my family buy me the candles from Dusk – they are so expensive. So wish me luck 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 6, 2014

      Good luck Alison! I’m sure they will be perfect.

  • Violet

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Hi Claire, I’ve just read your post about making soy candles and thought it was great. Like everyone else I love candles too and have made a few in the past and there’s been a lot of trial and error along the way! After a couple of hand surgeries and 3/4 years of not making candles, now that I’ve read your article it’s made me want to give it another go.
    Apart from the wonderful finished results, I find it so therapeutic especially if using relaxing or invigorating oils, mmmmmmm……………
    Whenever I made candles I always made sure that whatever container I was using was warm, not hot, just ‘aired’ if you like. So that the wax isn’t being poured into a cold container, this helps to prevent cracking, shrinking away from the sides and from getting the ‘bloom’ which sometimes forms on the top of the candle. If all else fails, once the wax is fully set, then a second-pour usually sorts out any slight imperfections. Using wax left over from the batch you made, re-melt and very gently pour a small layer on top of the candle to fill in any cracks or cover any ‘bloom.’ Ensuring that the wax is melted to the correct temperature of course so that it adheres to the already set wax. Temperature is very important, correct melt temp and pour temp.
    And being soy wax everything you use, utensils, pans, jugs, jars, votives, etc., etc., everything is completely washable, as are any spillages. Hot, soapy water and it’s all washed away, wonderful. Much better than paraffin wax or bees wax, although bees wax makes such nice candles too. I like the sheets which are so easy to roll.

    I think your idea of using sticky tape to fix the wick to the bottom of the container is brilliant Claire. I used wick sustainers, but they won’t be necessary using your method – great tip! Now I need to find some natural candle fragrance oils here in the UK as I’d been using pure essential oils in the past. I don’t like the artificial fragrances 🙁 It’s autumn here, so what better time than now to start making candles and have them burning throughout the house to make the place cheery!!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply October 14, 2014

      Hi Violet. Thanks so much for the temp tips! Very handy to know. Yes that’s great that you can wash it all up. I had a nightmare time when I used paraffin wax. I hope you find the fragrances. Thanks for such a great comment.

  • Angela

    Reply Reply October 26, 2014

    I’ve read your candle making as I’ve just started myself. But we are told to use two different waxes one for jars, candles and one for the moulds?
    I want to try and find some fragrances to buy?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply October 27, 2014

      Hi Angela. I just use the one type of wax. If you follow the link in the post you can see where I bought my fragrances. I thought they were very good to buy from.

  • Heather

    Reply Reply October 27, 2014

    Hi Claire, Love your tutorial and made my first candles last night and now my daughter and I are hooked. /they turned out great and are so easy, we couldn’t believe it.
    I was wondering if you could tell me where you bought your wick trimmer and a price please? I live in regional Qld so most stuff I have to order online but I can’t seem to find anyone in Aust that sells them. All the ones I have found say they can’t be used on unburnt wicks. Any help would be great.
    Thank you

  • Bec

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    Hi there, my mum found a new passion in candle making and she unfortunately suddenly passed away earlier this month. She was selling them also so I’ve decided to keep her passion going! I have the recipes but not the method so Thankyou so much I can keep doing this for mum. Also with the coloring of them you can get special candle coloring. Mum had made some vibrant blue ones and they looked great! Thanks again ‘mothers love’ can continue 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 25, 2014

      I’m so sorry about your mum Bec but that’s wonderful that you’re keeping her passion alive. I’m so glad I can help and thanks for the colouring tip!

  • Tammie

    Reply Reply December 1, 2014

    Hi Claire, I found your blog a few months ago now and have been making my candles since then … even getting orders from family and friends!! One thing I’ve come across with some candles, after a little while, they end up with a white ring around the outer edge at top of the vessel. Looks like hardened dry wax but its not as it still feels the same as the rest.
    Do you have any idea what may cause this?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 1, 2014

      Hi Tammie. So glad you like it! That is really strange. I’m not sure what causes it but I did a bit of a Google and it says something to do with temperature changes. Are you using colours?

  • jess

    Reply Reply December 3, 2014

    what type of soy wax do you use?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 3, 2014

      Hi Jess. If you click through the wax links you can see the one I used. Hope that helps!

  • Irene Linney

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    Hi I made a candle a few weeks ago. when I lit it after a couple of minutes it set on fire. Why is that? Ild like to continue making them but only if I find out what ive done wrong.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Irene I’m not sure about that. Could it be the type of wick or the scent? Was it special candle scent?

  • Irene

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    Once again, I don’t know what im doing wrong. My candles keep setting on fire. Ild like to successfully make them. Also what does “flashpoint” mean?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 13, 2014

      Hi Irene. I’m sorry this keeps happening but I’m not sure why. I haven’t heard of ‘flashpoint’ before.

  • Alex

    Reply Reply December 17, 2014

    Hey, about to make some candles for Christmas gifts. How did you work out how much fragrance to add? Is there a formula you used or did you just put a random amount in?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 17, 2014

      Hi Alex. I wish I could tell you a formula but I randomly added just a few drops. Good luck!

      • Alex

        Reply Reply December 17, 2014

        Thanks heaps 🙂 ill give it a shot & just hope for the best!

        • Claire

          Reply Reply December 17, 2014

          No problem Alex. Good luck!

  • Jenny

    Reply Reply December 22, 2014

    Hi! Claire
    Do you have a tip with regards to how to make the flame glow steady without flickering too much.
    I make soy candles in mason jars or in cups.

    Thanks
    Jenny.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 22, 2014

      Hi Jenny. The only thing I can think of is keeping the wick trimmed short. I hope that helps!

  • Rachel

    Reply Reply January 21, 2015

    this looks like so much fun, i recently purchased some (really expansive) candles but have been afraid to light them for fear of wasting them (i know what a waste)!!!! so this seems perfect for me. just one question about the wax… which type of soy wax did you use because i looked on the natural candle supplies website that you gave and there were multiple types. also, roughy how many candles will a 1kg bag of wax flakes make? thanks soon much:)

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 22, 2015

      Hi Rachel. Oh I know the feeling not wanting to waste the expensive candles. I would go for the advanced soy wax flakes. Now this is just an estimate but 1kg of flakes should make about 500ml of liquid wax. Happy candle making!

      • Rachel

        Reply Reply January 22, 2015

        tThanks claire!!!! i’ve been doing some reading up on this and some places mentioned that if there is no metal tab and the wick burns to low it can heat the container or the surface it is sitting on. have you experienced any problems with this using sticky tape?? THANKS!

        • Claire

          Reply Reply January 23, 2015

          Hi Rachel. I don’t think I’ve paid enough attention to it when it gets low sorry. I can see that could be a problem I guess if it burns right down to the tape. Maybe best to make a new one before it gets that low 🙂

  • Erin

    Reply Reply January 27, 2015

    Hi Claire, thank you so much for posting this recipe! Like yourself, I love the arts and crafts, I am a Kinder teacher and yes there is definitely an art and craft corner in my classroom haha! I have been wanting to get into candle making for a long while now, but hadnt quite found the right recipe to follow. Yours is amazing and exactly what I was looking for, simple, easy to follow and includes photos. I’ve ordered my very first kit and cannot wait to get into it! I just have one question regarding the scents and how much/how many drops go into the mixture?
    Erin 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 27, 2015

      Hi Erin. Yay! Now I can totally imagine the arts and crafts corner. I can’t wait until my little one gets into it. That is a tricky question. It was a bit of trial and error with the scents and it depends how strong you like your candle. I would start with just a couple of drops per 100ml of wax. Sorry I can’t be more specific. Happy candle making!

  • Deb

    Reply Reply February 4, 2015

    Hi Claire, just wanted to mention to Irene that I’m currently researching essential oils in soy wax candles and a lot of info says that they don’t recommend essential oils as they can catch on fire very easily? I am interested in making a essential oil candle but currently researching still.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 5, 2015

      Thanks for that Deb! Yes I think you need to use the special candle scents.

  • Tracey

    Reply Reply February 8, 2015

    Hi. I’ve been making soy melts for quite some time now. I’ve not had much luck in candle making. The melts are easy once you’ve worked out which soy wax blend to use & the pour temps, the percentage of fragrance, & pour temp. I’ve combined all this knowledge in to my candle making experiments & have found that the biggest hurdle is establishing what type of wick to use. The wick effects how the candle burns ie the size of the melted wax pool, the scent throw, & the burn time. This is why I’ve stuck to making melts, less variables. Can anyone suggest a simple guideline for establishing wick size? Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 8, 2015

      Good question Tracey! I read that cotton was the best type to use.

  • Tracey

    Reply Reply February 8, 2015

    I just read the post from the kindy teacher & it reminded me of an experiment I did in candle making to entertain some kiddies in the school holidays. We were living in a rural area at the time so it meant a significant delay to order products. I used what we had at home or could buy in the supermarket. I used copha instead of wax, grated a small amount of the kids crayons to add colour, empty jam jars, & used some fragrance oils that we had at home or could buy locally. For the wick we used a 3 ply braided cotton string that I found laying around the house & coated it with melted copha & let set. The kids loved it & got creative with fragrances & colours…even coloured layers. All in all an inexpensive fun activity to do with the kiddies. They were really proud of their creations.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 8, 2015

      What a brilliant idea Tracey. I bet they loved it!

  • Sheryl

    Reply Reply March 3, 2015

    Using those Ikea clips as wick holders is pure genius! I’ve been struggling with icy-pole sticks and clothes pegs to hold the wicks in place, while I had a bag of clips sitting unused in the drawer. Thanks for the tip!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 3, 2015

      You’re very welcome! Isn’t it funny how it’s the simple things we don’t think of?

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply March 8, 2015

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for your instructions, I made my first batch of candles today. I made three candles and all 3 have sunk at the top near the wick. I ran out of wax each time (I am a bit impatient when it comes to measuring) so I had to pour then melt more wax (which only took about 3 mins), would this be the reason? Do you pour the wax when it reaches a certain temperature?

    Thanks heaps!
    S

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Yes that seems to be a common problem Sarah. I find you need to let the first pour settle a little and then top it up. I hope that helps.

  • Lucy

    Reply Reply June 17, 2015

    Hi! What’s the size of the cup of you candles?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 17, 2015

      Hi. Mine were quite small – probably only about 1/3 of a cup

  • Chris Arthur

    Reply Reply July 4, 2015

    Also, just remember not to try trimming the wick with the wick trimmer if the wick has never been burned 🙂

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply September 16, 2015

    Thanks so much for the instructions- Just purchased all that I need for the Natural Candle Supply website that you provided- SO EXCITED! For it to all turn up and give it a go! Hate to think how much I spend on candles- This will certainly help! I struggle daily with migraines so burn a lot of “aromatherapy oils”- I went off my aromatherapy chart in the way of selecting fragrances! CANT WAIT to chill out to some relaxing scents.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 22, 2015

      That’s a great idea to help choose the fragrances. I hope you like them!

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply November 10, 2015

    Hey.
    I’ve made 3 batchs now. & I seem to be having some problems. :(((
    I sourced all my materials off eBay.
    The middle of mine sink even without being placed in the fridge.
    Mine also don’t burn properly.

    Could it be the wicks or wax it’s self ?

    I do put oil in them & also give them colour by adding crayons.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2015

      Hi Sarah. You do sometimes have to pour more wax if they sink a little but the burning I would say could be the wicks. What sort of wicks did you buy? Sorry they’re not working out for you!

  • Shanneene

    Reply Reply December 7, 2015

    I read your tutorial and bought what I needed. However, I was told by a person who made candles for a living that you should never microwave wax, as once it reaches a ‘flash point’ it has a very high chance of catching fire. So I went and bought a large aluminium wax melting pot, that came with a spout which makes it easy to just pour the melted wax into your molds or jars, etc. I’m going to try the sticky tape method of keeping the wicks at the bottom. However, I found this neat thing called ‘Wick Stickums’ which basically stick to the bottom of the wicks with the metal bottoms, so you don’t have to use a hot glue gun, and they stick the wick to the bottom of your jar or glass, cup, etc.

    http://www.naturalcandlesupply.com.au/wick-stickums-15mm.html

    http://www.naturalcandlesupply.com.au/wick-stickums-20mm.html

    http://www.naturalcandlesupply.com.au/aluminium-pouring-pot.html

    I bought lots of scents, but I think for my first voyage into candle making, I’m gonna go with a plain lavender. I will let you know how it goes. 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 7, 2015

      What a great idea Shanneene. The wax melting pot sounds like a very good thing too. I will look forward to hearing how you go.

      • Shanneene

        Reply Reply December 19, 2015

        I created one. I created a large one, and I ended up going with a Bergamot and Teakwood scent which smells divine 🙂 I couldn’t get the sticky tape to work, so I ended up using blu-tack and it worked a treat 🙂

        • Claire

          Reply Reply January 15, 2016

          Oh that sounds so good Shanneene!

  • Annie Clarke

    Reply Reply December 20, 2015

    Hi everyone. I am the least crafty person on this earth but am going to give soy candle making a go. I have purchased fragrances not oils and was wondering how much I should put in per 500gm. Can someone help please?? Thank you all in advance

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 15, 2016

      Hi Annie. The rough rule is about 30ml per 500g. Good luck!

  • Yunni

    Reply Reply May 5, 2016

    Dear Claire,
    Thanks a lot for the tutorial! It was really good idea to use the bag clips for holding the wicks!
    Recently I started to use them as well.
    Kindest regards,
    Yunni

  • Ronni

    Reply Reply July 13, 2016

    My wicks seem never to burn right what should i do?? Please help i promised my sister i would make a candle but sadly cant get it right. Thank you

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 9, 2016

      I’m sorry to hear that Ronni. What do you mean when you say they don’t burn right?

  • Gabe

    Reply Reply July 23, 2016

    Hi there, love the way you’ve explained and worded this, makes it very simple! This is probably a dumb qs, but is the tape or blue tac or whatever you decide to stick the wick down in the container with, is it safe to use when the candle burns right down? Like does it burn or smoke or anything??

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 25, 2016

      Not a dumb question Gabe. Yes it could I never let it burn down quite that far just in case.

  • Liz

    Reply Reply July 27, 2016

    Hi, your tutorial is great! Do you have any advice on how you stop the condensation type appearance on glass jars when the soy candles have set? I’m having real problems with this. Thanks.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 5, 2016

      Thanks Liz. Do you mean on the inside like the wax has some bubbles in it?

  • Liz Ward

    Reply Reply July 28, 2016

    Hi, can we still receive replies on this thread?

  • Hannah

    Reply Reply September 20, 2016

    Hi if I have 230g of soy wax how much fragrance do I need to add for strongest scent please.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 21, 2016

      Hi Hannah. This is a bit of a how long is a piece of string question I’m afraid. It depends on the scents and how strong strong is for you. There should be a guide that came with your fragrance?

  • Cindy

    Reply Reply January 21, 2017

    Can I add a few drops of essential oils to each container and pour in melted soy wax, stir gently, and therefore get several different scents from one batch of melted wax

    • Claire

      Reply Reply January 22, 2017

      Yes you definitely could do that Cindy. Good idea!

  • Xenia V

    Reply Reply February 3, 2017

    Thanks for the step-by-step, Claire, however I wanted to make a pretty important distinction that what you referenced as “essential oils” are in fact fragrance oils- a totally different beast onto itself. Yes, some think that fragrance oils are easier to handle when candle making and are definitely far easier on the wallet, but they are synthetically derived, so if you health conscious and would like to use the candles as aromatherapy, then plant-derived essential oils are the way to go, along with soy not paraffin wax, then you don’t have to worry about breathing in the carcinogens are they are evaporating into the air. Obviously this is more of a concern for indoor use or around kids or asthma sufferers. SO there’s my 2 cents, health and safety related. Hope it’s useful! *Obviously, different concentrations have to be used when incorporating essential rather than fragrance oils.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 8, 2017

      Thanks so much Xenia. I have been learning about essential oils recently. They have some amazing health benefits.

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