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How to Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles

Nothing is more relaxing than the soft crackle of a burning wood wick and subtle aroma of your favorite scent, but when a high-quality candle ends up costing you an arm and a leg, you start to wonder if it’s really worth it.

You’ll be pleased to know that it’s surprisingly easy and affordable to make your own soy candles at home, and you get the added bonus of being able to create your own individual fragrance that you might not necessarily find in the store.

Here is a step-by-step guide to making soy candles with just a few supplies: All of these candle-making supplies can be found online or in select craft stores. Once you have all the necessary equipment,

What You Need

  • Containers made to withstand heat (for example, an amber glass jar)
  • Wooden wick
  • Thermometer
  • Pouring jug
  • Wick holder
  • Fragrance oil
  • Soy wax flakes

You can begin making your custom soy candle following the steps below.

DIY Scented Soy Candle Instructions

1. Melt the wax.

Using the double-boiler method (just like chocolate), melt the wax over a simmering pot. A Pyrex jug works best for holding the wax to melt because it allows for easy handling.

You can quickly calculate the wax required by simply using the container to measure two full scoops of unmelted wax. When the wax melts down, this should roughly fill the container.

2. Prepare the container.

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Place the wick in the center of the candle, and make sure to keep it centered throughout the process.

3. Add the fragrance oil.

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Once the wax has reached 175 degrees Fahrenheit, take the wax off the heat and transfer it into the pouring jug. After transferring the wax to a pouring jug, add the fragrance oil and stir for about two minutes.

Add between six to 10 percent fragrance oil to the melted wax. If you do not know the volume of wax, then calculate eight percent of the volume of the container.

Fragrance tip: Switch up your scents depending on the season. Choose a warming scent like cinnamon in for autumn and winter, or a fresh scent like jasmine for the warmer months.

4. Pour the candle.

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When the wax has cooled to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the mixture into the container. Be sure to check that the wick is still centered after pouring, as it can move around.

5. Let the candle set.

Leave the candles to cool and set over 24 hours before burning.

About Soy Wax

Soy wax is fast becoming the preferred wax used to make candles due to its many superior qualities including:

  • Superior scent throw
  • Longer burn time
  • Little to no soot
  • Burns evenly and clean

This post originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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