Make your own soy candles

November 29, 2008

vanilla pear crumble candle

This year a lot of the gifts we give will be hand made, and my hand made gifts will be candles.

I have been learning to make soy candles, and I am surprised at how easy it is with the improved waxes available. I purchased Ecosoya CB Advanced Soy Wax from Wholesale Supplies Plus, one of my favorite suppliers, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try to make their own soy candles. I chose soy wax because soy candles burn cleaner and longer than paraffin candles, making them a ‘greener’ choice for the home and the environment.

WSP’s sister website, Fragrance and Flavors, offers a huge selection of quality fragrance, flavor, and essential oils for candle making.  Their shipping special is a flat $2.95 on all orders over $50.00, which really helps to keep the cost of the fragrances reasonable.  Some of my favorites that I have tried and would highly recommend are:  Pumpkin Crunch, Vanilla Bean Noel, Apple Caramel Crunch, French Vanilla Pear, Spiced Cranberry, Gingerbread, Cinnamon Cider, and Cherry Almond.  Both the hot and cold throw scent have been fantastic!

I have been using jelly and mason jars for containers, and doing some fun decorating with the lids to spice them up.  For the zinc lids, I cut out a circle of scrapbook paper that matches the candle for the center of the lid.  For the ring and lid sets I spray paint the rings with Antique Brass Metallic Rust-oleum spray paint, then cover the lid with scrapbook paper.  I figure that I can make soy candles for about half the price as buying them, but that isn’t counting for my time to make them.  But it’s also not counting the fun to make them, either, or the pleasure of ‘Pumpkin Crunch’ filling my home!

Some resources I used to get started are these: Using Ecosoya Wax, and securing wicks in the container.

Please share with me if you have a favorite candle scent, or a creative idea for decorating mason jars!

pumpkin crunch soap 1