Light up your life with homemade candles
Making your own candles is fun and rewarding! And it’s such a thrill to light your candle, which you made with love using exactly the scent and hues you like. But while homemade candles are easy enough to make, there are a lot of rules to follow if you want them to turn out beautifully. So, if you’re just getting started and feeling a bit lost, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a very easy recipe that will help you make the perfect candle.
The key to candle making is in fact one simple thing: temperature. As you’ll see, it’s important to monitor it throughout. If you add your scents when the wax is too hot, they’ll evaporate because they’re heat-sensitive, and your candle won’t smell like much. If you pour the wax when it’s too cool, air bubbles will form; if you pour it when it’s too hot, your candle may crack and be difficult or impossible to unmold.
In short, a thermometer is an essential tool in your candle recipes, just like for so many other DIY projects. Now, keeping all that in mind, let’s get to making candles!
How to make your own soy candles
- 173.8 g (79%) KeraSoy container candle wax
- 19.8 g (9%) caprylis oil
- 1 candle colourant chip (optional)
- 26.4 g (12%) essential oil(s)
- Wax melting pitcher
- Small silicone spatula
- Wide-mouth mason jar (240 ml)
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 10 cm of RRD #5 wick
- Wick tab
- Wick centring tool (optional)
- Aluminum foil
- Pliers or scissors
Good to know!
- You can use the same quantity of Golden Brands 464 soy candle wax, Golden Brands 444 soy candle wax or coconut wax Kerax in lieu of the KeraSoy wax. They are formulated for container candles.
- Caprylis oil helps the wax adhere to the walls of the jar, creating a smooth finish to the candle’s appearance.
- When choosing your scents, be careful to choose candle-safe essential oils.
- You can replace the essential oil with the same proportion of the aromatic essence of your choosing. If you do so, you’ll have to replace the caprylis oil with wax: aromatic essences are suspended in vegetable oil, so it’s no longer necessary to add any.
- If your wick keeps falling over, you may need to use a wick centring tool. To use it, just thread the wick through the hole in the centre, pull it taut without forcing it until it is properly positioned in the wax, and set the centring tool on top of the jar (right before step 6). You can remove the tool when your wick is in place and the wax has cooled.
- When colouring your candle, you can choose to use less colourant for a paler hue by cutting a smaller piece off the colourant chip.
- Would you rather make a candle without a container? Good news, it’s more or less the same process! Here’s how to make a small pillar candle. In addition to a votive mold, you’ll need:
The principles of the process remain the same. However, you’ll have to pour the wax into the mold when it’s around 35–40°C. Once poured, let your candle harden for at least 24 hours before unmolding. If it’s refusing to unmold, wait a couple extra hours or place the mold in the freezer for 15–20 minutes, checking it regularly to be sure it doesn’t crack, then try again.
Video of the recipe
Steps to follow
- Weigh the wax in the wax melting pitcher, add a candle colourant chip if you’re using one, and melt over low heat. Be careful not to overheat the wax. Mix with a silicone spatula to evenly distribute the colourant.
- When the wax has melted, remove the pitcher from the heat and prime your wick.
- Add the caprylis oil and mix together.
- Weigh your scent(s) in a ramekin.
- Wait until the wax has cooled to below 45°C before adding your scent(s). Mix well using a silicone spatula.
- Pour the wax into the jar and position your wick.
- Leave to cool for 48 hours. Trim the wick to about 1 cm before lighting your candle for the first time.
Use and conservation
When your homemade candle is not in use, we recommend screwing on the lid to help preserve your candle’s scent.
Trim the wick to about 1 cm before each use for a cleaner burn.