I love candles. There is something very therapeutic about burning them. Of course candlelight is THE most flattering lighting a girl can possibly find! I literally can spend a fortune on candles.
So, you probably see this coming…. most candles are toxic. Like some are as toxic as 2nd hand cigarette smoke. UGH. There’s lots of info. about how toxic candles can be, mainly paraffin candles. I really don’t feel like regurgitating that info. cause it’s a snore and it’s no fun! If you’d like to read about it go HERE. This is a great blog post from Keeper of the Home that will give you loads of info and most likely convince you to ditch the paraffin.
Don’t freak out yet-Soy candles and beeswax candles are a great alternative and even places like Target have amazing smelling soy candles! I will link a few that I’ve personally tried at the bottom of this post. But, like I said, I can spend a fortune on candles so it’s really time to DIY this, right?!
Turns out, soy candles are super easy to make. Find the right fragrance and you’ve got amazing candles for less money and less toxins! Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
- Soy (find it HERE)
- Wicks (find them HERE)
- Fragrance or Essential Oils (find them HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE)
- Containers **see “shop the post” at the bottom of the page**
- Thermometer (find it HERE)
- Double boiler
- Fill a medium sized pot half way full with water
- Place a glass pyrex bowl in the water
- Place 1 lb. of wax in pyrex bowl.
- Heat to around 180 degrees.
- Once temp. is reached, remove from heat and allow wax to reach a temp of about 130 degrees.
- Add 2-3 tbsp. of fragrance/essential oils per 1 lb. of wax.
- Wrap your wick around a pencil/pen in order to keep your wick where it needs to be.
- Transfer wax to containers.
- Allow your candles to set for 24-48 hours before lighting.
Just a few tips…
- Soy candles tend to tunnel. Meaning they burn in a small circle down the middle. When you light your candle for the first time, be sure to let it burn for at least 2 hours. This will “train” the wax to burn in a wider circle so more wax is burned over time.
- If you choose to use a larger container, be sure to use 2 wicks. The cute bowls I used should have 2 wicks rather than 1. The last pic shows smaller glass containers that I used when wax was wasted in my wider bowls.
- Do not add fragrance when the wax is at a higher temp then 130-the smell will burn off.
- Don’t be afraid to add too much fragrance. I’ve NEVER had this issue. Never have I had a candle smell too strong!
This was such a fun DIY. SO easy too! Now I have all these lovely candles that smell amazing without all the harmful chemicals!!!
Have fun!! xx, Jenni