Candle releases a good amount of carbon dioxide if made from cheap wax. However, if you’re afraid of leaving a carbon footprint, you can choose candles made from natural ingredients like soy. Soy wax is made from hydrogenating soybean oil.
Soy candles are safe for the environment because they don’t release carbon dioxide. The best part of soy candles is that they can be cleaned easily with soap and water. In addition, they are inexpensive and last longer than other conventional candles.
Aussie Candle Supplies is the largest and experienced supplier of soy specific candle making supplies in Australia. They have 16 years of experience providing a wide range of glassware, waxes, wicks, dyes, fragrances, essential oils, body care products, equipment and advice. They were the first distributors and importers of soy wax in the country.
Still, some people believe in making candles at home through DIY. It is quite simple, but you need to ensure that you don’t have kids or pets playing around the boiler. Gifting handmade candles is the best way of showing your love for someone special. Above all, if you gift those organic or natural candles, your friends and family will love them.
How to Make Soy Wax?
Making soy wax at home is pretty straightforward. You need to have proper ingredients, patience and time –
- Soy wax flakes
- Containers made to withstand heat
- Pouring jug
- Wooden wick
- Fragrance oil
- Wick holder
- For every votive candle, you need 2 ounces of soy wax that will be melted slowly in a container. It would help if you always took a double boiler to melt soy flakes. Otherwise, it can ignite.
- Clip the thermometer to the container in which you are melting wax. Monitor the reading of the thermometer that should reach 170 degrees to 180 degrees.
- Once all wax has melted and reached a certain boiling point, you can add a colour dye of your choice to it. Use only wax dye and not any water-based dye or food colour. (Never use colourful crayons, they can clog, not allowing the candle to burn.)
- Add few drops of colour dye and stir well with a wooden spatula. If you feel the colour of the wax is light, you can add few more drops but start with fewer amounts in the beginning.
- Reduce the temperature of the wax to 150 degrees or 155 degrees. Warm the mould in an oven with the lowest setting that you will use to pour the wax.
- After warming the mould, pour the wax into the mould to the top and allow the soy wax to cool a little bit so that a soft film forms on the top.
- Lightly push the wick through the top layer of hard wax at the centre. Now let the wax cool down for at least 4 hours.
- After cooling, you can remove the wax from the mould because it has now taken the desired shape.
Follow this DIY method to make beautiful and colourful wax candles. However, to make scented candles do your research correctly.