Adding essential oils like lavender or lemongrass can give your soy candles a clean, natural scent. Because soy wax is simple to work with, easy to melt, and easy to clean up, these candles are a great choice for an afternoon project. They also make great gifts for friends and family.
Instructions for Making Soy Candles with Essential Oils
This recipe makes one 16-ounce soy candle scented with your choice of essential oils. Before you begin, read all the way through the instructions, and ensure you have a workspace undisturbed by kids and pets. Since candle making uses hot wax, this project is best for adults.
Things You'll Need
- 16 ounces of soy wax, available at your local craft store or from Amazon.com
- One ounce of your choice of essential oil blended with soy oil, available at retailers like Nature's Garden
- 16-ounce glass jar or container for your candle
- One wick, long enough to reach to the bottom of your container
- Wooden skewer
- Glass container for microwave melting
- Spoon for stirring
What to Do
- Before you begin, ensure that the equipment is clean and that no dust or dirt is introduced. Contaminants can cause the candle to burn incorrectly.
- Tie one end of the wick to the middle of a skewer. Balance the skewer on the top of the candle jar and trim the wick so that it extends all the way to the bottom of the jar.
- Place the soy wax in the glass melting container.
- Melt the soy wax carefully in the microwave. Use a low setting and stir the wax at regular intervals to ensure that the heat is evenly dispersed. Measure the temperature of the wax frequently. Getting the wax to about 170 degrees is ideal, but you do not want it to get too hot. Always remain in attendance at the microwave.
- When the wax is melted, add the essential oils, stirring carefully with the spoon. Keep stirring until the oil is completely incorporated in the wax.
- Measure the temperature again. Wait until the wax has cooled to about 100 degrees.
- Carefully pour the wax into the candle jar or container. Readjust the wick if required.
- Cover the candle with a cloth or box and allow it to cool gradually in a room-temperature area.
- After your candle has cooled, allow it to rest for a few days before burning. This helps achieve a better result.
How Much Essential Oil?
Generally speaking, you can use up to one ounce of essential oil (about 1.5 teaspoons) per pound of wax for best results. For smaller candles or batches of wax, you should aim for a ratio of up to 7% fragrance to the amount of wax you'll be using. This can be calculated by weight or volume as long as you use the same measurements for both the essential oil and the wax.
If the scent of your chosen essential oil or oil blend seems especially strong, start with half of your estimated amount and gradually add more to get the scent strength you want.
Tips for Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are a wonderful way to add natural scent to your candles. Keep these tips in mind as you select the oils you want to use:
- Essential oils are made from natural ingredients, which means they aren't quite as concentrated as artificial fragrances. Experiment with the amount of essential oil you add to your candles to find the concentration that you prefer.
- Consider combining essential oils to create your own unique blend. Some great combinations include bergamot and lemongrass, lavender and rosemary, and many others.
- Read the information about your essential oil. Some essential oils are more concentrated than others, and many are diluted with soy oil or another carrier. If the oil is not diluted, use only a few drops at a time to experiment with the intensity of the scent.
- Soy wax candles can also have problems solidifying properly if you add too much fragrance oil. If you're concerned about this problem, consider adding palm stearic, available from Candlewic. This will help your candle maintain the correct texture despite the extra oil.
Have Fun and Experiment
With all the amazing essential oils to choose from, there's no end to the beautifully scented soy candles you can create. Have fun and experiment with lots of great combinations. You may create your new favorite blend.