Learning how to make soy candles at home is so much fun! This recipe will show you how to make soy candles in mason jars , but you can pretty much use any jar or glass as long as the glass isn’t too thin. You’ll want to use jars, or glass that can withstand heat. You’ll need to experiment with the wick size but I’ve listed the wick size below that has worked great for me in soy candles made using 8 and 16oz Square Mason Jars. For in depth wick sizing instructions as well as more recipes and techniques,my book “The Soy Candle Making Book” is a must have.
Soy mason jar candles are excellent for gifts!
I love using Square Mason Jars for making my soy jar candles , but you can pretty much use any jar or glass as long as the glass isn’t too thin. You’ll need to experiment with the wick size but I’ve listed the wick size below that has worked great for me in 8 and 16oz Square Mason Jars.
How to make soy candles at home in mason jars
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Let’s get to it! I have been making my own soy candles for several years, and I am going to show you how to make soy candles at home with a tried and true recipe that I used when I was selling my candles, and that I still use. Keep in mind that there are different types of soy candle waxes and this recipe is meant for the specific wax I mention in the supplies. You can use this recipe with other soy waxes, but the melting and pouring temperatures may vary for best results.
First let’s look at some
Tips for Soy Candle Making Success
Fragrance is key here. You need to make sure you use quality fragrance oils in making soy candles. Dollar store, and even craft store fragrance oils won’t cut it! You need to buy your oils from a candle making supplier. There are quite a few online, and some have store fronts you can go and visit as well. You want to look for oils that give a good fragrance throw in soy wax specifically. Visit our article on Best Fragrance Oils for Soy Candles to learn more.
The other question I hear a lot is whether you can use essential oils when you make soy candles. Yes, you can, but should you? I don’t disagree that there are benefits in aromatherapy, but once the essential oils are burned in a candle, the oil becomes useless, and, in my research, it could also become harmful to breath in. I have tried a few essential oils, but they don’t give off as much fragrance and they are expensive! So my advice is to just use fragrance oils that were meant for candle making.
As I said earlier, if you are using jars other than mason jars for your container candles, please be sure that they are heat safe. You don’t want shattered glass and possible fire! You can find great prices on square mason jars and other types of candle making jars by checking out some wholesale candle making suppliers here
Supplies to Make Soy Candles:
- Scale, digital preferred (I love the Escali digital scale. Battery lasts forever!)
- Candy thermometer
- High temp resistant Rubber Spatula for stirring and scraping wax out when pouring.
- Metal pour pot
- Metal cooking pot
- 1 lb Soy Container wax (I use 100% Midwest Soy Container Wax with this recipe)
- 1 oz candle Fragrance Oil
- Candle wax dye
- Two 8oz square Mason Jars or other canning type jars
- 2 Candle wicks for soy wax such as HTP 105 or CD-18
- Wick Stickers to stick the wicks to the bottom of the jars
- 2 long chip clips to keep the wick centered in the jar while the soy candles are cooling.
Soy Candle Making Directions:
- Gather your candle supplies and put some wax paper down on the counter
- Put your Mason jars on the wax paper
- Put wick stickers on the bottom of the metal wick tab
- Center wick and place one in each jar pressing firmly so that the wick sticker will adhere to the jar properly. Sometimes it won’t if the jar is too cold so you may need to warm the jar up a bit first.
- Put your Pour Pot on the scale and 0 it out. Pour 1 lb of wax into the pour pot.
- Set your cooking pot on the stove and pour water into it so that it is about 1 and a half inches deep.
- Set your Pour pot with the wax in it, inside the cooking pot and turn stove to medium low.
- Set your candy thermometer in the pour pot. Set a timer for about 10min. So you don’t forget about the wax and keep an eye on the thermometer.
- When the thermometer reaches 180 degrees, take the pour pot out and set it on the scale again and 0 it out.
- Next add your one ounce of fragrance oil (by weight) and stir well.
- Now add the dye before the wax cools below 165 degrees. If it has already cooled too much, just set the pour pot back into the pan of water and heat it back up to 170-180 degrees.
- Stir the dye well and then let the wax sit and cool.
- When the soy wax reaches 95-110 degrees it is time to pour into the candle jars. Stir a few times again first. Slowly pour the soy wax into your mason jars. Pouring slowly makes sure that you don’t have any air bubbles. Once you have filled your mason jars you can carefully put the chip clip on each candle wick to keep it centered in the jar while cooling.
- Let the soy candles cool for at least an hour before taking the clips off and trimming the wicks to about 1/4 inch.
- Let the soy candles cure at least 24 hours before burning them. A couple of days is ideal.
The video below will show you how to make soy candles in mason jars step by step!
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