How to Make Scented Candles from Your Own Kitchen!

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We know how much fun candle making can be, below are some basic candle making instructions for regular scented candles you can make in your own kitchen. We hope you enjoy your candle making experience. We would love to see your finished candles please send us a photo at [email protected]

How to Make Soy Candles (small batch)


Items Needed:

1 quart (32 oz.) measuring cup
Wick Stabilizer (tweezers will work)
Glue Gun or stick’ems
Wicks
Candle Dye
Fragrance Oil
Containers
Soy Wax

Instructions:

Fill measuring cup with soy wax to the 32 oz. mark. Do not fill to overflowing. Microwave for 4 minutes (microwave ovens vary time my need adjusted). Wax should then be melted to 16 ounces. Add more soy wax to melted mixture until cup is filled back up to 32 ounces. Microwave for 4 more minutes. This will give you 32 ounces of melted wax (about 180 degrees). Set oven to lowest setting (warm). Wait 10 minutes and add candle dye to the mixture and immediately add fragrance oil of your choice. Pour mix into prepared containers. Set poured candles in a pan the oven. After 5 minutes of candles being in oven on “warm”, turn oven off. Keep oven door closed until candles are “set”. You did it you made a soy candle.

How to Make Votive or Pillar Candles

Items needed:

Melting Pot
Thermometer
Mixing Spoon
Scale and/or Measuring pitcher
Votive/Pillar Wax
Fragrance Oil
Dye
Molds and Wicks

Instructions:

Weigh out amount of wax you’ll need. 1 pound of wax makes about 8 votive candles. 1 lb. of wax makes about one 3″ x 4″ pillar candle. Place wax in melting pot and heat on low setting. Use thermometer and heat to approximately 170-180 degrees. Never overheat the wax. While wax is melting, set up your molds on a sturdy surface. Add wick or wick pins. After wax has melted, remove pot from heat source. Add your fragrance oil. 1 ounce of fragrance oil to 1 pound of wax gives you a 6% fragrance concentration. Add your dye using a dropper, adding one drop at a time, stirring constantly, until the desired color is achieved. You can test your color by dropping drops of wax on wax paper. Check your temperature should be between 160-170 degrees. Slowly pour wax into the mold leaving about 1/4″ from the top. You will have wax left over. Let the wax harden. You will notice a sinkhole at the top of the candle. Warm remaining wax, do not overheat. When wax is re-melted, slowly pour wax on top of candles. Let the candles completely harden. They should be cool to touch. Remove candle from mold, if needed push wick in from bottom of candle, apply warning label to bottom. You should now have a beautiful candle!

How to Make Jar/Container Candles

Items needed:

Melting Pot
Thermometer
Mixing Spoon
Measuring scale
Container Wax
Fragrance Oil
Hot Glue Gun or stick’ems
Proper Wicks
Dye
Containers

Instructions:

Weigh out amount of container wax you’ll need. 1 pound of wax makes about 4 small container candles, 2 -10 oz. jar or 1 20 oz. jar candle. Place wax in melting pot and heat on low setting. Use thermometer and heat to approximately 170-180 degrees. Be sure to keep an eye on your wax and do not over heat. While wax is melting, set up your containers on a sturdy surface. Add appropriate size wick with hot glue gun. After wax has melted, remove pot from heat source. Add your fragrance oil. 1 ounce of fragrance oil to 1 pound of wax gives you a 6% fragrance concentration. Add your dye using a dropper, adding one drop at a time, stirring constantly, until the desired color is achieved. You can test your color by dropping drops of wax on wax paper. Check your temperature (should be between 160-170 degrees). Slowly pour wax into the container Adjust your wick so that it sits centered in candle, check wick before wax hardens. Depending on the wax of choice a re-pour may be required. After the wax is hardened, trim wick to 1/2″. Apply warning label to bottom. You should now have a beautiful candle hand created by you!!

Texas “Triple Scented Candles” (www.TexasTripleScentedCandles.com) is not responsible for the candles/products you create from the info listed above. You alone are responsible for product and recipe testing to ensure you make safe candles and they compatible.

Author:

Teri’s Texas Triple Scented Candles: www.TexasTripleScentedCandles.com

Photo Credit: Karen | Morguefile.com

One Response to How to Make Scented Candles from Your Own Kitchen!

  1. Yvette Jackson says:

    I just love candles and now that I have the information I need to make my own. Great!!!!!!

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