Not only do they burn cleaner (say goodbye to that black soot your store bought paraffin candles make), but they burn much longer than your standard paraffin wax candle. Actually 50% longer, and in many case more!
Soy is natural, non toxic (made from vegetables vs paraffin which is a gasoline by product), and grown right here in the U.S.
Plus, when combined with fragrances infused with natural essential oils, soy candles have a more pleasant scent. Soy wax has a lower melting point, creating a larger wax pool. This allows more of the essential oils to evaporate into the air, giving the whole room a beautiful gentle scent.
Lastly, if you are someone who has suffered from headaches due to candles burning, it was most likely caused from the chemicals found in paraffin. Give soy a try!
And with holiday season right around the corner, there are so many reasons to make your own.
Create cozy spaces in your home.
Bring the perfect hostess gift for parties and dinners.
Rock the office party gift exchanges/secret Santa/other oft-dreaded forced merriment.
They’re awesome stocking stuffers.
They make great teacher gifts.
You can, of course, buy them, but if you’re crafty and/or on a budget, you can DIY them too.
Or … you can win them! Scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how to win a Holiday Soy Candle Gift Set!
How to Make Your Own Soy Candles
You will need:
Natural soy wax
Double broiler or medium pot
Glass or metal pitcher/container
A kitchen scale
A digital or glass thermometer
Your favorite holiday fragrance oil
Wicks — cotton or hemp
A hot glue gun
Wooden clothes pins or wick bars
Candle tins or jars
I order from a company who only sells in bulk/wholesale, so I do not have specific recommendations for supplies. But go out and find products you love. A good place to start is Amazon they sell everything!
How to put it all together:
Measure out your wax. For instance if you have a 4 oz container you will want to weigh out 4oz of wax.
Boil some water. Put a medium-sized pot, about half-full on the stove and bring it to a boil.
Melt the wax by placing it in a pitcher or container (metal or glass) and then into the boiling water to melt.
Check the temperature of the wax. Remove from heat once the wax is completely melted and reaches 185 degrees.
Add fragrance. Most fragrances will give you an amount that can be added to wax. For instance, up to 10% fragrance. Follow the suggested amount.
Let the wax cool. Watch your wax closely as you will want to pour at about 145 -135 degrees.
Prepare your container. If you’re using glass, clean with water, dry, and heat to about the temperature of the wax. I normally warm them on the lowest setting in my oven. If using tins just clean with water and dry.
Attach your wick. I use a dab of hot glue. You can also purchase sticky tabs but you lose space in your container for wax.
Pour! Once the wax is 145 -135 degrees, slowly pour it into your prepared container/s. Use a clothespin or wick bar to hold up the wick while the candle cools.
Wait 24 hours, trim the wick, and enjoy!
Win a Set of Free Holiday Hand-Poured Soy Candles!
Each gift set will include all 6 of our 2.5 oz size delectable scents in this adorable rustic wood crate.
Christmas Eve A hands-down favorite, this warm scent is the perfect mix of everything you love about Christmas. The smell of a fresh cut tree, while sitting next to a crackling fire, with a hint of orange and spices coming from the kitchen.
Roasted Chestnut I love this classic winter scent of roasted chestnuts and spiced cider. This highly scented fragrance begins with spicy orange, nutmeg, and clove notes blended perfectly with rich nutty undertones of vanilla and caramel. Absolutely yummy.
Cranberry Marmalade Cranberry and orange scream holidays, and this scent is just that. The perfect blend of blend of tart cranberries, spiced apples, and fresh orange peel give make this delightful a holiday must have.
Pumpkin Spice This rich and creamy fragrance is the quintessential fall scent. Fresh pumpkin with mouthwatering notes of butter, sugar, and spices gives the feeling of a homemade pumpkin pie baking in the oven.
Apple Harvest A true, ripe apple fragrance combined with bright fruit notes and just a touch of spice. A perfect aroma for a fall crisp day!
Maple Bourbon This is a fall favorite! A warm blend of maple, vanilla, and smooth bourbon with a lovely hint of apple make it irresistible.
We’ll randomly select two lucky winners in one week, on November 8. You can earn one entry for each of the following, giving you up to five chances to win!
Comment on this post, below. Tell me your favorite holiday scent!