Most people are now into environmental awareness. That is why more and more candle enthusiasts are being particular even in choosing what type of candle to use. Using a natural type of candle is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated soybean oil. Compared to beeswax, and as another alternative for paraffin wax, soy wax is more cost effective.
Making soy candles will not only keep you from spending more, but it will also cause no harm to the environment. If you are into making soy candles, the supplies that you need can easily be found in craft stores. You can get soy candle making supplies either in bulk or at wholesale prices. Candle making kits are also available for starters. Kits may contain candle wax, wooden spoons, a wax cutter, a large pot, thermometer, measuring tools and candle wicks. Getting a soy candle making kit is a good start for those who are just starting with this hobby. Aside from those supplies mentioned, the best soy making kit should also include five different fragrance oils and three liquid dyes.
Soy wax is of course, the candle wax used for your soy candle.
There are different varieties of fragrance oils. I suggest that you use pure essential oils since these are natural and non-toxic. Soy candles mixed with pure essential oils are best used for aromatherapy, which can be soothing to your mind, body and spirit.
Otherwise, you can choose rose or lavender oil if you want your candle to have a flowery scent. You can also choose apple, pear, melon, grape or cherry scent if you want to make soy candles with a fruity aroma. Others may prefer to add food scents to their candles; perhaps different berries such as blueberry, cranberry or raspberry. Other scents from food can include cobbler, butter, pie and the aroma of cookies. These scents make your candles smell sugary sweet.
There are some fragrance oils that can also be beneficial to you. Sage oil for instance, has antimicrobial and anti fungal properties.
These can be purchased at most candle supply stores. Like the fragrances, you have a wide variety of colors to choose from. The color of your candle can also be blended with the scent of your choice. Here are some examples of colors that can be associated with fragrances:
o Brown –
If you prefer this color, you can use honey or cinnamon scent
o White or natural –
If do not want to put a color in your soap, a vanilla scent can be used
o Yellow –
There are lots of fragrances that can be associated with this color. Some of the most popular scents are lemon, orange and melon.
o Lavender –
Of course, a lavender scent can be used for this color. You can also make use of a grape scent.
o Blue –
Blueberry and plum are associated with this color.
Soy Candle Container or Mold
Molds are important in your candle making supplies, since these are what you pour the melted wax into. They come in different types, shapes and sizes. Although tin and plastic containers are preferable, a jar is the most popular container for both soy and gel candles. You can play with the designs of your candles by putting them in the shape of swans, the moon and whatever else your imagination dictates. A moon-shaped candle when lit, mimics a moon glow vista.
Wick and Wick tabs
Wicks will be the core of your candle. That is why it is better to find good quality wicks. Wick tabs are also advisable for beginners. These will keep the wick in place and will serve as the base of your candle.
All of these supplies can easily be obtained at your nearest craft store. You can also purchase them through the Internet. A few dollars are usually added though, to ship your products or kits.
Once you get all the supplies you need, it is rather easy to make soy candles. Of course, you have to know and practice safety precautions. Be careful in heating your wax; a hot wax can cause skin burns. In this case, apply an ice pack to the affected area.
Soy candles can be used as gifts for your friends and loved ones. Aside from gifts, soy candles are also perfect centerpieces for your table on Christmas Eve. But the best part in making your own soy candles is that you can have a supply of soy candles all year round. Remember, soy candles are environment-friendly and non-toxic candles.