How to make scented candles
Making your own candles may seem like a challenge - especially if you’re keen to use high quality ingredients like soy wax and natural fragrances. We absolutely love making our artisan candles in our Northumberland workshop. Being able to craft gorgeous candles that you can give you a friend or enjoy around your home is a great feeling.
That's why we decided to offer you the chance to create your very own soy candles too - with our exciting Candle Making Kits.
Available in a variety of fragrances including Mimosa & Mandarin and Mediterranean Fig you can choose your favourite and get started on making your very own homemade scented candles.
So, how does it work?
Follow our step-by-step guide below to learn how to make your very own scented soy candles.
1. Check you have everything you need:
• Two candle tins
• A bag of natural soy wax
• A bottle of concentrated fragrance
• Two pre-waxed wicks with metal bases
• Five wooden sticks – for centring the wick and popping air bubbles
• Labels for your candle tins – for you to personalise
• An apron to protect your clothes from any spillage
• A ‘Bain marie’ or double pan boiler (or a smaller pan inside a larger pan)
• Kitchen towel
• Kitchen scissors
• A wooden spoon
• A heat-resistant jug, minimum 500ml capacity
The wooden spoon and jug will retain some fragrance even after washing so it’s best to use items which will be used only for craft activities in the future.
2. Put water in to the bottom half of your bain marie and heat until it is gently simmering. Be careful not to get any water in the top pan – as with chocolate, wax doesn’t mix with water at all! Add the full contents of the bag of wax to the top pan and allow to melt.
3. On a heat resistant surface place the two tins about 6-9 inches apart.
4.Gently straighten the wicks and ease them until they are at right angles to the bases and stand upright ready to use.
5. As soon as the soy wax is fully molten and appears clear, remove from heat. DO NOT overheat. Pour the molten wax from the top pan into the jug. Be careful not to get any water dripping from the bottom of the pan into the jug.
6. Carefully add the full bottle of fragrance into the wax, and stir continuously for one minute, to ensure the fragrance is mixed throughout the wax.
7. Carefully pour the mixture into the tins, filling level with the indentation around the tins, near the top. Do not overfill. If there is any excess wax, leave this to cool in the jug.
8. Take a wooden stick and look at the surface of the wax in the tins. If you see any air bubbles, carefully prick them with the sharp end of the wooden stick.
9. You’ll probably need to wait now for the wax to cool slightly. Keep your eye on it though – once the soy wax starts to cool it will solidify quite quickly! When you see the wax start to go cloudy at the bottom of the tins, it’s time to put the wicks in.
10. Gently slide the wicks into the wax, so the bases sit neatly in the middle of each tin. Place the bottom of the wick as centrally as possible, then use the wooden sticks to hold the top in the centre too. Be gentle and don’t rush, you don’t want to bend the wick as you put it in.
11. Use first one, then a second wooden stick to rest the wicks against, to hold them central and upright in the candle. Place these across the top of the tins so that they make a cross.
12. Check again for air bubbles in the candles and prick these with a spare wooden stick.
13. Check that the wick bases are still in the centre of the tins and that the wooden sticks are holding the tops of the wicks centred too. You should have a little bit of time to make final adjustments, but try not to disturb the wax too much or you’ll leave ripples when it sets. If you see the soy wax starting to harden and move as you adjust the wick, it’s time to leave it alone!
14. Leave your scented candles to cool. They will cool in a couple of hours, but are ideally left overnight. Once cool, remove the wooden sticks from across the top of the candle tins.
15. Use the kitchen scissors to trim the wick to about ¼ inch (6mm) long.
16. Use the labels to decorate and personalise your soy candles.
17. Enjoy your scented candles! Or, why not give them to loved ones as an extra special gift made with love!