soy wax candles 29Forever Soaps+
DIY Soy wax candles are a great project because they are easier to make than common paraffin candles (due to low shrinkage and easy clean up). More importantly, however, soy wax is healthier and better for a variety of reasons. (Read my post on the reasons why here.) Also, soy wax can hold a lot of scent. Both the cold and hot scent throw is killer! The choice is yours whether to make molded or container candles. Since I prefer container candles, this post focuses on the how-to for those.
First, you need to choose your jar. Since soy wax tends to burn longer than paraffin, I like the 8 oz. jars. You will need:
One 8 oz. jelly jar
6.5 oz. soy wax suitable for container candles
Optional colorant (I like the concentrated liquid dyes.)
A maximum of .8 oz. scent
Heat the wax on low heat on the stove (or in the microwave) until fully melted. Meanwhile, secure the wick in the jar. Then, add your colorant and stir. (The liquid colorant is extremely concentrated. Take a toothpick to obtain only a dot of color for one jar.) Let the wax cool down to 120º F. Add the scent and stir. Pour into the container once the wax has cooled to 110º F – 100º F. You can keep the wick centered with a wick centering tool. I find clothes pins also do the trick.
Once the wax has completely hardened, the top is sometimes not completely smooth or there may be a mottled “frosting” appearance on top. This can be easily solved by using a heat gun for a few seconds on the top. Sometimes, you have to use the heat gun a couple of times.
That’s it! You’re all set. You now have a beautiful and highly-scented candle which will not only burn a lot longer than a paraffin candle, but also won’t deposit nasty soot stains around your home.
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Here’s what I love about this particular solid lotion bar (or body butter bar, whichever term you prefer). You pour my recipe mix into new and empty deodorant containers rather than molds. This way, you can rub it on without getting it all over your hands. If you want a little shimmer (looks great on the legs), a pinch of sun gold mica mineral powder in the mix will do it. This recipe will fill two 2.5 ounce deodorant containers.
2.0 oz. beeswax or soy wax
1.3 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
.9 oz. apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil
.9 oz. jojoba oil
A couple of drops of Vitamin E
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
a pinch of sun gold mica mineral powder
1-2 tsp. scent (I like a blend of lavender, rose geranium and patchouli essential oils)
Two 2.5 oz. deodorant containers
Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax/soy wax in a double boiler. (See this post about why you shouldn’t use a glass container if you opt to melt it in the microwave.) After the beeswax and cocoa butter have fully melted, add in and mix the remainder of ingredients. Pour into the deodorant containers and let them set up. (If you want to buy a large quantity of deodorant containers, you can buy these from SKS Bottle Co. at a great price.)
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