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How to Make Candles from Scratch

How to Make Candles from Scratch

Candle making can be as enjoyable as cooking and exhilarating as painting a canvas. It's the excitement of being able to make your own candles, what a really fascinating experience! However, for someone who has ‘zero know how’ on how to make your own candles then this can be scary. A lot must be considered in trying your hand in candle making and how to make your own candles from scratch.

You probably already have searched the internet on “how to make candles from scratch” or “candle making near me” in the hopes of learning the basics on how to make your own candles. You may have found some learnings online that will really make you feel like you are ready to take this new challenge on. However, it may not be that simple.

Let me discuss a few points that you might want to consider before you make your own candles at home. One of which is where to find the best candle making kit. What is considered to be a good candle making kit?

Of course, it should include the best wax for candle making, a good sized wick that matches your vessel, fragrance or essential oils of choice and an instructional packet which you can read or a video that shows you a step by step process on how to make your own candles.

Now, while you would want to try learning on your own at home on how to make your own candles; it is best to look for someone who's been in the candle business for a long time. Follow their social media accounts and read blogs on their websites on how to make candles from scratch or take candle making classes near you. This is the wisest way to get great learnings and tips on how to make your own candles from scratch.

Another thing is finding out which is the best wax for candle making. You have a lot of options to choose from. Soy, paraffin, beeswax and coconut wax are just a few; but it is important that you are able to experience using these firsthand to make your own candles from scratch before deciding which is the best wax for candle making. Also, you’ll find hundreds of articles online about the best wax for candle making which you can read.

Choosing the products that you would like to work on also depends on your goal. You may want to assess these goals. A few questions you need to ask yourself, do you want to just make your own candles or are you someone who’s thinking of getting into the candle business? Do you want to produce eco-friendly or profit bearing products, or maybe you want both?

Being in the candle business for decades and having extensive knowledge on candle making, we know that making eco-friendly, good for the health and profitable products is possible. We feel that it is our duty to teach clients and future business owners on how to make your own candles safely and effectively.

Here are a few points on how to make your candles from scratch:

1. Purchase a candle making kit.

2. Check the ingredients and tools you have in the kit, it should have the ff:

  • Coconut wax, the best wax for candle making
  • 2 bottles of 1oz fragrance oils
  • #8 Wick - the soul of the candle
  • Wick sticker
  • Wick bar
  • Mixing stick
  • Burning instruction bottom sticker

3. Prepare your glass container by sticking in the #8 wick at the center of the glass using the wick sticker and securing it with the wick bar. Don’t forget to attach the burning instruction sticker at the bottom of your glass.

4. Melt your wax. You may choose to use a microwave and pop the wax in for three minutes. Make sure you use a microwave suitable container. Each microwave is different, if your wax is not fully melted after three minutes add a 20 seconds interval in until your wax is melted. If you want to try melting your wax in a double boiler, you just need to do as you would melt a chocolate bar. Perfect temperature for melted wax is 180 degrees.

5. Mix in your fragrance and if you want to use colored dyes you may do so and use the mixing stick provided. Make sure you stir it well.

6. Pour the melted wax into your glass then set aside for 5 hours for curing.

7. Once it has completely solidified, take your scented candle, remove the wick bar and cut the excess wick. Make sure you leave a quarter inch of wick from the top of the wax.

8. Enjoy your homemade candle!

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