Step by step guide to making your own candles

Want to make scented soy candles but don't know how to get started? Don't worry; it is super easy as long as you have the supplies you need and some basic instructions. 

In this article, we will describe the step by step instructions that we include with our luxury candle making kit. If you are a beginner and want to get into candle making, buying a complete candle making kit is a great way to get started. You will then get all the supplies - and in just the right amount - to secure a good first result. 

What are the supplies needed to make your own scented soy candle?

In our kit, we include all the below components:

  • Melting and pouring pitcher for melting the soy wax
  • Candle containers (jars, glasses, tins for candle making
  • Candle wicks
  • Wick holders or centering device (to keep the wick straight)
  • Wick stickums to attach the wicks to the candle container
  • Soy wax for candle making
  • Thermometer for candle making
  • Fragrance oil for candle making
  • Stirring stick (or a spoon) 
  • Warning labels and labels for decoration

In addition, you would need access to:

  • A workspace with access to a stovetop.
  • A saucepan that fits the pouring pitcher.
  • A kitchen scale for weighing the wax

Step 1: Prepare your workspace for candle making

The ideal ambient temperature is between 66℉ and 77℉ (19℃ and 25℃). Read here for a few tips about setting up your workspace. 

Step 2: Prepare the candle tins

Place a wick inside the center of each container using a stickum. Straighten each wick with your hand, and then use the wick holders to center and hold them in place.

Step 3: Measure the right amount of wax

Measure the right amount of soy wax, and put it in the pitcher. What is the right amount of wax to use for a candle? This depends on the size of the candle container. Read here for an easy way to calculate how much wax you need to make a candle based on the container you use.

Step 4: Heat up the wax

Fill a boiling pan half full of water and put it on the stove. Heat up the water using medium-high heat. You will want to place the pitcher with the wax inside of it in the pan while the water heats up.  

 ⚠ There should be water between the pitcher and the boiling pan to avoid overheating problems.

⚠ Avoid getting water into the wax to achieve the best possible result.

Step 5: Melt the wax to the right temperature

Heat up the water until you see the wax starting to melt. Then attach the thermometer to the pitcher to monitor the temperature of the wax. Melt the wax until it is entirely liquid, heating it up to 190℉ - 195℉ (88℃ - 90℃). Once you reach the correct temperature, you will want to take the pitcher out of the boiling pan and place it on a heat-resistant surface.

We recommend using a thermometer for candle making to monitor the temperature at all times for the best result. Our thermometer is specially designed for candle making and has easy to read temperature zones for melting, when to add fragrance oil and when to pour the wax. 

Step 6: Add the candle fragrance oil

Add the fragrance of your choice to the wax when the temperature at about 185℉ (85℃). Mix the scent with the melted wax using the stirring stick for about two minutes until you can see that the wax and fragrance is blended.

How much fragrance oil to add to candles? Read here for an easy receipt on how to calculate the right fragrance load for your soy candle. 

Step 7: Pour the wax

Cool the wax down to about 135℉ (54℃). Pour it carefully into the candle jar. Make sure not to pour it directly onto the wicks. Do not overfill the container. 

Step 8: Let the candle cure 

Now you will need to give your new candle time to cool. We recommend that you let the candle cure at the recommended ambient temperature for a minimum of 48 hours before lighting it. If you are using natural soy wax we recommend curing the candle 2-4 weeks for a more potent scent throw. 

Step 9: Trim the wicks 

After the candle has rested enough time to properly cool, you will need to cut the wick to the desired height with scissors. We recommend leaving only ¼ inch (6 mm) above the surface of the candle.

Step 10: Decorate the candle container and add warning labels

Make sure to add the warning label on the bottom. Use the additional stickers for decoration if you want to create a personalized finish.

Enjoy your candles!