Saturday, October 3, 2009
I really like soy candles. I discovered them 2 years ago and have loved them ever since. I used to burn essential oil, but it always needed the water topping up and when it got too low, it would spit everywhere which was not good.
The thing is though, soy candles can seem a bit expensive and some I bought were too strong, others too weak. (I'm fussy I know). Then I had a light bulb moment... Why not make my own?
So I got online and googled soy candle supplies. I compared a few companies, then bought wax, scents, wicks and tea light holders. It was under $50 all up, including postage, and I got 7 bottles of fragrance. I had a jug for the microwave already, so didn't feel the need to buy a kit.
All I did was melt some of the wax in the microwave for a few minutes on 50%, as I didn't want it to be too hot when I put in the fragrance. Once it was all melted, I added a few drops of the fragrance (I like pina colda best).
Whilst the wax was melting I had set up my tea light holders on the bench with wicks in them.
Once the wax was melted, I added a few drops of fragrance and poured the melted wax into the holders. Then I sat them aside to go hard.
And this is what they looked like finished.
I also did some in old pasta sauce jars. I layered the scents. I did 1/3 pina colada, let that go hard, did the next layer sex on the beach and the top layer forbidden fantasy (yeah, ok, these names sound bad, especially considering I do not drink and I was not trying to "get anyone in the mood", they just happened have the fruits and flowers I like!)
I let the candles go hard for a few days, as they seem to burn longer. I did burn a few tea lights that night, as the wax had set, but they didn't last as long as candles I let sit for a week in the cupboard.
I love my soy candles, and actually need to make some more. The one I did in the jar was an experiment. I lit it and wanted to see how long it would burn for. It lasted 4 days! I did not blow it out (Ok, so you are not supposed to go to sleep with lit candles, but it was contained well away from anything in a solid glass jar. Don't tell anyone!)
I used to get about 10 - 12 hours out of the ones I would buy for $20, and since I got 18 tea lights and 2 large jars, or over 250 hours for under $50, I would say this is definately the way to go!