Soy Candle Making

by | May 3, 2012 | Candles

Whether you are making soy candles yourself or buying them from a retailer, you should educate yourself on how they are made. With this knowledge, you will learn the benefits and differences they have from other types.

They are made from soy beans and the oil from the beans makes the wax. This wax ends up producing a clean burn, which means there is hardly any soot produced from the candle or smoke. This makes them more environmentally friendly. When making soy candles, they can be made into different shapes and sizes.

First you should get the mold and wick ready. You then melt the wax very slowly and lightly to make sure it does not get too hot. If it gets too hot, it could burst into flames. It is important to have a temperature control on your melting pot and if you melt on your stove, you need to use the double broiler method.

Once you have removed the heat source, you can add a scent. You do not need much or it will be too strong and a good rule of thumb is that once ounce of scented oil is sufficient for one pound of wax. You do not want your wax too cool or it will not bind with the oil. On the other hand, if the wax is too hot, it will burn off all the scent. This is also a good time to add dye to the soy wax and stirring it thoroughly. It is recommended to use special candle wax dye to make sure it does not negatively affect your candle.

You then quickly put the melted wax into the mold and let it cool so it hardens. This process can happen faster if you use a refrigerator. When buying soy candles, knowing how they are made helps you make an educated decision regarding your purchase. Whether you buy them from a store or make them yourself, you can enjoy what these candles have to offer.

They are a good option for the environmentally conscious. They are safe around pets and people as well. Also, clean up is a cinch. If you spill wax on the floor or carpet, all you need is some hot soapy water and the wax cleans right up. Other types of candles are more difficult to clean up after.

Using soy candles is one step you can take in living a greener life. For the benefits to you and to the environment, choose soy candles from Top Shelf Candles.

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