It’s that time of year again when you want to wrap yourself in a blanket and fill your house with cozy, warm fall scents. I went out to the store, twice, in a failed attempt to buy candles. The reason? It cost more than $20 for any of the jar candles and I’m too cheap! So, being the intrepid crafter that I aspire to be, I decided to make my own scented candles—with total success! They smell delicious, cost me $6 dollars a jar, and only took me an hour to make.
- Measure out one pound of soy wax chips
- Put in double boiler and set to medium high heat (start low to make sure you don’t melt too quickly). If you don’t have a double boiler (like me) you can put a mixing bowl or second pot on top of a boiling pot of water. Heat up to 175 degrees (but no higher).
- Add 4 tablespoons stearic acid. This is not required, but will give the soy wax a firmer texture (=melt slower)
- When the stearic acid has fully dissolved, add 1-2 color chips (per pound of wax). Soy wax will take on a more pastel color palette, but adding a second chip will give it a more saturated look. Mix thoroughly.
- To see what the finished color will look like, put a couple of drops on a piece of waxed paper and wait a minute for it to cool.
- Let the wax cool to 130 degrees before adding the fragrance (1-1 1/2 oz. per pound of wax).
- To test potency, do the drop test. Once cooled, scratch the wax to test the strength of the fragrance.
- While waiting for wax to cool to pouring temperature, stick your jars in oven at 150 degrees. This will prevent the wax from becoming cloudy after it cools in the jar.
- Right before pouring, get your wick ready by wrapping the free end around a pencil and position it in the center of the jar.
- Pour wax once it cools to 110 degrees. Wait for the wax to cool completely before removing the pencil and cutting the wick.
Supplies from: Zenith Supplies, 6300 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, (206) 525-7997
Yield: This candle recipe makes a 20 oz. container candle
Compare to: a 22 oz. Yankee Candle ($25.99) you save $19.79!
Time to create: 1 hour
- 1 pound of soy wax ($3)
- 1 bag of coloring chips ($1.10/bag; $0.10/chip)
- 1 bag wicks ($2.50/bag, $0.10/wick)
- 1 ounce fragrance (this varies depending on your fragrance choice: 1 ounce pumpkin was $6, 1 ounce cranberry was $3)
- TOTAL: $6.20 (20 oz. cranberry candle) or $9.20 (20 oz. pumpkin candle)