Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource made from soybean oil which means that it’s biodegradable and a brilliant vegan option for candle making. It burns with zero petro-soot, thus it can help maintain pure air quality and reduce home maintenance problems associated with soot deposits. Soy wax also has a lower melting point than paraffin wax (commonly used for candles) so a soy candle will definitely burn slower than paraffin candles!
For today, we’re going to share with you our favorite go-to recipe for heavenly lemongrass soywax candles that can also help keep away critters like lizards and mosquitoes!
Pssst, we’ve a printable recipe card for this one too, so grab it from down below!
What You’ll Need:
- Craftiviti Soy Wax
- Yellow Candle Dye
- ECO-6 Wick
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Glass Jar with a 5-6cm diameter opening 👉 like this one!
- Stainless Steel Wax Melting Pot (or a glass beaker)
- Stove (for double boiling)
- Glue Dot
- Bow Tie Clip
- Glass Stirrer
- Kitchen Scale
- To calculate the amount of soy wax needed for your container:
Volume of Glass Jar x 0.77 = Soy Wax (grams)
For example: 100ml jar x 0.77 = 77g soy wax
- Melt the soy wax in a stainless steel wax melting pot/glass beaker over a pan filled with water (double boiler method). Stir occasionally to ensure even melting.
- Dry the glass jar and attach a ECO-6 wick to the center of the container’s bottom using a glue dot.
- Attach the end of the wick to the bow tie clip to keep the wick straight and upright.
- Once the wax has melted, add in a few drops of candle dye (feel free to adjust the color intensity to your liking).
*Note: Soy wax hardens into a smooth milky candle. When dye is added, it will take on a pretty soft pastel tone. Perfect for premium looking candles!
- Remove the pot from stove and stir to lower the temperature of the soy wax to 45°C.
- Add in 8% of lemongrass essential oil to the weight of soy wax.
For example: 8% of 100g soy wax = 8ml essential oil)
- At around 38-41°C, gently pour the melted soy wax into the glass jar.
- Set aside and allow to cool for 48 hours before removing the bow tie clip and cutting the wick.
*Note: Upon cooling, you may notice unevenness or hole son the surface of the candle. This is normal. Just top up with a thin layer of melted wax or use a heat gun to smoothen the surface.
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