Soy candles always seem to be the craze. The soy wax 415 that Natures Garden carries is a 100% all natural vegetable wax. This also means that this soy wax is biodegradable, and is made from a renewable resource. When used to make candles; soy wax provides a nice, clean and long burn.
For this recipe, we have figured everything out for you (measurements, temperatures, color, and scent). We are also presenting it to you in an easy to follow step by step form (with photos). This recipe will make (1) 16oz apothecary jar candle.
We will be double wicking our apothecary jar with (2) CD-10 wicks. This wicking will provide the candle with a nice hot burn, and allow the scent to travel nicely through the wick; guaranteeing a wonderful hot scent throw.
Besides the ingredients hyper linked above, you will also need some other candle making equipment. This includes: Thermometer, POURING POT, Warning Labels, Glass Apothecary Jar (16oz), Hot Glue Gun with Gun, Scale, Pot, A cookie sheet, and a Stirring Spoon.
Now, normally prior to making a soy wax candle, you must first check the flashpoint of the scent. This is important because the flashpoint will indicate the temperature at which you will add the fragrance oil. However, for this recipe, we have already figured out this information. Apple Orchard has a flashpoint of 155 degrees Fahrenheit. What this means is that the temperature at which we will be adding the fragrance oil to the soy wax is 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Our rule of thumb is: If a fragrance flash point is below 130F, then add it to wax at 130F. If the fragrance oil flash point is between 130-185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at its flash point. If a fragrance oil has a flash point above 185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at 185F.
So now, before we get started making our soy candle; it is important to get all of the supplies and equipment ready that we will be using. Most of these supplies can be purchased at Natures Garden. Once you have all of this ready to go; lets get started!
Step 1: Get your pot. Into the pot, place several inches of tap water. Next you are going to put the pot on to the stove top and set the heat setting on medium.
Step 2: Now get your pouring pot. Inside the pot, weigh out 440 grams of the 100% soy wax flakes. Once you have the amount, place the pouring pot into the water pot. This will be how we melt the soy flakes. This process is known as the double boiler method.
Step 3: Set your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, place your apothecary jar on your cookie sheet. Then, place the cookie sheet inside the oven. Allow the jar to warm for 10-15 minutes, then remove. Also, plug in your hot glue gun now.
Step 4: Now, place your thermometer into the wax. This is important because you will want to monitor the temperature of the wax while it is melting. Never let the temperature go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This will burn and discolor the wax. As the wax melts, stir it occasionally. Also, keeping melting until all the wax is in a liquid state.
Step 5: Once the wax is all melted, remove it from heat. When the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, add the 4 drops of Spectrum Red Candle Dye. Stir.
Step 6: After the wax has been colored, check your temperature again. When the temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit, add your 35 grams of Apple Orchard fragrance oil. Stir again for a full 2 minutes. This thorough stir will help the wax, fragrance, and color adhere. Then, place your thermometer back into the wax.
Step 7: Next, grab your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue on the bottom of your wick tabs. Then, center and secure your candle wicks.
Step 8: Now, stick your warning label to the bottom of your jar.
Step 9: Check the temperature of the wax, you will be looking for it to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it does, give your wax one final stir.
Step 12: Once the candle has hardened, trim your wicks, and lid your jar. Allow your candle to cure for 24-48 hours.
Congratulations, you just made a soy candle. Your 100% Soy Wax Candle is now finished and ready to burn. Enjoy the sweet apple scent that will fill your home and make your house smell good!