How To Make Soy Candles

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Do you want to learn how to make soy candles for your home?

We don’t blame you. Over the recent years, it was discovered that paraffin wax candles — candles we’ve been using forever because we thought they purified the air in our homes — are actually health hazards.

Are Paraffin Candles Bad?

soy candles versus paraffin

Paraffin candles are made of paraffin, a byproduct of petroleum. Remember how those candles smell so good? Synthetic fragrances are used which unfortunately have hormone-disrupting phthalates. Even the wicks are problematic as they were found with lead cores.  As a result, something as simple as burning a candle releases carcinogens and neurotoxins into your home and inhaled by your loved ones. This has been confirmed in a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

And all you ever wanted when you lit that nice lavender candle from the candle store was some relaxation and de-stressing.

Thankfully, we don’t have to give up the soothing benefits of candles. All you need to do is to switch to beeswax candles or soy candles.

Today, let’s talk about soy candles.

Soy Candles vs Paraffin Candles

Beeswax candles are a safe alternative to paraffin candles, but soy candles have their own charm.

Now it’s time to learn how to make soy candles on your own. It’s easy once you try it out yourself.

How To Make Soy Candles

With Essential Oils


Because you are making these yourself, you can ensure that only good stuff will go in your candles.


Now, there are some VERY IMPORTANT tips that I didn’t add in the above procedures to keep the steps clear. Be sure to watch the video tutorial below and the pro-tips so you can avoid the usual beginner candle-making mistakes.

Video Tutorial

Here is an amazingly detailed tutorial that outlines the above process.

How to Make DIY Scented Soy Candles - Lemon Bergamot/Lavender/White Musk

Avoid beginner mistakes with these pro-tips:

Where to Buy Candle-Making Supplies

If you have an eco-friendly craft store, get your materials from there. However, if you prefer to order online, here are some excellent options:

Soy wax

This is Amazon’s Choice for non GMO soy wax. It is natural and scentless, and the melting point is at 121 to 125 degrees.

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Cotton wicks

These wicks from Candle Science are made with cotton and paper threads. They work well with soy wax.

CandleScience Natural Candle Wick, Medium, 50 Piece
  • Our wick is constructed from natural, flat, cotton threads interwoven with paper threads and contains no lead, zinc or other metals.
  • Use these wick with any of our candle tins, canning jars and mason jars
  • All Candlesience Candle Wick comes coated in all natural wax and is 6 inches long

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Essential oils

If you like strong scents, use a mix of patchouli and vetiver. If you want milder fragrances, try citrus or lavender. Here is a link to a lavender EO. Lavender has a flash point of 162F. If the bottle looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same brand used in the video.

Radha Beauty - Lavender Essential Oil 4oz - Premium Therapeutic Grade, Steam Distilled for...
  • THE BEST SMELLING & EFFECTIVE LAVENDER OIL - 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. Treat yourself to a large 4 oz bottle of quality...
  • PREMIUM QUALITY GLASS DROPPER - Comes packaged with a dropper for ease of use.
  • MULTIPURPOSE DIY - Great for aromatherapy, massage, skincare, diffusers, homemade blends, bath bombs, laundry, repellant sprays, and use in...

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Summing Up

Just in case the tips and reminders made it sound complicated, don’t forget that making candles is supposed to be a fun activity that you should enjoy. It’s actually very easy once you try it out yourself.

And don’t forget the joy in experimenting. Experiment with cute jars and bottles. Experiment with scents. You can even experiment adding in colors using safe alternatives like herb infusions. More on this on my next post, beauties. Till the next time!

Jane NeuAuthor: Jane Neu

Jane is the creator of Complete Home Spa – “It’s a good idea,” she said. But even she has been taken aback by its success. She lives with a cranky Englishman in a quiet countryside retreat. And in the past year, has become mom cat to a spunky rescue named Mina. Connect with her on Twitter @completehomespa.