DIY scented soy candles

In the days leading up to Christmas, I dusted a huge box of candle supplies off and proceeded to spend one lovely afternoon making scented soy candles.
Making your own scented soy candles is so painless and simple, I often wonder why people still buy them from the stores...truly! I'm re-posting this tutorial today, just in case you would like to give this DIY project a go too.

You'll need: soy wax, glass container (old jam jars work just fine), wicks, fragrance oils, warning labels, adhesive tabs, and paddle pop sticks (with holes drilled in the centre). You can buy all these from a candle supply store, I personally use these guys, as they do recommend wick types to suit different sized candles and they have an amazing range of fragrance oils available - from fruity to floral to spicy to yummy (blueberry muffin, anyone?).
1. Heat the soy wax in the cooking pot over low-medium heat on stove.

2. While the wax is melting, attach the adhesive tabs to the bottom of the wicks tab and place the wick in the centre of the jar, then press down.

3.Stick the warning label and safety instructions on the bottom of each glass container.
4. When the wax has melted, measure it out and wait to cool (I wait till the measuring jar is comfortably warm to touch).

5. Add fragrance oil and stir well with a paddle pop stick. The general rule for adding fragrance oil is to use 10% of the wax volume. So in the case I added 70 ml of fragrance oil to 700 ml of melted wax. Note if using essential oil (which is more concentrated) to only use 5%.

6. Pour into prepared glass containers. Use paddle pop stick with hole drilled in center to straighten your wick until your candle is completely set.
7. Leave for 3-4 hours or until completely set.

8. Trim the wicks to about 1 cm in length. Decorate with ribbons, lace, etc

Cleaning tip: Use hot water and soap to effortlessly clean soy wax from pot and measuring jar as well as any spills.
I like to keep a supply of scent candles handy to use, as well as for gifts. This batch of candles went to my lovely neighbors for Christmas. My street really smelled gorgeous over Christmas!

47 Responses to DIY scented soy candles

Anne said...

I love candles... must try making my own sometime! great post:)
~Anne

aki! said...

I think this just seems more work intensive than spending a few bucks. I've also seen more scents around in other stores.

I guess that's why I don't build candles.

Anouka said...

I had no idea that one could make one's own candles!

LUXESSED

aliceinbo said...


Would like to try by my own



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pretty little things said...

i love these..such prettily decorated. would love to try them.
xo sabbi

Gillian said...

What a lovely idea. They look so pretty all clustered together and I bet they smell divine. I've never made my own candles, but you make it look quite easy - I may have to try it one day!

Gillian x

Chai Chen said...

I love scented candles Trishie! This is great! Wow! You're really into home beautification! Weee! Love it!

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Carrie said...

How creative is this?!? I really like how you uniquely decorated each jar. Really great job!!!

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Sarah Jane said...

I've always thought it would be fun to make candles! Thank-you for sharing, xo

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I never realized that it was so easy to make your own soy candles. Thanks for sharing this Trishie!

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helen said...

you are such a sweet neighbor :)

Pamela RG said...

Wow Trishie, I am so impressed. I love scented candles. But to make one must be really special. Thank you for sharing this.

Liz Lewis said...

I love those! Fantastic diy. Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower. I love your blog!
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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow, I will definitely be giving this a go, looks really simple. Love the look of your ones too, cute pic!

Deanne Langford said...

I have always wanted to make some of these, thanks for the tutorial!

Juanita said...

We've finally finished up the ones from the wedding :)
Don't know why, but candle-making hasn't been on my must-try list. Maybe it is the idea of having to deal with heat.

Mimi said...

wow, this is so amazing! you make some of the best things ever -- from food to candles, everything! :)

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little t said...

I had a go at making candles last year, but they didn't turn out as well as this!

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Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

This is an amazing project to do. I'm bookmarking this.

Belinda said...

I want to try making my own candles, your directions make it sound so simple! I've read some blogs on candle making & they made it sound like rocket science! LOL.
x

Jane said...

Wow. These are lovely! I sure wish I can try it out one day! Thanks for the tutorial!

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

This is an awesome project! I am such a candle fanatic, and it would be a really great thing to customize my own candle :) thanks for sharing

Laura Go said...

I love making candles. But I haven't done so in a loooong time because we have 3 kitties! And they tend to knock everything down. :( Blueberry muffin candles sound so delicious!
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Sam said...

Ive always wanted to learn how to make my own candles...thanks for simplifying it and sharing this diy

Latrina said...

Wow -- you make it sound so easy. I've always wanted to make my own candles but honestly... I burn through them so often that it's pretty expensive to keep buying them.

Thanks for sharing this! I love it.

nancy said...

I am ABSOLUTELY going to try this now! I've been pining for some pretty soy candles lately, but they're always so damn expensive.

Shirley Tay said...

Gosh, I'd love to be your neighbour! Hahaha! I love scented candles & these are lovely, Trishie!

Jo N said...

This is such a great idea! I will def give this a go. Have a lovely weekend!

Mica said...

what a great idea and lovely presents! :)

I really like candles, had no idea it would be easy to make your own!

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Lucía said...

I have to try it myself!
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Natalie said...

Love these! So creative :)

Briseidy said...

love it! really cute!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Lovely DIY candles - and you decorated them so nicely too!

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Thanks for sharing this, Trishie. :)

Marie said...

Cool! I did not know that it was that easy!
xx Marie

lucent imagery said...

I have found that having left over homemade cordial bottles with straws tied in string, has been great for the summer guests so we can send them home with a little something. These look awesome girl!

Victoria said...

I LOVE soy candles, and you made this look so easy :)

Diva In Me said...

Wow! Soy candles! I've not heard or seen it before but it looks interesting though.
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Sarah S. said...

Pretty! I like how you used adhesive dots for the bottom, first time I have seen that.

Stephanie G said...

Trishie - loving all your DIYs and recipes! I love soy candles but I hate the fact that they cost an arm and a leg and I go thru mine all too fast. Might give this a try - thanks for linking up the store!

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Peach Macarons said...

Just been catching up on your posts. you have some great DIY projects in your recent posts. Love the candles and edible flower post! I'm very keen to give both a go... may be while I munch on some of that yummy Turkish Delight! x

Debie Grace said...

They turned out lovely! I should try this and save money from buying scented candles! Thank you :)

Catherine said...

Making your own candles is so much fun isn't it and such a cost effective way of having lots of candles without it costing a fortune. xx

angel gonzales said...

I'm definitely buying my candle supplies and get started on my very first candle. Thanks for the tutorial. Great post by the way.

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