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HOW TO MAKE CANDLES

 

Learn how to make luxury soy wax candles for business or pleasure using our easy step-by-step video for beginner candle makers.

MATERIALS:

If you would prefer to jump straight into candle making without worrying about the technicals of measuring, we recommend our Candle Making Kit to start you on your journey. 

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STEP ONE: SET UP YOUR CANDLE JARS

First thing's first - setting up the candle glasses or containers that you wish to make your candle in. It's a good idea to inspect your glassware to ensure that the insides are completely clean and dry. This will help to ensure the quality of your final product by reducing the chance of any impurities in the wax.

Once you have your candle jars all clean, dry and ready to go, you'll need to firmly secure a wick to the bottom of your glass in the centre. Add your wick by either attaching a wick stickum to the underside of the metal tab at the base of the wick. If you don't have wick stickums to hand, a good alternative is to use a glue gun.

Next, we want to centre the wick at the top of the container. You can do this easily by simply threading the wick into one of your wick holders, pulling very gently to straighten the wick and then securing with a wooden peg.

Note: Remember it is very important you try to keep the wick as centred as possible. Doing so will help to ensure your wick remains at the centre of the glass after the wax has set and will ensure the burn is nice and even for the life of the candle.


STEP TWO: MEASURE YOUR WAX AND FRAGRANCE

Now your containers are all set up and ready to use, you will need to measure out the wax and fragrance you're going to need to fill your candles. This obviously depends on a few different factors such as what wax, fragrance and fragrance loading you're planning on using. Below are the steps to accurately measure out your fragrance and wax:

 

  • Find the "wax quantity" of your container (At EROMA, all of our candle container pages include a "Wax Quantity" which notes the total weight of wax you will need to use to fill the candle. However, this does not take any fragrance into account.)

  • Decide on your fragrance loading (The most common fragrance loading used is 10% of total wax weight but this is completely dependent on your choice of wax).

  • Weigh out your fragrance according to your desired loading | e.g. 10% fragrance loading in a container with a wax quantity of 180g is 18g of fragrance.

  • Weigh your required amount of wax to reach the wax quantity of your container. Remember this weight is including the weight of your fragrance | e.g. fragrance weight = 18g | wax weight = 162g | Total container quantity = 180g.

  • Once you have calculated how much wax and fragrance you will need you can measure these values on a set of digital scales so that you have the correct measurement of materials on hand and ready to use.

STEP THREE: MELT AND POUR WAX

We recommend using the double boiler method to melt the wax as it is the safest and easiest option. Alternatively, you can use a microwave and a microwave safe container to melt the wax in short, 30-second sessions to allow for consistent tempurature checking.

Each wax has different recommended melt and pour temperatures which can affect how well the wax performs so it's best to note down these recommendations based on the wax you use and use a thermometer (digital or mercury) to ensure you only heat the wax up to the recommended melt temperature amd pour at the recommended pour temperature.

Once the wax has completely melted and is heated to the recommended melt temperature, pour the wax into the 1 litre wax pouring jug.


STEP FOUR: MIX IN FRAGRANCE AND POUR

Now that you have melted your wax, it is time to add fragrance. When your wax has dropped in heat to near its recommended pour temperature, pour in your pre-measured fragrance oil into the wax and slowly but vigourously stir the wax and fragrance to help it to combine. This will ensure your whole candle is properly fragranced.

Once stirred, you can now pour the molten wax slowly into your candle jars. Make sure you leave roughly 1cm from the top of the glass rim as this will allow you to attach a lid if you wish (which helps preserve your candle and promote a great scent throw!). Now allow your candles some time to set and cure.


STEP FIVE: FINISHING TOUCHES

Once your candles have completely set you can now add the finishing touches. You can now remove the wick holder and use scissors to trim the wicks to approximately 1cm above the wax.

You can also flip your candles over and attach your warning labels to the base to ensure users are safe and well aware of any safety recommendations.

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Need Help? Get in touch!

If you have any questions or concerns when you are making your candles, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer service team.You can use the 'live chat' function on our website, fill out a query form on our 'Contact us' page or book a call back from one of our friendly team.