We're still spending a lot of time at home, and although it's much easier to shop our hand-poured soy candle, we wanted to share with you how you too can make a splendid candle!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 lb candle wax (we use a coconut soy blend wax!)
- Two 8 oz container/vessels
- 1 oz of candle fragrance oil
- Two candle wicks and an adhesive to stick them to the vessel!
- Pouring pot
- Boiling pot
- Thermometer – if you have a kitchen thermometer, this will work fine.
How to make your candle:
Prep your candle making area! It can get messy so make sure you have some towels nearby. Once the wax hardens it will be difficult to clean up! We recommend laying parchment paper down on your counter to protect it. :)
Clean your vessel and place a wick sticker on the bottom of your candle wick. Press your wick into the center bottom of your vessel. If you are using a cotton wick, you will need to support the wick by propping it up with a chopstick or any other device of your choice to keep it straight!
Put the 1 lb of wax in the pouring pot and place in a large pot. Pour water into the large pot (not your pouring pot!) until it is about three inches from the bottom. Put on high heat to boil the water and melt the wax until liquefied. Do not exceed 200º F (93º C). If you do not have a wax pouring pitcher, use caution if using a household pot as this may damage the bottom of the pot itself.
J+G Tip: We suggest using a pouring pot designated for candle making but if you don’t have one, a large glass liquid measuring container will do.
Once the wax has completed melted, remove the pouring pot and place on your protected surface counter.
It’s time to add your fragrance oil and mix well with your chopstick (or any kitchen utensil) for about 20 seconds.
Let the wax cool for about five minutes and stir again for 30 seconds.
Slowly pour the blend of wax and fragrance into your vessel. You’ll want to pour the wax until there is about ½” of the vessel showing above the wax. Secure your wick with the chopsticks or any other device so it is standing up straight and centered in your vessel!
There you have it–seven simple steps for making your own candle at home! A perfect activity for your keiki (children), you and your significant other, friends or the whole family.
Lana and the J+G ‘ohana