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How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch

How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch
How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch
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Did you know making candle wax from your own house is quite trendy nowadays?

Do you know making candle wax is budget-friendly, and you can even launch a startup of making and selling candle wax right from your home?

Let me tell you this:

You don’t have to invest a lot of money on this cost-effective process of making candle wax by yourself from scratch. Also, you don’t need many human resources to produce candle wax. You can create candle wax from Scratch on your own.

In this article, you will find a step by step applied methodology of how to make candle wax from scratch all by yourself. Continue to read the article entirely and keep it saved in your document to use it effectively while making candle wax from Scratch. The next time you have some time to spare.

But the procedure of making candle wax from Scratch is not complicated; nevertheless, you have to follow some crucial steps very carefully. A little deviation from the right method may devastate your entire effort.

This is because candle wax is extremely sensitive, and making it at home requires extra precautions.

The reason for that is – at home, you will not have broad industrial types of equipment available in the factories which produce candle wax at a huge scale. They further use artificial ingredients, which are expensive.

You cannot afford such costly items when you are creating candle wax from scratch at your home. And you don’t even have to use such expensive items. You only need to follow an expert guide and grow a minute focus while making candle wax from scratch all by yourself.

And there is a catch:

For several such reasons as time-consuming and hard labor, people often fear to run an experiment of making candle wax from scratch. But this is the result of utter ignorance. Had they known the proper method of making candle wax from scratch, they would do it right away.

With such an objective of guiding you thoroughly and extensively, this article addresses that much-awaited concern of making candle wax.

What type of oil to use?

Before we start making anything, you need to know that you will need oil for this. But what type of oil and why?

I will tell you why:

If we don’t use the oil while making candle wax, the candle we make later will have no odor, and we can throw it away. This is the main reason why we use oil for making wax.

There are many different oils, but we prefer essential oils, and we have covered what are the best essential oils for candle making, so take a look and choose the one that works best for you.

And tell us what’s your favorite pick!

5 Ways to Color Your Candle Wax

There are many ways to color your wax, but we don’t want to use too many artificial ingredients. So, here are some ways my wife and I use to make wax and candles:

  • Resin Powder – There is a lot of different resin powder on the market, but we like the most Mica Powder Pure with 50 different colors.
  • Dye Flakes – We tried DYE Flakes once and they did a pretty good job.
  • Coloring Wax Block – It’s a little bit harder for us to use wax blocks for coloring our candles and wax, but if you like them – then go for it.
  • Candle Dye Chips – Chips are amazing. You would like to eat them, but my wife’s sister’s kids are in love with them and they love to use them while making candles.
  • Liquid Candle Dye – Our first pick and the winner is definitely liquid candle dye and we like to use Color Bath Bomb Soap Dye the most. We tested a few and this one gave the best results.

We most prefer to use resin powder and liquid candle dye when making our candles.

The procedure of How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch:

Step 1: You should preferably start with mixing 1 pound of mineral oil with resin powder of approximately 1.25 oz amount. Don’t merely pour one ingredient over another. Take some time to stir and mix it well because the fundamental criteria of a perfect candle wax lie in its ideal proportion of ingredients and thorough mixing.

After mixing it properly, you will see a gel-like formation, which is beneficial for retaining fragrance for a longer duration of time.

Step 2: Keep the mixture aside for some time, preferably an hour or so.

Step 3: After an hour mix it again to do away with any lump which may have been formed while setting it aside. Now put the entire mixture to a boiling pot and start heating it. Take added precautionary measures to avoid any injury during the process.

Now you need to start cooking the mixture on a low flame, and gradually turn it to a higher degree. Check the consistency and appearance of the candle wax very minutely to take the right step at the right time.

Don’t ever leave the mixture on the boiling pot unattended. It may cause severe damage and can even be as fatal as causing death. Try this experiment of making candle wax from Scratch only when you have some time at hand. It is not at all a great idea to try this venture when you are in a hurry and already late for office or any other work! Remember the phrase “safety first”!

Step 4: You will see that the gel-like consistency will first turn clearer when you boil it at first. Gradually it will harden. This is the crucial time to utilize a thermometer. Don’t allow the temperature to go above 220 degrees Celcius. Wait to reach the optimum temperature and continue to stir well while maintaining the same temperature. The procedure will take about 2 hours. This is truly a test of your patience but trust us when we say that the outcome is sure to amaze you. All you have to do is wait and watch.

Step 5: After around 2 hours, the gel will have a liquid texture, and it needs to be cooled down. For that, you can pour this liquid wax into a container and keep it aside for some time. Be cautious that the wax does not fall on your skin else it may burn badly! You should preferably wear rubber gloves on your hand so that your skin is not in direct contact with the wax. While cooling down the gel, you don’t have to freeze it instantly but make sure to place the container on cold water.

Step 6: Once the liquid becomes hardened, you need to seal the container so that the wax does not have any direct contact with air and moisture outside. It will affect its consistency and formation procedure. Secure the lid tightly before sealing it.

Step 7: Now, you have already learned how to make candle wax from Scratch. But the process is not over yet. It’s time to deck it up! These steps of decorating the candle wax will ensure the flourishment of your startup or even if you are creating it for yourself or gifting to a particular person. You can be as creative as you want while decorating the candle wax.

This is the time to give a vex to your aesthetic sense. Here we are providing a traditional elegant yet straightforward method, but you can apply any technique you want to decorate your candle piece.

Step 8: Once the mixture is cold, put it to a glass container. Select a glass container that is sturdy enough. This is a vital step to ensure so that the glass container does not break. You need to cool down the wax entirely for this reason. Hot wax is dangerous enough to break a vulnerable glass container; therefore, take added cautionary measures.

Step 9: You may now cut a wick according to the size of your candle and glue the cord at the bottom of the glass container. Check that the wick does not move around too much and stands firmly through the wax. You need to cut the wick a bit longer than the glass container so that the top of the wick remains a bit higher than the candle.

Step 10: Now cut a portion of the hardened candle wax gel and again heat it at a temperature of a maximum of 220 degrees so that the gel becomes liquid. Now pour the molten liquid wax into the glass container. Wear gloves so that the hot wax doesn’t affect your skin.

And that’s it. That’s everything you need to know about how to make candle wax from Scratch. It’s a great gift idea as well as a beautiful home decor idea.

Additional tip: You can use any color to the liquid wax to render a unique texture to your candle!


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9 comments on “How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch

    1. Hi Irene, thanks for asking us that question. You helped us to add more information to this step by step guide. Please take a look at the “What type of oil to use?” and “5 Ways to Color Your Candle Wax”. Hope we helped you. Please let me know if we answered your question.

    1. Hi Shelby,

      We are using Johnson’s baby mineral oil. That’s the one we prefer to use the most.

      If you have more questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Janine,

      It’s 220 degrees celsius. Thanks for that, I will fix it now in the article. 🙂

      Please let me know if you have more questions. Cheers!

    1. Hi Morgan,

      Sorry for the late response.

      You should heat it enough to get a proper nice mixture later on. Related to the burn-off, it is not really normal to have them.

      Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers!

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My name is Stefan K, and a few months ago, my wife and I started exploring how to make candles because we are huge lovers of candles. Since then, we are making them for us, and every time we are trying to create something new. So we decided to start this site to share our experience and knowledge.


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