The first thing to do when making natural candles is to decide what type of natural wax to use. There are many options today! Each option has its benefits, but there are also some drawbacks that you need to consider.
Natural Wax Candle Project Idea
We have tried many coconut waxes, but the one we like best is the coconut apricot. This wax for candle making is very easy to use, has a great scent throw, and is very flexible. This is how to make natural candles using this wax.
- 6-pack Coconut Apricot Wax Mix
- 4-ounce Jelly Jar
- Fragrance (we recommend our combo packages)
- Diamond Chips
- Pouring Pot
- Pre-Wick Assembly
- Bow Tie Wick Bars
- Glue Dots
- Instructions for Burning
Step 1 – Prepare Your Work Surface
Place newspaper or large sheets on a flat surface to prepare an area for candles.
Step 2 – Apply a glue dot and pre-wick assembly
Apply your Glue Dot to the bottom of a Predict Assembly. Place the Pre-Wick Assembly with the attached glue dot at bottom of the container. Make sure that the wick assembly is properly centered. A Bow Tie Clip is a great tool to make this process easier.
Step 3 – Heat Candle Wax Add 1 lb. Add 1 lb. of wax to the pouring pot. Place the pouring pan in a large saucepan of boiling water. This will make a double boiler. Never place the pouring pan on a source of direct heating.
Step 4 – Add Dye
Mix the desired amount of Diamond Chips in the wax at 180°F. Continue mixing until the candle dye has melted completely in the wax. Mix well. Step 5 – Add Fragrance. (Check out our 100% Natural Fragrances!
You can add fragrance to the wax. Use 1oz. 1 lb. Wax
Step 5: Pour Wax
After the fragrance has been added, pour the wax in the container until the wax reaches 170°F. The container should be filled to the point that the wax is about 1/4 inch below the top.
Place the rest of the candles in a bowl. Each pound should yield 3-4 candles. You can make a lot of wax depending on how much you fill your containers.
Step 6: Trim Wick
After your candles are completely cooled, trim the wicks to a maximum of 1/4 inch and place instructions for lighting the candle in each container.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Let your candles sit for at most 24 hours before lighting them. Then, enjoy your natural candle!
Natural Candle Wax
Soy wax is a popular type of natural candle oil. Soy wax is less expensive than other natural waxes because it is grown in the United States. To make it easier to measure and handle soy wax, you can also buy soy wax flakes. Soy wax candles do not require any additional wax pours to finish them off.
However, there are some drawbacks to using soy wax in natural candles. Soy waxes are not as effective at delivering fragrance throw as other waxes. Soy wax cannot be used for pillars and votives but can be used in container candles. The melting point for soy wax is extremely low at 115-118°F. This could be a problem if you plan to ship natural candles to warmer regions.
Palm candle wax can be used as a substitute for natural candles. You can make pillar candles with palm wax alone, unlike soy wax. To make pillar candles with soy oil in them, you can also mix palm wax and soy wax.
Palm Wax is made of tropical oils and derivatives. You can make your palm wax pillars look more beautiful by using aluminum molds. The burning properties of palm candle wax are excellent. Palm wax is also extremely stable in a variety of colors, including pastels, primaries, and deep, rich tones.
Natural beeswax, out of all the candles waxes, is the most beautiful and prestigious. It is also the most expensive. Candles made of or honey wax sheets burn slowly and quietly and emit the sweet scent of honey.
To make natural candles, you can either use beeswax by itself or mix it with soy oil to improve the quality and burn time of your soy candle candles. You can make pillar candles using pure beeswax, just like palm wax.
Beeswax is more expensive than other waxes. In some cases, beeswax’s tacky and soft properties make it difficult for candles to pop out of their molds. When making beeswax candles, it is recommended that you use silicone paint with your molds.
Other NATURAL WAXES
There are many other types of natural candles waxes, as well as natural wax blends
Coconut Oil Wax Mix
This 100% natural coconut wax mix is scented with a pleasant fragrance and has good burning properties. It is also very sticky to glass jars so it should not be used for candle making.
Coconut Apricot Candle Wax
Coconut and apricot candle wax is an all-natural candle wax that’s delightfully blended with coconut oil and apricot. This unique combination produces smooth, rich candles that stick well to containers. It has a strong fragrance and good burning properties.