Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles

There’s no doubt about it – making your own scented soy candles requires a pretty steep learning curve.

Now before I go any further, let me qualify that statement right away: it’s easy to learn how to make soy candles if you only want to make them for a hobby. If you’re planning on selling handmade scented soy candles, however, with your company name on the label, then it takes a lot more time and effort.

Now, granted, it’s not hard to simply “make a candle.” It’s simply a matter of melting some wax, adding some color and scent, using any wick and lighting it. But to make a quality scented soy candle, with a strong scent throw and beautiful color, that burns clean to the bottom – well, that’s a different ball game. And isn’t that the way you want your candles to be?

If you’re making candles to sell, then the quality has to be top-notch. And it must be consistent. When a customer buys a scented soy candle from you and likes it, s/he has every reason to believe that the next one they buy will burn the same and smell great. If it doesn’t, then you’ve probably just lost a customer. Not only that, they’ll tell all their friends about how bad that candle was, too.

Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles

So What Makes It So Tricky?

Part of the issue is that you need to test each different variable in your candle. For example, when I made scented soy candles I used jelly jars. I liked the way they looked and I had good success with the type of wick I was using – the candles burned clean and had good scent throw. I had about 6 different fragrance oils that I used and could get a good, consistent candle.

Then I decided to branch out and try some more fragrances. I used the same jars, wicks and colorants as before, so I was pretty confident that these new fragrance oils would perform the way I wanted. In fact, I was so confident that I didn’t do a test burn before giving two of them away to friends. Well, guess what? When I asked my friend how she liked the new candle she hesitated a bit and then said, “Well, it smells nice but it’s not burning as well as your other ones.”

Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles

She would never have brought it up if I hadn’t asked, and even then didn’t want to hurt my feelings by telling me the truth. Just think how bad that could’ve been for my business if I’d sold one of those candles to a customer. She wouldn’t have called me and gently told me about them, I’m sure. Instead she would’ve told all her friends about it and I would’ve lost potential business for a long time.

The moral of the story here is that every time – and I mean every time – you try anything new, you have to test it first. Whether it’s a new fragrance oil, essential oil, wick or jar size, or even type of dye, it throws a whole new variable into the mix and it has to be tested. It always amazed me how one seemingly minor change could have such a drastic effect on the way candles burned. Believe me, I learned my lesson. I’m just glad it wasn’t a harder one!

Making Your Scented Soy Candles

So with all that being said, why on earth would you want to bother to make your own candles?

  • expand your creativity
  • great satisfaction in making something with your hands
  • can be good income (eventually!)
  • you control all aspects of your candles
  • produce as many or as few as you need
  • you can put your unique touch on your candles and labels
  • it’s fun!

Have fun – and happy experimenting! Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles