Soy candle making can be a very fun activity. Besides stimulating your creativity, the process itself gives you total control as well. You decide the way your handmade candles look and smell. And there is a whole list of essential oils for soy candle making that can help you get the scents you want.
Soy candles with essential oils are beneficial for your health. They are easy to make and they are the best choice for anyone who’s only beginning to experiment. Learn more about soy candles and their benefits in the first chapter of this article.
But just like with all things, there are also a few disadvantages. This is a good time to learn what they are and why they are important for you to know.
One of the most important things in making candles with essential oils is their flash point. Find out what the best essential oils for candle making are by knowing their lowest safe temperature.
An essential oil needs to have a high flash point to be used safely in melted wax. You will discover more about this in the second chapter.
Finally, I will give you a couple of very nicely scented recipes of soy candles with essential oils. You can use them as inspiration for your first (or fifth!) homemade candle. Enjoy the benefits of essential oils in a very warming and relaxing soy candle at home or at work. Or anywhere you want to personalize your space.
Did You Know?
- The candle we use today was invented during the High Middle Ages. Before that, people used to soak reeds into tallow (animal fat). They would dip their reeds into beef or mutton fat and lit them for light. Those ancient types of candles stank and polluted the air badly.
About Soy Candles and What Makes Soy the Perfect Choice for Beginners
Soy candles are made from soy wax. Soy wax is the result of soy beans extraction. After the soy beans are cleaned and prepared, they are then cold pressed. The resulting oil is then hydrogenated.
This process turns unsaturated fatty acids found in the vegetable oil into saturated ones. Saturated fatty acids make the soy wax solid at room temperature.
Soy wax is ideal for candle making, and it’s even more ideal for beginners. It is a vegetable wax that has a very low melting point, making it easy to use in a microwave.
Its melting point varies a lot, depending on the soy quality and its making process. Nonetheless, most soy waxes require a temperature of at least 122 F (50 C). Soy wax is less hot when heated and it’s also safer to put out.
Soy wax is a very good wax to use in candles of all sorts, including massage candles. This wax can be used on its own if you don’t want to add any other vegetable oils, waxes or butters. All these things make soy wax perfect for those who want to make their first soy candles with essential oils.
Other types of vegetable waxes are rice and mimosa. But they usually require the addition of other waxes like soy, palm or beeswax.
Soy wax is the best alternative to paraffin wax candles too. Paraffin is distilled from petroleum, which we know it’s not at all healthy, or easy to use.
The Benefits of Soy Wax Candles
- Soy is renewable so there’s no limit to how much you can make or use. Other natural resources may shrink and become exaggeratedly expensive. But soy can be grown on and on in the same spot.
- Soy candles burn a lot slower than paraffin wax for instance, and they last a long time. They can also burn cleanly without too much soot like the other candles do. For that, the soy wax candles need to contain good quality essential oils, colors and wicks.
- They are non-toxic. Meaning soy candles don’t emit harmful gases like paraffin candles do.
- It has the ability to keep the scents of essential oils a lot better. It will then release them gradually.
- It is also carbon neutral.
- Soy wax can be removed with soap and warm water.
Tips for when you’re using essential oils for soy candle making:
- Soy wax’s nature can’t really handle too much fragrance. So you should keep in mind that the oil fragrances you’ll be adding will give a more subtle aroma to your candles.
- Prevent air blotches from your candles by wrapping them all in a towel. Do so right after you’ve finished pouring the melted wax in their jars. If you slow down the cooling process, you’ll also lower the rate of wax shrinkage.
If you’ve ever wondered how a candle is able to burn for as long as it does, here is its working mechanism:
The moment we light the wick of a candle, the wax starts to melt. The melted wax will then slowly rise up on the wick. When the melted wax reaches the flame of the wick it will then evaporate. The melted wax is the fuel of your candles. In the presence of oxygen, your flame will continuously burn until the wax is completely gone.
Soy is a very big industry. Like we’ve seen, there are lots of benefits and advantages to using soy wax in candles. But there are also a few bad aspects to it. There are companies that refuse selling or making soy wax candles because of too much negative publicity.
Over the years, soy producers spent millions of dollars on campaigns that promoted the benefits of soy and all its byproducts. People consumed more and more soy oil and became sicker because of its trans fatty acids.
Since then, there have been many studies that showed that trans fatty acids are toxic and damaging to the heart. However, this applies to the vegetable oil itself and not the wax. The wax evaporates into the air and doesn’t make it into the body.
It is also said that soy beans are genetically modified (GMO). While that may still be true, I found out that GMO soybeans can be beneficial. When soy beans are genetically modified, they can eliminate major allergens and prevent food allergies.
Here are a few disadvantages to soy wax:
- Soy wax can easily be mixed with paraffin or other types of waxes and butters. This may not be a problem if it’s stated on the label.
- Temperature or humidity may affect the characteristics of soy wax. It can shrink or even expand.
- It is a bit more expensive than palm or paraffin waxes.
- Sometimes it needs special additives to stop frost marks from occurring.
- Certain essential or fragrance oils may not work well in soy wax. To prevent any kind of situation, check out the oils you want to add into your soy candles. Ask the manufacturer if they work well in soy wax.
- Regardless of the melting method, soy wax must be watched up close. It has a rather large range of melting temperatures, so as soon as you see it melt, take it down/out of the fire source.
In my opinion, as long as there’s even a slightly better option to paraffin wax candles, it’s a good choice. Soy candles are among the best choices, especially when you want to make your own.
If you want to scent your candles with essential oils for soy candle making, the next chapter refers to just that.
Did You Know?
- The term of candle first appeared before 900 AD. The old English term was “candel”.
15 Essential Oils for Soy Candle Making and Their Flashpoint
Fragrance oils are synthetic. Instead of them, try using essential oils in your candles. They offer many good benefits to your health and the environment. Burning essential oil candles is another way of diffusing essential oils.
There is also another way of making your soy candles smell really well. I’m referring to infusing your wax with those plants and flowers you like best. Sometimes, you can’t find essential oils (EO) for every plant or flower you like. For example, peonies and lilac.
Their scent is incredible, yet there is no EO for them. Why is that? Because they don’t have a high yield of aromatic oils. Because of that, producers don’t find it profitable to try and make really small amounts of oils from hundreds of tons of flowers.
But, the good news is that you can! This article about how to make your own infused oils and waxes gives you all the details about such a process, and more. It is really easy to infuse your own wax, or vegetable oils.
Now, back to using essential oils in soy wax candles.
The best way to make sure your EOs will not evaporate prematurely is to add them at the right moment. That right moment is when the melted wax starts to cool down. It shouldn’t cool down too much though, because then the wax will start solidifying and the oils won’t blend.
The ideal temperature to melt the wax is between 122 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit (50 – 80 Celsius). Anything above and the wax will ignite in an instant! So be careful there, because wax is highly flammable.
The best thing about the use of essential oils for soy candle making is that they all have their own flash point. The flash point is the temperature at which a substance can catch fire and burn.
A few degrees over that certain flash point, the flame is able to burn and sustain itself. Each type of essential oil has its own flash point and it’s important to know it for safe candle making.
The flash point of an essential oil must be above the melting temperature of the soy wax, 122 – 180 Fahrenheit (50 – 80 degrees Celsius).
If the oil is added in the candle below its flash point, then its scent will be preserved almost intact. It is always best to choose essential oils with high flash points to make sure their scents stay powerful.
Let’s say your melted wax is 160F. Depending on the oil you use, if its flash point is below 160, you will have to wait for the wax to cool down until it meets that flash point.
The essential oils need to be 100% pure and the manufacturer doesn’t alter them, then their flash point should be as stated in the following chapter.
I will give you those essential oils that have a flash point above 122F (50C). I will also add a few details about their scent and properties to help you decide better.
1. Anise essential oil – 194F (90C)
It is a top rich and sweet note, with a scent similar to black licorice. When inhaled, this oil can help with conditions like flu, colds or bronchitis. It can also be used to enhance any other dull essential oil blends.
2. Basil essential oil – 176F (80C)
This is another top note essential oil for soy candle making. Its scent is sweet and herbaceous with traces of camphor in it. It can be added in candles to protect against inflammations and viral infections.
3. Atlas Cedarwood essential oil – 212F (100C)
It is a great base note with a woody, yet sweet fragrance. It can be used to relieve from arthritis pain and help with bronchitis and coughing episodes. It can also help with stress effects and relieve tension. It’s great in a soy candle meant to energize.
4. Cinnamon essential oil (leaf) – 194F (90C)
Cinnamon is among the best essential oils for soy candle making. Its spicy, sweet and warm fragrance can evoke very fond memories. It can also act as an aphrodisiac and tonic for the body and mind.
5. Clove essential oil – 212F (100C)
This oil’s spicy aroma can produce great invigorating effects on the body and mind. Clove essential oil is a general stimulant and an aphrodisiac.
6. Clary Sage essential oil – 174F (79C)
It’s a middle note with a fruity, herbaceous and earthy fragrance. It can be used in a soy candle and diffused to relieve menstrual pain, asthma and coughing episodes. Clary Sage is also great at removing stress effects.
7. Geranium essential oil – 176F (80C)
Has a very strong floral, herbaceous and fresh fragrance. Geranium essential oil is one of the essential oils for soy candle making that can uplift the spirit. It can also purify the air and protect from viruses.
8. True Lavender essential oil – 162F (72C)
Used in a candle, true Lavender (L. angustifolia) can act on the nervous system and relax the whole body. It also promotes good sleep and relieves many anxiety symptoms. Lavender essential oil is great at bringing some peace of mind.
9. Lemongrass essential oil – 169F (76C)
Lemongrass oil is a top note with a fresh and lemony fragrance. It can calm down digestive problems such as gas and flatulence. A Lemongrass soy candle can be burnt to repel insects and relieve from stress symptoms.
10. Palmarosa essential oil – 199F (93C)
Palmarosa is a middle and strong note. It is floral, fresh and sweet and it can be used to purify the air. It can also relieve from respiratory problems and boost the immune system.
11. Peppermint essential oil – 151F (66C)
Peppermint oil is a strong top note with a minty scent. It’s one of the essential oils for soy candle making that’s good at almost everything. It can be used in candles to energize and stimulate the mind, and it can also help with exhaustion symptoms. It can also relieve nausea, sinusitis, and headaches.
12. Patchouli essential oil – 212F (100C)
Patchouli can have an enchanting fragrance if you like it. It can stimulate all the vital processes and tone up the body. It can also act as an aphrodisiac and ease up nervousness.
13. Petitgrain essential oil – 151F (66C)
Petitgrain has a slight citrusy scent. It’s a top note with a more fresh and woody fragrance that blends well with all citrus oils. It can be used to uplift and energize the mind and body.
14. Vetiver essential oil – 212F (100C)
Vetiver oil is a strong base note. It has a smoky, spicy and herbaceous fragrance that can soothe and calm down. It can be a great choice to relieve arthritis pain and muscle aches. Vetiver helps improving anxiety symptoms too.
15. Ylang-Ylang essential oil – 189F (88C)
It has a rich and oriental fragrance. That makes Ylang-Ylang one of the best essential oils for soy candle making. It can bring joy and sensuality in a home where it’s diffused. It’s great against stress and irritability symptoms.
You should add 10 drops of a chosen essential oil per Oz. of soy wax flakes. It may seem much but essential oils will release a gentler aroma, unlike synthetic fragrances. The latter’s only advantage is their strong scent, while essential oils have health benefits too.
You can, of course adjust the number of essential oil drops after you’ve experimented a bit. It wouldn’t harm to keep a notebook at hand, either. Write down the blends you’ve used in certain soy candles and their quantities as well.
Choosing one or more of the essential oils for soy candle making from above will make your candles smell really well. On top of that, you will get to enjoy their many benefits and properties too.
For all of you who got excited about using these great aromatic oils, and now you’re wondering how to actually do it, how to make soy candles with essential oils, you can read this step-by step guide, where I walk you through the process.
Scented Candle Recipes and Essential Oil Blends for Your Soy Candles
If you want to start making soy candles you can use these following scented candle recipes. They’re simple and quite easy to make, mainly because they use soy wax.
Soy wax is the perfect choice to begin making candles on your own. It has a low melting point, so it can be melted in the microwave as well. Just make sure you monitor its temperature so it doesn’t catch fire.
Recipe for Aphrodisiac Scented Soy Candle
This is one of my favorite essential oils recipe for candles. I hope you enjoy it too!
- Cinnamon essential oil (leaf): 7 drops
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 3 drops
- Vetiver essential oil: 1 drop
- Soy wax
- 1 Oz. cup or glass
- Scissors and toothpicks
- Blend the essential oils together. Measure your recipient with water and add that quantity in soy wax flakes in a heat resistant jar.
- Place the heat resistant jar with wax in it on top of some simmering water. Melt the wax and measure its temperature. Remember, the ideal melting temperature is between 140 – 180F. Once it’s liquid, you can take it out. You can also put the wax into the microwave. But remember to take it out to stir and check its temperature every few minutes.
- Soak your wick into the melted wax and let it harden on an aluminum foil. This will ensure the proper burning of the candle. Stick the wick with its metal support in the middle of your recipient.
- Check out the flash point of each essential oil in your blend. Take the lowest temperature as a guide for adding the blend to the wax. When the melted wax has reached the lowest flash point temperature of your blend you can start mixing the oils with the wax. In this case, Cinnamon leaf essential oil has the lowest flash point, that of 194F (90C). But that’s still above the safest melting point for the wax. Meaning you can add your essential oils right away.
- Roll the wick on your toothpick to keep it straight and in place. Pour your melted, scented wax in the recipient. Then trim the remaining wick an inch above the candle surface. Let it cool down for at least 4 – 5 hours before lighting the candle.
If you are more of a visual person and you need some extra help, find it easier to just watch how they’re made, CozyBogie has a great video detailing the steps. Enjoy!
Bug Repellent Soy Candle Recipe
- True Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Geranium essential oil: 10 drops
- Soy wax flakes: 2 Oz.
Follow the steps above for this candle too. Keep it burning during summer evenings, but make sure you put it out before going to bed. At the same time, make sure there’s no other open way for the mosquitoes or other bugs to get in.
When it comes to soy candle making, there are more advantages than disadvantages. Plus, it’s so easy to use and mix with your favorite essential oils! Always take into consideration the flash point of those essential oils you intend to add in your soy candles. The flash point will help you keep everything safe and fun.
The 15 essential oils for soy candle making in this article will make great blends together. There are a lot more essential oils out there, but unfortunately, not all are safe to use when working with melted wax. The others usually have a low flash point and they could catch fire the second you add them to your hot wax. But you still have plenty of popular and beautifully scented essential oils to mix and match.
Which essential oils do you like to use in your candles? Do you get along with soy candles?