Recipe: Country Apple Soy Candles
Over the weekend I was a pretty busy girl. After opening a box full of Bulk Apothecary goodies (yay!), I couldn’t help but toss all other ideas of how to spend my weekend out the window and dive into making homemade candles. For one, my other candles had run their course and I was in need of some new ones. And two, I was also really in the mood to spend some time in the kitchen (without making something that would just be compromising to my waistline)… So, this is how I spent my Saturday morning!
A box full of fragrance oils, a HUGE bag of soy wax, wicks, and jars...of course I’m going to whip up a few candles! If you received this shipment, you would have too. It’s SO easy you won’t even believe it. Seriously?
I started by melting my soy wax over medium heat, using a double boiler. Okay, so I don’t technically have a double boiler, but a glass bowl and a sauce pan with an inch or so of water in the bottom work just as well! I like using soy wax for candles because they burn cleaner and longer, and this kind of wax is pretty easy to work with. If you spill it, it comes off of most things with very little effort (which is really important if you tend to be a little bit of a messy candle maker…which I can occasionally be).
Here I am stirring the wax as it slowly starts to melt. You’ll want to do this occasionally while the wax is over the heat to make sure all of the hard wax shavings melt into the liquid. At this point you can add a color block if you’d like. I made this recipe in two batches and colored one by using a small piece of the Forest Candle Color Block to get a nice pale green color. The other half I left uncolored to add interest to my finished product (you’ll see that at the end). Color blocks are simple to use and can make a pale hint of color or a dark pigmented hue depending on how much you use- so start with a little and work from there to build up to the color you’re trying to achieve.
Next, I scented my melted wax. After removing the melted wax from the heat, I stirred in 1 ounce of Country Apple fragrance oil (it smells delicious!) and continued to stir until blended.
Before I started melting my wax, I prepped the jars that I would be pouring my mixture into that way as soon as my wax was melted and scented, I could pour it directly into the jars. Using 1 pound of wax will typically yield about three 8 ounce candles (you can see two of my three in the picture above). To secure the wick, affix the bottom of the wick to the inside of the jar with a glue dot or a little hot glue, then stabilize the wick in a straight position with a pencil, popsicle stick, wooden skewer, or proper tool (I happened to have cooking skewers on hand). I simply wrapped the excess wick around the skewer and later trimmed the wicks after the candles were set. So, with my jars prepped, I simply poured my melted wax mixture carefully into each jar. Like I mentioned earlier, I colored half of my batch and left the second half uncolored. So for one of my candles I poured the green wax and let it firm up a bit, and then continued with the uncolored mixture to create a layered look.
And here are my finished products! Pretty, aren’t they? And the smell fantastic! Like I said, it really is easy to make your own candles…give it a try!