Candle-making is all about testing. Technically, you could replace the soy wax with another type of wax like bees wax, or create a blend of soy wax and coconut oil, or replace the essential oils with fragrance oils instead. This is all possible, but without guarantee.
Candle-makers constantly talk about conducting their own tests. In other words, they first make small batches in order to test how a fragrance or wax performs, take notes, and make adjustments until they have their perfect formula for their particular container or design. Feel free to do the same yourself, and download SA Candle Supply‘s complimentary testing sheet to start your candle experiments.
This recipe allows you the flexibility to be creative with fragrance – you can basically create your own aromatherapy fragrance blend. The important thing is to adhere to the 6% fragrance ratio. You may use less, but it’s not advised to use more with soy wax.
Cost & Shelf Life
A fragrance-free version of this soy candle costs me R79 per 200g, which includes the cost of the wood wick, glass jar and lid pictured in this post.
With my fragrance blend of cinnamon and orange essential oils, this candle cost me R127 per 200g. This is significantly cheaper than buying a scented soy candle at an average price of R270 per 200g.
The cost can vary greatly depending on the essential oils you use for your fragrance blend. I recommend using a cheaper brand of essential oils for candles and soap, because you are literally burning or washing it away. Keep your expensive essential oils for skincare.
This is based on the retail prices of ingredients at the time of writing in 2023.
Shelf life: 2 years if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.
- Candle-making can get messy.
- Wax is tedious & difficult to clean from equipment.
Cherry on Top
- Cheaper than buying natural soy candles.
- Benefit from the aromatherapy of using pure essential oils.
- You don’t inhale petroleum derivatives (like paraffin).
- Soy Wax: For best results, use a soy wax that has been formulated for candle-making. I mostly use Pure Soy 100 Wax, which is better suited to experienced candle-makers. Alternatively, you can use the cosmetic-grade NatureWax® C3 Natural Soy Wax which performs better for beginner candle-makers. Other soy waxes may require more testing and experimentation on your part in terms of burn time, fragrance throw and shrinkage. I find that it’s just easier to buy a soy wax that’s been tested for the purpose of candle-making already. (buy here)
- Candle Wicks: You can use cotton or wood wicks. The most important thing to remember is to choose a suitable wick that is compatible with the size of your container, so that you get a good burn pool. Most suppliers provide wick guidelines based on the diameter of your jar. For example, according to my supplier, the small cross wood wicks that I used are suitable for a jar with a diameter between 55mm-75mm. (browse all wicks here)
- Candle containers: most heat-proof glass is suitable, but if you are unsure then buy a container that is specifically sold as a candle jar. I used the Aurora Amber Jar with the Aurora wood lid for my candles. (browse all jars here)
- Essential oils: Not all essential oils will work in candles (for various reasons) and they require testing, but they are the best natural option if they do work for you. However, if you want to use something with more guarantee, then I recommend buying fragrance oils that have been tested & formulated for candle-making. Although, fragrance oils may not be natural. SA Candle Supply Co. claims that their Frais Fragance Oils are cruelty-free and free of parabens, phthalates and silicone, but that doesn’t mean they’re natural either. You decide. (buy essential oils here)
Recommended Retail Option
If you don’t want to make it yourself, then consider buying Soylites Aromatherapy Candles which are handpoured and proudly South African. These candles are made with GM-Free soybean wax and a blend of pure essential oils for fragrance.
Which essential oils did you use to create your aromatherapy fragrance blend? Let me know in the comments below.