Homemade soy wax candles

Mandarien's: Homemade soy wax candles

I've been wanting to make my own candles and soaps for a very long time now. Candles are often quite expensive and the majority of them are made out of parafin, which is not only bad for our health but also for the planet. I used to buy beewax and soy wax candles whenever I saw them in markets or in a small shop in the old town, but they are very often over-priced and can only burn for a couple of hours.

So I made a little reaserch online to know how/where to find material to make my own, and that's what I did! It took me 10 minutes or so to make a couple of them. They're not only super easy to make, but they're also very affordable, and they would make a wonderful gift.

I used a couple of old jars, put them in a saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Then slowly started to add the soy wax peels. When the jars were full I let them cool down on my windowsill, added a few drops of essential oils, then placed the wooden wicks in the jars, and waited until they completely cool down. And voilà, homemade candles!

Next time, I'll give beewax a try!