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How to Make a Soy Wax

Soy wax is a type of vegetable wax made from soybean oil. Once harvested, the beans are washed, split, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. After that, the oil is collected from the flakes and hydrogenated.

Some of the fatty acids in the oil are converted from unsaturated to saturated during the hydrogenation procedure. This procedure significantly lowers the oil's melting point, causing it to solidify at room temperature. Animal feed is typically made from leftover bean husks. The great majority of the world's soybeans are grown in the United States, particularly in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.

Soy Wax


Many newcomers to candle-making assume that if they're using an 8-ounce container, they'll require 8 ounces of wax. As a result, they believe that if a container stores 8 ounces of water, it must likewise hold 8 ounces of wax. That would be true if candle wax had almost the same density as water.

You are now aware that candle wax must be measured by weight rather than volume. The formula is the next step in determining how much wax is required per candle, and it's a simple formula that anyone can use with a bit of arithmetic or their phone's calculator. Candle wax has a lower density than water.

As a result, it takes greater wax to equal the same weight in water. This means that wax weighs 20 percent less than water as measured by volume. One pound of candle wax has a volume of 20 ounces. So strange it is? The difficulty now is to put everything into a formula.

Candle Wax Calculator Formula: 
The number of candles you intend to manufacture multiplied by the capacity of your container divided by 20 is the amount of wax required per candle in pounds.

So, if you wish to produce 12 candles in 4-ounce jars, the recipe will be as follows: 12 times 4 equals 48 / 20 = 2.4 pounds of wax. Now, if you're in the candle manufacturing company, you will also need to know how often candle wax you'll need per candle to price every candle correctly. Using the instance, divide the result (2.4 lbs.) by the total number of candles (12) to get.2 pounds of wax.


Fortunately, you don't need a lot of materials to produce your wax melts. I use this wax since it's non-toxic and readily available at most shops. However, I've also seen ones made with beeswax or paraffin wax.

Because there is no open flame, the wax must melt at a low temp, so I add a little additional oil. Finally, I added a range of essential oils to increase the aromatherapy effect. Choose affordable and available oils in large quantities if you want to smell the entire area. I love lemon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, but feel free to use any oils you choose.


  • Silicon mold, ice cube tray
  • soy wax flakes
  • almond or grapeseed oil
  • tablespoons essential oil of your choice
  • Old 16 ounce glass jar
  • Small saucepan


  1. Fill an old heat-resistant glass jar halfway with its flakes. Place the jar in a saucepan and fill the pan with water till it reaches midway up the sides of the jar.
  2. Boil for a few minutes on low heat, or until the wax melts.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside for 2 minutes to cool. Combine the almond oil and essential oils in a mixing bowl. While 2 teaspoons of essential oil may seem like a lot, your wax melts may not be as fragrant as you'd like, so add extra oil if necessary. If you want to color your melts, you may do it immediately.
  4. Pour the wax into the mold with care and allow it to cool completely.
  5. To use, pour 2 or 3 melts in a warmer and let the smell permeate your home as they melt.


It is vital to understand the temperature at which scent should be added to soy wax. You can't just melt the soy wax and pour your desired perfume onto it. As a result, it is critical to obtain the proper fragrance oils and identify when to add the aroma. Here's a rundown of the several varieties of its and their temperature requirements:

Soy Candle Wax:
The implementation of fragrance on it is determined by the kind of wax and the company. If you're using it a hundred percent pure, heat it to 175 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit before applying your fragrance oil. Check that the oil and wax are well blended. The aroma will not combine well with the wax if the temperature is too low. However, if you overheat it, it may discolor. It may also cause the soy candle to burn inefficiently.

Soy Tart Mix:
Melt your wax to 195 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for soy candles, soy towers, and soy tart wax mixtures. After that, freeze it to 180-185 degrees before adding your fragrance oil. It is then commonly poured into the molds at 160 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.

Hard Wax:
Natural components in all types of soy wax harden the wax, helping it stand on its own like pillar candles. As a result, the wax must have melted at a high temperature.


As a matter of thumb, 1 ounce of fragrance oil equals 1 pound of soy wax, and it is technically 6.30 percent of the scent burden. We estimated it by dividing 1 oz of scented oil by 16 oz of water (1 pound of soy wax). In general, soy wax may contain up to 8 to 10 percent scent load; however, managing it won't be easy, and you may encounter wicking troubles.

You can determine the proper amount of fragrance oil to provide the greatest results based on the amount of wax you use in a certain container. Consider the following scenario: your container can carry 3 pounds of melted soy wax. You must determine the amount of melted wax in ounces, and you must multiply 3 by 16 to get the total in this situation.

This computation yields a total of 48. Now calculate the 6.25 percent of 48. It comes to 3 in the end. So 3 oz in 3 pounds or 48 oz of molten wax is required. If you do not use total ounces, your calculations may become complicated. So keep this in mind and pay close attention to these calculations to become an expert in determining the correct amount of fragrance oil in your candles each time.

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