I like having a supply of different scented soy wax chips available. They are simple to make, and a good starting point for any candle making beginner. Soy Candle wax chips can be used as gifts, to show off your candles scent quality, or around the house in candle warmers as melts, especially if company is coming.
Once you get into making your own soy wax candles, there may come a time when you decide to change a hobby into a very lucrative soy candle home based business.When you reach that point, perhaps you will want to start displaying and selling your candles at craft shows around your city, county, and possibly even your state. As a budding business entrepreneur you may even want to approach local shop owners about selling your candles, or even consider creating your own online business venture. To make it easier for candle buyers to assess the quality of your scented soy candles, one idea is to have soy wax candle chips available to give out to advertise. I recommend using little plastic bags that zip when offering samples of your scented soy wax chips. Don’t forget to label each one with your personal contact information for future sales. The zip lock’s on the plastic bags will keep the fragrance sealed in and as fresh as possible.
Placing soy wax chips in candle warmers will also add a pleasant touch for any candle sales displays, because the nose(s) of potential buyers will get first hand exposure to how wonderful your scented soy candles really are.
YOU WILL NEED:
1 oz. fragrance oil
1. Add water to the base of the double boiler, add the candle wax to the top of the boiler. Turn the heat on, and stir the candle wax as it melts. Add your candle thermometer, and monitor the temperature, while continuing to stir until the temperature reaches 185 degrees.
2. Add your candle dye color block and/or chips after the wax reaches 185 degrees. Continue heating, and continue stirring the candle wax until the color chips have completely melted and blended into the candle wax.
Each type of candle wax coloring may have different strengths, 1/2 pound of one, might color a pound of candle wax. A color block of candle wax from my favorite may color up to 20 pounds of candle wax with a single block.
After your candles have cured, if you notice small colored spots of color have appeared on the bottom of the candles, then you know your colored dye chip wax was added before the candle wax was heated hot enough.
3. Remove the double boiler from the heat. Quickly stir in 1 oz. of your favorite fragrance oil. However, you might want to pick a scent to go with the color selected. Like cinnamon to go with a red color, or eucalyptus oil, or pine to go with the color green.
5. Pour the colored & scented soy wax onto a baking sheet set on cooling racks. (This is to protect the counter-top from heat.) Fill the baking sheet up, but not so full that the wax overflows. Use a second sheet if necessary to prevent overflowing.
7. Once the candle wax has cured, use a knife to break the wax off into chips (chunks), the pieces will look like peanut brittle. (If you make the wax thinner, you can break it into pieces with your fingers, which I consider a safer alternative. I will normally use two baking sheets, instead of one for a single pound of soy candle wax.)