I thought I should post a complete candle making supplies list and where you can get them. If you only want to make jar candles, then of course skip any supplies that have to do with just votives or tarts/melts and vice versa. This list shows everything you need to start making soy candles in jars, tarts, votives and tealights.
I have listed Amazon as one place to buy some of the supplies. You’ll want to compare prices, but if you have Amazon Prime it could be more economical for you since you can get free shipping on prime items.
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Enchanted Lites 100% Soy wax (Container candles) No longer in business
American Soy Organics has taken over the EL soy wax
Find this wax at American Soy Organics Soy Wax
Enchanted Lites Soy Votive wax
American Soy Organics P-100 soy wax votive/pillar blend
American Soy Organics was not able to obtain the EL votive blend, but they were able to come up with their own blend, and I have to say, it is excellent! American Soy Organics Soy Votive/Pillar Blend or buy from Candlesoylutions
1lb or 4lb Metal Pour Pot
Candle Making dye (Optional)
Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers or Amazon.com(I have not tested candle dyes from Amazon except for the Candlescience Reddig-Glo ones pictured below.)
Long chip clips(recommended), clothesline clips or wick bars
Ikea(chip clips), Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart,Amazon.com
Fragrance Oils For Soy Candles Making
(start with 1oz samples at first)Candlesoylutions, Candle Cocoon are ones I recommend.
Also check out my article “Best Fragrance Oils For Soy Candles”
CD-16 or 18 or Eco 10 to 14 for 8-16oz jars (Make sure to test different sizes in case one burns too hot or not hot enough), tealight wicks, votive wicks
CD Wicks: http://www.lonestarcandlesupply.com/candlewicks/wickclipassemblies/cdwicks.html
Sampler Eco Wick Pack: http://www.lonestarcandlesupply.com/products/candlewicks_wick-sampler-kit—eco-series-%286-inch%29.html
Wick stickers Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers or Amazon.com hot glue gun or glue dots can be found in most stores locally.
Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers or Amazon.com
Candle Jars and Containers
Glass Mason jars or other canning type jar Candlesoylutions Buy the lids separately on their website.
w/ wick pins Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers
Tart/Wax Melt Molds
Most candle making suppliers will have these, but you can find them at Candlesoylutions or Amazon.com or check out the Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers list.
You can also use chocolate molds like these:
Plastic Tealight Cups
Wholesale Candle Making Suppliers, most suppliers will carry these.
Walmart, Fred Meyer, etc… or Amazon.com
Digital scale or other kitchen scaleCandlesoylutions, Walmart, Fred Meyer, etc… or Amazon.com
Cooking pot (not non-stick)
Goodwill,Walmart, Fred Meyer, etc… Amazon.com
Heat resistant Pampered Chef, Walmart, Goodwill, etc…. Amazon.com You can use a plastic spoon as well. I like the rubber spatula for scraping out as much wax as I can from the pour pot into the candle jars.
The next step would be to buy what you need in order to make a few candles to test and then follow the instructions on my website and in my videos.
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What I would also do is, if you have never tried the
Enchanted Lites American Soy Organics soy wax, see if you can get a 1lb sample each of the 100% container wax, millenium blend and votive wax so you can try out each one. With the fragrance oils, buy a few 1oz samples first and then only go with the ones that really stand out after testing.
Of course you can buy many of these candle making supplies at other candle making supply shops (you can also check out my list of trusted suppliers)
Got your supplies already? Then lets make some soy candles!
I was wondering where you get the supplies to shipping supplies from?
Traci, I usually shipped via USPS Priority mail, so I would just order the free priority boxes. The flat rate boxes are great too depending on where you are shipping to. I reused packing peanuts and other packing material from my supplies that I ordered, or other items ordered online, and I also would get some from my husbands work place, so I rarely had to buy packing supplies. I never did figure out a best way to do the shipping, but I only had maybe 3 times where a candle arrived broken or cracked in the 4 years I sold them.
You also might check and see if you have a box company type place near you. We have one here, although I never got around to checking out how much it would be to get small boxes to package individual jar candles, so I would just wrap them up in bubble wrap and fit them snugly in the shipping box.
i was wondering if yourself or any of your members can help me.
i live in england, and we used to get our fragrances and spectrum dyes from Natures garde, but they have now stopped shipping internationally, do you know of any other supplier in the usa who will ship the spectrum dyes to england.
many thanks for your help
kate & ian
melissa, what is your preference in wicks? i have been watching tons of soymaking videos and keep going back to your simple techniques. the middle of my candles sunk, ( I was using paraffin w those but want to switch to soy) and do younalways do 1oz scent to 1lb of wax?
Susan, I really like the CD wicks the best. I’ve tried HTP, RRD, some Simple Soy and paper core wicks, but they all seemed to mushroom too much. There are several other types I would like to start testing though, like Hemp wicks, wood wicks and a couple others.
Paraffin will definitely have sinking, since from what I’ve read, is a wax you have to do a second pour with for a nice top. If you switch to soy and pour at the right temp, you shouldn’t have any sink holes.
I don’t always use 1oz per lb. That is just kind of my default to start with unless the fragrance is really strong out of the bottle and then I’ll start with half an oz. Candy Cane and Lemongrass are examples of fragrances that you definitely can use less of. Also, with many of the fragrance oils I’ve bought from Candle Cocoon, since they are so concentrated, I have used only 1/2 – 3/4 oz per lb of wax and they perform wonderfully. There are also some that I’ve used the whole 10% fragrance load. Coffee scents are ones that I have had to add more or you just can’t smell them very well.
Kat Beringer says
One ingredient I’m having trouble finding is the liquid dye you used. I’m finding squares and solid dyes, but not liquid. TY
Norma Ulmer says
I was wondering if you have tried wicks in 26 oz apothecary jar?
Hi, I’m very confused as to what temperature to add fragrance, you recommend 185f but I’ve read that if you put fragrance in with too high a temperature the scent just burns off, also to put fragrance in at about 135f just before pouring ! Can you enlighten me please?
Hi Irene, so sorry I didn’t see your comment until now! Some people believe in adding at a lower temp and some believe adding at a higher temp allows the fragrance oil to incorporate with the wax better and give better hot throw. Personally I’ve had great results adding at 185 and I know of many others that do too. It’s something that you might want to test for yourself, but I haven’t found that the fragrance oil burns off at 185 at all. 🙂
Jennifer Duke says
I was wondering if you could do a post with more specific instructions on using a wax pumper. I have one from Coogar Products, if it makes a difference. I really like the equipment, but just not sure on different ways to use it.