What’s the best way for melting soy wax? In a double boiler setup or in the microwave?
Soy wax is so versatile that you can melt it in the microwave, use a double boiler setup or a Presto Pot. Melting in the microwave is ok, but it is much harder to gauge the temperature. You don’t want to get the wax too hot, so you’ll need to keep checking it with a candy thermometer.
I like to melt soy wax in a double boiler setup using a pour pot and setting it in a pan that has about an inch of water in it. This the way the wax heats evenly and you can keep the candy thermometer in it and keep an eye on the temperature. Some do not recommend melting soy wax using a gas stove because of the open flame, but I’ve had many people in our soy candle making group say that it is perfectly fine. Just be sure to use caution no matter what type of stove you use.
If you are only making one soy candle, then the microwave may be fine. If you are melting more soy wax than that or are making candles to sell, then you should be using the double boiler method or Presto Pot.
Now for the wonderful Presto Pot. This is excellent for melting soy wax for larger batches of candles, and it is used by many professional chandlers. Soy wax works great in these because it is easy to clean out with hot water and soap. You’ll need to add a spigot to the Presto Pot in order to use it for melting soy wax for candle making. Then you can just melt unscented, uncolored wax in the pot (Do not use fragrance oil and dye in the Presto Pot), and then pour the amount of wax you need through the spigot, into your pour pot. Then you can add fragrance oil and dye to the melted wax in the pour pot.
You can get a Presto Pot on Amazon, or at your local Walmart, Target or other similar store.
Here is a link to instructions on adding a spigot to your Presto Pot, courtesy of Peak Candle Supplies:
What’s your favorite way to melt your soy wax? Leave a comment below!
steve smith says
.i was in a car accident sbout 4 or 5 years ago.i cannot move my left side very well because of the stroke the accident causedive been watching videos on soy candles and i want to try it.ive takin plenty of safety tips.got my aprin ,arprin sleeves,and safety glasses.your videos were very helpful.i want to start out making for family members,and work my way up.i used to be very handy with things.
Almost a year ago I started to look for a new kind of business. As far as I live in the Czech republic, soy wax candles are not popular here. Local people even do not know about that kind of candles. So, I decided to start doing soy candles. I was looking for recipes and different suggestions. Finally I found your website.
Thanks a lot for all the materials you prepared and shared with all of us!
Finally I launched my new business with candles. You can see the result here: http://arosee.com/
Honestly speaking, during the first two weeks after the launch I am still waiting for the first orders. Anyway, I am sure I will sell lots of candles soon. 🙂
If you have any suggestions how to promote the business and speed up the process of sales, you are welcome! 🙂
Can soy wax be melted in a glass measuring cup in a double boiler?