You want to make soy candles, but where to buy the supplies? Here I’ll guide you to some of the wholesale soy candle making supply companies that I’ve bought my wholesale candle supplies from. I’ve had great experiences with the ones that I have at the top of the list.
It helps so much if you have a soy candle making supplier nearby to save on shipping. That was a huge advantage for me as I have a wholesale supplier that I get my wax and most of my other supplies from only about 45min. away from me. So if it was going to cost more in shipping charges than gas to drive there, then I’d just go pick up my candle supplies in person.
Live in Australia?
I’ve had many people visiting this site from Australia and asking questions, so I have included a list of Australian candle supply companies below as well. I personally do not have any experience with those companies.
So here’s the list of where to buy wholesale soy candle making supplies in the United States:
CandleSoylutions Soy Candle Supplies– Excellent wholesale soy candle wax supplier in Eugene, Oregon, and they have great prices on their soy wax, as well as lots of fragrance oils, jars, wicks and other supplies. Pretty much everything you need to start making soy candles. They are also very friendly and always try to accommodate their customers as much as possible. I will continue to buy from them for making my personal soy candles.
Candlescience is a very popular candle making supplier. I have ordered from them and can highly recommend them.
Brambleberry Candle and Soap Making Supplies– Another excellent company. They have soy candle wax too, but I love their fragrance oils and essential oils. I have also bought some soap to try out soap making, but never got around to it….lol But they have excellent customer service as well and are located in Washington.
Wholesale Supplies Plus Candle and Soap Making Supplies– I’ve bought a few things from them and had a good experience with them but they no longer sell candle making supplies.
Candle Cocoon Candle Making Supplies, Fragrance Oils and Dyes– Oh, their fragrance oils are more expensive, but they…..are….Awesome! They are also more concentrated so you don’t use as much and they have lots of unique fragrances. If it wasn’t for trying to save on shipping by using the supplier closest to me (Candle Cocoon shipping costs are very reasonable though), I probably would have bought my fragrance oils from Candle Cocoon on a more regular basis. You must try them out!
Another respectable company that I have bought CD wicks from. I’ve heard good things about Lonestar Candle Supply from other candle makers on different forums as well.
Natures Garden Wholesale Candle and Soap Supplies
Natures Garden is very popular and they are very active and engaged with their customers on their Facebook page and Blog. I have bought a few fragrance oils from them which I was very happy with. Two of the oils are ones I had a hard time finding elsewhere, New Leather and Fresh Cut Grass. I love them both!
I ordered from Northstar for the first time in 2014. I had a good experience with them. Shipping was quick. The oils I received all had a pretty good throw in the candles I made. I especially love the Midsummer Night (Smells just like the Yankee Candle version!) and Christmas Song. Here is a post I posted on my FB page after receiving my order from them:
Ok, I got my package from Northstar Country Candle Co. today! Looks great. Everything was packaged nicely. And not their…
Posted by Homemade Candle Creations on Monday, May 12, 2014
Australian Candle Making Supplies
I’ve noticed that soy candle making seems to be very popular in Australia, so I am also listing wholesale candle supply companies from there as well. If you know of any others that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know!
Aussie Candle Supplies This is one that a lot of Australian candle makers use, from the feedback I’ve received when the question was asked on my facebook page.
I am just starting out in the soy candle making adventure, but I am having the most difficult time trying to get a good HOT scent throw…I get an excellent cold throw, but hot throw is nearly impossible…I have tried the scent that I bought at Michael’s craft store, but as good as the cold throw is the hot throw is nearly non-existent…I am very frustrated…I have been trying different combinations of scent and wax for a few months now and still going crazy…please help…maybe my melt and pour temperatures are what’s wrong?? I have melted at 180-190 and poured at 150-160. I add the scent at around 180…is that too hot? Why would I still be getting good cold throw…argh…please help.
Thanks for your help,
No, 180 isn’t too hot, in fact that’s about what I add my fragrance oil at. Are you making container candles or votives/tarts? Pouring at that temp would be ok for votives and tarts, but for container candles, you want to pour at around 90-100 degrees. I also would not recommend buying fragrance from the craft stores. You would get better quality oils if you buy online from a candle supplies company such as the ones I’ve listed. Some fragrances do not have a very good hot throw in soy wax, so check out my post on fragrance oils and also my post about why you may not be getting a good fragrance throw
It is very possible to get a great cold throw and no hot throw. It’s because when the candle is burning, the wick could be getting clogged with too much fragrance oil, or there could be too little fragrance oil. The wick could be too small or it could be too large (burning off the fragrance too quickly). What amount of oil are you adding to the wax?
You mentioned that you add your fragrance at 180. is this for containers candles? I make container candles using Ecosoya CB-Xcel container wax and fragrance oil from Wicks and Wax. I heat the wax up to about 165, add the scent and then pour about 155 (as this is what they’re directions are), but I never get a great scent throw. Can you offer any advice?
Hi Natalie! Yes, for container candles I heat to 180 and pour at 90-100 degrees. I have actually used the Ecosoya Xcel before since I wanted to try another brand of wax. I had a really hard time with it. I don’t remember how the fragrance throw was, but I had a horrible time with it getting wet spots and looking all cracked around the sides after the candles cooled, and also getting sinking by the wick.
I tried several different methods of pouring, but could not get my candles to turn out as nice as the Enchanted Lites container wax, so I scrapped it and just went back to using my tried and true wax lol.
So, you could try pouring at a lower temp, or heating to a higher temp, or both. I would just try it on a small batch and see what happens. You might take a look at a few reviews I found here: http://www.candlescience.com/wax/ecosoya-cb-xcel-soy-wax
Also, can you tell me which brand and type of fragrances you’ve tried and how much you use per pound? Sometimes it could be the fragrance oil too or the amount used.
Personally, I don’t like that it has been molecularly modified and I think that is why I had so many issues with it. Never had those issues with my normal wax which is 100% soy wax, unmodified 🙂
So that’s my 2 cents worth!
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! 🙂
I will definitely try heating it higher and pouring it lower. I also had no idea that it wasn’t 100% soy wax! 🙁 that’s part of the reason i bought it. I’ve tried both Eco-Soya’s wax with no real luck so far. I found that their advance was a smoother finish but sank around the wick so i always had to do a second pour. The Xcel doesn’t sink as much but cracks everywhere. It had a little better scent throw, but still not decent. Can you tell me what soy wax you use?
I make 16oz mason jar candles and I’ve used as much as 10% fragrance oil and still not had the best scent throw. The fragrance oil i buy is through Wicks and Wax here in BC.
I use Enchanted Lites soy container wax for the containers, and their votive wax for the votives. I tried the Millenium blend too, but didn’t like it as well as the 100% soy. You can actually get a free sample to try if you go to the manufacturer website: http://www.enchanted-lites.com/2a.htm . The xcel says it’s 100% soy, but that it’s molecularly blueprinted, whatever that means! Obviously, though, it makes it act differently than normal 100% soy.
I’m not sure about those fragrances, but you might try getting some sample sizes from other brands too, just in case. There are so many variables in getting the best fragrance throw(wick, size of melt pool as well), but I’m thinking it is very possibly the wax in your case. Keep me updated! I’d love to see what ends up working for you!
Well, I forgot you are in Canada, but I guess you might still ask if you can get a free sample from them. But I did find a supplier in Kelowna BC : http://www.granvilleislandcandles.com/cart/supplies/enchanted-lites-container-pure-soy-wax.html and the only other supplier in Canada for Enchanted Lites is in Ontario.
can, someone help me out please… im, making soy wax candles.. i, know that it has to be 100 % soy wax.. what, is the difference between essential, and fragrance oils ? im, trying to make some highly scented smell good candles.. for every pound of wax you melt, you stir in 1 oz.. of fragrance, but find it does not smell when i burn the candle.. im, using 100 % oils from ebay.. please help me out im throwing money outta the window making candles , that do not smell.. thanks, for the advice god bless you
Hi! So there are several reasons why your candles may not be giving a good hot scent throw. You should check out a couple of my posts here about fragrances and fragrance throw:
Essential oils vs Fragrance Oils
Why don’t my soy candles smell? This one is specifically about wax melts, but much of it could apply to jar candles too.
What fragrance oils are best for soy candle making?
Testing soy candles, Wax, Wicks and Fragrance
So those should help with understanding fragrance throw and the different things that can hinder it in your candles, and hopefully give you some idea why your candles aren’t giving a good fragrance.
What brand of wax are you using?
What brand of fragrance oil and whay fragrances have you tried?
Do the oils say they are essential oils?
What temp do you add the fragrance?
What temp do you pour at?
Are you getting a good melt pool?
I hope we can get this figured out for you so you can get to making some awesome candles!
Hey Natalie I to use that brand of CB=XCEL Wax and I have had no problems with it. I heat to 185-add fragrance around 175-180 then after I stir for 2min I mix my color. I Also pour into my container around 110-115 and I have no issues at all…another trick I learned to help from the side frost spots is to pre-heat my glasses before I pour my wax in. I hope this helps you ive been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about CB-XCEL but it works for me I hope this helps you
Well luckily enough I do a lot of cross border ordering, so I’ll get a sample sent to blaine. I’m excited to see the difference! I’m also going to try that Candle Cocoon brand you mentioned in the other post. Her response of it making the whole house smell is exactly what I’m going for.
Also, Laci above mentioned the hot throw and cold throw thing. I didn’t know what that meant until after she mentioned it. That is the same thing that’s happening here. My candles smell great cold, but as soon as you burn then – meh!
I just started making Soy Candles. Im doing well with it but haveing trouble keeping my wicks burning. Any advice on anything to do with Soy wax i would greatly appreciate it.
Hi Windi, This could be due to a few different things. Are you using too much fragrance oil and/or dye? That can clog your wicks. For many soy waxes the most fragrance oil the wax will hold is up to 10%, so 1.6oz per lb of wax. I usually only use 1oz per lb or less depending on how strong the fragrance oil is.
But the more common reason is that the wick is too small. What type of wick are you using and what size of container (what’s the diameter?).
I am making tarts. Any suggestions on wax. I am using soy. But need help getting a great scent. Most not strong. Got a few from eBay. Please help.
There are only a couple tart/votive/pillar waxes out there. One is Ecosoya PB and the other is American Soy Wax votive/pillar blend. I haven’t done enough testing with the Ecosoya PB to judge if the throw is better in tarts, but they sure turn out beautifully when they come out of the molds. The American Soy Wax blend is one that I just got a sample of and will be testing soon. My regular tart/votive wax I usually use was discontinued (Enchanted Lites soy wax).
What kind did you try? How much fragrance oil do you use and where do you get your oils from?
P.S. So sorry for the late response! I don’t think I was notified of your comment!
I still need to buy a scale . Not sure on either I used 1 oz of scent. But just want to get it right. I use to sell for Gold Canyon candles. And they were really great so would love to have close to that as I can get. I always have tarts going . So any help would greatly be appreciated.Thanks .
Hi Melissa – Just started making container soy candles…following every word in your book! My first several jar candles are setting up but the tops look rather ‘rough’…not as smooth as I would expect. And of 4 candles, each has a tiny ‘sink hole’. Your book says to heat wax (I’m using 100% soy wax) to 180 degrees, which I did. And poured at both 95 & 100 degrees…to see if one was better than another. Any suggestions or advice?
Love the book…great info!
Hi Pat! Wow, I don’t remember getting notified of your comment. Sorry about that. I know it’s been a few months, but I would love to know how things are going and if you got your problem sorted out? I’m wondering what the room temperature is in the room you were pouring? I think it has a lot to do with the outer edges of the wax cooling faster than the middle. Also, pouring very, very slowly can help a bit. Which brand of soy wax did you use? Again, sorry for replying so late!
Hi Melissa – I love your site and it’s very helpful as I’m just getting started. I see that you have a nice list of suppliers and they all have pretty good reviews. How do you decide which supplier to use? Do some have a better variety of fragrances than others? Is the pricing that different among the different suppliers?
Also, how frequently do you need to purchase supplies? Do you do a bulk purchase that lasts a while? Or once a month / every other month?
Thanks for any advice that you can provide, I appreciate it!
Hi, I am looking at making soy candles and from what is available in the market I noticed a big price difference as well as soy candle flake makers. I am looking for more reasonable wax pricing and good quality fragances. Can you please give us some feedback on wax brand/suppliers? Thank you.
jenny urbano says
Hi, I just started making soy candles and cold throw is great but i have issues with hot throw, I am using Eco cb 135 heat up to 185, add FO at 145 and pour at 135-130. any advice? Thank you!
I have been making candles using GB464 and vanilla fragrance oil from Candlescience with no issues for several months. However, recently I have been having issues with the fragrance oil “sweating”. I am melting the wax to 190, adding the oil at 185, stirring for 2 minutes then pouring at 150. The oil doesn’t appear on the top until 2-3 days later and it’s usually with the vanilla scent, but it has happened with a few others. The temperature in the room is between 70-73 when I pour. I am at a loss as to what’s happening – any suggestions?
I am just about to start making soy candles! Do you know any good suppliers of fragrance oils in Europe?
I make 16oz mason jar soy candles. I use GW464 wax with eco 10 wicks. I’ve tried different suppliers for scents and have the same problem. Wonderful cold throw, but not always good hot throw. Should I change my wax, wick size or which supplier has the best FO?
Hi Melissa! Thank you for this amazing website and all your guidance. I see you give suggestions for some candle making suppliers online but there is no mention of candlewic.com. It will be very helpful for me to know if there is a reason you don’t mention or use them or if its just that you don’t know of them and their prices? I’m really new to candle making but I’ve always liked the idea of making candles, and I’m starting my own business in this industry. I had a very small investment budget cause I don’t have a job at this time, so I’ve been doing a lot of research over the last week and that’s how I found you (thank God). Based on my price comparisons and poor knowledge of candle making I had already placed an order of supplies before I found your site. Now I’m wondering if I started with the wrong supplier 🙁 The order and is already on its way :/ Your advice is greatly appreciated 🙂
Hi Lisa! Sorry for the super late reply! 🙁 I do have Candlewic listed on my downloadable suppliers list, but on this article I only listed a few suppliers that I had heard a lot about from others or ones that I have used myself. I do believe I’ve heard good things about Candlewic in the past and they have been around for quite some time, so I don’t think you made a mistake starting with them. I’m sure you have started making your candles by now, what is your experience with the supplies you’ve recieved so far? I hope everything is going well! 🙂
Vivian Chung says
Love your website and useful information. I tried making almost 30 candles but still no nice hot scent throw. I’m really frustrated and hope you can help. After many testings, I choose Golden wax 464 (Want to try Enchanted Lite but since I’m based in Singapore and it’s hard to order 5 lbs in US as trial) and Eco wick / HTP. Have tried many different fragrance oils from The Flamming Co., Just Scent, Giuvadan (Switzerland), Mane (France), eBay and other candle websites…. It all makes me disappointed. I melt the wax at 113-118F temp, add FO at 180-185F pouring at 100F. Actually I have tried to add FO with lower temp or follow its flashpoint, tried from 5% to 12% FO, tried wick up and down, cure the candles for over a week, all failed, the hot scent throw is still too weak!!!! Before I try other supplier (delivery cost is extremely expensive), I really want to know if I’m missing anything. Melissa, can you please HELP me?
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend!
I just wanted to add another really good U.S. supplier to your list. Candlewic.com has a great selection of wholesale candle making supplies, including soy candle waxes and fragrances. There service has always been great. Give them a look as well.
It seems I’m not the only one having some trouble with my hot throw. Years ago I made candles with Paraffin Wax never had this problem. I’ve done so many candles that I’m getting low of my fragrance. Also the looks of some of the candles not very pretty. Now more of my wax melts turned out very well. Also my problem is I purchased all my candle supplies from a lady that was getting out of the business, now I can’t find a wholesaler near me the one I was familiar with has closed. Don’t wanna waste anymore money on supplies that isn’t working. And if I’m not even a little happy with my candles that I’ve made refuse to even try and sale and for the few that have turned out I’ve given them as gifts are praying that the people that gets them likes and shares my information to help me promote my business. Now I’m feeling like I’m spinning my wheels
I really need someone to help. Thanks, Kim