Utama Spice rolls out all new, specialty soy wax candles!
The History of Candles
The candle is one of the oldest forms of artificial light, and its history can be traced back to ancient times. Candles were used by the Egyptians as early as 3,000 BC, and they were also used in China and Japan. In Europe, candles were first used during the Middle Ages.
Candles were originally made from tallow, which is a type of animal fat. Tallow candles were smoky and had a strong smell. They were also very expensive. In the 18th century, beeswax became the main material used to make candles. Beeswax candles are cleaner burning and don’t produce as much smoke as tallow candles.
Today, most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is a petroleum product. Paraffin candles are less expensive than beeswax candles and they burn longer. Candles are used for a variety of purposes, including lighting, aromatherapy, and decoration. Candles are also often used in religious ceremonies.
The history of candles is a long and fascinating one. People have been using them for centuries, and they continue to be popular today. Whether you use them for practical purposes or simply as a way to add a bit of ambiance to your home, there’s no doubt that candles play an important role in our lives.
How to make a candle?
If you’re looking for a fun and easy project to do at home, why not try making your own candles? Candles make great gifts or simply add a cozy ambiance to your home. Best of all, they’re relatively simple to make with just a few ingredients and some basic supplies.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
– Wax. You can use any type of wax, but beeswax or paraffin wax are the most common. At Utama Spice we choose soy wax and we will explain more about this later.
– A wick. You can find wicks at most craft stores. Make sure to get wicks that are the appropriate size for your candle containers.
– A heat source. A double boiler or melting pot. This is necessary for melting the wax safely.
– A mold or container to pour the wax into. An empty clean tuna can works great! Just keep it simple or go as extreme as you like.
– Candle containers. Again, any type of container will work, but make sure the wicks are the right size. Glass jars or tins work well. Though, be careful and considerate as some vessels will become really hot and would prevent them from being moved if being recently lit or while lit.
– A spoon for stirring.
– A measuring cup (preferably glass).
– Pouring pitcher. This can be anything that pours well and won’t melt, like a metal measuring cup or a Pyrex measuring cup.
– Thermometer. This is optional, but it’s helpful to have one on hand to make sure the wax doesn’t get too hot.
– Fragrance or essential oils. These are completely optional, but if you want your candles to have a scent, you’ll need to add some fragrance or essential oils. The amount you’ll need will depend on the strength of the scent and the size of your candles. Start with a few drops and add more as needed.
– Coloring. You can also add coloring to your candles if you want. This is completely optional as well, but it can be fun to experiment with different colors. Again, the amount you’ll need will depend on the intensity of the color and the size of your candles. Start with a drop or two and add more as needed.
– Stirrer. This is optional, but it’s helpful to have something to stir the wax with that won’t melt. A popsicle stick or a wooden spoon works well.
– Glue gun and glue sticks. This is only necessary if you’re using container candles and you want to secure the wicks in place before pouring in the wax.
Now that you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to get started! The first step is to melt the wax. If you’re using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot with water and set it over low heat. Place the wax in the top pot and stir until it’s completely melted.
Once the wax is melted, remove it from the heat and add the fragrance or essential oils, if you’re using them. Stir until they’re completely blended in. Then, add the coloring, if you’re using it. Again, stir until it’s completely blended in.
Now it’s time to pour the wax into your mold or container. If you’re using container candles, you’ll need to secure the wicks in place first. To do this, put a small amount of glue on the bottom of the wick and press it into the center of the bottom of the jar or tin. Then, put a small dot of glue around the edge of the wick and press it down so that it’s flush with the edge of the container.
Once the wicks are in place, slowly pour the wax into the containers, being careful not to splash any on yourself. Stop pouring when you get about ½ inch from the top of the container. Allow the candles to cool and harden for at least a few hours before trimming the wicks and using them. Enjoy!
Now that you know how to make a candle, experiment with different scents, colors, and types of wax to create your perfect candle!
Soy wax candle
A soy wax candle is a type of candle made from soybean oil. It is a renewable, eco-friendly alternative to traditional paraffin candles. Soy wax candles burn cleaner and longer than paraffin candles, and they are also non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Soy wax candles make a great choice for those who are looking for a safe and environmentally friendly option.
Soy candle vs Regular (soy candle vs wax)
When it comes to candles, there are two main types of wax – soy wax and paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is the most common type of candle wax on the market, but soy wax candles are becoming increasingly popular. So, what’s the difference between these two types of candles?
Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the difference between them before making a purchase.
Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, making it a non-renewable resource. However, it is also cheaper than soy wax. On the downside, paraffin wax candles release harmful chemicals into the air when burned, so they are not as environmentally friendly as soy candles. Furthermore, they are made using man made chemical ingredients.
Soy candles are made from renewable soybean oil, so they are a more environmentally friendly option. Soy candles also tend to be more expensive than paraffin candles.
Also, due to the fact that soy wax is more dense than paraffin wax, soy candles can last longer than paraffin candles – up to 50% longer! Soy candles also burn cleaner than paraffin candles, producing very little soot. The production of “soot” is probably the biggest difference between the two types of candles.
On the downside, soy wax can be more expensive than paraffin wax. Soy candles can also be more difficult to find than paraffin candles in the market place.
What is “Scent Throw”?
“Scent throw” refers to the strength of a fragrance when it is used in a diffuser or other scent delivery system. A fragrance with a strong scent throw will be readily apparent in a room, while a weak scent throw may be barely noticeable. Scent throw is affected by a number of factors, including the type of fragrance used, the size of the room, the type of wax you use, how you burn your candle and the size of candle(s) used. Some fragrances are naturally more potent than others, and certain scents may be more pleasing to some people than to others. In general, however, a strong scent throw is usually considered to be a desirable quality in a fragrance.
Both soy and paraffin wax candles are generally considered to have good scent throw. The one issue for soy candles is that since the wax is more dense, it takes higher heat and/or more time to vaporize the scent molecules inside the wax. So soy can be slightly slower.
Soy Candle Benefits
Soy candles are slowly becoming a popular choice among consumers due to the many benefits they offer. For starters, soy candles burn cleaner than traditional candles made with paraffin wax. This means that there is less soot produced when burning soy candles, which can be harmful to both your respiratory and cardiovascular health. In addition, soy candles tend to last longer than paraffin candles, giving you more bang for your buck. And because soybeans are a renewable resource, soy candles are a much more environmentally-friendly option than paraffin candles. So if you’re looking for a candle that’s good for your health and the environment, soy is the way to go!
What You’ll Need to Make Soy Candles
Now that you know the benefits of soy candles, you may be wondering how to make them yourself. The good news is that soy candles are very easy to make at home with just a few supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
-Soy wax flakes or pellets
-Double boiler or crock pot
-Glass jars or tins
-Fragrance oil (optional)
-Pouring pitcher (optional)
Step One: Prepare Your Work Space
The first step is to set up your work space. Choose a well-ventilated area away from any open flames. Then, gather all of your supplies and set them up on a table or counter.
Step Two: Melt the Wax
Next, you’ll need to melt the wax. This can be done in a double boiler or crock pot set to low heat. If you’re using a crock pot, be sure to use a liner so that the wax doesn’t come into contact with the pot itself.
If you’re using soy wax flakes, add enough wax to the pot so that it comes up about halfway. Then, stir occasionally until the wax is completely melted. If you’re using soy wax pellets, you can add them directly to the pot without measuring first. Just make sure not to fill the pot more than halfway full.
Once the wax is melted, remove it from the heat.
Step Three: Add Fragrance (Optional)
If you want to add fragrance to your candles, now is the time to do it. The amount of fragrance you’ll need will vary depending on the strength of the scent and the size of your candles. As a general rule, you’ll need about 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of wax.
To add fragrance, simply stir it into the melted wax until it is completely combined. Then, be sure to test the scent throw before moving on to the next step.
Step Four: Pour the Wax
Once you’ve added fragrance (if desired), it’s time to pour the wax into your containers. If you’re using glass jars or tins, you can pour the wax directly from the pot. If you’re using tins with lids, be sure to leave the lids off until the candles are completely cooled.
If you’re using glass jars, you may want to use a pouring pitcher to help transfer the hot wax. Just be sure to pour slowly and carefully to avoid any accidents.
Step Five: Add the Wicks
Now it’s time to add the wicks. Start by trimming the wicks to about 1/4 inch above the bottom of your containers. Then, use a wick bar or some other type of tool to hold the wick in place while you center it in the container.
Once the wick is in place, gently push it down into the wax so that it is standing up straight. If necessary, you can use a clothespin or something similar to hold the wick in place until the wax hardens.
Best candle wicks for soy wax
When it comes to choosing the best candle wicks for soy wax, there are several factors to consider. First of all, soy wax has a higher melting point than other types of wax, so you’ll need to choose a wick that can withstand high temperatures. In addition, soy wax is also more prone to “memory” than other types of wax, meaning that it will tend to retain its shape after being burned. As a result, you’ll need to choose a wick that is both strong and flexible. Finally, soy wax is particularly susceptible to soot build-up. As a result, you’ll need to choose a wick that can resist this build-up without sacrificing performance. With all these factors in mind, the best candle wicks for soy wax are made from natural fibers like cotton or linen. These materials can stand up to high temperatures and resist soot build-up, making them an ideal choice for soy candles.
Step Six: Allow the Candles to Cool and Harden
Finally, allow the candles to cool and harden completely before trimming the wicks and using them. This process can take several hours, so be patient! Once the candles are hardened, they will be ready to use.
Enjoy your new soy candles!
How much soy wax for 8oz candle?
When making soy candles, it is important to use the proper ratio of wax to wick. For an 8oz candle, you will need approximately 7oz of soy wax. The amount of wax may vary slightly depending on the size and shape of your candle jar, but this is a good general rule to follow. If you use too much wax, your candle will be difficult to light and may produce excess soot. Conversely, if you use too little wax, your candle will burn quickly and unevenly. Thus, it is important to find the right balance in order to ensure that your soy candles provide a clean, long-lasting burn.
For a 4 ounce candle try the same ratio as above. However, regardless of the situation testing and experimentation will allow you to come to a standard procedure and fixed volume requirement.
How can we make our soy candles extra special?
If you really want your soy candles to stand out, there are a few things you can do to make them extra special. First, consider adding a unique twist to your candle like adding a few drops essential oils. One way to make soy candles stand out is by adding vanilla extract to the wax. Lavender oil is also a great option for vanilla soy candles, as the two scents work well together to create a truly soothing atmosphere.
You could also try adding a touch of cinnamon or clove oil for a slightly more festive scent. Another way to make your soy candles extra special is to adorn them with chic labels or ribbons. This simple gesture can really take your candles to the next level, and it’s sure to impress your guests.
Last word about soy candles
If you’re looking for a way to center your energy and enjoy some delicious aromas, Utama Spice soy candles are perfect for you. They are perfect for yoga and meditation. With five different scents to choose from and unique crystals embedded in some of the candles, you can find the right one for you and your space. Whether you make your own soy candles with our recipe above or enjoy our specialty creations, we hope that these candles help bring balance and peace into your life.