Making candles is something that I have wanted to do since I was a little girl. I was excited after I became old enough to assist my mom with the candles and natural bath and body products that she made. Candle making seemed very complicated at first. I let go of the idea because science was not my best subject in school, and it seemed like I had to be an expert scientist to create the perfect candle. I finally found some free time to start working on them during my last year of college; this is when I launched Zakiyah Candles. I enjoy sharing things that I love with people, so now; I’m going to show you what I do in “The Lab”!
The lab is my kitchen, as all of my products are handmade in my home. I am going to show you how to make a candle by using everyday things that you may have in your home. If you do not have all of these things, you can find a candle making kit at a craft store or individual supplies at another local store.
You can complete the following while your wax turns into liquid.
Set your wick in the jar. Make sure that it is straight and centered, and then clip it with the clothespin. You will remove your clipped wick, then pour your desired amount of oil inside (if you are scenting your candle). Each type of wax has it’s own limits on the maximum amount of oil that can be used; please refer to that. Adding tons of oil may result into a hazard, rather than a stronger scented candle. If you are using beeswax, you may want to opt out of scenting it since it may not hold well. Beeswax also has it’s own natural scent.
When the (soy) wax reaches about 170 degrees Fahrenheit, turn off your store and move the pot to an eye that is not in use. It is not recommended to let the hot pot sit on your counter top.
Slowly, and carefully, pour the hot wax into your jar, then use your craft stick to mix the wax and oil. Continue stirring until the oil and wax is well blended. You will know that it is well blended when you no longer see oil floating around while mixing.
After your wax has cooled a little, place your clipped wick inside of the mixture. Do not remove the clothespin, as it is what will keep your wick standing upright while the wax hardens. Make sure that the wick is centered.
Once the wax has hardened and the candle has cured, remove the clothespin and cut the wick. The bigger your candle, the longer it’ll take to cool and cure. I let this 8oz Mason Jar cure for 24 hours.
We’re finally at the home stretch! At this point, you can choose to create a label for your candle to add to your collection, or you can just leave it as it is. It is also safe to light it at this time. Remember, to never leave a burning candle unattended.