Having trouble measuring and deciding how much fragrance oil to add to soy candles?
Don’t worry! When it comes to mixing the appropriate ratios for your DIY project, we’ve got you covered. Each candle-making package contains dye, fragrances, tins, bags of soy wax, a warning label, a stainless steel melting pitcher, cotton wicks, string sticks, bowtie clips, glue dots, and a digital thermometer.
Read below to find out everything about working with soy wax candles and how to enhance your candles by adding the right ratios of fragrance oils.
The benefits of using soy candles
First things first, let’s talk about the benefits of using soy candles. Because we wanted to provide safer options for you, our kit includes soy wax.
Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource that can be cleaned with plain soap and water. Soy wax has a lower melting point than other types of wax. Because of this, soy candles will burn slower, longer, and cleaner - without creating petro soot. Another reason to choose soy wax when it comes to candles is the fact that soy wax is an excellent fragrance carrier and does not require chemical amplifiers.
Soy wax is the best to use if you are looking for a strong scent throw. This wax bonds to fragrance oils better than others which means that when they melt, the scent will be much stronger.
How to build a candle using fragrance oil
Let’s see how we can build a candle from scratch, and when and what temperature is the right time to add the fragrance oil into the composition. Follow these 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients for melting
Stick the glue dot to the bottom of the wick. Stick the wick to the bottom of the tin and fixate it to the center device. Pour the soy wax into the melting pot.
Step 2: Heat and stir
Add the fragrance oil into the melting wax and keep stirring until it is fully dissolved. Keep in mind that when the wax is too hot, it can cause the fragrance to burn off. But if you add the fragrance when the wax is too cold, it can prevent the fragrance from properly binding and dispersing into the wax. So … what temperature is best to add the fragrance to the soy wax? The recommended temperature is 180-184 degrees F (82-85 C). It is best to stir for 90-120 seconds so that the wax and fragrance oil bind together properly and alleviate possible issues later. Remove from heat and test the temperature.
Step 3: Let the wax cool down
Pour the composition into the candle tin. Wait about 45 minutes until it’s solidified. Cut the wick to a suitable length. Let it cure properly.
Fragrance oils vs. essential oils
There are many differences between these two types of oils such as where each comes from, the ingredients that each oil is composed of, and where those ingredients are sourced from. Whereas essential oils are usually used for aromatherapy, vaporizers, detergents, and soaps, fragrance oils can mimic scents not found in nature and are used for scented candles, room sprays, perfumes, or lotions.
How much fragrance oil to add to your candle
Soy waxes are known to be more ‘picky’ about the fragrance oils that work well with them. Using too little fragrance oil will lead to a candle with very little scent thrown. On the other hand, using too much fragrance oil does not necessarily mean it will increase the scent throw and can lead to impaired burning characteristics.
Start by measuring by weight, not volume. When talking about how much fragrance oil to add to soy candles, there’s usually a basic formula. Everything starts with a percentage: the fragrance oil weight to add to your wax is pretty much just the chosen fragrance load (the percentage) multiplied by the weight of wax.
By weight, 1 oz fragrance oil to 1 pound (16 oz also by weight) is the most common rule of thumb for our fragrance oils in soy wax. The wax, when brought to the proper temperature, will hold a 10% fragrance load. Most waxes, however, will hold no more than 12% of fragrance oil to assure the candle stability is not compromised. This means that if your candle is 16 oz in total - 14.4 oz should be wax and 1.6 oz should be fragrance.
Ounces vs. milliliters
You’re probably wondering why we are measuring the fragrance oil in ounces instead of milliliters. After all, it is a liquid. As fragrances often have different densities - with some being thicker than others - you can end up miscalculating and adding too much or too little of one fragrance. Ounces, as a unit of measurement, are used to quantify both weight and volume. The difference is slight but very important! Measuring your fragrance oil in ounces rather than volume (ml) will result in a more accurate wax to fragrance oil ratio.
Candle sweating and fragrance load
Since you’re using soy wax, your candle will be somewhat spongy and oily to the touch. Adding fragrance oil to it can result in oil sitting at the bottom of the container and sweat appearing at the top of the candle. If this happens, you can get rid of the sweat by simply mopping up the excess oil with a paper towel and repeat as often as needed until the candle is dry.
Tips and tricks
If you are noticing that your candles are not producing a strong enough smell while it is lit (hot throw), you may want to lower the temperature at which you add the fragrance oil. It’s possible that some of the fragrance is burning off simply from the heat of the melted wax.
Also, if you want to make your candle last longer, sprinkle salt into the liquid wax of the candle. Adding salt slows down the rate at which the wax melts, giving you a longer, more economical burn.
And don’t forget that safety comes first! While our products are safe to use, you should handle the tools with care and use the necessary precautions to ensure you are making the most of the experience. Make sure to always wear gloves, work in a well-ventilated area, and avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Do not ingest.