I loved candles as I was growing up. I would have them scattered about my bedroom and I thought they looked so lovely with their gentle flame. I would turn off the overhead light and lay on my bed and read by candle light. About 10 years ago I did research on candles and candle making and thought I would like to give it a try. I decided to go with soybean because at the time it seemed like the easiest and cleanest substance to use.
I love the fact that soybean will clean up with soap and water. I’m a bit of a klutz and knowing that any spills can easily be wiped up is a major selling point. The very first batch of tea lights I had made were a vegetable wax. I thought it was soybean but made a major boo boo while ordering it. Luckily, I only purchased a pound of it to give it a try. I had heated the wax in a measuring cup in the microwave. I was careful and read the instructions about heating the wax at short intervals as well. I reached in to grab the cup and it felt fine but as I pulled it out completely, the heat was unbearable and some of the wax had splattered up along the handle which made it slippery and I lost the cup out of my hand. It hit the counter and flew everywhere. It scalded my ankle, my hand and arm, it covered my pants, the fridge, the counter, the wall and the ceiling. I had to heat the iron and use a paper bag to iron over all the wax to remove it. It took me days to clean up.
By the time I was finished ironing up the last piece of wax, I had decided that making candles was not for me. I failed. I thought I had done so much research but in the end it was a little mistake in my order form that had vegetable sent to me instead of soybean. I called the company who sent the product to me and a new package of soybean was dispatched. I was still turned off from making candles because I had spent days like I said laying on my gut on the floor with an iron trying to remove every single bit of the wax. It filled into creases that could not be scraped out and places where the wood would be ruined if I used force. I had just about given up when the new and correct wax arrived.
I opened up the box and pulled out my trusty dipper. This time instead of using the microwave I would use the double saucepan method. I heated water in the bottom pot and poured my soybean flakes into the top dipper and slowly allowed it to melt. Once the soybean had melted and I added my color and fragrance oil, I poured it into a container and waited for it to solidify. It worked. I had my first candle. It smelled good. I lit it. So far so good. An hour later it continued to burn and the scent throw was spot on. I could smell the candle burning all over the house. I didn’t smell smoke, I smelled the scent. I was convinced I was now the greatest candle maker in the world.
Making soybean candles are easy. You can use the double sauce pan method, you can use a crock pot, you can use a microwave. I purchased an electric skillet. The inside is removable for easy cleaning. All I need to do is pour in my soybean flakes, turn the skillet on low and the soybean flakes heat up and melt. It contains the soybean and it works so well. There is no need to use a sauce pan or microwave. You can just fill the skillet and let it melt safely. However, any way is good and you can find your own personal way to melt that is easiest for you.
I usually have two containers. One to scoop into the wax and the other to pour the wax into. This makes it easier and it also allows me to use one big skillet of wax for different scents and colors.