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Homemade soy candles

Give the gift of Homemade Soy Candles using soy wax made from soybean oil this holiday season.

Soybeans can be made in a variety of food items like miso or tofu, but did you know soybeans can be used to make candles as well? Soybeans have oil in the bean seeds, and this oil is extracted to make wax products like candles!

Trying to decide on a Christmas scent? Choose a pine, clove, cinnamon or peppermint essential. Or choose a combination of your favourite scented to make a custom scented candle! Want your homemade soy candles to be a holiday colour? Add food colouring drops into the wax as it melts.


  • Soy wax- about ¾ cup of wax per 250 ml mason jar
  • Candle wicks
  • Essential oils or scented candle oils
  • Small mason jars (around 250 ml)
  • A small saucepan


  1. Fill your saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of hot water.
  2. Add the soy wax to your mason jars until full and add them into the saucepan. Place a lid over the saucepan.
  3. Turn stove on to high and allow the wax to melt inside the mason jars. Stir occasionally.
  4. As the wax melts, it will melt so don’t forget to keep adding more wax into the mason jars leaving around 1 “of space at the top.
  5. Once your jars are full, and the wax has completely melted remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add your essential oil or scented candle oils to the mason jars. If you are using essential oils, you will need between 70 and 75 drops per jar to get a strong scented candle. If you are using the scented candle oils, add around 10 drops per jar.
  7. Time to add the wicks! Wrap the end of your wick around a dowel or pencil and tape or hot glue the end to your dowel or pencil. Then, drop the wick into the melted wax jars until it touches the bottom. Rotate your dowel or pencil until the wick is straight, centred and taunt.
  8. Allow the candle to cool completely and trim the wick until is ¼”.
  9. Place jar on the lid, decorate and gift to someone in your life!