Here is a cost-effective way to make zero-waste vegan candles! The best part of making your own candles is that you can be sure there are no harmful toxins or additives, which can often be found in the store-bought ones. I used soy wax to make this DIY vegan candle, but you could also use beeswax. I would recommend using wax derived from a natural source, not paraffin wax. Soy wax and beeswax are cleaner and burn longer. You can buy your wax in bulk at your local craft supply store. I hope you enjoy this DIY!
- Hemp wick or regular candle wick, wick anchors (if you desire)
- Glass jars
- Essential oils or other scents, such as cinnamon, lemon/orange rinds
- Soy wax/beeswax
- Thermometer (I used a meat thermometer)
- The first step is to prepare your jars. You will measure your wick. The wick should be slightly taller than the jar. Wind the wick around the pencil one or two times and secure the end with tape. Make sure the other end of the wick touches the bottom of the jar. Place the pencil across the mouth of the jar, creating the letter “T”.
- Next, melt the wax in a pot over medium heat. Heat the wax until it is 185 degrees F. I used a meat thermometer for this.
- Add your essential oils and other scents to the wax and stir.
- Pour the wax into your jar. The wick may bend when you pour the wax, just reposition the wick as the wax cools—or you can buy wick anchors.
- Let the wax cool overnight at room temperature.
- You can trim your wick and light your candle. Enjoy!