My girl Vanessa Bley is pretty badass. Not only does she front two bands (Twin Danger and Beast Patrol), she fights fracking, runs a radio station and... MAKES CANDLES! That's right she does all those things and still has time to make beautiful, affordable, fragrant, sustainable and non-toxic soy wax candles. Vanessa was kind enough to document her most recent candle making session and share her process with us. Check it out below and be sure to grab Twin Danger's new record out June 30th. Xoxo Alexis
Hi my name is Vanessa and I love candles. Apparently you do too because the candle industry pulls in around $2 billion annually! After recently opting out of another $30 candle purchase, I asked myself, why can’t I just make my own? I love essential oils and creating my own fragrances. Turns out the internet is full of people like me (go figure) and it’s actually super easy and cheap to order bulk wax and wicks online! So, the other night, my friend Lauren (Trash is for Tossers) and I decided to have a date night where we made candles, deodorant, toothpaste and body butter. In this post I will share with you the easy steps to making a candle from soy flakes. There are no rules with fragrance combinations. I have made peppermint-lavender, orange-lemon, palo santo and many more. Have fun!
Items you need:
- Mason jars or any vessel of choice (we used old caper jars and previous candle glasses).
- Soy flakes and wicks (I bought mine online from Northstar Country Candle Co.)
- Double boiler (I made my own out of a regular pot and a glass bowl).
- Essential oil(s) of your choice.
- Candy or food thermometer.
- Melt 1 lb. of wax using a double boiler to 185 F.
- Remove from heat and add essential oil.
- While wax is cooling, dab one of your wicks into it and then stick it to the bottom of your jar or candle container. Use chopsticks to position the wick to be centered.
- Cool wax to 125 F and pour into your jars. Re-position wick with chopsticks and close pins (see picture).
- Place in fridge to speed up cooling process.
- Boom! Trim your wick, light your candle and enjoy!