Condo Blues: Mom’s Homemade Soy Candles

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mom’s Homemade Soy Candles

My Mom has an addictive new hobby – making scented soy candles. Since I love burning candles and Mom usually gives her creations as gifts to people like say, me, this is one addiction that I wholeheartedly encourage

Might be a Danish thing (Danes burn so many candles that as a nation Denmark consumes more candles per capita than any other country on earth – no lie) might be an inner pyromaniac thing. Either way I find that burning a scented soy candle is a festive way to get rid of cooking smells after dinner without resorting to icky fake flower scented sprays that are full of questionable chemicals. Feh.

Mom’s dealer, source of inspiration came from her favorite candle store The Swan Creek Candle Company. It’s a little candle shop that sells the most fragrant soy candles with lead free wicks. She promises to take me there when I visit her but we end up not going for one reason or another. I forgive her because she gives me candles. Yes, I let her to buy my love because I"m nice like that.

The one thing Mom wasn’t so thrilled with was the price. Soy candles are a bit more expensive than paraffin wax candles. However, while you’re paying a bit more upfront for a soy candle, it pays you back because soy candles burn a lot longer and cleaner than paraffin wax candles. And it probably goes without saying that soy wax is made from a naturally renewable source unlike paraffin which is a petroleum based product.

Still the giant jar candles that she prefers are a tad spendy. So she decided to make her own. Who does this sound like? Yes, I know, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Mom bought a couple of kitschy glasses from Goodwill and a Bulk Wax Refill Kit from Swan Creek. The soy wax in the refill kit is made to melt in the microwave, so I suppose you could do this project with the kiddos as long as you supervise them around the hot wax. Mom put the cotton wicks in her glass containers, melted the scented wax in the microwave, and poured in the wax into the glasses to the desired level. She let the wax set for 24 hours. Then her candles are ready to light!

Or ready to give as a Christmas gift. Hint, hint.

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