Hand-Poured Soy Candle
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Making Soy Candles for Fun or Profit
Soy candles are beautiful, clean-burning, natural candles that make GREAT gifts. During the holiday season, I was privileged to make and sell a few of my soy candles in large glass jars (they were about 22 oz) for a good price, and the recipients loved them.
Soy candles are very easy to make, but finding the right materials supplier can be challenging. It's best to get all of your materials from the same place, to save money on shipping and handling, as well as for consistency in quality. You also want to keep an eye on price; if you're selling the candles, you've obviously got to be able to sell the candle for more than it cost you to make it, in order to see any profit.
When choosing a candle supply wholesaler, you also want to choose one that is reputable, teaches by example, and has a HUGE variety of wax. In fact, when you check out a candle supply wholesaler's website, go straight to the wax section.
Look for several options of soy wax, beeswax, and also wax that melts at different temperatures. When I first started making candles, I lived in the mid-Atlantic area, and so I could get away with a standard soy wax. Now that I live in a hot climate, I have to choose waxes that won't melt easily in our hot weather.
Best Place to Buy Supplies
In my experience, the very best place to buy soy candle supplies is CandleScience.com. I have been purchasing supplies from them for years, and have never been disappointed.
You will find everything you need to make candles - from the wax, to the items you need to melt and measure the wax, to fragrances, colors, jars, wicks, and labels. At this point their packaging supply is non-existent, but I find that Michael's stores carry enough variety of packaging at low cost, so that's okay.
- Easy, user-friendly online ordering
- Customer service by phone
- Same day shipping (GREAT)
- Bulk ordering available
- Located in the U.S.
- Very competitive, low pricing
- Wide variety of unique fragrances and colors
- Helpful guides, especially for soy candle making
- Very few options for packaging/shipping (boxes, etc.)
Soy Candle Making Kits on Amazon.com
Buying Candle Supplies Locally
Depending on where you live, local farmers may produce soy wax or beeswax for you to purchase. In Pennsylvania, the options are almost endless! It really depends on your area's agriculture. Growing and harvesting soybeans is on the rise, so you should check out your local farmer's market and ask if there are soybean farmers who are producing soy wax for sale.
Ideally, you should buy supplies from the country where you live. When you do that, it supports local agriculture and manufacturing, and reduces costs associated with transportation. If you're going as far as making soy candles and participating in a cleaner environment, you might as well go the whole way and make smart choices in terms of where you purchase supplies.
What can't be purchased online can be purchased at a store like Michael's. They have very low cost packaging and shipping materials. However, they DO NOT have a good supply of candle wax or any other items necessary for making candles.
U.S. Craft Store Chains Selling Limited Candle Supplies
- ACMoore.com-Arts and Crafts
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Other Places to Buy Soy Candles Online
- CandleScience - Candle Making Supplies | Soy Wax, Candle Fragrance Oils, Candle Jars and more!
Everything you'll need for candle making, plus expert advice. Candle making supplies at wholesale prices with same day shipping - fragrance oils, soy wax, and more.
- Soy Wax Candle Supply by MillCreek
MillCreek Soy Wax Candle Supply provides Soywax, Fragrance Oils, Wicks, Color Dyes, Candle Kits, Additives and Supplies, and Soy Soaps & Lotions, at Wholesale Prices. Information on how to make a soywax candle is also provided.
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- Make Your Own Aromatherapy Soy Candles
Instructions to make your own non-toxic, clean-burning scented candles at home without the use of paraffin or synthetic fragrance.
By Lori from USA on December 05, 2012:
I like Soy candles because they burn longer ! Nice hub.
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Colleen Lyon from Kansas City, Missouri on June 22, 2012:
I buy my supplies from candle science also. I find they have great products and everything you need. I live in the midwest so shipping is costly, but I don't mind, I love the hobby. I have started an online store which is a new venture, but also fun. Very nice hub, informative.
Tania Wright (author) from Dallas, TX on December 04, 2011:
Hi Riverhouse - I actually lived in Erie when I started making soy candles, and while there, I bought my wax online at CandleScience.com. When I moved to Arizona, I bought my wax from Lone Star but I still prefer Candle Science.
riverhouse on October 22, 2011:
Where in Pennsylvania - preferably Pittsburgh or Erie can you buy wholesale candle soy wax?
BrainSpace from North Carolina on December 30, 2010:
Great Article!! I also buy my supplies from CandleScience, and Im very happy with their service and supplies. I am lucky enough to live about 20 minutes from them so I just go pick up my supplies to avoid shipping cost.
kindredscents on December 14, 2010:
agreed candlescience.com is quite expensive on the shipping, but overal the usually have everything.
Sarah on September 27, 2010:
CandleScience.com is okay if you live in the southeast. Otherwise the cost of shipping is insane.
SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on August 15, 2010:
Great hub. I bought some sox wax a few months ago and I have all my supplies. The information about the glue dot was helpful and in case it does become addictive it's good to have a few places to price buying the wax in bulk. Dee
Candle Making Supplies on July 29, 2010:
I couldn't agree more. There's plenty of how to out there, but not enough where to.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 17, 2010:
I think making soy candle is great business. I never heard about this before. You give us useful information about the place to buy supplies for soy candles. Thank you very much. Thumbs up for you. Vote it Up!