Using soy wax to make candles is a natural alternative to using paraffin wax. Soy burns cleaner, producing a white soot, while paraffin wax candles produce black soot. Making soy candles as a home-based business can be a fun way to earn some extra money. There are quite a few different distribution channels, including flea markets, candle parties, craft stores and online. As with any home-based business, there are certain steps to take to help ensure your success.
Items you will need
- Soy wax (one pound)
- Rigid molds
- Latex molds
- Improvised molds (household containers)
- Candle thermometer
- Double boiler
- Fragrance oil
Learn to become proficient at making soy candles. You will want to master both speed and quality before you open for business. To make a soy candle, place soy wax in a pan under medium heat until the wax is completely melted. Remove from heat. Add your fragrance oil. Stir until the oil is absorbed into the wax. If desired, you can now add wax dye according to instructions on label. Pour the melted soy wax into your mold. When it begins to thicken, place the wick in the middle. When the wax turns solid, trim the wick to 1/2 inch.
Get a general business license and any municipal permits you will need to run a home-based business. Details are usually available at city hall.
Purchase the materials you will need to start your business. To start, you will need the soy wax, a double boiler for heating, a couple of different molds, wicks, fragrance oil and wax dyes. Ask at your supply store which fragrance oils are compatible with soy candles. Consider seeking credit at a craft supply store, or similar store where you will be getting the bulk of your supplies.
Market your business. Give word to family and friends that you are selling soy candles. Create business cards and flyers with a list of your products, pricing, and contact information. Consider making a website to highlight the different shapes and scents of candles you will be selling. Also consider renting space at flea markets, craft shows and throwing candle parties.
Work by yourself at first to minimize expenses, but hire employees as soon as the demand is too high for you to handle.
Soy is softer than paraffin, so do not try to make novelty, taper or pillar candles.
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