As you may know, most normal candles are made of paraffin. They also contain concoctions of chemicals to dye and scent the candles. These ingredients are not only harmful to the environment, but also to our health. So here is a simple, easy, and cheap way to make your own eco soy tea-cup candles instead.
You will need:
Double boiler (glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water)
Teacups (I buy mine from charity shops)
400 grams of eco soy wax container wax (to make two large or 3 standard sized tea-cups)
½ teaspoon of benzoin (fixative)
Eco wicks (wicks that are made with soy wax)
Long pencils (enough for one per cup)
70 drops of a choice of essential oils
2. Once wax has cooled down enough to be able to touch the side of the jar/bowl you melted the wax in (but not enough to start hardening) add essential oils and benzoin.
3. Dip the metal base of the wick into the wax and then press into place in the middle of the teacup and hold until it’s stuck.
4. Wrap excess wick around pencil and lay pencil over the top of the teacup.
5. Pour in melted wax and allow to set fully (at least 4 hours, but longer in a hot environment).
Enjoy your candles!
You can purchase wax and wicks from any of the following:
www.amazon.co.uk/ (check with individual suppliers for eco-friendliness)
Make sure to check with any other suppliers that there wax is GMO free as a lot of soy products out there aren’t.