How to Make a Rosemary & Mint Soy Candle

A perfect, simple homemade gift for the holidays!

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Regular candles have the toxic chemical "paraffin," so soy candles make a lovely, non-toxic gift to share with friends and fambly!

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Gather your materials!

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Measure and cut your wick to fit a few inches longer than the length of the mason jar. You wicks should be 100% unbleached cotton.

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Hot-glue the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the jar.

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I don't have a double boiler, so I improvised - take a pot of boiling water and...

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add a metal bowl on top! Don't add the bowl until after the water is boiling - when you put the bowl on top, reduce the heat to slowly melt the soy flakes.

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Put the soy flakes into the bowl - they will start to melt quickly, so stir occasionally. If they heat too quickly and at too high of a temperature, they will be over cooked and won't harden.

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They are starting to liquefy! Keep stirring!

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Almost there!

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Now, you can add the dried rosemary and mint! Stir it up and turn off the heat.

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Before the wax cools, ladle the mixture into your mason jars - holding the wick up a bit.

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It takes awhile for the wax to begin to harden, so your arm might get tired holding the wick up - but here's a suggestion...

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Put the jar into a bowl with cold water & ice while still holding the wick up. As the wax begins to harden at the bottom, you can let the wick rest on the side, occasionally pulling the wick straight.

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I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so it bugged me that the wick wasn't perfectly centered, but with some more patience, holding the wick straight up would increase the chance of it saying in the middle.

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Another snapguider suggested that I use a skewer to tie the wick to and rest it over the mouth of the jar - this will help keep it straight up! Thank you for the tip and the great guides, Au Natural!

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Using a razor blade, you can scrape around the rim of the inside and outside of the mason jar where the wax drips have hardened.

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Cut the wick about a half inch from the top of the candle.

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Tie a ribbon around the lip of the jar.

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and VOILA! Beautiful and yummy smelling soy candles for a perfect homemade gift.

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