Making emergency survival candles, cooking oil and soy wax candles are necessary prepper supplies for homesteaders, and a great cottage industry.
When the lights go out and you’re unprepared, grab the cooking oil and those unused decorative lamps for a quick, long-burning oil lamp.
I don’t think this will work in a lamp that has been used with kerosene or petroleum-based oils.
I recently stocked up on kerosene for my kerosene burning lamps.
But, since I learned about this resource, I will stop throwing out old frying oil.
If you’re interested in making soy wax candles, then recent statistics have shown that the soy wax candle industry, as a whole, is currently undergoing a significant growth phase.
Overall sales of soy wax candles and candle-related supplies are well over 3 billion dollars per year right now.
While some companies are moving fast to capitalize on the growth of this industry, many homesteaders are content to continue doing what we love, which is simply making practical candles.
With this article, I intend to give you the basics on how to make your own emergency soy wax candles.
The process, however, does require patience.
This is an extremely delicate process, if you want sellable candles, and it will likely take a few tries before you perfect it.
The first thing you must do is stock up on candle making supplies.
You will need a large and small pour pitcher, wax paper, and a quality thermometer that can withstand high temperatures.
Tip: I have had great success with a candy thermometer.
You will also need a good quality soy wax.
Most supply stores offer it in block or flake form.
In my experience, the flake form is best because it tends to melt down more consistently.
You also need a supply of wicks and durable glass containers to use as molds.
While wax coloring and fragrance are optional, they really do add a lot to the end result of your product.
Once you have these basic supplies, you are ready to get started making your emergency soy wax candles.
In a standard saucepan, place a reasonable amount of soy wax.
You can gauge the amount of wax to use depending on the size of your glass mold.
Place the saucepan on the stove top, with the heat slightly turned down below half-way.
Your wax will have a boiling point of 127 degrees, so keep a steady watch to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Pour the wax into your mold somewhere between 95-110 degrees for best results.
Place a wick in the wax and allow ample time to dry.
If you decide to add color, do it when the wax is still on the stove top at around 150 degrees.
Fragrance should be added around 140 degrees, after the wax has been removed from heat.
Until you have perfected the soy wax candle making process, I would recommend saving them for emergency use.
Waste not, want not!
“During tough times, all people need is a roof, food, heat, a bed, and emergency candles to read by.” Anita Sands Hernandez
Get started making soy container candles with the easy-to-use kit for beginners.