Madeline Island Soy Candles: How It's Made

Photography by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson of Stonehouse Photography

Step 1: First, we melt the wax. Actually, first we review the recipe for the specific candle that we are going to make. The melters actually melts the soy wax – we turn the spigot.


Step 2: Temperature management is important. Testing has confirmed that different fragrances perform best at different melt temperatures specific to their fragrance (shhh…that’s a secret!).


Step 3: Color is added, and perhaps a bit more soy wax to achieve the weight that the recipe requires.

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Step 4: Each recipe that we make has a specific pouring container – and neatness counts - we wouldn’t want to mix up the types of soy wax, color or scent! After all, Lemon Grove has to look and smell like lemon.

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Step 5: Tealight containers, glass containers, aluminum molds for pillar candles: each candle type is prepared, along with candle wicks that are again, specific to the recipe (have you figured out that the recipes are critical?)


Step 6: Then the fun starts – we pour the melted soy wax, with fragrance and color. Whether it be Ripe Apple (sandalwood and cinnamon) for Tealights, or Winter Snap (peppermint and eucalyptus) for pillars and glass container candles, it’s always fun to see the color that pours, and compare that to the cooled candle.

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Step 7: For some batches like molds for pillars, wicks for the molds are prepared and positioned before the pour. For other batches like travel tins or Tealights, the wick comes after the pour.

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Step 8: Then – we wait for the wax to cool. It might seem to some to be as boring as watching paint dry – but again – the recipe is critical in that the temperature at which the candles cool can have an impact on their appearance. We let the candles cool overnight before we move on to the next step – packaging.

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All photography copyright © StonehousePhoto, and posted with permission from Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. Check out more of her incredible photography at her website or her blog.

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