One of my best friends got married this past weekend, and we had a blast designing her wedding invitations and favors. I love giving gifts, making candles, and designing graphics, so it was only natural for me to persuade her into letting me make candles for her wedding favors.
And thank goodness she did.
Her “signature scent,” and the scent that she wore when she met her husband is called Secret Charm from Victoria’s Secret. Since Victoria’s Secret doesn’t offer trademarked fragrance oils, we scoured the internet to find a fragrance oil that would smell like her signature scent. We found the best deal here. The fragrance oil is a little more floral than the VS scent, but it contained the two most discernible notes (Jasmine and Honeysuckle) so we were extremely happy with it. It was a little strong at first, straight out of the bottle, but after blended with the soy wax, it came out just perfect. And what can I say, the guests loved it! We even had some guests asking us if there were any extra favors they could take so that they could put the candles in various areas of their house.
Since it was a bit of a production line (we ended making 275 candles!), I asked the bridal party and bride to help out with pouring, labeling, and packaging. It was much much easier to handle with a lot of hands helping out and ended up being very meditative with the repetitive motions. This could be a great way to spend quality time with your bridal party if you’re making wedding favors or your kids if you’re making gifts for the holidays!
let’s talk materials
These are the materials that you will need to make Jasmine + Honeysuckle Soy Wax Candles:
Soy Wax is, in my personal opinion, the best wax to use for candle making. Not only does soy wax melt cleaner, it is carbon neutral, releases scent easier, is natural and biodegradable, has a longer burn time, and to top it all off, supports American farmers! It was a no brainer that we would use soy wax for all the wedding favors.
Secret Charm Fragrance Oil is a delightfully floral scent to add, and it contains copious amounts of Jasmine and Honeysuckle. This scent is not for those that are not florally inclined, so please feel free to use whatever fragrance oil you have on hand/an inkling for. I modified the design of the labels that I customized for the wedding to include botanical illustrations of both flowers for an easier label to print and gift. You can find a Microsoft Word version of the candle labels here. I printed them out using 2″x 4″ labels and trimmed them just inside of the dotted line.
Basic candle making materials include containers to pour the candles in (you can find the jars I used here), 100% cotton wicks that are pre-tabbed, a flat working surface that will be undisturbed for at least an hour, microwaveable glassware (I highly recommend a large measuring bowl with an easy pour spout like this), a kitchen scale, a temperature gun, clothespins, a hot glue gun, and disposable stir sticks. Optional materials include chopsticks (easier to place the wicks in the center), small wick stickers (easier and less messy than a hot glue gun), small warning labels to warn of burning hazards*, and an oven mitt to handle the hot glassware when it comes out of the microwave.
DIY wedding favors: jasmine + honeysuckle soy wax candles
You will need:
- a glass Pyrex measuring bowl with easy pour spout
- a scale
- a temperature gun
- recycled candle containers, ceramic containers, or little jars (I used these.)
- a stir stick
- a hot glue gun or wick stickers
- pre-tabbed wicks that come just above the lip of whatever containers you’re using (3″ wicks for the 4 oz jars)
- 16 oz. soy wax flakes (2)
- .8 oz – 1 oz. Secret Charm fragrance oil (2)
- Measure out your soy wax flakes into the glass Pyrex with easy pour spout.
- Attach your wicks to the center bottom of your jars with a hot glue gun or wick stickers. Attach the clothespins to your wicks and center them, balancing the clothespin on the rim of your candle jar. Wicks should be taut and centered in your jar.
- Microwave your soy wax for two minutes. After two minutes, pulse in one minute intervals until just about all of your wax flakes are melted.
- Remove from microwave (careful, it’s hot!) and stir to melt the remaining clumps. After letting it cool slightly, measure the temperature with your temperate gun. Let wax cool until 130° – 135° F.
- Zero out your wax on the scale, and carefully pour in .8 oz of fragrance oil.
- Blend with your stir stick until all the oils are dispersed into your wax mixture– you will not be able to see the separation between the oil and wax any longer.
- Sniff your mixture– is it strong enough? If you don’t feel that it is, add up to .2 oz more fragrance oil! Any more than this would be extremely potent.
- To pour, make sure that you are comfortable handling the glass container with your hands. Carefully position your containers on a flat, dry surface that can remain undisturbed for at least an hour. Pour your wax. Try to get as close as possible to the wick without pouring down it, and pour at a rate that is slow and consistent.
- Only fill up your candle jar halfway. Let sit and wait for your candles to solidify its first pour!
not-so-fun fact: pouring candles in colder temperatures will make your candles more susceptible to sink holes. be sure to pour candles in a controlled and comfortably warm environment.
- After letting your candles set, the wax should be opaque and off white. Repeat steps 1-9 and pour the second half of your candle! Make sure to stop the pour at a consistent fill line for each one of your candles.
- Voila! You just completed your first batch of candles. This recipe will make you enough to fill about six 4 oz. jars. Enjoy!
P.S. Have you tried making your wedding favors or candles? Feel free to leave me questions or comments in the comment section below!
*I highly recommend using these small warning labels if you plan on selling or distributing to a large amount of people.