Candle DIY with Candlefish


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Couples confession – we are addicted to candles! So much so that a couple of years ago I came home from work to find my ex-bomb disposal husband creating his own candle-concoctions! This year one of Matt’s christmas presents from me was a Candlefish candle making kit from Anthropologie.

The kit itself comes in a cute tin box and contains everything you need to make your candles including a blend of Candlefish essential oils which smell delicious – I love no.22, the cedar wood blend.

There are small brass tins included to make travel candles but I had some glass jars I wanted to use as well as some wood wicks. I love wood wicks in candles because they crackle like a mini-log fire as they burn. It is important to use a soy or vegetable wax (rapeseed is good too) because it won’t release chemicals as it burns.

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The process is extremely easy and very simple instructions are included. You can find everything you will need to make candles online but having the pre-made kit was helpful because the quantity of the wax was perfect for the jug meaning no waste and no mess.

To make your own soy candles you will need….

Candlefish soy candle making kit

Soy wax (quantity depends on how many candles you would like to make)

Double boiler or metal jug to be placed in a pot of boiling water to melt the wax

A thermometer

Essential oils to scent the candles

Wicks and wick stays (glue dots, or for wood wicks metal holders)

A small hand whisk

Glass jars / tins

The process is simple….

Bring a pot of water to the boil and place in it your jug containing the soy wax. Do not let any water get on the wax.

Stir the wax to help it melt, then when the temperature reaches 185-190 degrees F stir in your essential oils and take off the heat.

In the meantime prepare your candle holder with the wick

Leave the candle to stand and cool a little until it reaches 115 degrees F.

Pour in the candle wax and let it set overnight.

Once set, trim the wick if using a wood wick.

It’s the perfect DIY for a slow sunday afternoon and you’re left with candles to enjoy.

Discover more about US brand Candlefish here.


  1. thelustinglife 3rd February 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Great post! This looks very therapeutic. I’ve never made my own candles before but after reading your blog post I’m very keen to try. You’re so lucky your other half loves them too, my partner doesn’t get the hype and is firmly in the “you’re literally burning money!” camp/ sneezes and is genuinely intolerant to my expensive, heavily perfumed ones. So they are saved for luxurious bubble baths or nights when he’s out the house… sigh!

    • designmischief 11th February 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you – It’s super easy. The hardest part is waiting overnight for the wax to fully set! Maybe you could make one in a scent he likes to try and convert him. X

      • thelustinglife 15th February 2017 / 9:24 am

        Haha, that’s a great idea! We’re both coffee addicts so maybe I can make some DIY coffee bean candles and convert him. Wish me luck!

        • designmischief 15th February 2017 / 11:35 am

          Love this idea! Let me know how it goes. X

  2. Jen 6th February 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Love this post! We too have discovered the joys of candle making, sounds so silly, but far too often we find ourselves saying ‘shall we make some more candles?’… I hadn’t thought about using wooden wicks before, I definitely will do in future! Much easier than fiddling about with string and knotting it and hanging it up etc. I think the wooden ones look much more modern too! Loving your blog posts! Jen x

    • designmischief 11th February 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Jen, we’ve learnt since that you’re meant to double layer the wicks so that they crackle more. Let me know how yours turn out! X

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