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If you love scented candles but find them too expensive to buy regularly, you might not have thought about making them yourself. There are multiple candle-making supply companies that have everything you need to get started with making your own candles. Most of them even sell affordable starter kits with enough supplies to make a few candles for your first batch. Once you get the hang of it, you can buy wax, wicks, fragrances, and dyes in bulk to make them for yourself, for gifts, or to start your own candle-making business.

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1. Choose your wax

For centuries, people used beeswax or tallow to make candles. Paraffin, made from oil derivatives like petroleum, is the most common type of wax used in candles today. Candle makers also make candles with beeswax, palm wax, coconut wax, synthesized wax, gels, and soy wax. Soy wax is popular because it is natural and burns clean. Blended waxes often contain soy wax and paraffin in a mixture called para-soy, which gives a clean burn and has a nice scent. Many starter candle-making kits contain para-soy.

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