Before you can start any candle making project, you need to make sure that you have all the supplies you need at hand. This is very important because candle making is a continuous process – it is not something you can leave for a while to pick up more supplies. To get organized and stay on top of your candle making supplies list, the following is a rundown of all the basic supplies you will need.
Wax. There are two types of wax. One is paraffin wax, which is an oil refining byproduct and available in other forms (such as flakes). Beeswax on the other hand, is available as both blocks and thin sheets and is a natural product.
Mold. You also need a mould (either rigid or flexible) in the shapes and sizes you want. There are a wide variety of molds available on the market, and they come in different shapes and materials. There are the usual round metal molds, square, oval and eight point tapered.
Candlewicks. You might save money if you purchase wicks by the bundle. However, you may change your style, thickness or shape preferences, so it might be better to buy them in smaller quantities if you do not intend to mass-produce your candles.
Containers for melted wax. You need aluminum containers that are resistant to heat. Like molds, these containers come in different shapes and sizes.
Candle dyes and fragrances. The character of your candle depends a lot on its color and smell. Get creative by mixing, matching or cascading different colors. Add in fragrances such as almond, cranberry, pine, cinnamon, aloe vera, apple, etc. to make your candles even more alluring.
Other supplies. You will also need wicking needles, mould seals, brushes and oils.