You’re thinking you’d love to make your own candles. You can possibly save a little money, make your own scents, have a relaxing hobby, give them as gifts, and maybe even start a candle making business. Sounds pretty cool, so you run down to your local craft store (Michaels, Joannes, Hobby Lobby….) and buy some candle making supplies….wax, fragrance, wicks and containers. Sounds simple, right?
That may be a good start, and I’m not saying you can’t go do that if you want to give candle making a try and you just can’t wait to get going. I will tell you though, if you are going to continue in your candle making venture, and you want a larger variety of fragrances (and more cost effective), less expensive wax (craft store candle wax is EXPENSIVE, especially their soy wax), and a variety of wicks to test (so you can make sure you are getting the best burn from your candles), you will want to get your supplies from an actual candle making supply store, which you will need to find online, unless you are one of the rare ones that has a supplier near you.
I have listed just a few of the more well known suppliers below, and ones that I have personally used. If you would like a complete list of suppliers in the United States, be sure to sign up to the email list below. You’ll get a free supplier list by state, as well as suppliers in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Wholesale Candle Making Supplies
Brambleberry’s focus is more on soap making, but they carry quality candle making supplies. They do not carry paraffin wax, but they do carry beeswax and soy wax. I love their fragrance oils and essential oils. I have also bought some soap to try out soap making, but never got around to it….lol But they have excellent customer service and are located in Washington.
Candle Science is a very popular candle making supplier and one of the largest. I have ordered from them and can highly recommend them. They have quality fragrance oils and a wide variety of waxes, wicks, dye, containers and more!
Excellent wholesale soy candle wax supplier in Eugene, Oregon, and they have great prices on their soy wax, as well as lots of quality fragrance oils, jars, wicks and other supplies. Pretty much everything you need to start making soy candles. They are also very friendly and always try to accommodate their customers as much as possible. I will continue to buy from them for making my personal soy candles.
Oh, their fragrance oils cost a bit more, but they…..are….Awesome! Their fragrance oils are more concentrated so you don’t use as much and they have lots of unique fragrances, plenty of other supplies, and excellent customer service.
Natures Garden is another very popular supplier and they are very active and engaged with their customers on their Facebook page and Blog. They carry gel wax, soy wax, palm wax and para-soy wax, with different variations of each of those. I have bought several fragrance oils from them which I have been very happy with. Two of the oils are ones I had a hard time finding elsewhere, New Leather and Fresh Cut Grass. I love them both!