Transform your favorite mug into an adorable soy wax candle, learn about scent theory, and have fun with Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles! We offer fun private candle-making classes and parties for everything from bachelorette parties to corporate events. We'll come to your home or find you the perfect venue.

Events include: 

  • Birthday parties
  • Baby showers (make candles in reused baby food jars!)
  • Bachelorette parties
  • Family holiday parties (the resulting candles make great gifts)
  • Corporate events and team building


Chicago candle-maker Jessica Snively, creator of Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles, teaches you how to make soy candles from start to finish

Throughout the process, you’ll create your own signature fragrance from a blend of scented soy-based oils. We'll supply a bunch of eclectic oils with options from floral (e.g., Lavender and Juniper) to natural (e.g., Cedar and Eucalyptus) and sweet (e.g., Buttercream and Fudge Brownie) to rugged (e.g., Leather). 

All the supplies are provided, including wax and fragrance oils. You can have your guests bring their own containers or request containers for an added fee of $2 per container. Each participant gets 1 lb. of wax, and depending on the size of your container(s), each guest will leave with 1–2 completed candles


Classes for up to 8 participants last approximately 2 hours. 


I can travel to any venue—including private homes and office spaces—in the Chicagoland area. A location with a stove onsite is preferable, but I can arrange to bring hot plates to spaces without a stove. If you do not have a chosen venue in mind, we can work together to find the perfect space. 


For a standard, 2-hour class for 4 people or more, I charge $40 per person.

For a standard, 2-hour class for 3 people or fewer, I charge $45 per person.


To set up an event, click the Book My Event button above. Please book at least 7 days in advance. Thank you for your interest! Email Jess at if you have any questions. 


Super fun and informative class! I have made a few candles in the past, but my husband was a newbie! Jess was great at explaining each step and shared some of her techniques. Both him and I learned a lot! If you are looking for a cool date night idea - would totally recommend!
— Hannah P.
The instructor Jess was so sweet and very personable! I’ve taken candle making classes before, but this one focused on creating your own signature fragrance. And I love that I was able to repurpose an old glass I had to create my custom candle. I highly recommend this class!
— Abby B.
My friend and I loved Jess and loved the class. What we appreciated most was the science behind it—it wasn’t just, “mix some stuff and it’ll smell pretty!” but really understanding what composes a scent and then how to choose materials to make candles easily at home. Really fun, loved the space the class was held in and would highly recommend!
— Janine M.

Soy candle making KIT

Learn to make soy candles at home! Our soy candle-making kits include instructions, 5 lbs. or 10 lbs. of soy wax, fragrance oils, and everything you need to make your own soy candles.