The more complex answer, no - but for a few reasons. First, while it is technically possible to make it yourself, it just isn't safe. The mineral oil used in the manufacture of gel wax by Penreco (they have the patent on gel wax) has very narrow flashpoint variability and high quality control. Varying either can make your gel unsafe and unpredictable.
A couple of years ago I saw a website of a man who made his own gel and sold the polymer to make it. But I can't find it any more. Either Penreco shut him down for patent infringement, or his barn burned down. It's not that expensive. Just buy it.
More Gel Candle Making FAQs
- What is gel wax?
- Are there different kinds of gel wax?
- How do I melt gel wax?
- What are the benefits of gel wax?
- How is it different from traditional waxes?
- Can I use the same fragrances in gel wax?
- How do I get the gel out of the bucket?
- What type of wicks should I use?
- What kind of containers can I use?
- Can I make my own gel wax?
- How much fragrance can I use in gel wax?
- Can I embed anything in gel wax candles?
- What is "cold flow"?
- What kind of colorants can I use in gel candles?
- Are gel candles dangerous?