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  1. Hi! Do you know how stearic acid works in candles? How does the amount of stearic acid affect the wax and the candle? Thanks for your insight!
  2. Hey yall so im 28 years old and used to make candles as a hobby a few years ago but im currently in the process of opening up a small business for my candles and a few other of my hand made goods. I am so completely indecisive on whether or not to go with a blend or make my own with testing, additives etc. I need a good container wax mainly tins with lids some glass with lids or blend that can also with stand being sold in hot temps and shipped in hot weather along with precautions ive taken with packaging to help in warm weather. And preferably a wax or blend that also has strong hot and cold throw, and appearance is also important, im fine with additives or whatever formula. and I am the only owner, making everything from my home but not selling out of my home at all, selling at flea markets, craft shows etc and selling online and i cant figure out whats the best route to go in terms of sole proprietorship, one member llc or what, and insurance for products, renters insurance, permits, business insurance etc, its confusing the hell outta me now, haaalp so my question is mainly for candle business owners or whoever knows their stuff lol. thank you in advance for any advice! What waxes and wax blends, additives do yall use with great success? What wicks? good wood wicks? Business structure did you choose and why? insurance? permits? thanks again
  3. Hello. My problem is that all waxes have two states, solid or liquid. I am trying to achieve a melted chocolate consistency while melting wax blend in a temperature controlled heater. And it has to be solid (enough) after cooling. Bonus points if it still can be burned after. Before I go crazy with trying everything in the house like flour, starch, etc. maybe any of you have expertise on giving waxes these properties, let me know. Lugupidamisega Reigo
  4. New to candle making? You want to learn everything candle-making from what supplies to use & candle containers to buy? Need to know what waxes should be used for candle making? If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about wax from our candle-making expert! What kind of wax should I use? Here at General Wax & Candle Co. we carry 10 different types of wax all of which can be used for candle making. It’s important when you begin candle making that you pick not only the right wax for you but the correct wax for the type of candles you are looking to create. Step 1: What kind of candle are you making? Understand that if you are making taper candles and or pillar candles you may need a specific type of wax. If you are taking a different route and are crafting candles using vessels/glass containers it’s important to know that certain waxes adhere better to container candles. Once you've chosen the type of candle you will be making and the vessel it will be in you could now narrow down the wax that would be best for your project. Step 2: Choose your wax Keep in mind the vessels and products you will be using for your specific project. Types of wax NATURAL (NON-GMO) AAK A3 100% Soy Wax This 100% soy wax is mainly used for container candles and adheres well to glass. This Soy Wax is very good to blend with other waxes like low melt paraffin, this will help enhance its quality and can prevent shrinkage or frosting. Our AAK A3 100% Soy Wax comes in the form of flakes with an off white color. This wax is easy to handle and measure, meaning it is great for beginner candle makers. CARGILL C3 NATUREWAX 100% SOY WAX CONTAINER BLEND This 100% soy wax from Cargill is considered to be one of our high quality products. When paired with fragrances this wax produces an excellent scent throw and maintains an even burn pool with consistent color retention and adheres well to glass containers. This wax has minimal shrinkage when cooling and comes in flake form with a melt point of 127℉ and a flash point >600℉. CARGILL C1 SOY BASED CONTAINER CANDLE WAX BLEND This vegetable blend wax from Elevance is 80% soy wax and 20% Palm wax. With great glass adhesion and excellent scent flow this wax burns evenly with a consistent color retention. This Cargill c1 soy based container candle wax comes in flake form and is recommended for votives, tarts and cosmetics. CARGILL C6 COCONUT SOY WAX BLEND Our C6 wax is a blend of soy and coconut wax. With excellent adhesion to glass and great scent flow this wax is designed for container candles and has minimal shrinkage when cooling. C6 wax has a melt point of 127°F and a flash point >600°F. SPECIALTY WAX MICRO WAX CUBES This Micro wax cubes serve best as an add on, meaning when added to taper candles it helps with stabilizing the candle. It also helps wax adhere to the walls of containers. This wax serves many purposes as it reduces/ eliminates mottling in pillars without adding much opacity. Recommended Usage: 2 teaspoons per pound of wax. SOY & SOY BLEND SB 1000 SOY BLEND CONTAINER WAX (4 LBS. PACK) This SB 1000 soy blend container wax is made up of 60% soy wax and a 40% blend of paraffin, UV and an enhancing additive. Like many of our soy waxes, this wax adheres well to glass containers and burns evenly. We recommend using HTP wicks for best burn performance. COCONUT / ULTRA ULTRA WAX – COCONUT-SOY BLEND Ultra Wax is our state of the art, smooth Coconut Soy Blend. With great adhesion to glass, this wax leaves a smooth finish on all sides of your jar. With a melting point of approximately 128℉ degrees and pour temperature of 165℉ degrees, Ultra Wax cools with minimal shrinkage. BEESWAX 100% REFINED BEESWAX Our premium-grade all-natural, chemical and particle-free. This wax can be used for candle and soap making, batiking fabric, painting in encaustics, and crafting specialty furniture polish. Beeswax has a melting point of 145° F – 149° F and a flash point of 490° F – 525° F. 100% BEESWAX HONEYCOMB SHEETS These unscented, easy-to-roll, 100% beeswax honeycomb sheets require no heat and can easily be cut into designs and appliqués. Great for beginner candle makers, at home projects and even children school projects. These Honeycomb sheets are uniquely textured and rich in color. Available in singles sheets or in a bulk case of 200 sheets, it is recommended that you use our 1/0 square raw or waxed wick for making rolled honeycomb beeswax candles. PILLAR & TAPER WAX 140 HOUSE-BLEND PILLAR WAX (4 LBS. PACK) This wax is our own special in-house wax, blended primarily for pillar and taper candles. This wax is our 140 House-Blend Pillar Wax in convenient, manageable and is available in packs of twenty four 1 lb. bricks or in packs of 4x 1 lb. 140 REGULAR PARAFFIN WAX (MOLDING/TAPER WAX) Our 140 regular paraffin wax has a melting point of 139℉ to 140℉ making it ideal for pouring into metal molds, plastic molds as well as making tapers. This wax can be used for making free standing candles, as well as floating candles. Based on the desired effect you're going for you may need additional additives please visit our candle wax additives pages for additional information. VOTIVE WAX 128 HOUSE BLEND WAX Our 128 House Blend Wax is a special in-house blend designed for votives, tapers, and jar containers. It’s important to note when making votive candles using House blend 128, it is necessary to add 1% Vybar 260. This will help harden and shrink the wax, making it more opaque and easier to remove from the mold. The addition of Vybar will also result in an overall smoother candle surface and has the added benefit of accepting more fragrance. HURRICANE WAX Hurricane Candle Wax is 100% paraffin with a melt point of 160°F. Melting this wax comes with ease with its low melting point. Available in bulk cases of 24x 1lbs as well as in a pack of 4 1 lb. blocks.
  5. Hi everyone! I hope I am in the right place! I am a newbie here on craftserver, and I started my candle business in September of 2021. I plan to launch next year. Enough about me and more about why I am making this thread. Earlier this year when I started making candles I really wanted to do a soy candle. I got the C3 wax and began mass producing different scents- not knowing how it all works. After lots of wasted money and attempts- because not only was I mass producing candles with this wax, I was also using one wick, then found out that wick didn’t work, so what did I do? I ordered a new wick and mass produced again the following week- and so on and so fourth, going through about 6 different wicks, all while mass producing. I since then switched over to a para-soy wax- IGI 6006. I really love the wax but I seriously can’t figure it out with the wicks. Im almost to the point of doing an all paraffin wax because I know my candle will sell for the meaning behind it… I lost two children. My daughter passed away in 2014 due to sepsis and my son passed away in 2016 due to pneumonia. I started my business in memory of my babies- every candle will be named after a person. If you would like to see more I’ll link my YouTube here. I am also on TikTok @corrinamallory and my candle page @knlheavenscentcandleco please give me advice on what wicks to try and or if I should maybe switch to a paraffin wax? I am soooooo desperate for help! PLEASEEEE! YouTube
  6. Hello! I am new to candle making and looking to confirm some information I've found online. I started looking into this because I recently bought an oil warmer and a wax warmer that are powered by tea light candles. This got me wondering if there are different "types" of tea light candles that would be optimal. The distance from the candle to the wax/oil dish is set so all I can control is how hot the candle is in terms of how fast the wax melts / oil heats As I understand it, there are 5 components to candle making in regards to heat. 1) Wick Size: Basically the biggest factor in candle heat. I've heard some varied information about how hot or quick different wick materials burn, but at the end of the day fire is fire. Bigger Wick = Bigger Flame = Hotter and Faster Burn. Ofcourse, adding multiple wicks will also add more heat. 2) Wax Type: Harder waxes and higher grade waxes burn hotter. 3) Candle “Additives”: Additives such as dye and fragrances (depending on what you use to add scent) have more to do with how "clean" the candles burn (a.k.a. how much soot they produce), but the entire candle formula/blend can affect the temperature and burn speed of the candle. For example, oil burns hotter than water so a candle/wax blend with a lower water content / higher oil content will burn hotter (also certain oils burn hotter than others). 4) The Container The Candle Is In: The container won't affect the heat of the candle, but it is super important to consider the size and the material of the container you’re using for your candle relative to flame size and heat. Plastic containers can work, but I've heard many people talk about them melting and/or catching fire. Thicker and more heat resistant containers are typically more expensive, but may be worth it for the increased safety when working with bigger/hotter flames. 5) What you're using the candle for / how long you want it to burn: I'd prefer a slower burn for any candle because they are longer lasting, but I might prioritize a brighter flame for an outdoor candle or more heat for a wax/oil warmer candle (but not enough heat to cause cracking/damage). Either way, Hotter Burn = Shorter Lasting Candle, so you must balance your priorities. I hope this info is helpful! (if it's all correct lol) P.S. If anyone has any specific recommendations or experiences regarding different waxes, wick materials/sizes, fragrance types, dyes, container materials, etc. or any advice in general I'd really appreciate it. Right now I'm just looking to make candles for my self and maybe some gifts, I expect I'll go through a lot of trial and error but any mistakes I could avoid or tips to improve my candles would be great!
  7. Using 6006 with 8% FO since it is more the 1oz/1lb I have been wicking 8oz jelly jar with LX 16, 18 HTP 104, 44-36-18z Very new to this and realize I must pay my dues 😳 No H scent throw. just received IGI 4630 with this wax plan to use 8% as well. I am asking for wick suggestions or when the candle site mentions wick up 1, 2 or 3 times when does this apply? I was hoping to make some gifts however, what I have is a box full of jelly jars full of wax that I’m not sure what to do with. I’m not using any coloring.
  8. I am fairly new to making wax melts and every now and then I run into a little hiccup. I use Golden Brands 494 for my melts and heat them up to 180 then I add my color wait till 160 then add my fragrance then wait till 130 to pour. For the most part everything comes out great the first pour into the mold however after that it all goes pear shaped. At the moment I only own one silicone mold (11 cubbies) so after pouring the necessary amount the rest remains in the pouring cup, where it hardens and then has to get remelted (normally at 140) after the second time doing this I noticed that the wax refuses to fuse and harden. It has the same consistency of damp flour. The smell is still great and I can still put it in the warmer however I t just refuses to harden. My main question is, if it is because the remelting. Does it permanently mess with the soy's molecular structure? I have 6 molds coming in from amazon so my redundant method of production should become more efficient. Grace
  9. I've been gone from this since last August. I worked hard enough to keep stock on-hand for my best customer. It was a long line of unfortunate and costly incidents I had to handle. I'm back into it now, and I realize I've forgotten a few things. I'm embarrassed to say that I have about fifteen different waxes. I haven't even tried most of them. Here is my first question: Is there any critically, significant difference between IGI 4627 Comfort Blend and IGI 4630 Harmony Blend? As I read the product fact sheet, I can't see much difference. I find both of them to work well for me. I'm trying to decide what waxes to eliminate, and move forward with as few as possible.
  10. I would like to start of by saying that I am fairly new to the candle making game. Unlike some seasoned veterans I barley have a year under my belt making candles and wax melts. However, with the risk of sounding prideful, I make good products. My HT and CT are strong and I have a set process that gives 90% sucess (avoiding major issues) when it comes to production. That being siad, the other 10% lies in the look of the candle. I use soy 464 for my candles and 494 for my melts and each frost. I understand that it is because it is natural and that is what soy does however I can't help but question if someone would want to buy a candle with it. Personally I would be okay with it because I know the quality of the candle is maintained in its most principle level (the scent) however the average consumer might not know that. For the bussiness owners out there, what is your take on selling these 'imperfect' candles?
  11. Hi, I’m a few weeks in to my research phase for making candles. Got into this by looking for non-toxic diffuser refills for my home, which led to looking at oils, fragrances, and paraffins and then stumbling across so much YouTube content. Then, yada yada, I’ve invested about $600 in fragrance samples, test waxes, supplies, containers. I plan to try making my own soy-beeswax-coconut blend OR hopefully finding success with one of the Cargill Nature Waxes. I welcome any advice for this testing stage, especially with: non-paraffin waxes wicks testing FO’s without breaking the bank FO load for HT Glad to find this group! Thanks!!
  12. Hello all. Want to share some links I found while reading posts on here that relate to product safety and candle companies that have been involved in lawsuits. Since this was brought up in a previous unrelated post I wanted to give it it's own post. It's interesting to read about the candle related law suits so you can learn from other's mistakes. Some mistakes appear to be by the manufacture, user error or a combination of both. Really makes me think about how I would present my products, package them, write up usage & warning info that wouldn't be misleading or confusing to the buyer or end user. To be blunt, it's like you have to dummy proof everything and explain everything and not assume people will know the intentions of your product. But what would be worse than being sued would be knowing that I injured someone with my product. 😩 https://www.cpsc.gov/search?site=cpsc_site&output=xml_no_dtd&getfields=*&tlen=120&client=ek_drupal_01&proxystylesheet=ek_drupal_01&filter=p&query=candle https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/search.html?keywords=candle https://candles.org/ https://candles.org/industry-standards/ https://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/
  13. So I am now to this forum and I apologize in advance if I've not posted in the correct place. I am using igi 6006 parasoy wax by itself (I haven't added any extra soy like many do.) I use 8.5% FO added at 185•, and I pour at 170•. I let them cure 24hrs before my burn test. I am using 3.1" diameter jars with 8 ounces of wax in each. So far I've tested 6 different wicks. I've tried the eco 8 & eco 10 first. They both produced insane amounts of soot and the flames were flickering almost nonstop. I've tried the eco 6, LX 22, CSN 14, and a medium zinc wick. The photos are after an 8 hour burn. I burned for four, blew them out then relight. I took these just before blowing them out. The csn 14 is probably my favorite, but I can't quite tell yet. The burn pool doesn't seem like it's going to be large enough. When lit, the flame is very still and doesn't flicker much at all. The only downside is if any wind comes around the flame, it smokes like crazy The eco 6 burns beautifully, but the burn pool seems too small. The 8 is the night size up and that was too large, so I have no clue where to go from there with the eco wicks. I like the LX 22, but I'm not sure if the melt pool will be large enough and the flame sometimes dances. The medium zinc obviously wont work. The flame is very weak and the melt pool is only about 2". The other question I have is about different FOs needing different wicks. Do I really have to test each FO to find a specific wick for each one? It just seems like that would cost a few grand and be VERY time consuming. (Say I want to test 30 FOs. I'd need 30 jars. I'd have to have multiple wicks of each size and each brand. The amount of wax this would take would be enormous.) thank you in advance!
  14. hi I am new to candle making! Hoping I could get some proper insight! I have made a few scented candles already and they have come out pretty good, just some issues. I've tried multiple waxes, coconut, soy, parasoy, veggysoy and I've tried multiple wicks, eco, htp and CD. I seem to be coming across issues with wet spots/poor adhesion the sides of my glass jar, wax discoloring, excess soot and not an even melt pool. I've tried so many possibilities I am unsure where to focus on and how to correct what issue. Or how to figure out the root of which issue. please help!
  15. Hey everyone! I normally wouldn't post this kind of thing but I figured it soy and coconut wax would best be used by all of you. I am moving in a couple weeks and do not feel like lugging my wax with me. I have 49lbs of NatureWax Coconut 2 and 9lbs of Golden Brands 464. I live in Lancaster, PA. If interested, swing a text at 717-682-7108!
  16. I'm not finding a lot of posts of people using C1 soy/palm wax. So if you are using C1, I would appreciate any tips, suggestions, instructions as I just ordered 50 lbs. to test along with C3 (which I ordered weeks ago after throwing in the 464 towel but didn't test yet). I am not asking anyone to share trade secrets! @TallTayl has already suggested a few things which I appreciate! And I am ok with doing this all on my own. Will certainly share my results with all of you when done testing. GoldieMN
  17. I've tried to find the answer to my question but was unable to. My question is this; what is the best parasoy for container candles? I want the best HT/CT possible in a parasoy. Im trying to research a few but can't find any good information. Thanks in advance!
  18. Does anyone know where to purchase Kerax in the US? I ordered some from the UK and love it-but can’t seem to find a distributor here in the US Any leads would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  19. Hello everyone, I am new to soy wax candle making. I am here because I was wondering in your experience Is It ok to use essential oils in soy wax candles. I have been researching and for the most part is the general answer is yes but I am left wondering if it is even worth spending money on expensive essential oils rather then fragrance oils. I've read that fragrance oil have better scent throws then essential oils but sometimes i am not a fan of fragrance oils because some of them tend to have a synthetic smell to them. So far i have experimented with an 8 oz candle with a total of 20 drops of a mix of amber and sage essential oils, I am currently waiting for that to cure so i can light and test it. With that being said I have the following questions. Is It ok to use essential oils in soy wax candles? What is the general rule of thumb for the amount of essential oil to 1 lb of soy wax? What is a good temperature to add essential/fragrance oils to the soy wax? What is a good temperature to pour the soy wax into a glass jar? Is It ok to mix essential oils and fragrance oils for soy wax candles? Any help is really appreciated!
  20. I have tried so many wicks but not sure why the flame of my candle just blows out like in 15 mins and also I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong the kind of jar I’m using is a Square mason 8oz glass jar. I’m not sure what kind of wick should I buy from amazon 😓
  21. I'm having such a hard time finding a wax that works for me. I've used 464, 415 and joy wax from Nature's Garden. Nothing I do gets a good hot throw from any of them. I'm open to any kind of wax except beeswax. I'm currently working with joy wax and I love working with it, it's justreally picky about the fragrances and as for the two soy waxes I've used i got zero got throw from either. I've done tons of testing with wicks, fragrance amounts, temperatures. Sofar I've had the best luckwith joy wax. I'm most definitely done with the soy. Any tips or suggestions on different waxes. I'd really love to try just paraffin.
  22. Hi everyone, new candle maker here! I would love to get your opinions on wax's and wick's. I've read through a lot of the forums already and can't seem to find the answers I'm looking for. Basically I'd love to stay away from Paraffin if possible but soy is not giving me the hot throw I'd like. With my brand I do want to strive for a very good hot throw. Can you please let me know what wax and wick combo you've found best for a mostly natural, great hot throw candle? I'm using 8oz, straight sided, glass jars with my candles. Thank you!
  23. Tokoo

    4625/6006 Wax

    I bought some 6006 and 4625 wax for tarts. I wanted to test them to see how they would do, right out of the bag I could tell I wouldn't be happy with the results, but I melted a little of each, and poured them. After sitting for 24 hours I tested them out, I was right The 6006 with less then 1% FO had a good hot and cold throw, but its so soft. feels like butter plus I hate the oily texture it has. However the 4625 was like a brick, and barely had a cold throw, with no hot throw (that could be fixed by increasing the FO maybe). So I wonder if I could mix the 2 for a better result, or mix the 4625 with something else. Not sure if that would be a waste of time, or money. I was going to get the soy tart wax, but I don't really like the feeling of soy tarts.
  24. Hey everyone! I have made more than a couple batches so far of GB 464. As I found the CT was awesome but the HT was not good, I started reading up and down this blog. While it may be the wicking (I'll find out soon when new batch cures), I am weary to keep spending money on what seems like a shaky soy market. I bought 4 candles from 4 different companies that are 100% soy and they are awesome. Seems like conflicting thoughts out there. 1) If I was to simply test a couple different wax makeups, which would you recommend? (beeswax+cococut, parasoy, etc..) 2) How do the % change when using, lets say, soy vs beeswax? 3) Can anyone tell me if phthalate free has an effect on scent? 4) I know a couple companies who use coconut oil instead of coconut wax. How would that be different? This forum has been an absolute awesome resource. Everyone is so friendly and I learn so much in the little time I have been doing this! Thanks in advanced and excited to hear your experiences!
  25. I am just starting to make candles with the hopes of selling them eventually. I am in the process of determining what kind/s of wax to use. I have solely been working with different types of soy wax up to this point. However, there seems to be some benefits from other types of wax (i.e. parrafin and palm). When I research some of my favorite candle companies (Archipelago, Voluspa, Capri Blue, Paddywax, Nest, etc.) they all appear to use a blend of waxes and not just soy. I would like to be "environmentally friendly" and create a "clean" candle but not necessarily at the expense of scent throw and quality. My questions are... Has anyone found selling candles with palm or parrafin wax harder to sell to consumers? Do customers seem to care what wax you use when you are selling them at craft fairs or wholesale to stores? I would appreciate any insight people may have!
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