Candle Making Dos & Don’ts

Use the right temp to add your fragrance oil. This will make your scent last longer and help you get a better hold on the wax. It is best to add your fragrance to the wax at 180-185F in the case of soy, and 200-205F in the case of paraffin wax.

Stir continuously for a minimum of 3-5 minutes. It is possible to keep the fragrance oil from clinging to the wax by stirring only for a brief time. This can cause the fragrance oil to settle to its bottom, which can also cause a weak scent throw.

Trim the wick. A sloppy wick can cause smoke, ash, mushrooming, or a large flame. You must ensure your candle burns safely and properly by trimming your wick. It is recommended to trim the wicks of paraffin candles down 1/4 inch, 1/8th, and 1/4th respectively for soy candles. We recommend trimming our wood wicks in all applications to 1/4th.

Prepare your containers. Preheating will slow down the cooling of the containers and prevent the wax from shrinking away from them, creating wet spots. You can use candle making kits for candles making purpose.

You should always monitor the temperature of your candles throughout the entire process. This will ensure you don’t burn the wax.

Use the correct size and type. A small wick can prevent your candle from burning to its full potential and may also cause a decrease in scent throw. The right type of wax wick is also important. Zinc core or wicks with a zinc core are not designed to burn wax well in natural waxes. To learn more about all our wicks, and to see the sizing chart, click.

TEST, TEST, TEST! It is a common mistake for first-time candle makers to mass-produce their candles before they have a proper test burn. Many variables can impact the way your candle will burn. It is always best to test all the components together to ensure it works properly and you get the result you want.

DON’TS:

Crayon is not meant for burning like candle wax. Your candle’s ability to burn well can be affected if you use crayons. The use of crayons can cause a clog in your wick, which can lead to a poor scent and a bad smell. Did you ever smell a crayon? Make sure to use candle-safe dyes. We have two types of candle dyes: block which works well in different waxes.

You can melt your wax in your microwave; however, it will be difficult to gauge the temperature. It might not melt evenly. You could also risk scorching the wax in certain areas (called heat spots). Scorched wax can have a strong odor similar to burned popcorn.

Use perfume to replace fragrance oils: Much like crayons and pencils, perfume should not be used to burn. It won’t wick well and will cause clogging. You should only use fragrance oils made for candle making. We have almost 499 fragrances to pick from, and we add more every year!

If you burn your candle more than 3-4 times Your wick should be cut after burning it for 3-4hrs The candle can become smoky, sooty, and mush roomy if it is left burning for too long. If the flame becomes too big, it can mask your hot throw.

Set your candle in your refrigerator while it is important to wait for the candle’s setting up to complete, the refrigerator will accelerate the cooling process. But, it can also cause damage to your candle in several ways. This can lead to the glass shattering or cracking and the wax shrinking up which can create wet spots or sinkholes and weaken the scent throw. Allow your candle to cool down as slowly as possible to avoid any of these problems. You should only put candles in the fridge if your candle is making a pillar, or if you need help getting the mold out. Even then, we suggest that the candles be kept in the fridge for between 5-10 minutes. )

Use too much fragrance an increase in fragrance oil does NOT always result in a stronger fragrance throw. Each wax has a recommended amount of fragrance oil. Excessive fragrance oil can cause the wax’s fragrance oil to separate, which could lead to a fire hazard. Over-use of fragrance can cause the wick to blockage, which can lead to weak scent throw. 

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