Candle Making Supplies Home  Site Map Site Map  Dollar Icon On Sale  Customer Service Service  Candlewic Home My Account  Check Out Check Out
Candlewic Logo Current Candle Making Supply Sales

Illumine - A Candle Making Blog

Candle Making Project, News, and Articles

Filter by APML

Green Candle Making: Environmentally Friendly Options

by Chandler 10. October 2012 01:32

Without doubt one of the hottest topics in the US right now is the continued momentum in the marketing power of “Green Products.” No longer when someone refers to green does it mean money. The latest buzz associated with the multi-meaning word "green" is products/services that promote global environmental protection. This can be a very small effort such as the new trend in emails of putting a footnote at the bottom of the email “not to print out unless necessary” all the way up to homes that can now be self sufficient with solar power, wind, and other environmentally friendly features.

Our regular readers have probably noticed that using natural products has become a regular part of our features. Some of the information we will cover has appeared previously but some of the information may be very surprising and interesting. The good news is the candle market is chalk full of great products that can utilize raw materials that are renewable.

Green Candle Waxes

One way to keep your candle making process environmentally "green" is to choose a "green" candle wax.

  1. Beeswax-Beeswax is 100% natural and contains no harmful additives. You can even make beeswax candles without melting the wax. Beeswax sheets provide an easy, eco-friendly alternative.
  2. Soy Wax-Soy wax is simply hydrogenated soybean oil and the best application for this wax is in containers. Soy as a plant has been around for thousands of years.

Other Green Components

In addition to wax there are other key components of the candle to consider. In an effort to continue to offer products to meet today’s consumers, we are very excited to launch a brand new line of glassware made of 100% recycled glass. This new line will start with six styles and more to come.

Think of the marketing appeal your candle will have when you can advertise that the wax is natural and the glassware is made of 100% recycled glass. As companies look to make their candles more green, using recycled glass can go a long way in this strategy. Since the container is made of recycled glass there can be some uneven surfaces in the glass. If your strategy is to make your candles even more environmentally friendly this will go a long way in doing so.

Another component, while not large, is the metal sustainer. Did you know that metal was one of the first materials to be recycled and in today’s world is one of the most recycled materials. The metal sustainers we offer have on average 40% of recycled metals. In the upcoming months we will be trying to move that figure higher to 80%. The problem right now is there is a shortage of metal and achieving the percentage you desire in recycled material is not attainable.

One of the easier components of a candle to keep natural is the wick. The wick is generally cotton which is also 100% natural. On several series of wicks there are cores that can be natural such as cotton and paper. In addition, new wicks are continually developed to improve the performance of the candle regarding to sooting and smoking.

If you want all natural fragrances you can consider essential oils, however, they do have some inherent issues, such as low flash points and limited selection. Be sure to test any essential oil in your specific application.

The demand for green products will continue to increase and the more your products can offer that use "green components" the more markets you open.

All Natural Candle Waxes: Which is Right for You?

by Chandler 1. October 2012 17:31

So paraffin wax isn't your cup of tea. Many candlemakers are developing a growing interest in all natural candles and these days there are more choices than ever. Choosing the proper one can be a daunting task. In this post, we will highlight some of the natural waxes to help you choose what might be right for your needs.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is definitely the most popular of all the natural waxes. Some of the reasons for its popularity are the ease of use (in most instances a very low shrink wax), the competitive cost advantage over paraffin wax, and the returning interest in using domestically produced products. Soy can make for great candles with a rich creamy look and can also achieve decent retention to containers. Here's a summary of some of the best selling soy waxes:

Candlewic Soy 125

Soy 125 is made with 100% natural soybeans that are domestically grown. Soy 125 is a blend of soy and soybean oil that will hold higher fragrance loads than the Soy-120. This wax is also an excellent choice if you want a paraffin/soy blend.


EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy has extreme resistance to bloom (white frosting) and "wet spots." It contracts slightly to produce a uniform beautiful appearance, requires only one pour, has good scent throw with fragrances, and a creamy white appearance.

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy is made from pure soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Candles made with CB-Advanced Soy resist frosting, have a smooth top surface and an even burn pool with consistent color retention.

Golden Wax 444 Soy Blend

Beautiful soy candles with all-natural wax! This Golden Wax 444 soy blend is composed of 98% soy wax with 2% natural additives. It mixes very well with paraffin wax at any level and has a higher melt point than the Golden Wax 464 which enables it to retain a higher FO load to give you a stronger scent throw.

While Soy has many positive attributes we do like, soy wax does not offer the maximum fragrance throw - much to the disappointment of many. If soy could deliver better fragrance throw, more candle makers would make the transition to soy wax.

While it does compromise the natural part of candles, a growing and popular trend is blending soy with paraffin to get the strengths of both products. Many call these hybrid waxes and they are worth exploring if you have not already.


Palm Wax

If you are looking for the complete unique look, the palm waxes are an excellent choice. With patterns of both crystallizing and feathering, each candle looks completely different. This wax is also all natural and, in most instances, has better fragrance throw than soy wax.

Palm-1 is an excellent wax that will produce a Crystallizing pattern designed for use in jars.

Palm-2 will create the same crystallizing pattern as Palm 1 but is designed for use in Pillars and votives.

Palm-3 will create a feather patter for pillars. Unfortunately will be to hard of a wax to use in containers.

Smooth Pillar Blend. If you want a basic all natural pillar this wax is the best choice. A very high-performance, all-natural smooth pillar blend of 100% soy, palm, cottonseed and other vegetable-based wax products has excellent burning properties.



This all around best natural wax has been around for centuries and is great for almost any type of candle. White and Yellow beeswax can be used in containers, pillars and tapers. The natural aroma makes this wax a winner in all of those applications. However, the price of beeswax is always the factor in why this wax is not used more often.

In addition any of these waxes can be blended together at any percentage so you can create your own truly unique and all natural candle.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Categories: Candle Making (General) | Candle Making How To's

Improve Your Candle Line

by Chandler 9. February 2010 21:01

4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Candle Line

Jump start sales and add new products to "reposition/market" your lines. Some of the suggestions can be simple little editions to your line while others may require a little more testing and product development. As all businesses have learned, you are no longer able to just hope that what you were doing in the past is enough to get you through another year.

There are many new and exciting product changes!

Wood Wicks

Without a doubt the most exciting new product to come along recently is the wood wick. The wood wick candle has been out for a few years, but for many, finding quality wood wicks from suppliers has always been difficult. The wood wick is not designed to replace your existing candle line, but is a way to attract new customers to your products.

The wood wick is limited to use in containers, but is great to use with all soy waxes and paraffin waxes. The wood wick can add a nice touch and unique burning property to your candle. Your candles can have that nice crackling sound that people love to read and relax by, but without the need to use the fire place. The wood wick definitely should be considered especially with some new or unique pieces of glassware.

Natural Candle Wax

Natural wax candles are here to stay and if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time. Soy is great in that it is all natural and produced here in the US which can have some great marketing appeal. A unique way to launch your soy wax line might be to add a line using travel tins. Travel tins are relatively easy to make because the exterior surface can hide many of the blemishes that occur when using glass containers. Tin containers do not break when the heavy shipping season occurs. (Be sure to check out our September 2007 issue on how to make these candles).

Custom Labels

There are many things about a candle that can appeal to the consumer, and one of them is the label. With today’s technology and printers it has simplified the process of making custom labels. Nothing is more appealing to small retailers and manufacturers then to offer items that cannot be found in the mass markets. Custom labels can be a tremendous asset for fundraisers and local craft shows and events. One site that we have always liked for help on custom labels is


One of the new products that we received numerous compliments about, and companies really like the suggestion, is to add luminaries to the line. For those that may not be familiar with this, these are the candles used in downtowns and neighborhoods by lining the streets with Luminaries.

One of the great things about the candles used in this application is they do not necessarily have to be white or a specific color. They can almost be any color because they are placed in the bag. What better way to use wax that may be colored but does not meet your color specifications, or a custom order canceled at the last minute.

Some other helpful hints would be contact the coordinator of the event and ask (in exchange for a discounted price) if you can you apply a label on the bag advertising your company. Be sure to check with various downtown districts and neighborhood civic associations to promote this idea. Many downtown events are in early December and will provide for some last minute advertising. For other items be sure to check out September 2008 issue.

Many of the above can be started with minimal investment.

All Natural Beeswax Garden Flare Candle

by Chandler 1. July 2009 01:50

Soy Wax

Materials Needed:

- 8 Sheets All Natural Beeswax
- 10' Cotton Wick
- Dowel/bamboo
- Aluminum foil

Step 1
Lay wick across the edge of the wax sheet. Position wick extending 1/2" (one-half) past the top and 3" from the bottom of the wax. Roll the edge of the wax over wick once, just far enough to cover the wick.

Step 2
Wrap piece of aluminum foil around the very tip of the dowel or bamboo (to prevent the wood from burning).

Step 3
Lay 3" of dowel/bamboo beside the first wrap of wax as prepared in Step 1.

Step 4
Heat well so the wax sticks well to your dowel or bamboo. Tightly roll the whole sheet of wax onto the dowel/bamboo. Keep the top and bottom of your wax sheet even while rolling firmly. Your end result should be a tightly rolled candle.

Step 5
To add a decorative accent to your garden flares add a natural ribbon or raffia bow to the base of your candle. (Be sure to remove your bow before burning your candle.)


About the author

Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.




home | candle making supplies | about us | customer service | ordering help | shipping

custom services | candle making FAQ | candle making videos | candle making links | terms | privacy

The Candlewic Company

Supplies the candle making industry with candle making kits, molds and accessories including candle wax, gel, and wicks.

3765 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
800-368-3352 | Local: 215-230-3601
Fax: 215-230-3606

Official Distributors of: Penreco Candle Gels
Members: IGCA, National Candle Association

Candle making supplies

candle wax
blended candle wax
international candle wax
granulated candle wax
soy wax


paraffin wax
beeswax sheets
candle gel wax
natural candle wax
candle wicks


candle molds
candle colors
candle scents
candle making kits
candle equipment
candle wax additives

Soap making supplies

soap making product details
melt & pour bases
essential oils
natural additives
soap molds
soap dyes


All content copyright 1999-2014 The Candlewic Company
All Rights Reserved. Not responsible for typographical errors. Prices subject to change without notice.

Website designed and maintained by MoJo Active