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It is hard to believe that we are entering our fifth year of Publication of the En-Light-ener. Over the years we have covered a number of topics and issues and we truly appreciate those that have been with us since the beginning. Our En-Light-ener might only be going into the fifth year but since History is worth telling, I would encourage you to read Candlewic’s History at the bottom of this issue.

Demystifying Candle Waxes, Part III:
Straight Paraffin Waxes.

For those keeping score, this is the third and final chapter in our recent series in "de-mystifying" Candle waxes. In the first issue we covered the blends available on the market, the second issue identified the emerging natural wax market. This final article features the use of straight paraffin wax.

I was fortunate enough to recently attend a Vendor Conference for one of the leading candle manufacturers in the US and the discussion focused on how their manufacturing processes continually becomes more complex instead of easier. You must be thinking, how can that be with all of the new technology and automation available.

It really made me think and even reflect on our business. After thinking about it on the flight home I realized all I had to do was look at our business and it starts to become very clear how this is true in many of our operations.

When we were located in our first warehouse in New Britain (check out our history) we offered at the time about 6-7 straight paraffin waxes with 1-2 specialty waxes like beeswax and bayberry wax. With these 6-7 straight paraffin waxes, we were able to service most of the candle market and candle makers got what they needed in most instances.

We still offer these same straight paraffin waxes and many are still very popular. But in today’s marketplace these are not enough waxes to satisfy all candle makers. Thus the emergence of specialty blends and waxes developed for specific applications, such as carving.

I think for any candle operation a review should be made to determine if a straight paraffin wax is right for that application. It might be an appropriate time to identify what we mean by straight paraffin waxes. For this discussion a straight paraffin is a wax that contains no additives.

One of the advantages of these waxes is that you can make changes to your line to reflect the seasons, such as bright colors for the spring and dark rich colors for the fall. Using straight waxes does require testing and development to create that special look. In the end what you will have is a candle that has a unique look and one that was created by you. Like all the great chefs with their secret recipes, you will have your own special recipe that separates you from the competition.


Container Fill



2530H wax

To this day our most popular wax remains the Container Fill (CF). This straight paraffin is great for making container candles. The reason this wax is most popular is that it can be used in any type of container such as glassware, tin or crocks. If you add a little vybar or micro you can create a very smooth look. Hint: For even more vibrant colors try adding a little more vybar. If you wish to make a mottled candle in these same containers, 2530H is the most suitable wax for this application.

Another popular wax for general candle making is the 3134. This wax is excellent for making votives and for making smaller container candles. The best additive to use with this wax again is vybar but stearic acid is also very popular.


3134 wax



4144 wax

A good base wax for pillar candles or votives would be the 4144 wax. For making pillars you will want to use vybar in some percentage and then a micro or even stearic acid.

While the development of your candle line may take longer using a straight paraffin wax the rewards can be very gratifying and unique because you will have your own formulation. Some of the most unique lines of candles have been developed by trial and error. In fact, during the early phases of mottled candles, some candle makers said that it was a mistake and that someone forgot to put in the necessary additives.

While the choices for wax can be overwhelming, we at Candlewic are committed to assisting you in selecting the right wax for your application.

CHANDLER'S CORNER

Hi! I'm Chandler!
I can help you
learn how to make candles.
On behalf of the Candlewic Company I hope that this series highlighting waxes was of assistance. The number one question I hear from customers is what wax should I use to make my candles?

It is important that I point out that all of the waxes we offer are excellent for its specific application and my suggestion should not imply that you are using the wrong wax for the type of candle you wish to make. I would like to identify some of my favorites and ones, which are always a good starting point.

Straight Wax Blended Wax Low Shrinkage Blend Mottled Wax Natural Wax
Container Candles
CF CBL-129 CBL-130 2530H Soy-125
Votives
3134 CBL-141 5560 3035H CSP-1
Pillar Candles
4144 CBL-141 n/a 4045H Palm-3

 


March 2005

PROJECT:
Rose Candle

With spring right around the corner I can't think of a more appropriate project than a Rose Candle. This Rose, Daisy and Poinsettia is just what you need to kick off your spring.

This candle can be made very easily using the M-22 Rose floater. You start by sliding unwaxed wick material through the bottom of the mold. You will need a "long pointed" object to force the wick through the hole. Once the wick is passed through the bottom of the mold, secure it on top of the mold with a wick bar. If you don’t have a wick bar, a popsicle stick will work.

Helpful Hint: Leave extra lengths of wick at the bottom of the mold so when you remove your candle from the mold, it will be automatically wicked for your next pour.

You then secure the mold together with rubber bands. Take your paraffin wax, CBL-141, which can be scented and/or colored and pour at around 180-185 degrees F. Top off the candle. When the candle has properly solidified, remove it from the mold. This floating candle will add a very nice accent to any party.

Extra Touch
Pour a number of these roses in red. After about 4 or 5 pours, pour one in white. The dye, which can accumulate on the mold, will "bleed" into the white wax and create a lovely pink color. Other flowers available in polyurethane molds for floaters include Daisy and Poinsettia.

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Our History
The Candlewic Story is one that ownership is proud to share and shall always leave a lasting legacy for William R. Binder, II and Elizabeth Binder. It is the quintessential story of a business that started in Bill and Betty’s kitchen and by identifying a market being unfilled at the time is now an Industry leader in the “fragrance craft market”.

The business started out very innocently as Betty was in her normal course of being a devoted mother and serving as a “Den Mother” for her son’s local Cub Scout Troop. As any dedicated Den Mother does she sought out the best and most unique crafts for the troop to participate. Fortunately, for all of us she found the best craft of them all -- Candle Making. So intrigued by the properties of this newfound art, the entire family was making, selling and marketing candles and candle supplies by 1970.

“I expect that in another five years, making candles at home will be as commonplace as dyeing Easter Eggs.”

   William Binder, II
   December 26, 1972
   The Intelligencer
 

The Binder family vacations were always centered on the location of the next candle convention. The development and growth of Candlewic was always a family affair, which included a grade school science project on the burning characteristics of waxes, which, incidentally, did win an award.

Making and selling candles and supplies in a residential house was not enough for Bill and Betty Binder so in the mid 1970’s the entire operation was moved to New Britain. The business continued to grow to the point that the New Britain facility was too small. In 1994 the Binder Family purchased 8 acres in beautiful Upper Bucks County and built a new warehouse and manufacturing facility and the entire operation was run from that facility. As Candlewic continued to grow in 2001 it was necessary to open a second facility dedicated to distribution of the many products.

Over the last couple of years Candlewic continues to expand its product offering which now includes soap making supplies and entire line of specialty blends developed from 30 years of experience. In July of 2004 the company was successful in consolidating the entire operation in one facility in Central Bucks County.

The 2nd generation of Binder, brothers Dave and Bill now lead Candlewic. While the original prediction of “being as commonplace as dying as Easter Eggs” has not been achieved the candle crafting industry continues to grow and Candlewic will be at the forefront of this new era.



We hope you enjoyed this issue of the En-Light-ener.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Our goal is to make this newsletter as entertaining and educational as possible.
Let us know if you have any ideas on how we can improve.

Candlewic Company
3765 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
800-368-3352



Issue Index

July2014 -- Mold Techniques

June 2014 -- Summer Homework Assignment: Improve Your Candle Business

May 2014 -- How to Make a Profit? Use a BOM.

April 2014 -- Is it Right? and more....

March 2014 -- Pick a Wick and more...

February 2014 -- Soy-lutions and more...

January 2014 -- Jump Starting and more...

December 2013 -- A Year-End Thank YOU! and more...

November 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

October 2013 -- Holiday Season Checklist and more...

September 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

August 2013 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles and more...

June 2013 -- Tools of the Trade and more...

April 2013 -- Spring Is In The Air and more...

March 2013 -- To Be or Not to Be and more...

February 2013 -- Keeping Up With the Times and more...

January 2013 -- A New Year of Candle Making and more...

December 2012 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2012 -- Managing Shipping Options, Luminary Candles and more...

October 2012 -- Resources for Candle Makers, Snowball Candles and more...

September 2012 -- Paraffin wax - Not Your Cup of Tea, One-Pour Tins and more...

August 2012 -- Choosing the Right Wax, Aluminum Molds and more...

July 2012 -- Candle Making Kits, Palm Wax Candles and more...

June 2012 -- Starting Your Own Candle Business, Grubby Candles and more...

May 2012 -- Three Step Guide to Show Success, Candle making Without Melting and more...

April 2012 -- With Every Season, a Change in Process and more...

March 2012 -- The Whole Ball of Wax and more...

February 2012 -- Choosing the Right Color and more...

January 2012 -- Time for Your Yearly Checkup - Candle Business Style and more...

December 2011 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2011 -- Our Candle Making Wish List, Holiday Luminaries, and more...

October 2011 -- Overlooked But Definitely Not Overrated, Making votives with votive pins, and more...

September 2011 -- Time to Light a Fire for Your Business, What to do with extra candle wax, and more...

August 2011 -- All About Candle Additives, Ice Candle Project, and more...

July 2011 -- Create Unique and Trendy Candles, Taper Candles Using Polyurethane Molds, and more...

June 2011 -- Use Summertime To Improve Your Candle Making Business, Floral Pillar Candles Project, and more...

May 2011 -- Getting Your Candle Making Business Online, About Aluminum Molds, and more...

April 2011 -- Choosing the Right Soy Wax, Making Scented Votives and Floaters, and more...

March 2011 -- 5 Valuable Tips for Starting a Candle Making Business, Making Dipped Tapers, and more...

February 2011 -- Advice on Selecting Candle Wicks, Add That Finishing Touch, and more...

January 2011 -- First Impression Is Everything in Selling Candles, One-Pour Tins, and more...

December 2010 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2010 -- Wish List for Candle Making, How to Make Grubby Candles, and more...

October 2010 -- Getting to the Next Level, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

September 2010 -- Five Tips to Make Customers Fall In Love With Your Candles, Veggie Dip Candles, and more...

August 2010 -- Back to Candle Making, Summer Sand Candles

July 2010 -- Are You Selecting the Right Wax?, Beeswax Pillar Candles, and more...

June 2010 -- 5 Free (or low cost) Business Growth Candle Making Business Resources, Vegetable Wax Candles, and more...

May 2010 -- Create Your White Castle Opportunity, No Melting Required Candle Project, and more...

April 2010 -- How To Reduce, Reuse and Recycle When Making Candles, What To Do With Extra Candle Wax, and more...

March 2010 -- Why Color Is Important, Making Streak Candles Project, and more...

February 2010 -- Pillar Candles - What's Old Is New, Making Palm Wax Candles, and more...

January 2010 -- New Year, New Decade and New Candle Making Tactics, Textured Candle Project, and more...

December 2009 -- 12 Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2009 -- Tom Turkey on Candle Making, Candle Kits vs Buying Indidual Supplies, and more...

October 2009 -- Taking the Scary out of Candle Making, Snowball Candle Project, and more...

September 2009 -- 4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Candle Line, Layered Candle Project, and more...

August 2009 -- Is Big Always Better?, Cookie Cutter Candle Making Project, and more...

July 2009 -- How to Set Candle Prices, All Natural Beeswax Garden Flare Candle Making Project, and more...

June 2009 -- 5 Tips for Avoiding Margin Drain, Tri-Color Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2009 -- How To Select a Candle Wick, Chunk Candle Making Project, and more...

April 2009 -- Candle Making Ideas for Summer, Candle Making Projects, and more...

March 2009 -- Mold Techniques in Candle Making, A Simple Candle Project, and more...

February 2009 -- Setting the Right Mood Year Round, Tealight Candle Project, and more...

January 2009 -- Reacquainting Yourself with Candle Making Waxes, Tri-Color Candle Project, and more...

December 2008 -- 12 Days of the Candle Making Business, Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2008 -- Candle Making Business Cliches, Miracle Molding Material Projects, and more...

October 2008 -- Candle Making Terms Explained, How To Make Mottling Candles, and more...

September 2008 -- Adding on to Your Candle Lines, How To Make Candle Luminaries, and more...

August 2008 -- Candles & Their Fragrances, How To Make Pillar Candles, and more...

July 2008 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles, How To Make Dipped Tapers, and more...

June 2008 -- Fall Candle Season Starts Now, Extraordinary Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2008 -- Green Candle Making, Green Candle Projects, and more...

April 2008 -- Recent Candle Industry Price Increases, Aluminum Mold Candle Project, and more...

March 2008 -- Straight Wax, Exciting New Candle Making Products, and more...

February 2008 -- Business Side of Candle Making, Ice Candle Project, and more...

January 2008 -- Basics of Blended Wax Candles, Rose Floater Candle Project, and more...

December 2007 -- 12 Days of Business, 2007 Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2007 -- Show Time for Candle Making, Making Snow Candles, and more...

October 2007 -- Ready, Set, GO candle making, Candle Luminaries, and more...

September 2007 -- GREENING Your Product Line and Your Bottom Line…, One-Pour Candle Tins, and more...

August 2007 -- Candle Making's Center of Focus, Making Streak Candles, and more...

July 2007 -- The Latest in Candle Making Products, Votive Candle Project, and more...

June 2007 -- Setting Your Candles' Sale Price, Summer Candle Projects, and more...

May 2007 -- Determining Your Candle Making Costs, Using Extra Candle Wax, and more...

April 2007 -- Natural Wax Buzz Part 2, Layered natural candles, and more...

March 2007--Crucial details of candle making, Candle projects with no melting required, and more...

February 2007--How to choose a candle making mold, Making custom candle molds, and more...

January 2007--"Green" Candle Making, tri-color jar candle project, and more...

December 2006--Looking into the candle making future, 2006 candle projects, and more...

November 2006--Introducing...a candle making introduction, candle projects, and more...

October 2006--Prime time: candle wicks, taper candle projects, and more...

September 2006--Clearly still here:Gel candle making, one-pour tins, and more...

August 2006--Fragrance - the driving force of candle making, a new contest, and more...

July 2006--Planning your production, using granulated wax, and more...

June 2006--Our 35th Year, using aluminum candle molds, how much candle fragrance to use, and more...

May 2006--Summertime candle making, making natural lemon candles and more...

April 2006--Choose the candle wick, making tealight candles and more...

March 2006--Choose the right wick base, blending soy wax with paraffin, making palm wax candles and more...

February 2006--The roll of wax additives in a blended wax world, UV additives, making grubby candles and more...

January 2006--The secrets of soy wax candles, more ways to use candles, making soy wax container candles and more...

December 2005--Planning for the new year, announcing our new home, secrets about wicks, and more...

November 2005--Holiday candle making, ideas to sell more candles, making luminaries and more...

October 2005--Temperture issues when making candles, how to start making candles and more...

September 2005--Choose the right candle mold, ASTM safety standards, and more...

August 2005--Color and Fragrance trends, choosing the right candle making tools, and more...

July 2005--Planning for efficient production, Marketing your Candles, Making Swirl Candles, and more...

June 2005--New market trends in candle shapes and textures, Making Textured Candles, and more...

May 2005--The trends and science of candle fragrances, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

April 2005--How to select the proper candle wick, Top Colors, Making "Earthy" Chunk Candles, and more...

March 2005--Selecting the right wax Part III, Our Top Waxes, Making Floral Candles, Our History and more...

February 2005--Selecting the right wax Part II, Our Top Fragrances, Making Fruit Candles and more...

January 2005--Selecting the right wax, Using blended wax, Coloring wax, Making Layered Jar Candles and more...

December 2004--All about candle making fragrances, Making Grubby Candles and more...

November 2004--Choosing Color for your candle making, Making snowball candles and more...

October 2004--Candle Making Busy Season, Making Palm Wax Candles, Speeding Up Candle Production and more...

September 2004--Candle Wax Melters, Making Sense of your Candle Scents, Making Taper Candles and more...

August 2004--Getting Ready For The Season, Using Votive Pins To Make Votive Candles, No Melt Candle Making and more...

July 2004--Some History & What's New, Paraffin Myths, Making Golf Ball Candles and more...

June 2004--Choosing the Right Candle Wax for Your Needs, Making One-Pour Tins and more...

May 2004--Investigating New Products, Burn Testing, Making Freestanding Gel Pillars & Novelties and more...

April 2004--Candle Making Trends, Rolled Candles with Beeswax Sheets, Making Taper Candles and more...

March 2004--Color Theory & Techniques, Floating Candle Molds, Making Tealight Candles and more...

February 2004--Mold Techniques, Computers and Candlemaking, Making Easter Egg Chunk Candles and more...

January 2004--Marketing Natural Wax and Paraffin Candles, Layering Natural Wax Candles and more...

December 2003--Holiday Greetings, 2003 Year in Review, The 6 P's, Making Icicle Candles and more...

November 2003--Building Your Candle Product Line, Making Holiday Ornaments & Soap-on-a-Wick and more...

October 2003--Marketing Your Candles, Polyurethane Molds, Making Lemon Candles, and more...

September 2003--Packaging & Labeling, Essential Oils, Making Rolled Pillars with Beeswax Sheets, and more...

August 2003--Using Palm Wax, Increasing Your Profit Margins, Using Aluminum Molds, and more...

July 2003--Ultra Violet Light Absorbers, Reducing Shipping Costs, Dipping Techniques, and more...

June 2003--Choosing the Right Wick, Using a Wick Stick, Making Floater Candles, and more...

May 2003--New Products Review, Pouring Temperatures, Finishes For Your Candles, and more...

April 2003--Selecting Paraffin, Natural and “Hybrid” Waxes, Using Pillar Pins, and more...

March 2003--Selling & Marketing Candles, Making it Easier to Make Pillars, Wax Art Crystals and more...

February 2003--Pouring Temperatures, Votive Tips, Making Grubby Candles, and more...

January 2003--Candle Making Safety Tips, Instruction Labels, What To Do With Extra Wax and more...

December 2002--Polycarbonate Molds, Making Clear Snowball Candles, and more...

November 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, The Story of Chandler, Natural F Wax, and more...

October 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, Projects Review and more...

September 2002--Accessorizing Your Manufacturing, Making Clear Pillar Candles, and more...

July/August 2002--Making Cinnamon Roll Candles, Clear Pillar Base, New Products, and more...

May/June 2002--Back to Basics, Making F Wax Candles, and more...

April 2002--Making Streaked Candles, Wax 101 part 3: Natural Wax, and more...

March 2002--Making Crackled Candles, Wax 101 part 2: Gel Wax, and more...

February 2002--Making Easter Egg Candles, Wax 101: An Overview, and more...

January 2002 --Review of 2001, Frosty Snowman Candles, New Products, Safety Info and more...

December 2001--Botanical candles, making white candles white and more...

November 2001--Chunk candles, clearance sale!, candlemaking books and more...

October 2001--The new candle market, choosing gels, votive wicks and more...

August 2001--New products, new location , new web site and more...

July 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 3), Candle Burn Times and more...

June 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 2), UV Light Absorbers, Wax Additive Recommendations and more...

May 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles, Burning Instructions, Selecting Sustainer Bases and more...

April 2001--Natural Waxes, Candle Burn Times, Wax Pouring Temperatures and more...

March 2001--Making Wax Inserts, Blended vs. Non-Blended Waxes, Colors, Fragrances and more...

February 2001--Whipped Wax, Wax Art Crystal Wax, Gel Candles, Using Containers and more...

 

 


 


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