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Recent Price Trends

Many larger magazines, newsletters and online publications plan their topics months in advance. This will help the writers and editors prepare material well in advance, but in many instances will make it difficult to always offer the most timely articles. One of the advantages of having a smaller publication is that the topics can be prepared a week or days in advance, so topics can be very timely.

There probably is not more of a timely issue right now than the current continued increase in soy wax prices, coupled with the continuing trend of paraffin wax increases. Unfortunately, the trend for paraffin wax has been ongoing on close to three (3) years and for the recent soy market about four to six months. In this issue we will focus on some of the reasons these price increases are occurring and why it may be necessary to follow some of the larger economic issues.

It is amazing how often you can read USA Today and one of the feature stories will indirectly have an impact on the candle business. Several weeks ago their front page article featured how prices of wheat, soy and other crops have skyrocketed and how much this has impacted food prices and essential household items. In some instances, there have been some extreme measures taken. According to USA Today, Pakistan is stockpiling wheat and using its military to guard flour mills. In other places the result has been continued price increases on food prices to the extent that riots have occurred.

The reality of it is that the candle industry is also getting hit very hard, because of these increases. While candles are not as critical as food, for many companies and individuals it is their sole income. The timing could not have been worse in that a growing trend had some companies switching from paraffin based products to soy and other natural based products to take advantage of the favorable pricing soy once offered. However, in recent months, soy has soared to where in some instances they are 25 to 30% higher than paraffin based products. Some might point out that the continued increase in popularity of soy contributed to this, but reality of it is that soy candles have had very little, if any impact on this upward movement of soy prices. Right now, depending on the source, it has been identified that only 2 to 6% of the soy processed goes into the candle market, the far greater usage is in foods.

The current increase in price is more of economics 101; the demand for the product is not nearly keeping pace with the availability. The price of soy is always determined based on the market commodity pricing. During the first quarter of 2008, by many accounts, the demand for soy would increase dramatically in 2008 and the availability would be down thus the tremendous shift up in pricing. The forecasted demand came as a result of the continuing trend to alternative fuels and now the anticipated rapidly need of soy and other products grown in China. The good news if any has been the last couple of weeks the “futures” on soy have been declining slightly. We do use the term slightly very cautiously in that it may only be a temporary situation if the demand suddenly increases, or the ability to grow the forecasted crop decreases it could go up very rapidly again.

It is very difficult to determine how to proceed in a market like this. The general suggestion is that when a price seems to be where you need it to be, purchase more than you may need to avoid future increases. Follow the market and always try to take advantage of soy pricing when possible.

The other development in the candle industry regarding paraffin waxes has actually been going on for a number of years and continues to evolve and change almost annually. For many years wax was treated at refineries as a by-product of the refining process and was priced accordingly. In most instances the operators of refineries focused on revenues from fuels and higher end products in the process and were satisfied, in most instances, with just minimal cost on selling the waxes. As technology was developed to convert more of the crude to fuel and other products, less wax was produced.

Many refineries that did not employ this type of technology started to treat wax as a raw material and not a by-product. In addition the refineries making wax also continued to decline. According to the National Petrochemical & Refineries Association, the number of refineries operating wax facilities declined from 25 in 1993 vs. now in the range of 10. Among those 10 many don’t even focus on the candle industry. This has greatly contributed to the current availability of waxes in the US. The final contributing factor, without doubt, is the cost of the crude oil. This impacts prices in several ways including, but not limited to, the transportation cost of getting the crude oil to the refineries, operating the refineries and then the distribution of the finished product.

While all of these factors may seem overwhelming, the key is continuing to keep your eye on all costs and be sure to determine this when pricing out your candles. Naturally, the biggest impact is going to be in larger candles, the votives and smaller price increases, while not always pleasant, do not impact the cost as much as other potential raw materials.

The candle market is always going to be a strong one due to its continued popularity and efforts of candle makers, producers and suppliers to continue to develop new and interesting products to ensure that growth and popularity continues.

 

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With current increase in the mainstream materials it is imperative to look at everything you do. There are many techniques for increasing profit margin on your candles, but none are as inexpensive as the three Rs- reduce, recycle and reuse. These simple actions cost the candle maker nothing and actually help the environment at the same time. 

Reduce – In order to save money on many different levels, reduce the amount of trash you accumulate by looking at your orders over the year and trying to buy larger sizes of commonly used items. For instance, why pay the higher price for a yearly usage of eight, 4oz bottles of scent/color when you could save money and produce less waste by purchasing two, 16oz bottles. The benefits also include less ordering cost, more efficient shipping charges, lower price per unit and guarantee you have the materials on hand when needed.

Recycle – To protect your supplies during shipping, we must use packing materials to be sure your products arrive to you in perfect condition. Candlewic’s air pillows used in packing, as well as plastic scent bottles, are suitable for most recycle programs that accept plastic. Since reusing is also recycling, we highly encourage the candle maker to reuse the packing materials and boxes to reship finished goods, or even cut the cartons apart to use on the floor to absorb spilled wax.

Reuse – Once again, reusing an item is recycling, so please reuse any packing material you can. The boxes and packing materials are sturdy enough to get repeated uses, which reduce the cost of shipping your final product. Most candle makers will reship finished jar candles in the original cartons the jars were received in.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the scent load refer to?
A: This is the amount of fragrance that is placed into the candle maker’s formulation in relation to the entire batch size. In most instances this will range from 3% up to 8%, with the average being about 5%. In measuring this, a 5% scent load equals about 1 ounce of fragrance for each 1 pound of wax used (additives and everything included).

Q: How do I get rid of air bubbles in the gel?
A: When using the Penreco gel there is no way to totally eliminate the air bubbles, but to reduce them you can initiate some of the following steps: 1.) Raise the pouring temperature of the gel. 2.) Allow the gel to remain at the higher temperature for a little longer to allow the air bubbles to gravitate out of the candle. 3.) Slowly warm the candle after it has set up.




April 2008

Aluminum Molds
To Each
Their Own


Aluminum molds for making freestanding candles are a great investment as an inexpensive way to extend your line of candles. Jars have become so popular in recent years, that many candle makers have forgotten that pillar candles add a real touch of beauty to any home’s décor. Pillar candles offer extremely vibrant colors due to the fact there is no glass blocking the true color of the candle as seen with the naked eye. The profit margin on pillar candles may be higher, because the price of the glass is removed from the cost of raw materials. Aluminum does not rust, so you can enjoy your molds for many years.

Selecting your mold can be fun. Candlewic offers many shapes and sizes depending on the pillar that would best complement your existing line of candles. There are round molds, octagon molds, square molds, oval molds, plus many other unique shapes in our designer series of polycarbonate molds.

There are two wicking techniques that are most commonly employed when using aluminum molds. You can use the traditional method or the pillar pin method. Both techniques work well depending on the volume of candles produced or the amount of labor available.

The traditional method involves the mold, raw wicking on a spool, a wick bar and a rubber plug. This method is best for lower volume production or in the instance when you want to leave a little length of wick on the candle to attach a bead or a tag. You simply thread the wick through the mold and place a rubber plug into the small hole to hold the wick in place. Place a wick bar across the large opening of the mold and wrap the wick around the bar and pour the wax. After the wax has cooled, the finished product will have the wick nicely centered down the middle of the candle.

The pillar pin method involves a round mold, a pillar pin and a pre-wick assembly. This method is better suited for the small to large production run. Basically, you are making a candle with no wick and inserting a wick after it cools. There are two ways to use the pin. You can either stick the disc part of the pin down into the mold or stick the pin up through the mold from the outside bottom. Pour the wax and let cool. When you are done, you will have a candle with a hole through the center core and no wick. Take a wick assembly and insert up through the hole and you are done. The wick will be perfectly centered. The pillar pins are only suited for the round aluminum molds.

When using aluminum molds, there are a few tips and techniques that will help you regardless of the method you use.

1. Take good care of your molds. Do not use them for any other use such as a penholder or thermometer holder because you may scratch the inside, which will be apparent on the finished candle.

2. By heating or cooling the mold you can achieve different aesthetic qualities to the finished mold. Cold molds give a primitive appearance, while warm molds may give a good gloss.

3. Keep molds level unless a desired layered appearance is trying to be obtained. By resting the mold on various angles, some neat stripes can be achieved.

4. Take careful note on the pour temperatures. By adjusting the temperature you can control the shrinkage. Pouring too hot produces more shrinkage and may involve more topping off, while pouring too cool may not give you enough shrinkage therefore making it difficult to remove the mold.

5. For making perfect bottoms on your pillars, Candlewic highly recommends using a heated base leveler and angle plate for perfectly level pillars every time.

 

 


We hope you enjoyed this issue of the En-Light-ener.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
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Candlewic Company
3765 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
800-368-3352
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Issue Index

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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