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Candle Wax Additives
Additives provide the candle maker with tools to tailor paraffin
waxes. Using wax additives can offer the candle maker the ability to soften,
increase the rigidity, melting point, and fragrance retention of paraffin
waxes. They are also used to eliminate surface imperfections, improve
gloss and mold release of your candles. Wax additives with melt points
over 180 degrees Fahrenheit should be melted separately with a small amount
of wax and then added to the melted wax once it is completely liquid.
Stearic Acid Candle Wax Additive -- Stearic acid is a fatty acid that is derived from tallow or vegetable oil. Stearic is a very effective wax modifier that has been used in candle making for well over 150 years. Also referred to as stearine.
Microcrystalline Candle Wax Additives -- Microcrystallines are similar to paraffin waxes in the fact that they created from petroleum. Though the properties of the two are quite different. Microcrystallines have a very fine crystalline structure while paraffin waxes have a very broad structure. Micros can range from very hard to soft and sticky. They are typically added to paraffin waxes to help prevent oil migration, raise melt points, improve flexibility and help with the candles whiteness and opacity.
Vybar -- Polymers that were designed specifically for the candle industry; these additives bring science to the art of candle making. Vybar 103, 260 & 343 are recognized world wide for their ability to improve the total performance and value of paraffin wax based candles.
Luster Crystals -- Luster crystals are synthetic polyethylene
waxes that improve the strength and gloss of the finished candle.
Luster crystals will enable you to achieve very true and vibrant
color in your candles. They are also beneficial in increasing the hardness
and toughness of the candle.
Ultraviolet Light Absorbers -- Ultraviolet light absorbers are designed
to reduce the fading of candles that are displayed in natural
or artificial light. Fading (photo degradation) can be caused
by several factors, but almost always the addition of UV’s
can extend your candle’s shelf life. Usage levels vary greatly depending on the application and process
Release Wax -- Release wax is a fatty acid that is
used in waxes to aid in mold release. Release wax is used in waxes
that are intended for use in molded candles. 1 to 2 % levels are
recommended for easy release from any
Petrolatum -- Petrolatum is a petroleum byproduct that is soft
and creamy, only used in container candles to soften the wax,
decrease shrinkage and increase adhesion to the container wall. Petrolatum
enables you to tailor a very creamy and soft wax that has good sidewall
adhesion. A good starting point is 5% by weight up to 30%. Using 30% petrolatum will greatly reduce
Translucent Crystals -- Translucent crystals are fisher trop waxes that come from a synthetic process. They are used to maintain the translucency of paraffin. Fisher Trop enables you to add color and fragrance to the wax without affecting the translucency. It will not add translucency, it will just help maintain it. Fisher Trop is also very effective in decreasing surface flaws and increasing strength of the candle. Usage is 1 to 3% by weight.