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Candle Additives Increase Melting Point

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There are simple additives that can be used to increase the melt point of your candle and increase the burn time of your candles.

Candle makers have been using Stearic Acid for well over 150 years as a way to increase the melting point of lower melt point waxes. With a melt point of 150 degrees F, it is a fatty acid that is available in two types. Regular Stearic Acid is great for paraffin candles, while its vegetable counterpart Palm Stearic is great for using in Soy Waxes.

Another popular additive is Micro 180, which is a microcrystalline wax. Used anywhere from 2% to 10%, Micro 180 can help eliminate saggy candles in really hot weather.

A word of caution: any additives you introduce to your candles may alter the appearance or burn properties and proper testing must be performed.

2 Responses to "Candle Additives Increase Melting Point"

JANET PAUL

3:28 PM on September 20, 2016
QUESTION: HOW DO YOU MAKE THE WAX FROTHY, DO YOU USE A REGULAR ELECTRIC MIXER?

The Candlewic Company

10:44 AM on May 22, 2017
Yes, an electric mixer can be used, but, more then likely, once you use it for that application, the mixer will not function. Also, if the wax gets too hard, the mixer may get stuck in the wax. We would recommend trying with a wooden spoon first, to see if you can get enough motion to cause it to whip.
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