2001 En-Light-Eners

Making Botanical (Double Pour) Candles

December 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

When making this type of candle, it is important to ensure that it is made as safely as possible. Making a botanical candle is generally a 4-step process. The first step is to make the "core" or a pillar, generally one which is 3" x 3-1/2". This candle can be made using a 131 F melt wax with some stearic or white coloring. The reason is that you want this candle to be white to offer a contrast to the outer shell. It is also important to size the wick to only burn this candle about 2-1/2" inches across. When this candle is finished, remove it from the mold leaving extra wick on the candle so that is may be threaded through the wick hole on the 4" x 4-1/2" mold. Thus far, the process used to make this candle is no different than as if you were making a standard pillar. Read More

Making a Chunk Candle

November 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

The types of candles that can be made are almost infinite and dependent on the candle maker’s imagination. Many of today’s candles were also very popular years ago. Two good examples would be chunk candles and botanical candles. We will focus on making chunk candles in this newsletter and we will discuss botanical candles in the next issue. The making of chunk candles is relatively easy and allows the candle maker to use excess wax from other production runs in a very productive manner. Read More

The New Candle Market

October 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

It is no secret these days that the candle market has become more competitive. Retailers and consumers have become “price sensitive” on many type of candles. One of the essential requirements to grow a candle company in this new market is to expand your product offering. This will assist to grow your company in two ways. First, it allows you to grow the products that you are offering to your existing customer base; and secondly it allows you to market to new accounts, which previously where not purchasing your products. Read More

New Products!

August 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

Candlewic has been selected by Honeywell to be an authorized distributor for Honeywell and their Astorlite products. You may know Honeywell products through the J-50, J-223 and Astorlite Q products. As an authorized distributor, we can be sure that we're offering our customers some of the best pricing available anywhere. We will be inventorying many of the Astorlite products in both Doylestown, PA (see information below about our new location) and Wausau, WI. Please see the section below for a complete listing of products available and location. Read More

Selling and Marketing Candles

July 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

This is the final article in the three-part series on how to successfully market and sell your candles at all levels. The second article focused on how to produce the candle in the most cost effective manner and on selecting the proper markets. The final article in this series is how to select the proper raw materials. One of the unique features of manufacturing candles is that there really is not a right or wrong way to make candles, provided the end result is a safe burning candle with a consumer-accepted appearance. If you look at candles such as those with a mottled look or "primitive" look, they were considered imperfect many years ago. This look is now one which many companies strive to achieve. Read More

Selling and Marketing Candles

June 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

This is the second part of a three-part series on selling and marketing candles. We hope you enjoyed our first part, which was published in last month's newsletter. In order to have a successful candle business it is important that each of these issues is addressed. The first chapter of this series focused on the consumer acceptance and safe use of the candle. Read More

Selling and Marketing Candles

May 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

This is the first part of a three-part series on selling and marketing candles. We will continue this discussion in the next two months' newsletters. These days candle makers are faced with a myriad of factors in producing candles in a production environment. These factors apply to any type of burning candle including paraffin wax, gels and natural waxes. The purpose of this article is to examine this in three distinct processes or channels. This should not be viewed as a business plan or model, but more from the perspective of guidance on producing candles that are high quality and safe. Read More

Natural Wax

April 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

Solid animal fats and natural waxes were the very first candle fuels. Animal tallow, bayberry wax and beeswax were among the early raw materials for candles that filled the requirement of being solid at room temperatures. With the discovery of petroleum and the refining processes that followed, candle makers soon shifted their production to the more plentiful, less expensive, and more consistent petroleum wax, which became their raw material of choice. Read More

Formula for Wax Inserts

March 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

One of the most popular applications with the gel candles is to make wax inserts. These wax inserts are very popular in that they burn in the natural course of the burning cycle. Presently the biggest obstacle is that the wax will melt when pouring the candle gel over the inserts. To overcome this problem, you need to use a higher melt point wax when making your wax inserts. A suggested wax formula for making these inserts would be: Read More

Whipped Wax

February 01, 2001 | 2001 En-Light-Eners

In the past several years the popularity of "whipped" wax has returned. In the early 1970's whipped waxes were used in many different candles including balls (resembled snow balls), logs, "sugarcoated candles" and pillars to create unique and different looks. Taking a candle which has a color and applying a white whipped wax to the candle produces a very unique look as the candle burns and the colors becomes apparent. Read More