Scents and Fragrances.
This story goes back to 1380 in the city of Carthusia on the island of
Capri off the coast of Italy. Legend has it, the father prior of the
Carthusian monastery of St. Giacomo missed the news that Queen Giovanna
of Anjou would be paying a visit to the island. In a last-minute frenzy,
he created an arrangement of the island's most beautiful flowers in
her honor. The water wasn't changed for three days, and when the flowers
were thrown away, the prior noticed that the water had acquired an
exquisite aroma. He took the scented water to the local alchemist,
who identified the scent's sources. Thus was born the first perfume
Fast forward to 1948, when a new prior of the monastery
came upon the old perfume recipes and, after obtaining permission
from the pope, shared them with a chemist in Turin, who built
a laboratory and started to produce these ancient fragrances.
The use of Fragrances and scents in candlemaking has reached
unlimited proportions, with an endless evolution of fragrances
proliferating the marketplace. All of the major retailers
have their own signature candle scents and that doesn’t
even take into consideration what the perfume industry creates
Today's candle fragrances range from the expected to the extreme.
In years past simple fragrances such as vanilla, strawberry and cinnamon were
in high demand. Today’s candle market is now filled
more complex and diverse fragrances: hazelnut
blossom evoking in us clear images and varied emotions.
Imagine being able to walk down that wonderful path in the
woods and be reminded of that very precious moment just by
lighting a candle filled with that scent. Pretty powerful
stuff, no wonder three-fourths of candle purchasers say that
scent is "extremely important" or "very important" in
their selection of candles for their home.
A lot of what attracts us to a candle comes from its visual
appearance; its shape, color, and texture with one more component
being the determining factor for purchase...its smell.
Our reactions to fragrances and scents are as varied and complex as we
are filled with emotion and able to affect our moods in very profound
ways. Our perception of smell comes in two parts, the sensation of the
odors themselves and the experiences and emotions that we associate with
these sensations. Scents can evoke very strong emotional reactions as
well. In studies on reactions to scents, the results show that an individual
will either like or dislike a scent purely based on their emotional association.
The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets
as crafters we are constantly trying new scents and combinations
of fragrances. The marketplace today is always presenting
new enticing scents, whether it’s a new perfume at
the department store or a new fragrance candle from the Pottery
Barns and Crate and Barrels of the world. We at Candlewic
are always on the look out for the new scents that are in
demand, working with the fragrance industry leaders in order
to offer you what your customers are craving. Floral,
Essential, Fruit and Berries, Nature's
and more new and exciting scents are just a small part of
the Candlewic offering of over 300
different and unique kinds of fragrances with plans for
many more in 2005.
The only limits are those in your imagination and the limits
of the wax you are working with.
It has also been shown that scents can effect our moods, for example;
citrus scents are thought to being invigorating, uplifting while other
scents like sandalwood, rose and lavender are considered relaxing.
What does scent load, double and triple
scented candles mean?
Let me see if I can make sense (pardon the pun) of this
question. The proper amount of scent is purely an individual
determination. Many sources have tried to simplify things
by recommending 5%, 6% and etc but even these levels can
cause problems, because scent strength levels vary from manufacturer
to manufacturer. A scent load of 5% by one manufacturer may
result in a certain scent smell but you may find that you
are able to duplicate that smell using only 4% of the same
from another manufacturer.
percentage is the amount of scent relative to your total
formulation. For example if you were making a 100-pound batch
of candles, your wax (provided you are using a blended wax)
would be 95% and the remaining portion would be scent, so
you would say it has a 5% scent load. There is no right or
wrong on the amount of scent to add to a candle, within reason.
You must always test burn the candle once you have determined
your scent load to ensure it performs properly.
Some candle companies have used terminology such as triple
scented and double scented. This is more a marketing technique
since there is no true standard to measure it against, it
is therefore not possible to quantify. Your selection will
be based on where your nose leads you and the thoughts that
are conjured up along with it. Enjoy the journey.
It seems at the end of every year we always try
to search for a new way to summarize the year other
than to begin with “Hard to believe another
year has passed.” I don’t know about
you but I have never found a phrase suitable.
As we end or 32nd year of business, we are truly
excited about the opportunities that exist in the
Candle Making and Soap Making Markets for next year.
In 2004 we underwent a number of enormous changes,
including moving our entire two operations into one
new facility. We wish we could say that this went
exactly as we had planned, but unfortunately moving
our complete manufacturing and distribution center
presented a number of unexpected issues from different
sources. These issues did have an impact on our ability
to deliver the high level of service we have adhered
to in the past and that you the customer expect.
You sincerely have our apologies if you experienced
any of these issues during this time period. We believe
the new facility and changes we have faced over the
past months will enable us to provide you outstanding
levels of service going forward.
We wish to thank the many customers that made 2004
such a huge success and look forward to working with
you in 2005.
Bill and Dave Binder
this project it may be best to describe
what a Grubby Candle might be. While you
probably will not find an official definition
for a grubby candle, many people refer
to the look of the candle where it appears
the surface of the candle is frosted or
maybe wax may be missing a layer in sections.
Unlike mottling where the finish is actually "internal" on
the candle, the finish on this candle will
actually impact the surface of the candle.
This candle is always
a favorite of candle makers since it is relatively
easy to make. The level of the "grubbiness" can
Any size aluminum
mold can be used for this candle.
The most popular we find is the 3 x 4½.
You begin this project by chilling the
mold for about 10-15 minutes. You then
take the 4045H wax
and add about 10% stearic
acid to the formulation. Melt your
wax to around 150-155 degrees Fahrenheit
and pour into the chilled mold as any
standard pillar. Top off where needed
and remove when the candle has completely
hardened. Due to the peeling of the wax
the candle may have to be placed in the
freezer for removal.
perfect last-minute gift for the crafter on your
list. Our Beginner
Candle Making Kit provides everything needed
to make candles all in a convenient tool box!