June 01, 2004

The Move Is On!

The Move Is On!
We’re moving to a larger facility!
Everybody is asking it, so we’ll start out with -- we will NOT be closing while we move. The moving process has been happening behind the scenes for a few months now, and our moving procedures will continue to remain unnoticed to our customers as we proceed with our normal day-to-day operations.

Why?
We are a growing company. As we continue to expand our business and increase our manufacturing capabilities, we need more space. A larger facility means we can serve our customers more efficiently, with better pricing, shorter lead times, while maintaining the high quality that our customers have come to rely on.

Where?
We are moving right around the corner, here in Doylestown, Pennsylvania - the heart of historic Bucks County. This will not interrupt our local business in any way. Also, we our thankful for all the hard work our employees do for the company, so we are staying right where we have always been. The new address is 3765 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

When?
A moving project of this size takes months to orchestrate in such a way to be “invisible” to our customers. Moving processes have been going on already, and will continue to remain unnoticed in terms of delivery and lead times. We have been moving parts of the organization in stages and will not be completely done until the end of the summer. Although the company will remain open, we will not be shipping packages on Friday, June 25th. Customers will pick up their packages in the new facility starting on Monday, June 28th.

What is Changing?
As far as our contact information is concerned, the only thing that will change is the street address. All phone numbers, fax numbers, websites, email, and shipping zones will remain the same. The new address will be communicated to our customers in various methods when we are all moved in.

As far as the way we operate, everything is changing for the better. Part of the moving plans include equipment purchases to expand our current capabilities, more packing stations, increased quality controls, and larger inventories just to name a few. There are a few top-secret projects we are working on as well, but we do not want to let all our tricks out of the bag until they are fully operational. Keep reading the Enlightener for future developments of some truly extraordinary things to come.

Thanks!
We would like to take a moment to thank all of our customers that have helped us to grow over the last three decades. In order to show our gratitude, we have made a significant investment into a larger facility that will improve everything we do as we raise the bar for industry standards once again. Thank you and we are looking forward to serving you better than ever.

 

Which Wax Works Well?

The answer is that all waxes work well for different reasons and uses. We get inquiries every day as to which wax is better, natural wax, blended wax, or straight paraffin? Customers ask questions such as which holds more fragrance, which is healthier or more natural, looks the best, offers the most flexibility, or simply which wax costs less?

We offer a wax to fit just about every need, but it is difficult for one single wax to meet all the criteria that satisfies every candle maker’s needs. If there were such a wonder wax, there would be little need for us to offer our huge selection of waxes and wax additives. The following paragraphs should help to sort out the various benefits of all the wax varieties. We offer many varieties and let the candle maker choose the wax that fits their particular needs.

Natural wax vs. paraffin wax is a debate that will remain a point of difference for many candle makers for years to come. Neither wax type can satisfy the requirements sought from each side of the debate. The important part is that both are safe to use, both contain natural raw ingredients, and both need to be refined in order to be used as a candle wax. Natural wax proponents argue that soy is renewable from plants, but paraffin advocates remind us that natural habitats were destroyed to create the farms to produce the soy, and most paraffin is a byproduct of the gas that natural wax users put in their cars and fuel their distribution/supply networks. Some soy wax candles contain paraffin and claim that 100% soy wax is used but fail to mention how much, which further blurs the line and confuses the industry. Where does the use of synthetic fragrances and dyes used in natural waxes fall into the argument? It gets ugly and both sides have their merits. Until a governing body tells the industry that one is unsafe to use, we here at Candlewic will cut through the marketing by both sides and help you, the candle maker, to use the wax you feel meets your needs best.

Straight paraffin waxes offer the candle maker the flexibility to custom tailor their own recipe in order to solve particular challenges, offers a different customized look to their candle, and in some cases can be cost effective if used by themselves as a mottling wax. Some candle makers have developed some really great looking candles by using secret recipes that keep their competition guessing.

Palm Wax

Natural waxes are waxes made from vegetable based resources and are often considered renewable. They are made from plants such as the palm tree, soybean, honeybee pollen, bayberries, and other vegetable crops. Sometimes the waxes may not perform exactly like paraffin and require a little fine-tuning in process but this is expected anytime the candle maker switches ingredients. They are easy to use, reach a new candle buying market, and are still growing in popularity but sometimes are limited in terms of flexibility.

CBL-130

Blended waxes offer the candle maker specific benefits depending on the needs of the candle maker. A blended wax has everything in it needed so the candle maker can simply melt and pour without the addition of anything other than scent, color, and UV absorber if desired. Some container blends, such as the CBL-125 and CBL-130, may not require a second pour! It is a real labor saver and decreases the risk of an accidental blunder in mixing of additives therefore ensuring a consistent look each and every time.


June 2004

PROJECT:
One-Pour Tins

This month’s project is an easy way to make professional looking aluminum tin container candles using a single pour wax. The aluminum tin container eliminates the need to worry over “wet spots” commonly found in glass container candles, and does not require a second pour. They are simple to make, easy to decorate, and eliminates the issues of jars breaking in transit.

Ingredients

Aluminum Tins

Single Pour Blended Wax

Wick Assembly

Color (optional)

Fragrance

Instructions

Step 1
Heat your wax CBL-125 or CBL-130, as you normally would for any other candle. If you add color, we recommend you do so at about 180 degrees to ensure an even consistency.

We offer several options for coloring your wax.

Step 2
Remove the lids from your tins and arrange on the pouring table. Some people insert wicks first with a glue dot and some add the wick after they pour. Both methods work well.

Step 3
Add your fragrance and pour.

Step 4
Let cool and decorate the tin as desired. Tins get hot, so be sure to label the finished candle appropriately.

 

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I would like to ask for a very quick minute of your time to answer a few questions for me. Just click on this link. It will only take a minute and would be very much appreciated in our efforts to serve you better. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you for personal information (unless you want to provide it for future mailings on specials and promotions).

 

 


Quick Facts:

Number of Tins per 100 lb Batch

In past months we discussed how common it is that containers are named by their fluid capacity in ounces. In most cases this is not equal to weight of wax. See the December issue of the Enlightener for further details. The following information will help you plan your tin production. Keep in mind the fill line on the tin can dramatically affect results. For each 100-pound batch of CBL-125 or CBL-130 wax, you can fill approximately:

Tin Size Qty Filled Part #
4 oz 448 AT-01
8 oz 190 AT-02
10 oz 180 AT-03
16 oz 112 AT-04
20 oz 90 AT-05
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