The Trend Continues!
The long awaited "busy season" is finally hitting the candle making industry
and one wax that continues to gain in popularity is the palm wax. More
and more candle makers are adding natural waxes to compliment their existing
line of paraffin candles. The aesthetic beauty of this amazing wax offers
an exciting twist to the pastel colors achieved from many natural waxes.
A fine crystalline structure adorns the finished palm candle and continues
to prove itself to both the professional candle maker and the hobbyist.
Over the last few
decades we have introduced many developments to the candle world,
but none have impacted the industry as the explosion of natural waxes
within the last 5 years. We have been receiving phone calls and emails
requesting information about our palm wax, so we figured it is time to
reach into our knowledge base and share some more information on the
mystifying palm waxes.
wax is an all-natural, renewable resource that is obtained
from the oil palm in Southeast Asia. Due to its environmentally
friendly attributes, palm wax offers a whole new choice
for candle makers who market sustainable or renewable resource
based extensions to their candle lines. It has been grown
as a commercial crop in well managed and regulated estates
since the early 1900's. The oil palm produces fruit in
bunches which are harvested, and sent to palm oil mills
where the oils are extracted, sterilized, clarified and
purified into crude palm oil. The crude oil is then sent
to palm oil refineries where it is processed further into
products such as cooking oil, shortening, cocoa butter
substitutes, non-dairy creamers, soaps, and of course everybody's
favorite - Palm Wax.
Palm wax is a superb material for making excellent burning
candles. It resists melting in hot summer months, has high
contraction (making de-molding easier), takes colors easily,
holds fragrance well, and best of all, can be easily manipulated
to produce an infinite array of surface patterns ranging
from complex crystalline designs to smooth solid colors. Palm
waxes blend well with other waxes to further expand your
palm wax is very similar to traditional candle making techniques
except there are no additives required other than fragrance
and coloring. We offer palm waxes for making container candles
or freestanding pillars. The crystal formations can be achieved
for either style of candle and are greatly influenced by
the pouring temperature and rate of cooling. By adjusting
these variables slightly, candle makers can create a wonderful
array of crystal formations. The ideal pouring temperature
is between 199 and 203 F but it really depends on the ambient
temperature of your pouring operation. Going above the temperature
can actually decrease the crystal formations to achieve a
smooth solid color. Pouring below these temperatures may
make it harder to de-mold or cause deformations. Aluminum molds
work best for producing crystals as well as slowing the rate
Palm candles emit fragrance quite
nicely. Usually candle makers will use 5-6% fragrance loads
to start for a nicely scented candle that does not "sweat." Some
scents may be used at higher levels, but it is up to the
candle maker to push the levels on a case-by-case basis. Essential
oils also work well, but they must be tested on an individual
basis depending on strength and type of oil.
your palm candles is achieved with most oil soluble dyes.
We suggest trying our EVO series
of liquid dyes. As with all new waxes, always start light
and gradually go deeper with each color to experience all
the ranges of your wax/color ratio. You do this by adding
a little color to the wax and then putting a few drops of
melted wax on a piece of white cardboard. Repeat this process
over and over so you can compare the various shades of color
from each of the drops. By doing this you will master all
the shades of your dye. The Palm
3 feathering wax will actually appear to change shades
as you rotate it in the light - truly amazing.
selection is similar to other natural wax candles.
Be sure to get wicks that are specifically treated to work
with natural wax and are designed to resist breakdown in
natural candles. The CD, HTP, Eco Series, and RRD series
of wicks all do very well depending on fragrance loads
and diameter of the candle.
Freight, Weight, and Rate.
Hi, folks! You have been asking a lot about shipping charges,
so I figured I would answer a few of the more common questions.
First and foremost, we will ship items the cheapest way
we can unless you specify otherwise. This means that most
small packages under the weight of 200 lbs will go UPS. If
the packages are over 200 lbs, we will ship them using the
special “hundred weight” savings plan offered
by UPS. Most often, if you are at 100 or 150 pounds, you
may want to consider adding another case or 2 of waxes in
order to reach 200 lbs in order to take advantage of the
We ship large orders by using a common carrier (trucking
company) but you must have a commercially zoned property
to use this method. It is by far the cheapest way to go.
If you are not zoned commercial, you can ask a local business
to accept freight for you in exchange for candles or money,
but keep in mind it does require a loading dock to unload
the freight. We can use any method or shipping company you
want, so give us a call and let us help you find the best
way to ship your products.
Melt Palm Wax in pot. Note that the hotter you make the wax, the
more the wax will create a snowflake look on the candle. Do not
exceed 300°F (150°C).
Add some shavings of color blocks and 4% to 5% of fragrance.
Using the rubber plug and wick bar, prepare your aluminum mold
Before pouring wax, it is suggested to heat the mold with a heat
gun or a heat lamp to maximize the crystalizing effect of the
Pour liquid Palm Wax into the mold and let cool. By slowing the
cooling rate of your poured candles, you can create fantastic
crystal effects in your Palm Wax candles.
Sometimes Palm Wax requires a second pour. You will know it is
necessary if a thin layer of wax forms over your candle when
cooled. Simply poke a hole in this layer and perform your second
For more great projects like this one, please check out our Candle
Basics Book (item BK-8) with over 50 great projects. You'll find
it in the books
section of Candlewic.com
It is halfway through October already, but
it is not too late to think about ways to
increase production. We offer many products
that help speed up candle production. Ask
our customer service representatives for
more information on using pillar
pins for making larger batches of pillars
with perfectly centered wicks, votive
pins for quick and easy votives, pre-made
wick assemblies for pillars or containers, blended
waxes for single
pour or consistent batches, and as always
try a larger melter to
increase batch sizes.