Clearly Still Here
those who have been in candle making for more than 10 years will recall the introduction
of one the most unique products to hit the candle market in a long time: candle gel. This
patented product is described by Penreco (Patent Holder):
A specially selected processed mineral oil that
is gelled with copolymers that give it a clear rubbery texture.
Similar to traditional wax candles, clear gel candles are commonly
produced from a hydrocarbon base stock.
At the time, the product piqued everyone in the candle industry’s interest and many
jumped into candle making just to use the gel. Creative designs were found
as beach scenes, golf balls at a bottom of a blue colored gel, fish floating in the container,
and who can forget one of the single most popular candles in the last few years? The
Fast forward 10 years and many of these exciting candles can still be found in the market. One
of the most exciting aspects of the gel is that this segment of the candle market is completely
dominated by small-candle manufacturers and crafters. These types of
candles, when made right, still capture many consumers interest.
The key is always developing new products and using the “strength” of the
product, which is translucency of the product. Candles poured into champagne glasses
with prom themes will always be popular. In beach towns, scenes of the beach with fish
and coral are always a good impulse buy for visitors. For many, the fruit preserve is always
a great gift item.
While there are many similarities between making gel candles and paraffin candles there
is enough of a difference that you should do research to make sure you are using all of
the right products.
First choose the right gel. The selection of the proper gel is
limited to three different densities. The determination of the proper gel for your application
will be dependent upon the type of gel candle you will be making and how much fragrance
will be used.
low density is generally suited for gel candles with 0-3 percent fragrance loads. Generally,
the low density can be poured at lower temperatures, ideally 195 F - 205 F.
The medium density is generally suited for candles with 3-5 percent fragrance. This density
is a good gel for embedding many of the wax inserts. This particular gel is quickly becoming
the most popular gel.
High Density is best suited when embedding heavier wax inserts and higher scent loads.
After choosing the right gel, it is important to review all of the
other components to make a safe candle. These safety precautions include, but are not limited to, the
Versagel is still a very unique product and can create candles that no other product in the
marketplace can replicate. If you are interested in checking out something new, then
it just might be the right time to look at this exciting product.
- Must use fragrances which are non-polar, if unsure check with your fragrance supplier.
- Fragrances must have a flash point higher than 170 F.
- Proper wick selection is critical. In some instances you may want to undersize your
wick. This can create a unique "glowing" effect as the candle burns.
It is important to test wicks in all your containers.
- A wick assembly should have a wick base that has a 9mm neck.
- Depending upon density, do not go over the recommended percent usage for fragrance.
- Always have burning instructions.
- Make sure gel embeds are not flammable, it can be surprising at times what objects
As more and more people
start working with the Soy
wax, the questions related to its
use continue to increase.
Without a doubt the No.1 question
in relation to Soy wax is:
Why does a “crusty” top develop on the candle?
This is caused by adding too much fragrance to the wax. One of the limitations in
working with Soy wax is that it does not hold as much fragrance as paraffin wax. When too
much fragrance is added to the wax it will cause this crusting on top of the candle. To
help the soy hold more fragrance, I would suggest trying to add about 4-7 percent of the
Palm stearic or about one percent of the Vybar 260.