As we start the new Year we wish to thank each and every
one of our customers in 2005 and look forward to an exciting
2006. It seems the Candle Industry is always an exciting
and dynamic industry. As many of you may have experienced
the last quarter of 2005 presented challenges in regards
to supply of paraffin waxes due to some closings of refineries.
Naturally (excuse the pun), many ask the question, should
I use soy and natural waxes to prevent this from happening
in the future? There are many reasons to consider making
soy wax candles, but the driving factor should not be to
ensure availability. While soy wax is relatively new to the
market it will from time to time have its own availability
issues. Keep in mind one of the driving factors is that nearly
95% of harvested soy goes to the food industry and the balance
is used in other applications.
demand in the candle market for soy continues to grow. Before
trying soy there are several important factors we always
like to point out for those used to making paraffin candles.
First and foremost is the appearance. Soy wax in general
produces candles that have a “flat” or pastel
shade to the candle. This can play very well to the scents
used; in the fall nothing is better than harvest colors and
fragrances. Soy wax will always require more dye to get to
the desired color.
In our mind one of the finest features of soy wax is that
it as close to a one-pour wax as available. As with most
low-shrink waxes some topping off will be required in larger
containers. Another very positive feature of the soy wax
is that the pouring temperatures have less impact on the
finished candle than paraffin waxes.
As you get ready to make soy candles, one of the important
factors is the wick selection. Soy does require wicks treated
properly, the most common treatment is the RRD series with
the NST2 treatment. The HTP series and ECO series work very
well in soy and palm waxes as well.
Another strong feature of soy wax is that if you use the
recommend amount of scent with it, no other additives are
generally needed. If you want to add more scent than the
recommended usage level, an additive such as palm wax or
even vybar 260 can work.
One of the fast growing trends is taking paraffin wax and
blending in soy wax. In some instances this gets the best
of both worlds, minimal shrinkage of the Soy and the scent
throw of the paraffin. We have even made it simple by pre-formulating
the paraffin/soy blend with our new and improved CBL-130.
As we start the year off if you have been wondering if soy
is right for you now might be the time to take the plunge.
for 2 Weeks Only!
For those who
have placed orders with us in the New Year we thank
you and hope that you have noticed some of the new
features our shopping cart now has. One of the features
we are most excited about is that when you take advantage
of our promotions the sale items and your final price
are reflected in the cart.
Another feature is that when you
return for another visit all you have to do is log
in and your shipping information is right there.
We are hoping to entice
you to try our new shopping cart features by allowing
you to choose
the promotion you like best for
the next two weeks.
On any order of $100.00
enter promo code CSF106* and get 50 free votive cups
enter promo code CSF125* and get a free pouring pot
enter promo code CSF105* and get 1 pound of Fragrance Free
enter promo code CSF95* and get 25% more Wick Assemblies Free
Note: Limit of 1 promotion per customer during this time period.
*Just put the items that
you want for free in your cart and then enter the
appropriate promo code in
Code Box and you
will see the price reduction before you check out.
Expanding the “Flame of the
photo courtesy of
National Candle Association
In our last issue we identified how the media showcases candles
in many different ways during the Christmas Holidays. As
candle makers it is imperative that we keep candles in the
forefront of all consumers all year round. Candles can be
used in so many applications and not just during the traditional
One of the most effective ways to make any special event
memorable is to include something special that has been
homemade. Candles are such a great item because they can
be so personalized to the individual or the event. A Baby
Shower, wedding favor, Prom Favor and even family reunions
are all great opportunities to provide candles. Make sure
you let your entire community know that you can make custom
candles for these events.
In the winter months instead of lighting a fire why not
load the fireplace up with candles (for even a more pleasurable
experience use scented candles).
Site Special Offers
Take advangage of the Buy One Get One FREE sale
at our crafter's site: Soap Expressions/ Country
Lane Candle Supply. Just get
your promo code here and stock up for 2006!
Eye On You
the name? When looking at the candle it almost
looks like and eye looking back at you.
As we mentioned, soy wax continues to grow in
popularity and one container that helps grow this
popularity is the "travel tin". This
candle is sold to people traveling as a way to
reduce stress. This project takes the usual tin
container and adds a twist.
Melt either Palm 2 or Palm 3 in a double broiler to around 180F
add scent (for this project we have selected cool water) and color
then pour your votive (best to use votive pin) to a level of about
1½ to 1¾ (exact height will depend on how far you
fill the tin)
Remove the votive from the mold and remove the pin. Insert your selected
wick (RRD-34, RRD-37 are good starting points) and place the
votive in the tin container.
Begin melting your Soy 125 to around 150F and add your scent (for
this project we have selected clean cotton since it is a travel
container and your hoping this smell will help no matter where
they are staying).
Carefully pour your Soy around the votive up to a level of the
votive or slightly below.
some practice it might be easier to pour the soy
and then place the votive in the tin, you will
need to have some idea where to pour the soy so
it does not go over the top of the votive when
inserted. For additional effect you may want to
pour the palm wax at a higher temperature so the
colors from the votive create streaking effects.
Hi! I'm Chandler!
I can help you
to make candles.
How do I get rid of the
air bubbles in my candles?
In most instances
air bubbles are caused by air trapped between
the wax and the surface of the container
you are pouring into. For containers several
things will help reduce/eliminate the air
container - In most instances warm
to the touch is all that is needed
hotter - As the cold weather sets into
many work environments the wax can set
up quicker. Raising your pouring temperature even by 5-10 degrees
F is enough.
pillars the same procedures can help
eliminate these air bubbles.