January 05, 2008

A Fresh Look at Blended Wax

A Fresh Look at Blended Wax

One of the yearly traditions many people do is set a resolution for the New Year. For some it might be going to the gym, others it is to quit smoking, others is to complete projects around the house but my resolution for work has always been to start writing my articles for the newsletter earlier. Interestingly enough, this issue I actually did, but when I was doing final research for this issue I decided to re-do the entire issue in case someone had the resolution to look at waxes for 2008.

Much of this article appeared in a past issue but I really think this is a timely subject for many. As candle and/or soap makers we always have some type of project that we want to complete, but just never seem to have the time. For candle makers using paraffin wax, it may be the desire to try soy candles, for gel candle makers it might be to try paraffin or if you are using a straight paraffin it may be the desire to use a blended wax.

Since many of these projects and ideas require starting with some type of base wax, we are going to reintroduce or demystify the wax selection process. Even if you are making a particular candle it can also be worth exploring the other options that are available to generate a new look or solve some existing problems you may be experiencing.

Blended Candle Waxes
In this first issue of the year, we will focus on blended waxes. Some of you may ask what a blend is? Blends in the candle industry are considered waxes that only require scent, color and UVs to be added to make the perfect candle. Blends are always a good starting point for candle makers because it can take a lot of the guesswork out of selecting the right additives.

Even among blends and types of candles there are choices available to candle makers. Since container candles are always popular it is probably best to start with this application. The recent trend in candle making is to use waxes that are “one pours." One pours are very nice but will be soft and the color of the wax will always take on a soft or flat look. It is also important to note that in most instances these waxes are not always a one pour, even though they are called one pour waxes. If filling larger containers (18 ounces and larger) these waxes will require some level of topping off or backfilling.

Starting Point Blended Wax (CBL-125)
One of the best waxes to use in this application is the CBL-125. This wax is an excellent choice for any low shrink wax application.

Blended Wax with Soy (CBL-130)
Closely related to this wax is its “sister” wax--the CBL-130. This wax may represent the new trend as it is a one pour wax, but it also contains a high percentage of Soy wax. This gives you the benefit of a low shrinkage wax and the marketability of a soy component. The CBL-130 is also an excellent choice when making layered candles.

Blended Wax for Containers
(
CBL-129)
If vibrant colors and scent retention are important, then the ideal wax for containers is the CBL-129. This wax will require topping off but is capable of holding up to 8% fragrance load. It will create a spectacular looking candle.

Blended Wax for the Mottled Look (2530H)
For the mottled look the best wax is going to be the 2530H. This consistent wax will create a mottled look like no other wax on the market. Mottled waxes will always have a limited amount of scent that can be retained. In general mottling waxes will hold about a 5% fragrance load although with certain fragrances it could be as high as 6%.

Blended Waxes for a Unique Look
For candle makers looking for their own distinctive look, we would highly recommend the CF or the 3032. Then begin testing these with various percentage of additives such as vybar 260, Stearic acid and even soy wax.

Hopefully this gets you started on how to chose the right wax for making container candles. Fortunately as candle makers we have eight months before we have to think about our “Holiday Season.” On the other hand, since I was able to follow through on my resolution to complete my articles earlier, my other resolution of getting things done around the house got put on hold.  (So much for my resolution!)

Let our experienced staff at Candlewic help you with your RESOLUTIONS and SOLUTIONS for candle making and soap making in 2008.

 

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CHANDLER'S CORNER

In addition to specific candle making questions, I quite often get asked general business questions such as "How do I increase my sales?"

As you can imagine, if there were a magical formula to this we would all be doing the same thing so I will share with you some of the recent success that have been identified. Back in May, June and July of 2001 we did a series of articles on marketing and selling candles and received very many complimentary calls on this series.

For each candle maker the formula may be a little different and the success achieved may vary. One of the more successful means of marketing your candles right now is fund-raising. Local organizations are always looking for new ways to generate income. A fundraiser in which the product sold is locally produced can always be a winner. In many instances there may already be “name recognition” of your product. What better way than having 25, 50 and even 100 members out selling your product.

Even though there are other companies (possibly more well-known) doing home parties, many candle companies have achieved success with this in smaller geographical areas. Some of the keys to successful implementation would be you as the candle maker attend and identify how all candles are handmade. You can let the customers pick their own color/fragrance combination. Also, be sure to let the audience know your capabilities; chances are someone attending may think of some other need they may have and only you can identify how you could do it best.

No article is complete without mentioning the online auction sites. However, do something different. Rather than selling a single candle, try a gift package of a dozen votives. Take a gift basket and include a container candle, a votive candle, a pillar candle and then add other special items such as handmade soap, potpourri chips (see article on what to do with left over wax) and even candy. What is really unique is that you can appeal to a new audience, for a golfer include a sleeve of golf balls, coffee drinkers include a mug or even coffee beans. The possibilities are endless!


January 2008

Rose Candle

With Valentines Day rapidly approaching and looking for that last minute special gift we can’t think of a better one then the Rose Floater. With Spring right around the corner your finished candle will continue to do well.

This candle can be made very easily using the M-22 Rose Floater (this is a very popular mold right now so give yourself some extra time). Start by sliding unwaxed wick material through the bottom of the mold.

You will need a "long pointed" object to force the wick through the hole. Once the wick is passed through the bottom of the mold, secure it on top of the mold with a wick bar. If you don’t have a wick bar, a popsicle stick will work.

Helpful Hint
Leave extra lengths of wick at the bottom of the mold so when you remove your candle from the mold, it will be automatically wicked for your next pour.

You then secure the mold together with rubber bands. Take your paraffin wax, CBL-141, which can be scented and/or colored and pour at around 180-185 degrees F. Top off the candle. When the candle has properly solidified, remove it from the mold. This floating candle will add a nice accent to any party.

Extra Touch
Pour a number of these roses in red. After about four or five pours, pour one in white. The dye, which can accumulate on the mold, will "bleed" into the white wax and create a lovely pink color.


 

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