Use Summertime To Improve
Your Candle Making Business
While many are in vacation mode during the summer months, we always suggest that you do not take a vacation from your business or take away time to start your business. If your goal is to make and sell candles for the holidays, then it is very important that you start the process now. It will take you time to choose the proper wax, select the proper wick and start identifying which fragrances to offer. The summer months are an excellent time to begin and perfect this process.
During the summer, many suppliers are somewhat slower and you can have more access to the technical people during this time period. Orders can be shipped in more timely time period which can help you do your testing faster. Sometimes the best sales are held by suppliers to ensure people purchase products during the summer months. Use all of these advantages from the supplier to your favor as you start your company or look to grow.
If starting out a business, you will be faced with some new terms you will have to get up to speed on quickly. Some of the most common are:
Blended wax is a wax that has all of the needed additives identified for a specific application. (In most cases with the exception of UV’s).
This is the temperature at which the wax will become fully liquid. There is an important distinction between melt point and pouring temperature. Be sure to check the product data sheet to determine which one is applicable to you.
BACK FILL/TOPPING OFF
With the exception of those blended waxes that have been designed as one-pour, all waxes have some level of shrinkage. As the candle sets up it will shrink around the middle of the candle requiring additional wax to be added. The back fill/top off will be necessary to create a smooth top in containers or in the case of pillars a fairly uniform bottom to the candle.
FULLY REFINED WAX
This is a wax that has been through the maximum refined process. A fully refined wax generally has a melt point of 125 degrees F or better and has a lower oil content. The exact oil content will vary depending on the melt point of the wax. Fully refined waxes are generally used to make pillars, votives and most candles other than container candles.
Straight wax is a wax that can be used for general candle making but would require the use of additives to improve the performance of the candle.
If you develop your line during the summer months and develop a production environment to your satisfaction, you will have the months of September and October to test market your candles. Use this time to work out any consumer "issues" before the holiday season starting in November.
If you already have your business up and running use the summer to months to continually evaluate your business. Is your pricing correct? With the price increases on many raw materials, sometimes the cost can get away from you. Spend time now to evaluate all of your costs and make sure - when things do pick up - that you currently are charging the proper price to your customers.
Use this time to start evaluating new fragrances. Remember, many of the technical and sales staff at candle making supplies companies are somewhat slow during the slower months and are more readily available to help answer your questions.
With summer in full swing and the moisture in the air the most commonly asked question I get is 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 bubbles:
- Preheat the container - In most instances warm to the touch is all that is needed.
- Pour hotter - As the cold weather affects many work environments, the wax can set up quicker. Raising your pouring temperature even by 5-10 degrees F is enough.
- For pillars the same procedures can help eliminate these air bubbles.
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