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The Move Is On!
We’re moving to a larger facility!
Everybody is asking it, so we’ll start out with -- we will NOT be closing while we move. The moving process has been happening behind the scenes for a few months now, and our moving procedures will continue to remain unnoticed to our customers as we proceed with our normal day-to-day operations.

Why?
We are a growing company. As we continue to expand our business and increase our manufacturing capabilities, we need more space. A larger facility means we can serve our customers more efficiently, with better pricing, shorter lead times, while maintaining the high quality that our customers have come to rely on.

Where?
We are moving right around the corner, here in Doylestown, Pennsylvania - the heart of historic Bucks County. This will not interrupt our local business in any way. Also, we our thankful for all the hard work our employees do for the company, so we are staying right where we have always been. The new address is 3765 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

When?
A moving project of this size takes months to orchestrate in such a way to be “invisible” to our customers. Moving processes have been going on already, and will continue to remain unnoticed in terms of delivery and lead times. We have been moving parts of the organization in stages and will not be completely done until the end of the summer. Although the company will remain open, we will not be shipping packages on Friday, June 25th. Customers will pick up their packages in the new facility starting on Monday, June 28th.

What is Changing?
As far as our contact information is concerned, the only thing that will change is the street address. All phone numbers, fax numbers, websites, email, and shipping zones will remain the same. The new address will be communicated to our customers in various methods when we are all moved in.

As far as the way we operate, everything is changing for the better. Part of the moving plans include equipment purchases to expand our current capabilities, more packing stations, increased quality controls, and larger inventories just to name a few. There are a few top-secret projects we are working on as well, but we do not want to let all our tricks out of the bag until they are fully operational. Keep reading the Enlightener for future developments of some truly extraordinary things to come.

Thanks!
We would like to take a moment to thank all of our customers that have helped us to grow over the last three decades. In order to show our gratitude, we have made a significant investment into a larger facility that will improve everything we do as we raise the bar for industry standards once again. Thank you and we are looking forward to serving you better than ever.

 

Which Wax Works Well?

The answer is that all waxes work well for different reasons and uses. We get inquiries every day as to which wax is better, natural wax, blended wax, or straight paraffin? Customers ask questions such as which holds more fragrance, which is healthier or more natural, looks the best, offers the most flexibility, or simply which wax costs less?

We offer a wax to fit just about every need, but it is difficult for one single wax to meet all the criteria that satisfies every candle maker’s needs. If there were such a wonder wax, there would be little need for us to offer our huge selection of waxes and wax additives. The following paragraphs should help to sort out the various benefits of all the wax varieties. We offer many varieties and let the candle maker choose the wax that fits their particular needs.

Natural wax vs. paraffin wax is a debate that will remain a point of difference for many candle makers for years to come. Neither wax type can satisfy the requirements sought from each side of the debate. The important part is that both are safe to use, both contain natural raw ingredients, and both need to be refined in order to be used as a candle wax. Natural wax proponents argue that soy is renewable from plants, but paraffin advocates remind us that natural habitats were destroyed to create the farms to produce the soy, and most paraffin is a byproduct of the gas that natural wax users put in their cars and fuel their distribution/supply networks. Some soy wax candles contain paraffin and claim that 100% soy wax is used but fail to mention how much, which further blurs the line and confuses the industry. Where does the use of synthetic fragrances and dyes used in natural waxes fall into the argument? It gets ugly and both sides have their merits. Until a governing body tells the industry that one is unsafe to use, we here at Candlewic will cut through the marketing by both sides and help you, the candle maker, to use the wax you feel meets your needs best.

Straight paraffin waxes offer the candle maker the flexibility to custom tailor their own recipe in order to solve particular challenges, offers a different customized look to their candle, and in some cases can be cost effective if used by themselves as a mottling wax. Some candle makers have developed some really great looking candles by using secret recipes that keep their competition guessing.

Palm Wax

Natural waxes are waxes made from vegetable based resources and are often considered renewable. They are made from plants such as the palm tree, soybean, honeybee pollen, bayberries, and other vegetable crops. Sometimes the waxes may not perform exactly like paraffin and require a little fine-tuning in process but this is expected anytime the candle maker switches ingredients. They are easy to use, reach a new candle buying market, and are still growing in popularity but sometimes are limited in terms of flexibility.

CBL-130

Blended waxes offer the candle maker specific benefits depending on the needs of the candle maker. A blended wax has everything in it needed so the candle maker can simply melt and pour without the addition of anything other than scent, color, and UV absorber if desired. Some container blends, such as the CBL-125 and CBL-130, may not require a second pour! It is a real labor saver and decreases the risk of an accidental blunder in mixing of additives therefore ensuring a consistent look each and every time.


June 2004

PROJECT:
One-Pour Tins

This month’s project is an easy way to make professional looking aluminum tin container candles using a single pour wax. The aluminum tin container eliminates the need to worry over “wet spots” commonly found in glass container candles, and does not require a second pour. They are simple to make, easy to decorate, and eliminates the issues of jars breaking in transit.

Ingredients

Aluminum Tins

Single Pour Blended Wax

Wick Assembly

Color (optional)

Fragrance

Instructions

Step 1
Heat your wax CBL-125 or CBL-130, as you normally would for any other candle. If you add color, we recommend you do so at about 180 degrees to ensure an even consistency.

We offer several options for coloring your wax.

Step 2
Remove the lids from your tins and arrange on the pouring table. Some people insert wicks first with a glue dot and some add the wick after they pour. Both methods work well.

Step 3
Add your fragrance and pour.

Step 4
Let cool and decorate the tin as desired. Tins get hot, so be sure to label the finished candle appropriately.


 

CHANDLER'S CORNER

Hi! I'm Chandler!
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Ask Chandler: Chandler's Asking Back!

Hello everybody. I have been extremely happy to answer everybody’s questions over the years. The move into the larger facility will allow us to serve our customers in unprecedented ways, but we need to know which things are important so we can focus our efforts.

I would like to ask for a very quick minute of your time to answer a few questions for me. Just click on this link. It will only take a minute and would be very much appreciated in our efforts to serve you better. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you for personal information (unless you want to provide it for future mailings on specials and promotions).

 

 


Quick Facts:

Number of Tins per 100 lb Batch

In past months we discussed how common it is that containers are named by their fluid capacity in ounces. In most cases this is not equal to weight of wax. See the December issue of the Enlightener for further details. The following information will help you plan your tin production. Keep in mind the fill line on the tin can dramatically affect results. For each 100-pound batch of CBL-125 or CBL-130 wax, you can fill approximately:

Tin Size Qty Filled Part #
4 oz 448 AT-01
8 oz 190 AT-02
10 oz 180 AT-03
16 oz 112 AT-04
20 oz 90 AT-05




We hope you enjoyed this issue of the En-Light-ener.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Our goal is to make this newsletter as entertaining and educational as possible.
Let us know if you have any ideas on how we can improve.



Issue Index

March 2014 -- Pick a Wick and more...

February 2014 -- Soy-lutions and more...

January 2014 -- Jump Starting and more...

December 2013 -- A Year-End Thank YOU! and more...

November 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

October 2013 -- Holiday Season Checklist and more...

September 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

August 2013 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles and more...

June 2013 -- Tools of the Trade and more...

April 2013 -- Spring Is In The Air and more...

March 2013 -- To Be or Not to Be and more...

February 2013 -- Keeping Up With the Times and more...

January 2013 -- A New Year of Candle Making and more...

December 2012 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2012 -- Managing Shipping Options, Luminary Candles and more...

October 2012 -- Resources for Candle Makers, Snowball Candles and more...

September 2012 -- Paraffin wax - Not Your Cup of Tea, One-Pour Tins and more...

August 2012 -- Choosing the Right Wax, Aluminum Molds and more...

July 2012 -- Candle Making Kits, Palm Wax Candles and more...

June 2012 -- Starting Your Own Candle Business, Grubby Candles and more...

May 2012 -- Three Step Guide to Show Success, Candle making Without Melting and more...

April 2012 -- With Every Season, a Change in Process and more...

March 2012 -- The Whole Ball of Wax and more...

February 2012 -- Choosing the Right Color and more...

January 2012 -- Time for Your Yearly Checkup - Candle Business Style and more...

December 2011 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2011 -- Our Candle Making Wish List, Holiday Luminaries, and more...

October 2011 -- Overlooked But Definitely Not Overrated, Making votives with votive pins, and more...

September 2011 -- Time to Light a Fire for Your Business, What to do with extra candle wax, and more...

August 2011 -- All About Candle Additives, Ice Candle Project, and more...

July 2011 -- Create Unique and Trendy Candles, Taper Candles Using Polyurethane Molds, and more...

June 2011 -- Use Summertime To Improve Your Candle Making Business, Floral Pillar Candles Project, and more...

May 2011 -- Getting Your Candle Making Business Online, About Aluminum Molds, and more...

April 2011 -- Choosing the Right Soy Wax, Making Scented Votives and Floaters, and more...

March 2011 -- 5 Valuable Tips for Starting a Candle Making Business, Making Dipped Tapers, and more...

February 2011 -- Advice on Selecting Candle Wicks, Add That Finishing Touch, and more...

January 2011 -- First Impression Is Everything in Selling Candles, One-Pour Tins, and more...

December 2010 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2010 -- Wish List for Candle Making, How to Make Grubby Candles, and more...

October 2010 -- Getting to the Next Level, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

September 2010 -- Five Tips to Make Customers Fall In Love With Your Candles, Veggie Dip Candles, and more...

August 2010 -- Back to Candle Making, Summer Sand Candles

July 2010 -- Are You Selecting the Right Wax?, Beeswax Pillar Candles, and more...

June 2010 -- 5 Free (or low cost) Business Growth Candle Making Business Resources, Vegetable Wax Candles, and more...

May 2010 -- Create Your White Castle Opportunity, No Melting Required Candle Project, and more...

April 2010 -- How To Reduce, Reuse and Recycle When Making Candles, What To Do With Extra Candle Wax, and more...

March 2010 -- Why Color Is Important, Making Streak Candles Project, and more...

February 2010 -- Pillar Candles - What's Old Is New, Making Palm Wax Candles, and more...

January 2010 -- New Year, New Decade and New Candle Making Tactics, Textured Candle Project, and more...

December 2009 -- 12 Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2009 -- Tom Turkey on Candle Making, Candle Kits vs Buying Indidual Supplies, and more...

October 2009 -- Taking the Scary out of Candle Making, Snowball Candle Project, and more...

September 2009 -- 4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Candle Line, Layered Candle Project, and more...

August 2009 -- Is Big Always Better?, Cookie Cutter Candle Making Project, and more...

July 2009 -- How to Set Candle Prices, All Natural Beeswax Garden Flare Candle Making Project, and more...

June 2009 -- 5 Tips for Avoiding Margin Drain, Tri-Color Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2009 -- How To Select a Candle Wick, Chunk Candle Making Project, and more...

April 2009 -- Candle Making Ideas for Summer, Candle Making Projects, and more...

March 2009 -- Mold Techniques in Candle Making, A Simple Candle Project, and more...

February 2009 -- Setting the Right Mood Year Round, Tealight Candle Project, and more...

January 2009 -- Reacquainting Yourself with Candle Making Waxes, Tri-Color Candle Project, and more...

December 2008 -- 12 Days of the Candle Making Business, Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2008 -- Candle Making Business Cliches, Miracle Molding Material Projects, and more...

October 2008 -- Candle Making Terms Explained, How To Make Mottling Candles, and more...

September 2008 -- Adding on to Your Candle Lines, How To Make Candle Luminaries, and more...

August 2008 -- Candles & Their Fragrances, How To Make Pillar Candles, and more...

July 2008 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles, How To Make Dipped Tapers, and more...

June 2008 -- Fall Candle Season Starts Now, Extraordinary Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2008 -- Green Candle Making, Green Candle Projects, and more...

April 2008 -- Recent Candle Industry Price Increases, Aluminum Mold Candle Project, and more...

March 2008 -- Straight Wax, Exciting New Candle Making Products, and more...

February 2008 -- Business Side of Candle Making, Ice Candle Project, and more...

January 2008 -- Basics of Blended Wax Candles, Rose Floater Candle Project, and more...

December 2007 -- 12 Days of Business, 2007 Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2007 -- Show Time for Candle Making, Making Snow Candles, and more...

October 2007 -- Ready, Set, GO candle making, Candle Luminaries, and more...

September 2007 -- GREENING Your Product Line and Your Bottom Line…, One-Pour Candle Tins, and more...

August 2007 -- Candle Making's Center of Focus, Making Streak Candles, and more...

July 2007 -- The Latest in Candle Making Products, Votive Candle Project, and more...

June 2007 -- Setting Your Candles' Sale Price, Summer Candle Projects, and more...

May 2007 -- Determining Your Candle Making Costs, Using Extra Candle Wax, and more...

April 2007 -- Natural Wax Buzz Part 2, Layered natural candles, and more...

March 2007--Crucial details of candle making, Candle projects with no melting required, and more...

February 2007--How to choose a candle making mold, Making custom candle molds, and more...

January 2007--"Green" Candle Making, tri-color jar candle project, and more...

December 2006--Looking into the candle making future, 2006 candle projects, and more...

November 2006--Introducing...a candle making introduction, candle projects, and more...

October 2006--Prime time: candle wicks, taper candle projects, and more...

September 2006--Clearly still here:Gel candle making, one-pour tins, and more...

August 2006--Fragrance - the driving force of candle making, a new contest, and more...

July 2006--Planning your production, using granulated wax, and more...

June 2006--Our 35th Year, using aluminum candle molds, how much candle fragrance to use, and more...

May 2006--Summertime candle making, making natural lemon candles and more...

April 2006--Choose the candle wick, making tealight candles and more...

March 2006--Choose the right wick base, blending soy wax with paraffin, making palm wax candles and more...

February 2006--The roll of wax additives in a blended wax world, UV additives, making grubby candles and more...

January 2006--The secrets of soy wax candles, more ways to use candles, making soy wax container candles and more...

December 2005--Planning for the new year, announcing our new home, secrets about wicks, and more...

November 2005--Holiday candle making, ideas to sell more candles, making luminaries and more...

October 2005--Temperture issues when making candles, how to start making candles and more...

September 2005--Choose the right candle mold, ASTM safety standards, and more...

August 2005--Color and Fragrance trends, choosing the right candle making tools, and more...

July 2005--Planning for efficient production, Marketing your Candles, Making Swirl Candles, and more...

June 2005--New market trends in candle shapes and textures, Making Textured Candles, and more...

May 2005--The trends and science of candle fragrances, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

April 2005--How to select the proper candle wick, Top Colors, Making "Earthy" Chunk Candles, and more...

March 2005--Selecting the right wax Part III, Our Top Waxes, Making Floral Candles, Our History and more...

February 2005--Selecting the right wax Part II, Our Top Fragrances, Making Fruit Candles and more...

January 2005--Selecting the right wax, Using blended wax, Coloring wax, Making Layered Jar Candles and more...

December 2004--All about candle making fragrances, Making Grubby Candles and more...

November 2004--Choosing Color for your candle making, Making snowball candles and more...

October 2004--Candle Making Busy Season, Making Palm Wax Candles, Speeding Up Candle Production and more...

September 2004--Candle Wax Melters, Making Sense of your Candle Scents, Making Taper Candles and more...

August 2004--Getting Ready For The Season, Using Votive Pins To Make Votive Candles, No Melt Candle Making and more...

July 2004--Some History & What's New, Paraffin Myths, Making Golf Ball Candles and more...

June 2004--Choosing the Right Candle Wax for Your Needs, Making One-Pour Tins and more...

May 2004--Investigating New Products, Burn Testing, Making Freestanding Gel Pillars & Novelties and more...

April 2004--Candle Making Trends, Rolled Candles with Beeswax Sheets, Making Taper Candles and more...

March 2004--Color Theory & Techniques, Floating Candle Molds, Making Tealight Candles and more...

February 2004--Mold Techniques, Computers and Candlemaking, Making Easter Egg Chunk Candles and more...

January 2004--Marketing Natural Wax and Paraffin Candles, Layering Natural Wax Candles and more...

December 2003--Holiday Greetings, 2003 Year in Review, The 6 P's, Making Icicle Candles and more...

November 2003--Building Your Candle Product Line, Making Holiday Ornaments & Soap-on-a-Wick and more...

October 2003--Marketing Your Candles, Polyurethane Molds, Making Lemon Candles, and more...

September 2003--Packaging & Labeling, Essential Oils, Making Rolled Pillars with Beeswax Sheets, and more...

August 2003--Using Palm Wax, Increasing Your Profit Margins, Using Aluminum Molds, and more...

July 2003--Ultra Violet Light Absorbers, Reducing Shipping Costs, Dipping Techniques, and more...

June 2003--Choosing the Right Wick, Using a Wick Stick, Making Floater Candles, and more...

May 2003--New Products Review, Pouring Temperatures, Finishes For Your Candles, and more...

April 2003--Selecting Paraffin, Natural and “Hybrid” Waxes, Using Pillar Pins, and more...

March 2003--Selling & Marketing Candles, Making it Easier to Make Pillars, Wax Art Crystals and more...

February 2003--Pouring Temperatures, Votive Tips, Making Grubby Candles, and more...

January 2003--Candle Making Safety Tips, Instruction Labels, What To Do With Extra Wax and more...

December 2002--Polycarbonate Molds, Making Clear Snowball Candles, and more...

November 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, The Story of Chandler, Natural F Wax, and more...

October 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, Projects Review and more...

September 2002--Accessorizing Your Manufacturing, Making Clear Pillar Candles, and more...

July/August 2002--Making Cinnamon Roll Candles, Clear Pillar Base, New Products, and more...

May/June 2002--Back to Basics, Making F Wax Candles, and more...

April 2002--Making Streaked Candles, Wax 101 part 3: Natural Wax, and more...

March 2002--Making Crackled Candles, Wax 101 part 2: Gel Wax, and more...

February 2002--Making Easter Egg Candles, Wax 101: An Overview, and more...

January 2002 --Review of 2001, Frosty Snowman Candles, New Products, Safety Info and more...

December 2001--Botanical candles, making white candles white and more...

November 2001--Chunk candles, clearance sale!, candlemaking books and more...

October 2001--The new candle market, choosing gels, votive wicks and more...

August 2001--New products, new location , new web site and more...

July 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 3), Candle Burn Times and more...

June 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 2), UV Light Absorbers, Wax Additive Recommendations and more...

May 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles, Burning Instructions, Selecting Sustainer Bases and more...

April 2001--Natural Waxes, Candle Burn Times, Wax Pouring Temperatures and more...

March 2001--Making Wax Inserts, Blended vs. Non-Blended Waxes, Colors, Fragrances and more...

February 2001--Whipped Wax, Wax Art Crystal Wax, Gel Candles, Using Containers and more...

 

 


 


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3765 Old Easton Road
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