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Candle Making History + April Project Winner


Candle Making History + April Project Winner

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The 'En-Light-ener' Candle Making Newsletter
May 2019
Candle Making History
Depending on what definition you wish to use for a candle the origins can track back to over 3,000 BC where using tallow, insect seeds and even boiling the fruit of a cinnamon tree where the most popular choices to make candles. The one thing we will probably never is how effective the fragrance throw was in these products. While earlier users of candles needed them for light or heat you can bet that how they smelled was not very important if they achieved their primary goal. These days people generally burn candles for a completely different reason, most users now use a candle for the ambiance, or room freshening capability and in rare instances light when the power goes out. The performance in terms of clean burning and fragrance throw are now the criteria on how most candles used in the home are judged these days.

Because of this the base wax used is extremely important and the selection of products available is greater than ever. Over the 5,000 +/- years that candles have been made natural waxes and paraffin have always been the primary choices available.

According to the National Candle Association Paraffin wax was introduced in the 1850's and quickly became the favorite choice because it burned more consistently and could be produced much more cost effectively then other products in the market. Early paraffin waxes only lacked the ability to be produced in higher melt points and once that was corrected paraffin waxes were the choice for many years and still remain popular today due to the ability to perform at highly effectively levels when it comes to fragrance throw.

These days there is a wax blend designed for almost every imaginable application, container, pillars, votives and even clam shells. Pretty much no matter what the application is you can find a wax or blend that should deliver the performance you will need. In this issue we are going to cover some of the more popular blends that will meet your specific needs. The demand for candle blends has increased over the last number of years due to the ease of use and will continue to increase. Blends are easy to use because all of the necessary additives, except the UV, scent and color are part of the blend. The testing on fragrance loads, adhesion and burning characteristics are all done already. In most instances you melt this wax, add the color, scent and UV, and you can pour your candles. If you are only making a couple of candles and wish to simplify the learning curve, a blend is the perfect wax for starting out.

One of the more popular products with blends are the "Low Shrink Waxes", in most applications when used properly these waxes do not require topping off. They are very effective when making containers that are generally 12 ounces or less. When you do pour containers larger than 12 ounces they can experience some shrinkage and will require topping off.

Our most popular low shrink wax is the CBL-125 and has been a stable for many years due to its ability to perform at a high level and high scent retention. The CBL-125 is a soft, smooth and creamy blended candle wax that is specially formulated for use in container candles. This blend will exhibit very good burning characteristics and should help minimize the problematic "wet spots. Unfortunately this wax cannot be used in votives and can be a challenge when making clam shells.

A new addition to the family of Low pour waxes is our CBL-133 Micro Container Blend. This particular wax offers good adhesion to container, great fragrance retention and color dispersion. This wax also offers excellent hot and cold throw with good single-pour properties. Recommended fragrance load for this was is 3-10%. The advantage of this wax is that it will deliver very effective performance a great price. The downside is that it is not in slab but rather a 50 pound cube which can make handling little bit trickier. However, the cost makes this a great choice when trying to make a cost effective high end candle.

Another Popular choice and does show up in both Paraffin and Natural wax discussions is the CBL-130 which is a low shrink paraffin/ soy blend commonly called a Hybrid. This blend allows you to incorporate soy into your candle but still have enough paraffin to achieve good fragrance throw. This wax is great for making layered candles and the first step towards making Soy waxes.

While it may seem straight forward to use a wax that does not require topping off but there are definitely some draw backs with these low shrink waxes. With these waxes getting a vibrant color is not really possible and sometime during the warmer climates these candles can "creep" in transit.

The CBL-129 is a great option to achieve vibrant colors, great fragrance throw and an added benefit can be this wax can also be used when making votives and clam shells. The CBL-129 is always are recommended choice when making clam shells. When making free standing candles with scent added there are 2 Great choices available. The CBL-141 is a specialty candle wax blend designed for production of votive and pillar candles. This wax will offer excellent mold release and very true vibrant colors in your candles. CBL-141 will display very good burning characteristics and can handle high percentages of fragrances.

The newest pillar blend to the family is the CBL-142 which has great releasing properties, great fragrance throw and color dispersion.

While the family of mottling waxes does not fit the classic definition of a blend we do include it in the blended family because they are processed to ensure they mottle. Not all paraffin waxes will mottle and the process must start at the refinery with the proper feedstock and isolating these waxes in the process. Mottling waxes continue to be popular for both jars and pillars.

The 2530 Wax is by far the most popular choice to get the maximum performance in a mottled container. When making pillars you can achieve the same high performance with the 4045 and both waxes come from the same family of waxes so that translucent look can carry through your entire product line.

Using a blended wax can take a great deal of the formulation process and allow you to spend time testing the proper wick, selecting fragrance and developing packaging.

Project Contest
On behalf of the Candlewic Company, we truly want to thank everyone for your wonderful submissions. You've continued to make the judging very difficult. All of the projects were outstanding, and, as we previously stated, if your project was not selected for this issue, it will remain in the pool for upcoming issues. We are also accepting projects on a monthly basis, so please always turn in any exciting project you may be working on. In case you did not see our mention about this previously, all projects selected in 2019 will win a $100 Candlewic gift card and will also be entered to win a $300 Candlewic gift card in December if that project is selected by our readers as the best project in 2019.  
Our third winner in the contest is:
Deborah Ellis
Caramel Walnut Cake

Enter for a chance to be next month's winner!
  1. Create your project*
  2. Send your project submission with pictures and easy-to-follow instructions to:
  3. We’ll select a winner for that month to receive a $100 Candlewic gift card and publish the winner’s project in our newsletter!
Then, during the first week of December 2019, we will publish to our website the 10 selected projects contributed by readers and ask all of our readers to vote for their favorite project. The contributor of the winning project will receive an additional $300 Candlewic gift card!

Please keep in mind that, even if your project is not selected for the particular month in which you submitted it, we may use it for another month. We may also use it as a post on Facebook, Twitter or one of our other social media accounts. If we do that, you’ll receive a $30 Candlewic gift card. We’re looking for fun, unique and exciting projects that will appeal to many of our readers.
Example Project Formats:
Yummy Fall Soy Candles All Natural Beeswax Garden Flare Candles
Decorative Streak Candles Decorative Swirl Candles
Recycled Chunk Candles Snowball Candle
Send your project submissions to:
Deadline to be featured in the June En-Light-Ener : May 25, 2019.
Winner will be notified by May 28, 2019, and featured in our June issue.
*The submitted project cannot be one taken from a competitor's website or social media pages, cannot feature a competitor's products, and cannot include links to a competing vendor's site, social media accounts, or products.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, Hi. I'm Chandler.
"I see both color blocks and liquid are available to color my candles. Which one is best for me?"
Both products are excellent choices. The batch size, ease and type of candles you are making will determine which method of coloring is best for you. The liquid dyes are always the most concentrated, making them the most cost-efficient product. Liquid dyes are best to use when making soy wax candles.

When mixing in small batch sizes, measuring out the liquid dyes can be difficult because it is based on drops as opposed to weight. The liquid dyes can also be messy when trying to use them for smaller batches. In batch sizes of 50 pounds or more, and when making gel candles, liquid dyes are definitely the best way to go.

The color blocks are great to use when you are mixing in smaller batch sizes. Each block will color approximately 12-15 lbs of paraffin wax and about 6-9 pounds of soy wax. When mixing in the 1-4lb range, you can do shavings or swirl the block around in the wax to melt it. When you are done, the blocks can be put back in a bag, making them easier to store and eliminating the need to deal with messy spills or bottles.


Each Season is an exciting time to Launch New Fragrances.
This Year "Spring and Summer Collection" along with their notes.
No. 506
TOP: Green, Ozone
MIDDLE: Floral, Jasmine, Rose
DRY: Woody
No. 507
TOP: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lavender
MIDDLE: Iris, Jasmine, Spicy, Vanilla
DRY: Cedarwood, Musk, Pathchouli
No. 508
TOP: Lemongrass
MIDDLE: Jasmine, ginger, lemongrass
DRY: Lemongrass
No. 509
TOP: Cypress, Fir Balsam, Mandarin
MIDDLE: Pine, Floral, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
DRY: Elemi, Ciste, Labdanum, Tonka Bean, Vanilla
No. 510
TOP: Bergamont, Cardamom, Marine
MIDDLE: Jasmine, Ylang, Labdanum
DRY: Benzion, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Musk
No. 511
TOP: Basil, Geranium, Tomato Leaf
MIDDLE: Clove, Mint, Garden Herbs
DRY: Musk, Earthy
No. 512
TOP: Moringa, Orange, Lemon, Olive Leaves
MIDDLE: Basil, Herbal, Honeysuckle, Muguet
DRY: Cedarwood, Fennel, Musk
No. 513
TOP: Bergamot, Marine, Sage Leaves
MIDDLE: Rose, Violet, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
DRY: Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Sycamore Bark
No. 514
TOP: Marine, Eucalyptus, Sea Salt
MIDDLE: Water Lotus, Rose, Orange Blossom
DRY: Amber, Vetiver, Musk
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.
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