Simple ideas and tactics that can quickly transform you from a candle making novice to an expert!
Making candles is both a difficult and gratifying task. Lighting the wick on your first homemade candle is both exhilarating and nerve-racking as you wait to see how it works.
Did the top set as smoothly as you expected? Is your wick properly centred? What is the aroma throw like? So many questions and your freshly crafted candle is ready to provide some answers.
But what if we could provide some tips to aid you with your candle making and avoid some of the stress and anxieties that come with a new hobby? Continue reading to learn important candle making ideas from Aussie Candle Supplies.
1. Take Notes As You Go Along
Science has resulted in candle performance. To have the same outcome every time, you must do the same thing, but more importantly, you must know what works!
Keep a journal of your notes from each batch you pour and test-burn. A few things to keep in mind with each pour:
- The date and time
- Type of wax
- Type of fragrance
- Wick diameter
- Glass dimensions
- Room temperature
- Wax melt temperature (see the manufacturer’s guidelines since each wax is different and you don’t want to heat it any more than required)
- When did you apply fragrance?
- The temperature at when you poured the candle/s
- Scent usage percentage
The simplest method is to make your template for each test candle, or if you’re lazy like me, simply download the sheet from All Seasons Wax Company.
It is effective on all types of wax and is fairly thorough. Print a couple of papers and have them ready whenever you produce and test your candles.
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2. When It Comes To Smell, Little Is More
It appears to be rather sensible. More scent means more fragrance throw. However, the combination of wax and scent is complex, and there are many more factors at work. This is why testing is so important.
Some fragrance oils are just stronger and don’t take much to provide a pleasant aroma, while others require more fragrance oil but don’t function as well.
Experimenting with fragrance oil percentages, pour temperatures, cure time, and other variables will all alter the hot throw of your candle, and it’s a lot better use of your time to do so than to add the additional fragrance oil.
3. Each Scent Oil’s Cold And Hot Throw Might Differ Substantially
Cold throw refers to the fragrance from your candle when it is not lighted, hot throw refers to the aroma when the wick is lit and the candle emits fragrance, and “out of the bottle” refers to the first whiff of the fragrance oil when it is removed from the bottle.
Each of them may give a very varied sensory experience for your nose, so anticipate the fragrance “out of the bottle” to alter slightly from the completed candle. This is just another reason why candle testing is critical.
The base, middle, and top notes will all come through at different times and intensities. It’s vital to note that buyers will likely smell your candles first via cold throw, and then take them home to enjoy the hot throw.
The hot throw is generally the most complex aroma, and it is at this point that the entire complexity of the fragrance is realized. Don’t be hesitant to test new perfumes “out of the bottle,” since the smell will vary from cold throw to hot throw regardless!
4. Exercise Patience!
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to creating candles.
It takes time to test. It takes time to cure your candles (generally a week or two weeks gives primo results for your fragrance, depending on the oil). It takes time to hone your abilities and choose your favourite wax.
Testing across the seasons is also beneficial since you will know that your candles will function consistently during the warmer and cooler months. This is especially crucial if you intend to burn candles in places with varying climates (or if you intend to sell candles to people from all over the nation or the world!).