Simple to remember tips that will make you a candle-making pro in no time.
Making candles can be a difficult and rewarding task. It is thrilling to light your first candle, but it can also be nerve-wracking waiting to see the results.
Did your top come out as smooth as you expected? Is your wick centered? What is your fragrance throw? There are so many questions, and your candle will soon answer them all.
What if we could all share some tips to help you in candle making and avoid the stress and nerves that come with this new hobby? Continue reading to learn five key tips I wish I had learned earlier in my candle-making career.
Take notes while you travel
With fragrance, less is more
Each fragrance oil can have a different cold throw and hot throw.
There are many ways to create a great candle.
- Take notes while you travel
Science is the key to candle performance. You need to repeat the same steps each time to get the same results. But, more importantly, you must know what works.
Keep track of all the notes you take as you pour each batch and when you test-burn. Here are some important points to keep in mind when pouring.
Date and Time
Type of fragrance
Size of glass
Temperature in the room
The highest melting temperature of wax (check the manufacturer’s recommendations as each wax is unique and you don’t want to heat it higher than necessary).
Add fragrance to your environment
You poured the candle/s.
Use of fragrance at a %
This is easy: you can either create your own templates for each test candle or, if you are lazy like me and want to use the. Here is a link for our Candle Testing Sheet.
This sheet is suitable for all wax types and it’s very thorough. You can print a few sheets and keep them on hand when you make candles or test them.
Our distribution partners are a great place to start looking for candles making supplies.
Note: If your memory is bad, you might be able to take notes while it happens. You will fail if you expect yourself to remember and it will cost you money and time.
- with fragrance, less is more
It seems quite logical. A greater fragrance throw equals more fragrance. The combination of fragrance and wax is complex and involves many more variables. Testing is crucial.
Some fragrance oils are stronger and require less to produce a great scent. Others will need more oil, but they won’t have the same intensity.
You can experiment with different fragrance oil percentages, pour temperatures and cure times to determine the hot throw of your candles. It’s a better use of your time than spending it adding more fragrance oil.
- Each fragrance oil can have a different cold and hot throw.
Cold throw refers to the scent from your candle when it isn’t lit. Hot throw is when the wick has been lit and the candle emits fragrance. “Out of the Bottle” is when you get the first whiff of the oil.
Each one can offer a completely different experience to your nose. You can expect the scent “out of the bottles” to be quite different from the final candle. Candle testing is important because of this.
The top, middle, and base notes will shine through at different times in different intensities. Remember that customers will sell your candles first via cold throw and then take them home to experience hot throw.
Hot throw scents are often the most complex and it’s where the fragrance’s full potential is revealed. You shouldn’t be afraid of trying fragrances you don’t know much about “outside the bottle”, because the fragrance will change from hot throw to cold throw depending on how it is!
- Practice patience!
When it comes to candle-making, patience is a virtue.
It takes time to test your candles. It takes time to cure your candles. Depending on the oil, it may take up to two weeks for primo results. It takes time to perfect your skills and find a favorite wax.
It’s also beneficial to test your candles over different seasons. This will help you determine whether they perform well in both the warmer and colder months. This is especially important if your candles will be used in different climates or if you intend to sell candles across the country. This is a good idea.
- There are many ways to make a great candle.
There is no magic formula or secret way to make candles that work. You can ask for help, read up on the topic, or watch YouTube videos. But, after much testing and experimentation, you may discover a method that works best for you.