How to Make Candles:
Still an Art

Subject: How to Make Candles

This page gives a brief overview of how real, homemade, hand poured candles are made.

There really is no mystery to it - again, it's like a good recipe: two cooks may make the same cake from the same recipe - but the resulting cakes may still taste different. Substantially different.

It takes a good recipe to make good candles, but not much in the way of equipment: a double boiler or even a simple turkey roaster will usually suffice (so the wax doesn't burn or scorch at high temperatures.)

As we've said elsewhere on this site, we use 22 pounds of high grade wax to yield 22 18-ounce jar candles. We spend about four hours melting all that down to a clear liquid and then add the ever-so-important essential oil to the mix. If you think the aroma is strong in your home when you burn one candle, imagine that multiplied by 20 or so (we wear face masks!)

Then it's time to add color, which is done with eyedroppers of concentrated dye -- a little goes a long way -- and you have to get it right the same way for each batch of the same candle, or our customers might be disappointed. For some of them color is as important as scent.

Then there is the ratio of wax to oil: as we've said before, you can put too much or too little in - and wind up with candles that either won't burn correctly or won't give a decent "scent throw."

And, finally, there is the wick - ah, who would have thought that such a small detail could make so much difference? Truth is, wicks burn either hotter or cooler, depending on their construction and the material from which they are constructed.

Confused? Read a little more on this website and the puzzle will start to clear a little. :-)

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