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Candle Making Supplies
What types of Candle Wax are there?
What is the difference?
A vegetable wax or ‘natural wax’ is made by hydrogenating vegetable oil. Oils such as soya bean oil and rapeseed oil are processed, ultimately turning a liquid oil into a solid wax. Candles made with vegetable wax can be marketed as a natural product because the candle wax is derived from a renewable source. A Paraffin or ‘mineral’ waxes is derived from petroleum. It is considerably the most popular choice for candle makers. Paraffin wax tends to be easier to use, and provides a better scent throw than vegetable wax. Paraffin waxes are odourless and a pale white colour. Vegetable waxes have a creamy, luxurious colour with a slight hint of vegetable aroma.
Which candle wax should I choose?
When it comes to choosing your wax, you must decide what type of candle you want to make!
There are 3 main types of candles, pillar candles, container candles, and votive candles. Container candles are the most popular type of candles and are the easiest for beginners to make. Pillar candles require hard wax, because they are not formed in a container and are free-standing. Pillar wax is also used for wax tarts as they shrink away from the mould for easy release. Votive candles are small in size and are typically placed into a container when burning. They are commonly used at weddings and in places of worship. Both vegetable and mineral wax candles will both burn cleanly if wicked correctly. The compromise tends to be paraffin wax scent throw against the marketing benefits of vegetable wax.
Customer Feedback - "Thank you for sending my wax, promptly. I'm very happy with it. And will order from you again soon." Seaside Special Candles, May 11th 2016 "I found the service. .and the candle wax SUPERB." Pat O'Connell, May 27th 2016 "The wax is very good value for money. And is nice and thick just what is needed for tarts. 100% recommended." Supplies For Candles - Candle Wax customer 24th September 2017 "Fantastic range of scents and wax. I wholeheartedly recommend." Supplies For Candles - Candle Wax customer 3rd May 2018. "EcoSoya wax is my favourite. Great wax, easy and clean to use, great scent throw I’ve been playing around with dyes with it, not using in conventional way, but getting good results that I need. Will be ordering more xxx." Supplies For Candles - Candle Wax customer 24th May 2018.
Supplies for Candles offers two different types of highly concentrated candle dyes. Our dye flakes are manufactured by Bekro in Germany. They are regarded as the leading manufacturer of candle dyes throughout Europe. We also supply a range of highly concentrated liquid candle dyes which are the most soluble colourant available. Liquid dyes are easily mixed together to create every colour on the spectrum. Both types of dyes perform equally as well and is down to personal preference which you chose.
'The candle dyes are excellent value for money. They produce the exact colours with only a little drop. Will be ordering again very soon.' Candle Dye customer, 24th September 2017.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are highly fragrant oils which are derived naturally from the plant it originates from. The plant is processed through distillation or pressing to yield a small amount of oil packed full of natural aroma.
What are the benefits?
The main advantage of using an essential oils in your candle are the amazing natural aromas. From the sweet fragrance of orange, to the stimulating fragrance of eucalyptus, our essential oils explode your senses and invigorate your body. Natural plant grown oils are renowned to help de-stress, relax and revitalise, the perfect additive to any reed diffuser or candle.
No candle could be more natural than using these oils with our vegetable waxes. Use in a reed diffuser with Augeo Reed Diffuser Base to disperse the oils in the air to create a natural air purifier to fill your home. Let your customers know they are 100% natural!
What are the drawbacks?
Essential oils are much more sensitive to temperature change than fragrance oils and must be carefully added when making your candle. If the temperature of the wax is too high, there is a chance the high heat will 'burn off' a lot of the scent leaving the finished product much less potent. Please note the scent from citrus essential oils like orange, lemon and grapefruit may dissipate quicker than others. For the best results, we recommend taking note of your waxes melt point. Once your wax has fully melted, set aside and allow to cool. Keep a close eye on the temperature during the cooling phase whilst gently stirring. Allow your wax to cool to as close to the melt point temperature as possible. Once you are within a degree or 2 of the melt point, slowly add your essential oil whilst continuing to stir. Once fully mixed, pour into your containers and allow to set. All our essential oils are suitable for vegans, they are not tested on animals and paraben free.
Choosing the right candle wicks
Wicking your candle is perhaps the most important part of candle making, but is also thought to be the most difficult, candle wicks come in various sizes it is important to chose the correct one! You must chose the correct size wick in relation to the container size. You can find the recommended container to wick size in the by clicking in the wick product page. For soya wax we suggest our TCR range. For paraffin waxes we suggest our LX range For an all rounder wick we suggest our ECO range
Candle 1 is under wicked, meaning the wick is too small for the container. What is happening to this candle is known as tunnelling. Because this wick is too small, the flame is not generating enough heat. This means the wax around the edge of the container is not melting, the scent will not be properly dispersed and the candle will burn down a 'tunnel' to the bottom of the candle. The wick may also distinguish itself before the candle has fully melted. Candle 3 is over wicked, meaning the wick is too large for the container. It is obvious when a candle is over wicked at first glance because the flame will be too large and will regularly flicker. The melt pool is well over 2 cm deep. The end of the wick is also 'mushrooming.' This is because the wick is producing excess carbon which causes the carbon to drop off into the melt pool, this will collect throughout the burn period. An over wicked candle will burn down very quickly and causes the scent to be dispersed even quicker. The container may also become very hot and could potential cause the container to crack! Candle 2 is wicked correctly. The flame is an appropriate size and doesn't flicker. The melt pool extends to the edge of the container. The wick has no carbon build up. The melt pool is just over 1 cm deep... This candle will burn cleanly, last much longer, disperse fragrance gently... Perfect!
About our Candle Glasses
Our candle glasses are specifically designed for use in candles. We stock a large range of candle containers specifically designed for candle making from 9 cl travel candles up to 55 cl 3-wick bowls. Glass is the ideal and most popular material for scented container candles, naturally resistant to heat and eye-catching.
The glasses will hold approximately the following amount of wax: 20cl Candle Glass - 73 mm diameter - 165 g 27cl Candle Glass - 76 mm diameter - 200 g 30cl Candle Glass -83 mm diameter - 220 g 30cl Cube Candle Glass - 77 mm diameter - 220 g 50cl Candle Bowl - 125 mm diameter - 425 g Please note, leaving your candle to burn to the very bottom of the glass can cause them to overheat and explode. It is your responsibility to ensure your customer is made aware of this risk by using our safety labels.
About our Candle Making Kits
Our candle making kits contain all the necessary ingredients to get started with the exciting craft of candle making, designed with the beginner at mind. Candle making can be daunting when you first start out, what wax should I use? which wicks are suitable? Are my ingredients compatible? We have all been there. But with our candle making kits you don't have to worry, we have done all the leg work for you. Just select the fragrance which you like the sound of and you are good to go, that way you can concentrate on the fun part, the candle making!
Our kits are not mass manufactured throwaway toys, but a tool to teach you how to create luxurious high quality scented candles. We have designed our kits for people ready to learn how to make candles the right way. Our kits make great gift for loved ones, or why not make a candle to give as a gift? Every kit is supported with an easy to follow step by step guide to help you on your candle making journey. The guide can be downloaded under the data sheet tab on each candle making kit product page. No specialist equipment is needed to enjoy candle making, you can do it all in your own kitchen!
In order to use our candle making kits you will require the following:
• A cooker or heart source to melt the wax. • A container to melt the wax in such as a double boiler or a pan inside a pan. • A pouring jug. • A utensil to stir the wax with. • A thermometer. If you don't have any of these items at home, you can find them in our miscellaneous section.
Miscellaneous Candle Making Supplies
We supply a range of useful miscellaneous candle making supplies. We only stock the highest quality supplies guaranteed to last time and time again. Every keen candle maker should have these in their arsenal.
Our Fragrance Oils
Supplies for Candles fragrance oils are manufactured exclusively for us, you will not find our oils anywhere else on the market. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality oils, and guarantee we will never be beaten on quality. We are so confident, we will provide full refunds for any oil returned to us, even if your oil has been used!*
What are fragrance oils?
Fragrance oils are a blend of natural plant based oil called essentials oils, and synthetic compounds which contain strong aromas. The key to the perfect candle is the perfect scent. Fragrances can emit cleanliness, freshness and softness. They can adjust our mood to enriches our lives. They can trigger forgotten memories, emotion and capture our imagination. All our fragrance oils are suitable for vegans, they are not tested on animals and paraben free. We guarantee to provide our customers with world-class, 100% concentrated fragrances to pamper your mind, body and soul.
How much fragrance oil should I use?
We recommend to use 5 – 10% fragrance oil, therefore 50 ml of oil will fragrant 1 kg of wax. We recommend up to 25% fragrance oils for reed diffusers. We supply our fragrances in 50, 125, 500 ml and 1 litre bottles. All CLP information is available to download in the data sheets tab. All of our fragrances are fully compliant with IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) regulations. All our fragrances are cruelty free, suitable for vegans/vegetarians and paraben free. All our fragrances can also be used in soaps, cosmetics and other applications, please see the IFRA certificate under the data sheet tab on each fragrance for more details on these applications. *We will only refund the full amount of returned fragrance if no more than 25 ml of oil has been used. If more than 25 ml has been used, we will only refund the amount remaining.
"Love all the fragrances will defo order again." Supplies for Candles Fragrances customer, 24th September 2017. "Brill thank scents and fast delivery." Supplies for Candles Fragrances customer, 24th September 2017. “ Excellent customer service. My order arrived not even 5 days. ” Supplies for Candles Fragrances customer, 9th November 2017. " Love all fragrance oils I've had from yourselves. " Supplies for Candles Fragrances customer, 8th January 2018.
Soap Supplier has fast became the number 1 choice for candle making supplies within the industry. From individuals to businesses, we have the highest quality candle supplies to suit you needs. We supply only the best candle waxes, world class fragrance oils, candle glasses and wicks to create professional grade candles.
If you are looking for wholesale candle making supplies, you have come to the right place, we have the lowest possible prices and the best customer service and experience around to aid you and your businesses growth.
For any queries or for more information please use our contact page or give us a call on 01709 588579.
“Brilliant fast service and the pomegranate Noir Fragrance Oil smells just like the perfume. Absolutely fabulous” Candle Supplies client 27th June 2018.
“Absolutely great used on several occasions.” Candle Supplies client 26th June 2018.