About Gel Wax.
Gel wax is derived from mineral oil and polymer resin. This gives the wax a translucent appearance and a consistency of jelly.
Gel wax a slow melt rate and a long burn time, because of this, the candle will have a much longer burn time making the wax good value for money.
It is common to add inserts into the gel wax, such as embeds & glitter, which have a higher melt point than the wax itself.
We recommend to use gel wax in containers, and colour using our liquid dyes.
Gel wax has a higher melt point than paraffin wax and should be melted in a pot over direct heat. It does tend to bubble whilst melting, to avoid this heat the wax to a temperature in excess of 110 °C , but don’t exceed 125°C as the wax could burn.
We suggest a stiff zinc or paper core wick for the gel wax such as our ECO wick. Use the size above recommended to compensate for it’s slow burning nature. We recommend to prime the wick with gel wax as this wax tends to be poured at a higher temperature than paraffin wax.
Our wax will hold up to 6% fragrance oil. Please note, not all scents are suitable. The scents recommended for this wax are called ‘non polar’ and have a flash point in excess of 77°C. This information can be found in the data sheet on each fragrance.
Not using the right scent for gel wax can be hazardous. However, adding fragrance lowers the flash point of the wax, potentially low enough to cause the wax to ignite, so avoid these fragrances, and be sure to test your gel wax candles in a safe controlled environment.