CANDLE MEMORY, ITS A FACT!

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Don’t think your candle has a memory?  When we were selling our former home before I started candle making; the real estate agent arranged for a photographer to visit to take photos of our home for advertising.   That day I (seriously) spent hours cleaning and styling the house so it would look picture perfect! In fact, it looked so good I had misgivings – “...
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MAKING LAYERED CANDLES

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Let's get started by covering off a few common problems associated with making Layered Candles!  ​PROBLEM:  Candle layers merge together and become one. If the existing layer is not set, the heat of the new layer will melt the existing layer and the two layers will merge and become one. If the existing layer is set but the new layer is poured at too high a temper...
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FROSTING IN SOY CANDLES

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What is FROSTING? "Frosting" is a candle making term used to describe the white crystalline layer that forms on the surface of all-natural plant waxes [such as palm and soy container]. When making a palm container candle the candlemaker will often use techniques to specifically encourage the formation of the crystalline layer as it creates a spectacular pattern, but in a s...
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WOODEN WICKS, CRACKLE AND BURN!

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As a professional trainer teaching students how to make wooden wick candles, the most popular question in class was: “What makes a wooden wick crackle”. A few weeks later after several attempts at home, that question changed to: “Why won’t my wooden wick candle stay lit?". If you've made candles, you’ll understand it’s as much about science as it is about creativity! ...
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DIY - ORANGE PEEL CANDLES

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Who doesn’t love a tropical vacation! Maybe you remember how you buried your toes into white sand and watched a glorious sunset as you sipped on a fruit cocktail [you know the ones served in a glass frosted with sugar]!   Or perhaps it was the smell of the citrus sunscreen you lathered on to stay sun safe or the citrus essential oils used in t...
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MULTI-WICKING - THE TECHNICAL "MUST KNOWS"

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What happens when we light a candle? All candle waxes are essentially hydrocarbons, that means they are mostly composed of hydrogen (H) and carbon (C) atoms. When we light a candle, the heat of the flame melts the wax near the candle wick. This liquid wax is then drawn up the wick by capillary action. The temperature of the flame vaporises the melted wax (turns it into a h...
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DIY - BUSH LEAGUE BEARDS NEED BEARD BALM!

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Beard Balm - It's a must-have for blokes with beards! Beard balm is used to moisturise and condition your beard using oil blends and possibly fragrance oils. The significant difference between beard balm and beard oil is that Beard Balm is thicker and can be used as a styling agent, whereas Beard Oil is more natural to get to the skin beneath to reduce dryness and itch. Bl...
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FRAGRANCE NOTES & FLASHPOINT

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Candle Fragrance is not an afterthought  it's the driving force amongst consumers in deciding which candle to buy! Scientists have proven that pleasing aromas alleviate stress, heighten mood, enhance sex drive, and even affect alertness in the office, just by stimulating the olfactory pathways to the brain.  When consumers buy a scented candle, they often base th...
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CRYSTAL CANDLES WITH INTENTION

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An  Intention Candle  is a scented candle containing a rough or tumbled crystal or crystal fragments. Intention Candles are often presented to individual people at important moments in their life by loved ones. It's essential the gift is unique, and when you see crystals in a candle, there is often more in the gift than meets the eye. Crystals are sacred tools fr...
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HELP - MY CANDLE IS SWEATING!

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Sweating is the candle making term that refers to the beading or puddles of oil sitting on the surface of the candle. There are many reasons why "sweating" occurs in candles, but often it’s a combination of several factors. If you have candles, you can avoid sweating by keeping your candles away from drafts, direct sunlight, and rooms with temperature variations. The candl...
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CANDLE MEDITATION

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Candle meditation has been around since candles were invented; and before that, its origins date back to the first time a human being stared into a fire. A fire is hypnotic and can quickly create a state of trance – if you have a fireplace or wood stove at home, or if you have ever been camping, you know how mesmerising a fire can be… or if you’ve ever sat in a room lit on...
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TEST BURNING CANDLES

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We all want our candles to look stunning, perform well, and burn safely - I have heard many stories of grief in my years as a professional candle maker and trainer, and I cannot overestimate how important it is to conduct test burning on your candles before selling them.  When things go wrong, its a fact they can go VERY wrong! I used to share this story with my candl...
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WET SPOTS - HOW TO AVOID THEM

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In candle making, a 'wet spot' refers to an air pocket or watermark showing through the wall of a jar candle.  In South Australia wet spots are common due to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day, particularly in the colder months. However while its frustrating because the wet spots can be visually unappealing, they do not affect the burn performance of a candle...
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DIY - BEESWAX WOOD POLISH

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Did you know you can easily make your own beeswax wood polish? It’s as easy as making your beeswax wood polish (seriously).  Add your favourite essential oil or enjoy the sweet-smelling beeswax scent as is. Beeswax not only smells great, but it’s all natural and eco-friendly. It brings out the natural warmth in wood while repelling dirt, grime & water. It will kee...
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MEASURING FRAGRANCE OIL IN WEIGHT

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The key to a well-scented candle is to use the correct ratio of fragrance oil to wax. Most waxes will hold no more than an 8% fragrance load (unless stipulated by the manufacturer) before the stability of the candle starts to become affected. Measuring in millilitres can create problems as fragrances often have varying viscosities (the thickness of the oil). If you measure...
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FACTS ABOUT TEA LIGHT CANDLES

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What is a tea light? A tea light is a tiny candle encased in a thin metal or polycarbonate plastic cup so the candle can liquefy when lit. Tea lights are typically small, circular, wider than their height and inexpensive.  Because of their small size and low level of light, many tealights can be burned simultaneously.   Tea lights have a fantastic abili...
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ADDING FRESH BLOOMS TO CANDLES

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I am often asked if its OK to add fresh blooms (or greenery) to candles – and the answer is, sadly, NO! Nothing looks more attractive than a newly made candle with fresh colourful blooms on the outside or surface of a candle, but within a few days your blooms will die, turning black or brown and the sap from the blooms will ooze into the candle, making it moldy. That doesn...
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