What's in a Wax?
(Part 1: Why Serious Chandlers Don't Buy Supplies at Craft Stores)
Candles are made from wax. Sounds simple on the surface, especially if you've been to a large craft store where it's not uncommon to find a few molds, a handful of dyes and fragrances, a couple of brightly labeled packages of wicking, and large opaque slabs, occasionally wrapped in plastic, simply labeled "candle wax". If the store is unusually well stocked in this department you might even find a few bricks of beeswax and plastic clamshells of microwave soy wax. Sadly this is fairly deceptive. Wax is far more complex than merely 'paraffin, soy or beeswax'. In ... » Read More
One thing I'm quick to point out that is rarely mentioned elsewhere is that I personally test each and every candle recipe before I offer it to my customers. Given that I create 18 hour votives and 30 hour tins, it can take a week or more to actually finish testing a single product, especially if it doesn't come out perfectly on the first try.
Why spend so much time and effort on something that slows up the introduction of new products? Simply because my customers are priority one. Anyone who buys candles deserves two things: a candle that is as safe as an open flame can be, and one that performs above and beyond expectations.
By now you mi... » Read More
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