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May
14

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?


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WWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?hat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?

Welcome to the wonderful world of candle making! If you are new to the craft of making candles, then you may be thinking to yourself; What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles? While there are quite a few options out there, you just need to learn about your options and choosing gets simplified. At Natures Garden we strive to make sure that our customers never feel lost or alone while crafting. So, we try to provide you with as much information as you need as well as offer a Toll-Free H.U.G Line; HUG stands for Help U Grow. 1-866-647-2368. So, you can call us anytime to receive help. Furthermore, we are creating this blog to have all the basic information that you need to get started and have a reference for when you need it!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: What Wax to Use for CandlesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: What Wax to Use for Candles

One of the most important ingredients for making candles is the wax. Your candle wax is what determines the strength and quality of your candle. While you may think that you can just add more fragrance oil to increase the scent of your candles, this just isn’t true. In fact, once your candle wax has been saturated the fragrance oil will simply leak out and be wasted. Also, this leakage can lead to a potential fire hazard. So, it’s best to stay within the recommended amounts. You can check out the Candle Wax Information to figure out which type of canlde wax that you want!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: AdditivesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Additives

Additives are an option that candle makers have to include ingredients into their wax. This is done to try to enhance the quality of their final product. This can be beneficial for some waxes, but we don’t suggest using these additives in any preblended waxes.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: How to Make Candles With Crisco

One additive that you can include is Crisco shortening for some of your candles. About 1-2 ounces can be added per pound of paraffin candle wax. This will help to decrease wet spots, increase your melt pool, absorb fragrance oil, and help to decrease the chance of your fragrance sitting on the bottom of the pouring pot. So, this can be used to increase scent throw in candles made of this type of wax. But, you will find that a blended wax like our Joy Wax is already formulated to provide a great scent throw without adding any Crisco.

You will probably read differing opinions on using Crisco in your candles; however, if it had been such a bad idea, then wax manufacturers would not be making wax out of soy. Crisco is soy based. Use your own judgment on this one!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Vybar

Another additive that is used to enhance candles is Vybar. This additive’s primary use is enhancing the scent throw. Plus, this ingredient will create a marble appearance on the top of the candle, which looks very cool! Another thing that this ingredient does is harden the wax consistency and raise the melt point. While some people use stearin, we believe that Vybar does the same thing with less issues.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: UV Light Protectors

If you want to sell your candles wholesale or want to have them keep their color for a long time, then you may want a UV Light InhibitorHowever, these can be expensive and aren’t necessary otherwise. Colors that you need to be most worried about are Blue, Violet, Burgundy, and sometimes pink. Also, even after adding this ingredient we would recommend keeping them out of direct sunlight as the sun will still be able to fade your color over time. If your find that your colors our still fading quite a bit even after adding this, then it could be due to your fragrance oil.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Petrolatum

Also, you can use petrolatum as a candle making additive. This ingredient will help increase the number of pores in the candle. So, you candle will be able to absorb even more fragrance oil. This means an even stronger scent! Plus, it will help your wax cling to the sides of your container. However, this may lead to a less clean burn and sometimes even smoking. So, there are some trade offs with this one.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Fragrance OilWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Fragrance Oil

The fragrance oil is another ingredient that is important for making wonderfully scented homemade candles. Firstly, you should make sure that the fragrance oil you want to use is not alcohol based, as this can be dangerous. Next, you will want to consider the concentration of your fragrance. Obviously, you want a good scent that hasn’t been diluted, like our fragrance oils, but there are some companies that dilute their scents and you should be cognizant of it. When using a concentrated fragrance oil, you can use about 1 ounce per pound of fragrance. If you try to use more, it will just be wasted. This is because the wax is already fully saturated and your fragrance will simply be left on the bottom of your pouring pot.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: ColorantsWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Colorants

Also, you have the option to add colorants to your candles. There are a few routes you can go for coloring your homemade candles. One thing that we’d like to note here is that candles aren’t a very good candle colorant. While there are many diy recipes on how to make candles out of crayons, we have found that candles should never be used if you want quality candles. Any amount of crayons added to your candles will cause smoking and will clog your wick. Instead, you can use liquid candle dye, color blocks, or powdered candle dye for your candles.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Liquid Candle DyeWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Liquid Candle Dye

First, you can use the Spectrum Liquid Candle Dyes to color your candles. These dyes are very concentrated, so it only take a little bit. Often a few drops or even a toothpicks amount will suffice. Make sure that you never use more than 10 drops of the liquid candle dye because it will cause a sight chemical smell that may ruin your scent! Plus, adding too much color can clog your wick, reduce the scent throw, create smoking, and may reduce the melt pool of your candle. But, as long as you stay under our recommended maximum you should be fine. Plus, the liquid dye allows you to make candles that have consistent coloring each time because you can simply count the number of drops you add to your melted wax.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Color BlocksWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Color Blocks

Next, you have the option of color blocks for your homemade candles. These candle coloring blocks are dye that has been concentrated in a wax medium. This block will provide enough color to deeply dye 15 pounds of wax in total. However, the color blocks do not provide as vibrant of a color compared to our liquid candle dye or a powdered candle dye. We have these colorants available in red, coral/peach, yellow, blue, green, purple, burgundy, brown, teal, cinnamon, and cranberry. You can mix these colors, but make sure not too add too much as it may clog your wick, cause smoking, reduce the melt pool, or inhibit scent throw. To use this colorant you can cut just a piece off the block and add it to your melting candle wax. Just make sure that your color blocks are fully melted before pouring your candle wax.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Powdered Candle DyesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Powdered Candle Dyes

Lastly, you can use for your homemade candle creations. These are the most concentrated form of candle dye out there. You can use very small amounts of the dye to provide some vibrant color results. Plus, you can combine colors to create any color that you prefer! Also, you can add this powder to melted Stearic Acid to provide a better dispersion in your candle wax. Stearic acid can be added to your candle to help harden them. Also, you should avoid using too much as it could clog your wick, create more smoking, reduce the melt pool of your candle, or inhibit the scent throw.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Candle WicksWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Candle Wicks

Another important aspect to candle making is the wick. There are two things you need to consider when picking a wick, which are the type of wax you are using and the size of your container. First, you need to think about the type of wick that you want to use. While there is some preference involved, there are some wicks that will work better in certain types of waxes. You can see on the website for each wick or at the bottom of the Science of Candle Making page.

Next, we need to think about what size wick that we will need. The size of your wick will determine the radius of wax that the flame can cover. If the flame doesn’t reach the edges you will be wasting perfectly good candle wax. However, a wick that is too large can result in mushrooming or even smoking, or loss of scent.  So, you will need to make sure that you choose the correct sized wick for each of your different container sizes. If you need help figuring out which type of wick and the size you need then check out our Candle Wick Chart for sizing.

Also, you can check out our Types of Candle Wicks for a condensed version of candle wicking information.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: EquipmentWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Equipment

Next, we have some basic equipment is important for candle making and can potentially last forever. Both the pouring pot and thermometer are important pieces of equipment in the candle making process that you really can’t go without.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Pouring PotWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Pouring Pot

First, the pouring pot is great to have for your melting wax. If you are using a pot from your kitchen, then it will be nearly impossible to reclaim it for cooking. Plus, you won’t have the convenience of a pouring spout in a typical cooking pot. So, its best to just get a pouring pot that is more efficient for candle making.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: ThermometerWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Thermometer

Also, the thermometer is crucial for making sure that your wax is used properly. Firstly, this allows you to monitor the temperature to prevent you from getting your wax to hot. If your wax gets hotter than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, in some cases, it will burn. At this temperature the wax’s molecules begin to break down and the wax will take on a burnt smell. Another issue that this helps you with is pouring your wax at the right temperature. You need to make sure that your candles are poured at the temperature recommended for the candle wax you are using.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Worlds Largest Candle

In the spirit of candle making, we figured we would talk about the largest candle ever! According to Waymarking.com, the largest candle in the world is in South Deerfield, MA. It is a big, red giant made of 1,377 pounds of wax and standing about 6 feet tall. If you are curious in seeing this phenomenal candle, then check out the World’s Largest Candle in World’s Largest Candle Store.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Learn With Us

If you are interested in learning more about candle-making, you can find more details in the Natures Garden candle manual. Also, you can reach out to us at Natures Garden with any other questions that you may have. One great way to reach out to us is through social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). We hope to hear from you soon!

Jul
10

Candle Making Molds


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Candle Making MoldsCandle Making Molds

We at Natures Garden have been making candles for quite a long time. We know that there are tons of ways to make candles and have a ton of unique homemade candle ideas. While some Candle Making Molds are obvious choices, there are other mold options that you may not have realized you can use with wax. In this blog, we will discuss all kinds of different molds that you can use to make candles. Some of these molds are specifically for making types of candles, but you can use some types of soap molds, baking molds, and embed molds, too!

 

Candle Making Molds Round Pillar Candle MoldsCandle Making Molds Round Pillar Candle Molds

First, we have the Round Pillar Candle Mold from Natures Garden. This mold is perfect for your diy pillar candles. This mold will produce more traditionally shaped pillars, which is circular. Also, it is all in one piece and is seamless, which produces a better quality candle. Also, you can purchase one of two sizes for your homemade pillar candles, which are  3 x 4 1/2″ or 3 x 6 1/2″. Further, this pillar has a perfect mold release!

 

Candle Making Molds Round Pillar Candle Molds Recipe

We have used this mold to create the Ice Candle Recipe! This homemade candle recipe actually uses ice to create unique patterns in the candle wax. After the ice melts and dries, the candle is left with pockets where the ice used to be! Such a unique candle idea using our Ice Capade Fragrance Oil!

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Fleur de LisCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Fleur de Lis

Also, embed molds can be used to make some fun candles. Simply create a few little wax embeds and add them to the tops or as embeds in your candle creations. This can add a unique touch to your candles that really makes them stand out. The Fleur de Lis Embed Mold is an elegant wax mold that would make embeds perfect for homemade candles and wax melts. Whether you can creating candles in jars or without containers, embeds are a perfect way to mix up your candle making.

Candle Making Molds Square Loaf- Mold Market MoldsCandle Making Molds Square Loaf- Mold Market Molds

If you would like to create a larger type of candle, then this may be a great mold for you! While this mold can be used to create amazing candles, the Votive Candle Wick Pin will be a must! This will create a place for your wick that is straight and perfectly centered. Further, this pin will be very important for candles that use molds rather than containers, for example, soap molds or votive molds.

 

 

Candle Making Molds Square Loaf- Mold Market Molds Recipe

One awesome idea for this soap mold is the Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe. You can use this mold to create an entire football field candle with an embed football right in the center! Plus, this candle has a topping that looks just like grass. This is the perfect football scented candle using two of Nature’s Garden Fragrance Oils, Fresh Cut Grass Fragrance Oil, and Leather Jacket Fragrance Oil.

 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - LOVE HEARTSCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – LOVE HEARTS

Additionally, you can use the Love Hearts Embed Mold to create some cute embed hearts!  If your wax creations need a bit of love, then this is the perfect embed for you! These are perfect for Valentines Day candles or just making candles for someone you love. These wax embeds will melt and give off scent just like the rest of the candle, but they add a unique, creative touch to common candle recipes. So, start making fun candles with this embed mold!

 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - LOVE HEARTS Candle First, you can use these wax embeds to create our Valentines Day Candle Recipe! This candle is perfect for showing those around you that they are loved. This scrumptious recipe uses our chocolate covered cherries fragrance and wax hearts to really tie this candle together. Plus, the whipped Joy wax topping and Chocolate Covered Cherries Fragrance Oil go perfectly with the embed hearts mold!

 

Candle Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold- Heart CupcakesCandle Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold- Heart Cupcakes

Further, you can use silicone soap molds for candle making, which means that the Heart Cupcakes Silicone Soap Mold is perfect! This mold creates 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.25″ deep candles that don’t need a jar! These cute cupcakes are container free candles once they are all set up. However, you may want to place something underneath to catch wax when burning these candles. 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - LOVE HEARTS Cupcake

Also, our Valentines Day Cupcake Candle Recipe uses both the embed hearts mold and the heart cupcakes mold! These creative, cupcake shaped candles have no container and are super cute. They have a heart shaped cupcake base, whipped wax fluff for icing, and a topping of sprinkles and cute heart embed.  Additionally, it uses Natures Garden’s Cinnamon Yum Yums Fragrance Oil!

Candle Making Molds Plastic Tea Light Cups (100 Count)Candle Making Molds Plastic Tea Light Cups (100 Count)

Another fun idea for candle making is creating your own homemade tea lights! These can be used in tea light candle holders to create that soft glow that everyone loves! Plus, you can use our empty tea light cups to create your own candle recipes of various colors and scents. This means that you can use our clear plastic tea light cups to make tea lights that look pretty and smell fantastic!

 

Candle Making Molds Plastic Tea Light Cups (100 Count) Recipe

If you are looking for ideas on how to create tea light holders diy, then check out our Tea Light Luminaries Recipe! This craft uses candle wax and balloons to make tea light holders that are unique and awesome! We also included our NG Pineapple Orchid Fragrance Oil in these tea light candles to create strongly scented candles!

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - ButterfliesCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Butterflies

Further, you can use the Butterflies Embed Mold to create your own candles! Of course, these cute little embed butterflies are perfect for adding a creative touch to candles! You can embed these wax butterflies into the candle itself or simply decorate the top to add some extra flair. These embeds take the candle slightly out of the container to make a bigger, bolder creation that is adorable and eye grabbing!

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Butterflies Recipe

For example, our Hydrangea Candle Recipe perfectly incorporates these wax butterflies. The recipe was inspired by lovely hydrangea flowers, which are adored by these gorgeous creatures. So, it makes sense that this candle recipe would be scented with Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil and have butterflies all over it!

Candle Making Molds Stainless Votive MoldCandle Making Molds Stainless Votive Mold

Next, we have the Stainless Votive Mold for candle making. You can use this mold and the wick pin to make perfectly pristine votive candles every time! Plus, you have the added bonus of being able to make any shade of any color that you may need. So, making votive candles at home is perfect for matching the colors of any occasion. Further, you can make your votive candles in any scent, as well.

 

 

Candle Making Molds Stainless Votive Mold Recipe
One fun idea for your votive candles is the Chunky Votive Candle Recipe! This candle making idea is a simple way to create unique, votive candles. If you wanted, you could drop in multi colored chunks to create more of confetti candle. Honestly, the options are limitless!  We chose white and blue for our homemade votive candles to go with our Clean Crisp Air Fragrance Oil.

Candle Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Mini MuffinsCandle Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Mini Muffins

Further, you can use the 12 Mini Muffins Silicone Soap Mold to perfectly create wax tarts! This mold has twelve cavities that are each 1.75 x 1.75 x 1″. So, using this mold to create little wax tarts for warmers would work out very well. This would be great for creating plain wax melts, cupcake wax tarts, or even our own cheesecake wax melt recipe.

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Mini Muffins RecipeThe Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe is a perfect example of what this mold can be used to create! These homemade wax melts were formulated to look just like little pumpkin cheesecakes. Plus, they were even scented with the Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil!  Also, be sure to check out the delicious real mini pumpkin cheesecakes recipe that inspired these wax melts!

Candle Making Molds Octagonal Pillar Candle MoldsCandle Making Molds Octagonal Pillar Candle Molds

If you are looking for a more unique kind of pillar mold, then check out our Octagonal Pillar Candle Molds! This durable, metal mold has quite a few edges. Plus, the molds come in both of our typical sizes of 3 x 3 1/2″ and 3 x 6 1/2″. Also, this mold can be bathed in water or left to air dry for the cooling aspect. Plus, this mold has an easy release and is seamless to create perfect pillar candles.

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Easter EggsCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Easter Eggs

Also, we have even more fun candle embeds that look super cute in candles! These mini eggs are super little and could fit on top of or inside of basically any candle container. They are the perfect addition to cute Easter candles since coloring these wax embeds would make them look exactly like tiny Easter eggs!

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Easter Eggs Recipe

We have found that these cute eggs are perfect for topping candles while creating our Easter Basket Candle Recipe! Not only does this recipe use fun, spring colors, but the candle is topped with grass that has some little Easter eggs nestled inside. It is a perfect Easter craft using Natures Garden Carrot Cake Fragrance Oil!

Candle Making Molds Cupcake Cherry on Top- Mold Market MoldsCandle Making Molds Cupcake Cherry on Top- Mold Market Molds

This mold is typically for making soap, but it can be used to create some super fun candles! The bottom of this mold looks exactly like a real cupcake, so it is perfect for creating candles that are shaped like cupcakes. Further, this mold can be used simply to achieve a pretty, ridged appearance for the bottom of the candle.

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Cupcake Cherry on Top- Mold Market MoldsOne fun idea for this cupcake mold is our Santa Hat Candle Recipe! This candle would be great for Christmas, as it was made to look just like Santa Claus’s signature red hat! In addition, it uses our Santa Snacks Fragrance Oil. This recipe would be perfect for decorating your home or creating candles for Christmas gifts.

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Retro FlowersCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Retro Flowers

Additionally, we have more fun embed molds that you can use for candle making. This Retro Flowers Embed Mold is perfect for making wax embeds for the tops of homemade candles. You could create a grass frosting fluff with your wax and place the flowers facing up or you can just place them on the top of your candle. Regardless, this flower wax embed is great for adding a cute touch to your candles.

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Retro Flowers RecipeOur In the Garden Candle Recipe uses various and colors to create a realistic garden candle. The flowers are scented with the Jasmine Fragrance Oil, the grass layer is scented with Fresh Cut Grass Fragrance, and the soil layer is scented with our strong and true Garden Dirt Fragrance Oil. This scented candle is perfect for gardeners or those that love the natural scent of true, fresh potting soil!

Candle Making Molds Square Pillar Candle MoldsCandle Making Molds Square Pillar Candle Molds

Also, we have a third type of pillar candle making mold that you could try out. Again, this pillar mold can be found in two sizes, which are 3 x 3 x 3 1/2″ and 3 x 3 x 6 1/2″. Plus, these molds are just as durable and high quality as our other two kinds of pillar molds. They only difference is the shape. So, you will receive the same great quality of mold to create perfect pillar wax candles.

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Swirl WaffersCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Swirl Waffers

Another fun embed mold is the Swirl Wafers Embed Mold. These little embeds are just the right size for decorating candles! The swirls are cute and kind of look like candy! Thus, this wax embed would be perfect for creating candy themed candles.

 

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Swirl Wafers Recipe

One perfect example of how to use this embed mold for candles is our Candy Cane Candle Recipe. Since peppermints and candy canes are both swirls with red and white, this swirled wax embed was a perfect choice for this peppermint candy candle! Of course, this candle is scented with, what else, Natures Garden’s Candy Cane Fragrance Oil!

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Peanut Butter CupsCandle Making Molds Embed Mold – Peanut Butter Cups

Next, we have a second way to create fun wax tarts with embed molds! This mold can be used to make either peanut butter cups or mini cupcakes! Both can be scented perfectly with delicious fragrance oils and can be used in your wax warmer.

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Embed Mold - Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

One way we have used this mold is creating the Cupcake Wax Tarts Recipe which is scented with Raspberry Cream Cupcake Fragrance Oil. This is super easy, just flip over you peanut butter cups and add your wax frosting. Then, do some sprinkles and you are finished!

Candle Making Molds Stainless Tart Floater Candle MoldCandle Making Molds Stainless Tart Floater Candle Mold

Next, we have a metal candle mold that is pretty great! The Stainless Tart Floater Candle Mold is used to create candle tarts that are kind of flower shaped. These tarts can be used on a flat surface, but it is tons more fun to float them in some water as they are burning. Plus, these wax tarts look super cute when they are floating!

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Stainless Tart Floater Candle Mold Recipe

Another fun idea for this floating tarts mold is the Stacked Flower Tarts Recipe using Deb’s Flower Shoppe Fragrance Oil. This recipe takes several individual wax tart floaters and colors them each a different, lovely color. Then, all the tarts are stacked up and a single wick is threaded through. While floating the tarts is a super cute idea, stacking them has turned out to be a great idea, as well!

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Also, we have another mold that you can use to create a cupcake shaped candle! The Cupcakes- Mold Market Molds is a really good size for a candle! Plus, the top is flat enough to get creative with the fluffy wax topping! This means that you can create some adorable, fluffy cupcakes!

 

 

 

Candle Making Molds Cupcakes- Mold Market Molds recipeNot only can this mold be used to create cupcake candles, but it made the Blueberry Muffin Candle Recipe, too! This mold was used for making some candles that look just like blueberry muffins, complete with little embed blueberries that were made with the Mini Cherries/Berries Mold!  Finally, it wouldn’t be a blueberry muffin without our Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil!

Dec
31

Candle Molds


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Hello all you fantastic people out there! For all the candle makers out there, do you have a favorite kind of candle you like to make? Maybe you have a certain shape or color you like to stick with? Are you looking to give your candles a unique twist? How about trying some fun new candle molds? Here at Nature’s Garden, we have so many different candle products and all kinds of candle molds! We have everything from tea light molds to metal molds and we also have embed molds. If you’re wondering what embed molds are, they’re so much fun! Embed molds come in all different shapes, high heeled shoes, coffee cups….even mixed fruit! You can even use them for wax tarts in recipes like our Chocolate Blossoms Wax Tarts Recipe!  Embed molds are also used to add dimension to jar candles, and gel candles.  With the various embed molds we offer, I’m certain you will find everything you want to change up your candles or wax melts!

We have tea light candle molds available for you in several quantities:   you can purchase just one for a sample, 100, or you can even purchase them in bulk: 2500! You know how adorable tea light candles are, and they are the perfect way for customers to be able to sample your candles! For our metal molds, we actually have three different types of metal pillar molds, stainless tart floater molds, and stainless votive molds. Why not make your candles octagonal shaped using our octagonal pillar mold or an adorable floating candle? We also have square pillar molds and round pillar molds as well!

Now for our embed molds, we have so many options! So many fun and unique molds to choose from! We offer everything from bumble bees to gemstones, pumpkins to crosses, champagne bottles to flip flops, and even pirate coins! How much fun for the little ones to make pirate coin soap! Embeds are actually used to make little pieces of soap or wax to be added to candles or used by themselves for wax tarts. These molds are made for making chocolate, but they are also used for candle or soap making! But if you do use them for soap or candle making, just make sure not to use them for chocolates again, as your chocolate will taste like fragrance and fragrance should not be ingested.

Did you know that our silicone soap molds can be used for candle making as well? You can find all of those fun molds in with our candle tart molds. Make sure to try out our Retro Flowers Mold or our Petite Hearts Mold! But hold on, we also have wick pins for our votive candles and even rubber candle plugs! If you click on the Candle Supplies tab on our website, that will show you all the category options for our candle making supplies. Click on Candle Molds and that will take you directly to all the categories of the many molds we offer! Enjoy all of these wonderful products and have fun making your new candles! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
06

Candle Making Equipment Continued


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candle making equipmentThis is a list of candle making equipment.  Whether you are just making a few candles as gifts for loved ones, or possibly venturing into the candle making industry; this is the equipment you will need to get started.  Please note:  Once this equipment has been used to make fragranced candles, it cannot be used again for food purposes.

Other Equipment

Pouring Pots- Coffee cans used to be perfect pouring pots when they were made of metal.  By simply bending the lip on one side of the coffee can, you could make a perfect spout to pour candles.  Metal coffee cans still exist, they are just harder to come by now.  If you do choose to use metal coffee cans as pouring pots, remember to have plenty of heat resistant safety gloves or pot holders available to assist you in holding the hot can.  This only works for metal coffee cans; most companies that sell coffee use plastic cans now.  Unfortunately, these types of cans cannot handle the heat from the melted wax and they will melt; compromising your candle wax and making a big mess to clean up.

Pouring pots, however, are great for candle making.  Not only can they hold up to 4 pounds of melted wax, but they also have a plastic handle on them so there is less chance of burning your hand.

In an ideal situation, you will have a pouring pot for each fragrance that you use to make candles.  For example, if you carry Apple Cinnamon (red), Blueberry Muffin (blue), Fresh Bamboo (green), and Vanilla Silk (no color), that would equate to 4 total pouring pots.  This works because you would never have to worry about jeopardizing your color accuracy or fragrance aromas in finished candles.  But, this is only ideally.  If you are just starting out, one pouring pot will work.  You just have to make sure you thoroughly clean your pouring pot after each use.  You also want to make sure you clean the outside and underneath portion of the pouring pot.  Having debris or wax on the bottom of your pouring pot could result in splatter when the pouring pot is placed in the water to maintain wax temperature.  The hot splatter can be painful.  This splatter is also a reason why wearing safety glasses while making candles is a very good idea.

Candy Thermometer- Wax temperature is everything when making candles.  Usually, if there are problems with your finished candles, temperature has something to do with what went wrong.  Using a thermometer to monitor your temperature in wax is one way to prevent these problems from occurring.  For best results in candle making, pour any single pour waxes at 145-150 degrees Fahrenheit, and any votive or pillar wax at 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Votive and Candle Molds- After purchasing multiple votive molds, you will notice when you receive them, they will be stacked together.  Make sure when you try to pull them apart you are wearing heavy duty gloves.  The edges of stainless steel votives are extremely sharp.  Attempting to pull them apart without gloves will cause cuts on your fingers.

When working with candle molds or votive molds, you always want to make sure that before you pour the hot candle wax into the mold that they are at room temperature.  Completing this one little step will save you the headache of trying to release the candle later.

As for the cleaning process for these types of molds, rub a small amount of shortening in the inside and outside of the molds.  Then, place the molds on a cookie sheet upside down.  Once the cookie sheet has been carefully placed inside the oven, bake at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.  Once the time has elapsed, simply remove the cookie sheet and wipe the individual molds clean.  Caution:  The molds will be hot when taken out of the oven, so you may want to use pot holders.  Please Note:  Never use water with your metal molds.

Work Environment-  Having a favorable work environment for candle making is a must.  Once again, it is all about temperature, and having a room that is 70 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for the best candle making situation.  Proper ventilation in the room is necessary, but you also have to remember rooms that have drafts will not work for the natural cooling stages of your candles.  Candles that cool too quickly will give you problems with your finished candles aesthetic look or functionality.

Work Clothes– These items may sound silly, but you never want to risk wearing one of your favorite outfits while making candles.  No matter how neat and careful you are, candle dye is permanent, and getting wax, even the smallest amount, on your clothing will ruin them.

Floor Protection-  When making candles, a small spill can have detrimental affects to your work area.  Besides the facts that candle dyes are permanent, wax messes are not the easiest to clean up, and spilled fragrance oil on a floor is super slippery, you do not want to take any chances especially if your work environment is your kitchen.  By purchasing floor mats, or simply placing cardboard on the floor in your work area, you can prevent havoc from occurring.  For you own personal safety, this is one perfect work environment step you do not want to skip.

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons- When it comes to measurements for colorants, additives, and fragrance oils, you will want to have your very own candle making stainless steel tools for this portion of the job.  Fragrance oils will dissolve certain plastics, stainless steel measurers will not dissolve and can be cleaned time and time again without staining or scent memory.

Oct
18

Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe


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This is Bonnie of Natures Garden.

It is time to get excited!  Another Thursday has passed which means that we have another employee spotlight creation to share.  We are currently in week 10 of the Natures Garden Employee Challenge.  Each week we ask one of the employees to share their spotlight creation- a project/recipe that they create using Natures Garden’s supplies and one of their personal favorite fragrance oils.  Creativity is highly encouraged!  This week’s spotlight creation was done by Bonnie, one of our newer employees at Natures Garden.  Her project is tactfully named Football Field Candle Loaf.

Bonnie was inspired by the theme of football since she has several family members that are football fans.  She also wanted to produce an item that men can make and use in their own “man caves”.  So, considering all of this Bonnie decided that she would make a loaf candle that would resemble a football field.  The two fragrance oils that she selected for this were Fresh Cut Grass (for the field) and Leather Jacket (for the football).

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A image of the finished Football Field Candle Loaf and football melt and pour soaps.

Besides the football loaf candle, Bonnie also brought another unique idea to share with everyone.  One night while she was figuring out the specifics of her project, she had ordered pizza for dinner.  When it arrived, and she opened the box; a light bulb went off.  She saved and washed the pizza saver.  (If you do not know what this is, it is the small plastic table that the pizza companies place in the center of the pizza to prevent the cardboard from falling in.)  She was inspired.  Bonnie thought that this would be a perfect kicking tee; just like the professional punters use.

She was right.  After making her Football Field Loaf Candle, Bonnie made a small second project-  Football Soaps.  Using the same Silicone Football Mold from her candle, she melted Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Using Fun Brown Oxide, she colored the soap.  Then, she selected a manly scent- The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil.  Once the soap hardened, she popped it out of the mold, and the football fit perfectly right in the pizza saver.  An adorable bathroom soap concept for any football lover who occasionally orders pizza too.

Besides football, Bonnie also enjoys spending time with her family.  She is a big pet lover and has 2 Dachshunds (wiener dogs).  Their names are Oscar Myer and Roxie and they love going for walks.  Because she and her husband have an RV, they enjoy camping and the outdoors whenever they can.

Bonnie also enjoys attending Zumba Fitness, and used to be an instructor of Zumba as well.

In her daily spare time, Bonnie listens to and enjoys all music types from Metallica to Miranda Lambert to Glee.  She is also very into the Candy Crush Saga Game.

When it comes to Bonnie’s Moto for life, she lives by words her mother always said:  “Listen to people’s advice, but do what you feel is right.”

To view the complete instructions for Bonnie’s Spotlight Creation Football Field Candle Loaf, you can simply click on the link.  The recipe is also available in the free recipes and classes section of the Natures Garden website.

Aug
24

Smores Candle Recipe


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Smores Candle Recipe brought to you by Lynn of Natures Garden

As many of you know, we are currently having a Natures Garden’s staff challenge.  Our staff members are challenged to choose some of their favorite fragrances and create a product with them. smores-candle-big This challenge allows staff members to have hands-on experience with our products, and it has the potential to provide inspirational ideas for our customers.  WIN-WIN!

Lynn has been with Natures Garden many years, and she has years of experience making candles.  In her spare time, she sells her finished candles at craft bazaars.  Lynn said that she is always trying to come up with new and exciting candles to sell at bazaars.  She came up with the smores candle idea, and I was excited to see the end result.  She nailed it!  Her candles made we want to make real smores to eat!

For those of you who do not know Lynn, she is hard-working, creative, and she said that her motto in life is:  “Live life to its fullest” and “Never give up on your dreams”.  We are quite honored to have her as part of our staff.  Thank you Lynn!

For complete instructions on how to make Lynn’s Smores Candle, please click here.

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Jul
29

Unique Soy Wax Candles


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teachersWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Melissa Brown and my company name is D~Liteful Creations Candle Co.

I have always enjoyed candles and always bought from big well-known companies but I always seemed to feel I was throwing my money away because the candles would always burn so fast and the scent was never strong enough. One day I decided I was going to do some research and find out how to make candles and what types of wax there was. Then I decided on Soy wax because of all the benefits it has. So I started experimenting and teaching myself all the basics of candle making. I started out with just jar candles only and then started making specialty candles that I love creating and have also moved into body products since my business has grown.  I have been creating my own products since 2010 and it started out as a hobby but has grown into a business that I enjoy and love.

This creation is called “Teachers Have Class”  Back to School.

NG Golden Foods Soy Wax 464
NG Pillar of Bliss Wax for whipped look
NG CD 20 wicks
NG Break Bar Mold for math embed
NG Square Market Mold tray (for decorating and painting to make sign)
McIntosh Apple Fragrance oil

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Twitter: www.twitter/DlitefulCreatio

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dlitefulcreations#

Jul
23

How to Make Clamshell Tarts


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If you are on the fence about possibly making your own clamshell wax tarts, this clamshell wax tart kit will show you just how easy it is!

 

 

How to Make Clamshell Tarts

Everybody knows someone who just loves to burn tarts in their oil burner.  I have a sister that pays top dollar for those tarts, and swears that they are the only tarts she will use.  I took on this challenge at least that is what I thought it was, and have now successfully changed her over to making her own custom tarts.

My sister has a  scent for every season type.  She had her go to fragrances.  A light floral for spring, a zesty citrus kick scent for summer, a mossy green outdoor scent for fall, and the tried and true Apple Cinnamon for winter.  This was one concept I could not grasp.  I felt compelled to show her the ways of the scenting world, and since I work for Natures Garden, I knew a few in and outs.

For anyone looking to start making their own tarts, Natures Garden offers a Clamshell Wax Tart Kit.  This was my starting place for her as well.  What is really admirable about this kit is just how easy it is.  The kit comes with everything that you would need to make your first time clamshell tarts.  Wax, Fragrance Oils, Candle Dyes, Clamshells, Pipettes, Instructions, in fact this kit is so easy, it practically makes itself.

For those of you who already have the supplies to make tarts at home, here is the list of ingredients you will need for this clamshell tart recipe:

1 Pound Pillar of Bliss Wax
1 oz. Apple Cinnamon Fragrance Oil
1 oz. Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil
Red Liquid Candle Dye
Yellow Liquid Candle Dye
Pipettes
4 Clamshell Tart containers
Stainless Steel Spoon
Stove
Paper Bowls (2)
Toothpick
Melting Container

Step 1: Place 1 pound wax into your melting container.  Using the double boiler method, melt wax on low on the stove until the wax is completed melted. Get your four empty clamshells ready.

Step 2: Preparing the Apple Cinnamon Original Tarts: Pour 1/2 of the melted wax into a paper bowl.  Start by adding 1 drop of red liquid candle dye; add more if desired.

Step 3: Add 1 ounce of Apple Cinnamon Original fragrance oil to the melted wax. Stir. Keep remaining melted wax on stove at a low temp setting.

Step 4:  Bend the side of the paper bowl to make a pour spout, and quickly pour the melted wax into two clamshells. Do not move the clamshells until the wax has completely hardened and set up.

Step 5: Preparing the Vanilla Bean Tarts: Pour the other half of the melted wax into a paper bowl. Using a pipette, add 1 drop of yellow liquid candle dye.  Add more if desired.

Step 6: Add 1 ounce of Vanilla Bean fragrance oil to the melted wax.  Stir.

Step 7: Bend the side of the paper bowl to make a pour spout.  Quickly pour the melted wax into two clamshells. Do not move the clamshells until the wax has completely hardened and set up.

 Step 8: Break off chunks of the clamshell tart and place them into a potpourri burner and fill your room with the wonderful aromas of Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Bean!

It is just as simple as that.  It did not take long to make these wonderful little clamshell tarts, and they smell amazing in your oil burners too.  Feel free to use any of Natures Gardens Fragrance Oils to make your own clamshell tarts.  My sister is super excited to get started on her own personal clamshell tart line, and I have a feeling I will be getting some homemade tarts for a gift very soon.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Jul
16

What are Jump Lines in Candles?


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We tried numerous times to recreate jump lines, however because of our flaming awesomeness, every candle was jump-line-less. So, we had to find a stock photo that best represents jump lines.

What are Jump Lines in Candles

Jump lines are the visible horizontal rings that occur on the sides of your candles.  These lines look like ridges and prevent your candle from having a smooth finish.  Ideally, to have a perfect candle pour, your candle wax will still be in a complete liquid state once it has been poured into your container/pillar.  This is the best shot you can give your candle to completely and uniformly cool naturally, therefore decreasing your chances of getting jump lines.  All candle wax has to conform to the sides of the container/pillar mold at the same rate of time.  This provides for the smooth finish of a candle.

In candle making when you are pouring the hot wax, it will begin to cool as soon as it hits the jar.  As this happens, you will visibly be able to see wax layers materialize.  If you do not pour quickly enough, the wax will naturally start to harden and stick to the wall of the container/ pillar mold.  Since the temperature of the jar stays consistent, there is no heat source to re-melt the wall portion, therefore showing each line of cooled wax aka jump lines. 

How do you prevent jump lines from occurring?

Jump lines can occur for several reasons, the first of which is intentionally.  Jump lines can also be created on purpose to give candles a textured look.  Since jump lines are an aesthetic thing, they do not have any kind of effect on the candles burn or scent throw. 

One of the first things as a preventative measure that you can do is pour your wax at the correct temperature.  You can do this by using a candy thermometer.  You may have to increase your pouring temperature to adjust for jump lines.  This is where testing and note taking will come into play.  As always, it is of the utmost importance for candle making that your jars and/or pillars are room temperature.  The second measure you can take is to heat your jars at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.

Another important factor in combating jump lines is your pouring rate.  Obviously, you do not want to pour fast, this will result in wax splashing everywhere.  And, adversely, you do not want to pour so slowly that you can actually see the jump lines establishing themselves in the candle.  Find your pouring medium.  If you are seeking a fool proof way to prevent jump lines from the pouring stage, try counting seconds or singing a lyric of a song.  These tricks will help you stay uniform with your pour.

How to correct jump lines?

Although all of the steps mentioned earlier are great ways to prevent jump lines, once they have occurred in your candles you really only have a one option.  Using a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the outside of the candle will remelt the outside layer of the wax, this will mask the jump lines from visible view, but once again, jump lines have no direct effect on a candle.