Posts Tagged ‘soy candles’

Soy Candles

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Soy wax Candles Anyone who works with soy wax knows that candles produced with this wax will have great cold throw.  Cold throw is the scent of the candle when it is not lit.  Typically with soy wax, this throw will always be strong.  However, when it comes to hot throw with soy wax you may be left desiring more.

Why does my candle not have hot throw?

When using soy wax to craft your candles, a lack of hot throw is just the nature of the wax.  However, it could be possible that there was not enough fragrance or scent added to the melted wax.  When it comes to adding the scent to the wax, temperature is everything; and be careful not to add the fragrance when the temperature is too high.  Finally, the last thing to consider is the wick.  This will also have a direct effect on the hot throw in your candle.

How to Solve It

If you are just not satisfied with the hot throw of your soy candles and have carefully examined all of the possible problems that may have inhibited your hot scent throw; you may want to consider changing your wax.   Paraffin based waxes have very strong hot throw.  You can also switch your wax to a blend of both soy and paraffin.  Natures Garden’s Joy Wax is a great example of this blend; providing candles with excellent hot and cold throw.

With soy wax, you are able to add up to 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax.  This fragrance load will provide the best possible scent for soy wax candles.  Also, if you are interested in seeing if a fragrance oil performs in soy wax, check out the fragrance oil’s customer reviews.  People often post what medium they used the fragrance oil in, especially if it works in soy wax.

Also, when making candles, waxes vary in the degree in which you can add the fragrance.  If you are noticing that your candles are not producing a strong enough hot throw, you may want to lower the temperature at which you add the fragrance oil.  It can be possible that some of the fragrance is burning off simply by the heat of the melted wax.  Adding your fragrance at too high of a temperature will do this.

Selecting a hotter burning wick for your candles will also help with a candle’s hot throw.  Some great hotter burning wicks to select from are Hemp or CD wicks.  But as always, testing is key.

Soy Candles Never Smelled So Good

Monday, June 10th, 2013

soy candle makingHi! I’m Claire, of Simple Sun Candles.

One of my favorite things is the relaxing ambiance a few lit candles in the evening create. Also, the warm and welcoming scent of a candle burning really means ‘home’ and also ‘comfort’ to me. Simple Sun Candles was started with the intent of offering eco-friendly, natural soy candles in a range of fragrances, with a simple and classic design. As someone who delights in the warm, welcoming glow and fragrance of a candle, I was looking for something that would easily blend in to any décor but also featured pleasing scents. However, I could not find exactly what I wanted in stores. After reading quite a bit about candle-making, I decided to begin making my own. I quickly fell in love with the relaxing melting, pouring and cooling process (and not to mention, how amazing my home smells). The name, Simple Sun Candles stems from my desire to keep things simple in life, cutting back on clutter, stress, and being more cognizant of the environment, which is reflected in my use of 100% soy wax, no dyes, and phthalate-free fragrance oils of the highest quality (from Nature’s Garden, of course).

All of my candles are hand-poured with care, at the optimal temperature for the ideal scent throw (after lots of research, and trial-and error!). I selected cotton wicks for my candles for a clean burn, and offer single-, two- and three-wick candles. I enjoy experimenting with new fragrances and products, such as adding soy wax melts to my shop. I am interested in trying out palm wax and pillar molds soon, and possibly dyes and layered candles for holidays.

This hobby/small-business venture has really been a rewarding experience. Having only opened my on-line shop in October 2012, I have already been able to contribute to community fundraisers and love hearing feedback from happy customers. I look forward to many years of creating candles and experimenting with different designs, fragrances, and methods.

In the picture on this blog, I used Natures Garden’s Caribbean Fragrance Oil, Golden Foods 464 Soy Wax, and HTP-73 Wicks (all from Natures Garden).

 

Website: http://SimpleSunCandles.etsy.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/simplesuncandles

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/inmylife1027/simple-sun-candles/

 

Great Smelling Soy Wax Candles

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Fragrance Oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name?  Robert M Vendetti & Spencer C Pilon, Spunky Bobs Candles

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started with candle kit online, my girlfriend wanted soy wax candles.  It turned out I had extra candles and gave them to friends.  They started asking for more and more candles and a month later I was making 30 scents. Time was motivation, and friends asking for more scents too.  We have been in business since January 19th

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Soy wax candles four different size jars and tins.

4.  What are your business goals?  To make great smelling soy candles for everyone, and be successful at it.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Many different scentsGreen Irish Tweed Type, Lick Me All Over, Patchouli, Lavender, Black Raspberry & Vanilla, Twilight of the Woods, Fresh Cut Roses, China Rain, Butt Naked, NG Clean Linens, and others.

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/Spunkybobscandles

Creative Outlet Earning Extra Income

Monday, May 13th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Lori Barrow, Windsor Hills Wicks & Lather

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I’m a stay-at-home mom and needed an outlet for my creativity that would earn extra income. I was working on the lines that I would carry for a candle and soap business when our daughter got sick in 2010.  At that time, I started taking a closer look at the products that I was bringing into my home. Thankfully, her illness wasn’t as severe as originally diagnosed and I opened my Etsy based business in 2011.  I’ve always loved candles, so I set out to start making stylish, high-quality candles that my friends and I would like and use.

 3.  What products do you make and sell?  My main product line includes my crafty soy candles (canning jar containers with decorative handcrafted covers), wax melts, wax luminaries, body butter, spa salts & nail polish. I rotate out other products such as incense, burlap wall art, glass luminaries, facial masks, smelly jellies, salves and children’s bubble bath.

 4.  What are your business goals?  I would like to grow my business from a home business to having a store front in our historic downtown that showcases locally made candles, soaps and crafts. We have a lot of insanely talented artisans in my area and I would love to own a shop that showcases them all, and offer the occasional class in crafting. I would also like to own a small manufacturing facility so that I could take on larger orders that I have had to previously turn down.  Every candle that I create is an investment in not only my future; it’s an investment in the future of my family and this town that I grew up in and think of so dearly. It might be a struggle to achieve my dream, but I’m in this for the long haul and I can’t wait until all of my friends and everyone in this town try my custom container candles.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  My favorite products from Nature’s Garden are the fragrance oils and essential oils. Egyptian Dragon is heavenly, it is my best seller! Vanilla Spectacular is one of my favorite scents. People who normally don’t care for vanilla love Vanilla Spectacular! Another of my favorites is “Cashmere & Silk,” because it is an incredible scent! The essential oils that I have bought from Nature’s Garden have been great, I really love the patchouli essential oil and tea tree essential oil.  In addition to the fragrance and essential oils, I love the variety of herbs and spices that you carry! Many of the body recipes that I make require the use of powdered herbs or spices and they are very expensive to buy locally. I’m very thankful that you carry the herbs and spices that I need. Your incense supplies are phenomenal!

Your Website:  www.WindsorHillsWL.etsy.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/WindsorHillsWL

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WindsorHillsWL

Blog:  www.windsorhillswl.com ( I blog on my products and give craft DIY tutorials)

Soy Wax Container Candles and Melts

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Katrina Wood and my Company is called Innascents.

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I love Scented Candles.  After our first daughter was born in 2006 I became more aware of the chemicals that are in different products being used around the house.   After researching alternatives for scented candles I stumbled onto SOY.  That’s when my company INNASCENTS began in 2010.  The vision is to create an eco-friendly candle that burns clean, doesn’t leave a carbon footprint and changes the world one soy bean at a time.  All of our candles are proudly hand crafted in Guelph, Ontario. We only use the highest quality SOY, cotton cored wicks and premium, uncut fragrance oils that are free of added “fillers” and pesticides.

What products do you make and sell?  Currently we produce and sell Soy Container Candles and Cube Wax Melts in a variety of fragrances.  We attend the local Guelph Farmers Market every Saturday and offer “refills” of our container candles at a reduced cost.  We will also be attending the Made by Hand Show at the International Centre in Mississauga on April 20th.

What are your business goals?  The business had paused for a bit after the birth of our second child but is now back and looking forward to the future.  Our goal is to continue informing consumers about the benefits of Soy and creating a brand that people can trust.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Some of the very best fragrances we use come from Natures Garden.  Some of the best sellers are the Sacred Sandalwood, Aloe and cucumber and Baby Powder.  We look for high quality fragrance oils and that is what you can find with Natures Garden’s products!!!

Your Website: www.innascents.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/innascentssoy

Twitter: www.twitter.com/innascents

Hand Crafted with Fragrance Oils

Monday, April 29th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Sudz ‘N’ Scentz

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? : I went into business because I enjoy what I do and people enjoy the products that I make. I strive to make a better product with every new batch I make. I have been in business for a year or so now.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I sell soaps. Body scrubs, bath bombs, bath melts, Sea salt and sugar scrubs, candles, everything is hand made; candles are soy.

4.  What are your business goals?  My goals are to make products that are used in homes everyday. And to keep a fresh friendly sales environment.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use a lot of your fragrances. Bite Me Fragrance Oil, NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil, NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil, Blood Orange Fragrance Oil, FUN Soap Colorants, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and much more. All your products are great and easy to use thank you for the info you  put up about all your products too.

Your Website: www.sudznscentz.com    the page is currently down for php maintenance

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/SudznScentz/451870248194650

Soy Candles and Room Sprays

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Noelle Walters Davis and my company is Suffield Suds, Scents & Sundries

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I began making candles about 10 years ago.  Originally I started making candles for my own use because I was fed up with the lack of quality candles on the market.  What was available from the big box stores either turned my walls black with soot, or had no scent throw after they were lit.  I have always been deeply involved in the handcrafted movement and candle making quickly became a passion.  After reading everything that I could get my hands and  lots of trial and error, I’ve developed my own all natural wax blend and use only the finest fragrances available (especially from Natures Garden!)

What products do you make and sell?  In addition to soy candles, wax buttons, and room sprays, I also offer cold processed soap, handspun yarns, and hand woven textiles.  Everything handmade by me!

What are your business goals?  My dream business goal would be to quit my day job and focus on my business full-time.  My husband is a great support and we have a five year plan where (fingers crossed!) that will hopefully come true.  I would love to open my own little candle shop and feature works from other artisans as well.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  My number one favorite product from Natures Garden is the fragrance oils of course!  I have been purchasing them for years and have never been disappointed.  Cold processed soap is also a passion of mine and I love the variety of clays, additives, butters, and oils Natures Garden offers.  Soap making allows me to get really creative, and the selection they offer encourages me to be really imaginative!

Your Website: www.suffieldsundries.etsy.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/SuffieldSundries

Wine Scented Soy Candles

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

candle scents
1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Aaron and Sonny Asbury; Babycakes Candles

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  We home school our two younger children and this is a great way for us to make extra money. We love to create new things by recycling or upcycling products. We started in May 2012.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make wine scented soy candles in repurposed wine bottles.

4.      What are your business goals?  We hope to share our products in stores all over the Country and to bring the awareness of recycling.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We use Golden 464 soy wax, wicks and 16 different fragrance oils.

Your Website: babycakescandles.com

Facebook page:  babycakescandles

Home Crafted Soaps

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

fragrance oils1.      What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Eric & Sherry Rossignol of  Rossignol Farm Soaps

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  My wife, Sherry, came home with a home crafted soap and I (Eric) couldn’t get enough!  YouTube, the Internet and everything else consumed both of our waking days and nights to learn how to make our own.  From there, Sherry and I have created our own products based on natural, simple and “local” body healing ingredients that our family could use without all those “manufactured ingredients”.  We have been crafting our products for almost two years and there is no end in sight. 

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make cold process soap, soy candles, lip balm, lotions, body balms and ointments.

4.      What are your business goals?  We would like to be able to grow our business so Sherry can stay at home and care for our two girls. 

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   We really love your fragrance oils. They are all high quality and the price is wonderful. Our favorites and best sellers are Balsam & Cedar, Seaside Cotton, Spiced Cranberry and Christmas Memories. We used them in both our soaps and candles. We also love to use your flavorings in our lip balm.

Your Website:   http://www.etsy.com/shop/rossignolfarmsoaps

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/RossignolFarmSoaps

Candles and Body Care Products

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is GaLonda Chatman and my companies are Candle Addiction & Purely Positive Body Care Products.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  I was tired of working for corporate America. I came from a long line of entrepreneurs. Its in my blood, so I decided to step out on faith and give it a try!

3.  What was your motivation?  My motivation was my mom. She is disabled and I wanted the freedom to work from home and be there whenever she needed me. My addiction for candles also motivated me.

4.  How long have you been in business?  It will be 3 years on April 1st!

5.  What products do you make and sell?  I make Soy Candles, Tea lights, and Soy Melts. Under my body care line I make brown sugar scrubs and body butters.

6.  What are your business goals?  To employ more “Candle Ladies & Candle Guys”, I have recruited ladies and men to sell my products. To open another candle boutique and also a school of learning. My long term goal is to be a supplier of candle making products like Nature’s Garden.

7.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden? Fragrance oils! I get about 85% of my oils from Nature’s Garden. The variety is amazing! 3 years later and I am still trying new scents.

Your Website: http://www.candle-addiction.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Candle-Addiction/10150123002595165

Twitter: https://twitter.com/candleaddiction

Instagram: @candleaddiction