Palm wax candles truly are beautiful with the natural crystalized finish you get with this candle wax. This is one of Natures Garden's natural candle waxes. We should add that our palm waxes come from private plantations. This mean no threat to the rainforest. This free class from Nature's Garden will take you through step by step instructions on how to make palm pillar candles and palm container candles. To view the entire How to Make Palm Wax Candles click the "Download Class" button above.
1. Using your digital scale, correctly weigh out the amount of palm wax you will be using. Set this aside. Plug in your hot glue gun to get it warmed and ready.
2. Before you melt your wax, preheat your oven to the lowest temperature available. Place your glass containers on the cookie sheet. Carefully set the cookie sheet in the oven. Allow the glass containers to warm. This should take about 10-15 minutes on low heat. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven with oven mittens and set them aside when the time is up.
3. The next step will be melting your wax. Never leave melting wax unattended. The best way to melt your wax is the double boiler method. You will want to periodically check the temperature by using your thermometer.
a. The double boiler melt: Grab a large pot. Fill it with water to the half way point. Place the water filled pot on your stovetop burner. Turn the appropriate burner on medium heat. Place your pouring pot into the large pot; carefully place your allotted amount of palm wax into the empty pouring pot. Now, patiently wait for the water to boil. Once the water becomes heated, the wax will begin to melt, gently stir the flakes. You will periodically want to stir the wax in order to keep all of the wax at the same temperature.
4. It is time to wick your containers. Using a hot glue gun place a small drop of glue in the centered bottom of each container. Immediately stick one of your pretabbed wicks on top of each glue dot. For our palm wax, we recommend using a either a CD wick or an HTP wick. Zinc wicks are NOT recommended.
5. Once all of your wax is in liquid form, you will want to check the temperature with your thermometer. You are looking to get the palm wax to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you hit this temperature, you are safe to add your fragrance oil and coloring. With the natural composition of palm wax, you must add your fragrance and color to this wax at a hot temperature. Do not wait. The hotter the temperature, the better chance the palm wax has to combine with the fragrance and color.
a. For the fragrance oil that you are using, the standard suggestion is 1ounce of
oil per pound of wax. Add this at 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
b. For best results for coloring, we suggest that you use either color blocks or powdered dyes. Although using liquid dye is not unheard of, there is a chance that due to the solvents in the dyes, coloring may be blotchy or will give your candles a frosted look. Add this at 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Once you have the color and fragrance added you will want to stir your wax to help mix the fragrance and color into the wax.
7. Pouring for this wax is a little hectic. What you are looking for is a pour temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Pouring at this degree will allow for an abundance of crystallization.
8. Once you reach the 200 degree temperature that you are looking for, slowly pour the wax into each container. You will want to stop each pour where your container changes shape.
9. Once your wax is poured, you will not want to move your containers until they are fully set. Once this has occurred, lid each container to really allow the scent of the wax to absorb. For best results, allow your candles to cure 24-48 hours at room temperature. 10. Once the cure time is over, trim your wick, lit your new candle, and enjoy your fragrant accomplishment.
Please note: Make sure that the first time you burn your candle; you make it a memory burn. A memory burn is a complete wet pool of hot wax on the top of your candle. This will ensure that every time you burn your candle, you will not have any tunneling around the wick, or extra wax stuck to the sides of the container. Establishing a memory burn will also allow for your scent throw to be the best possible since you are using all of your scented wax completely.