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May
09

Types of Candle Wicks


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Candle WicksTypes of Candle Wicks

Choosing the right wick for your homemade candles is one of the most important parts of candle making! The candle’s wick is what feeds the flame to keep it going, as the wick collects the candle wax vapor as the wax is heated. So, a good wick will keep your flame burning evenly and for a long time! Since there are many types of candle wicks, we thought it would be useful to have a guide with candle wick information all in one place. So, this blog explains the importance of choosing the best wick along with some details on the wicks available from Natures Garden!

Types of Candle Wicks: Choosing a TypeTypes of Candle Wicks: Choosing a Type

There are three main types that nearly all candle wicks fall into. First, we have the most common type of candle wick, which are flat wicks. These are usually made from three bundles of fiber knitted together and are very consistent in burning. Plus, they curl in the flame for a self-trimming effect. Second, we have square wicks, which are often braided or knitted. These will curl in the flame, but are a bit more rounded than flat wicks and are better able to resist clogging. Lastly, we have the cored wicks, which use a core material around the braided wick to keep it upright. These wicks have a round cross section and use different materials, like cotton, paper, zinc, or tin, to keep the wick upright.

Types of Candle Wicks: Why Are Wicks Different Sizes?Types of Candle Wicks: Why Are Wicks Different Sizes?

Choosing the proper wick is very important.  The size and type you need depends on the size container and type of wax you use. Every candle is unique and many come in different shapes and sizes, so wicks come in different sizes too!  For the wick, both its length and width have a purpose for the candle. Also, you will need to know that the different numbers signify the size of the wick. This means that a CD-10 wick is more narrow than a CD-12, which is why the CD-12 wick can cover a larger candle radius compared to the CD-10.  We should also note, when a candle wick is created, it is then coated in wax.  At times, this coating can make a smaller wick appear larger than a bigger sized wick.  It’s not really larger, it simply has a thicker wax coating than the larger candle wick.

Types of Candle Wicks: Why is my candle wick mushrooming?

One issue that you can have due to choosing the wrong size wick is mushrooming. This is when a build up of carbon forms on your wick and creates a sort of mushroom-like shape. If your wick is too large for you container, then your candle will burn way too fast. This rapid burning leads to an increased amount of build up in a short time and causes the mushrooming appearance.

Types of Candle Wicks: What is tunneling in candles?

Another issue that you could run into is tunneling. This is when the flame doesn’t burn all the way to the edges, which leaves a ring around the outside. Not only does this waste parts of you candle that could’ve been put to good use, but this can make it difficult to relight as the flame begins to drop further. Some times you can have this with the correct sized wick, but there are ways to prevent this from happening. For example, a memory burn and longer burns can make sure that all of the wax is used as the flame burns. However, a wick that is too small for your container will tunnel no matter what you do.

Types of Candle Wicks: CD Candle WicksTypes of Candle Wicks: CD Candle Wicks

First, we have the CD Candle Wicks – 100 count, which are made of a flat, cotton braid with a special paper around it. This is perfect for a hot flame as this gives the wick excellent capillary action. Also, this wick will provide a cleaner burn, is basically self- trimming, and can be used in any type of wax. If you are looking for the best wick for soy wax or vegetate wax, then this is a good option to try out! So, its no wonder why this wick is a favorite for many of us  at Natures Garden

Types of Candle Wicks: Guide for CD Candle Wicks
  • CD5 candle wicks- Use with votives and containers 2 inch in diameter.
  • CD7 candle wicks- Use with containers approximately 2.5 inches in diameter.
  • CD10 candle wicks- Use with Medium sized containers approximately 3 inches in diameter.
  • CD 12 candle wicks- Use with medium sized containers approximately 3- 3.5 inches in diameter.
  • CD14 candle wicks- Use with Large sized containers approximately 4 inches in diameter.
  • CD16 candle wicks- Use with large sized containers approximately 4.25 inches in diameter.
  • CD18 candle wicks- Use with large containers approximately 4.5 inches in diameter.
  • CD20 candle wicks- Use with extra large containers approximately 5 inches in diameter.
  • CD 22 candle wicks- Extra large wick for use in large containers approximately 5.5 inches in diameter.

Types of Candle Wicks: Hemp Candle WicksTypes of Candle Wicks: Hemp Candle Wicks

Next, we have the Hemp Candle Wicks- 100 count. These are braided wicks like many candle wicks, but they use natural hemp fibers instead of the typical cotton fibers. This makes the wick more rigid, so it can stay more on its own. Plus, these fibers allow the candle wick to provide a hotter burn. This wick can be used perfectly for any and all candle waxes. Plus, this wick is another great one to try for anyone looking for the best wick for soy wax!

Types of Candle Wicks: Guide for Hemp Candle Wicks
  • 838 Hemp candle wicks- use for votives and small candles- 1.5 to 2 inch diameter.
  • 1400 Hemp candle wicks- use for large candles- 2.5 to 3 inch diameter.
  • 60048 Hemp candle wicks- use with extra large candles- 3.5 to 4 inch diameter.

Types of Candle Wicks: HTP Candle WicksTypes of Candle Wicks: HTP Candle Wicks

Also, you can try out the HTP Candle Wicks – 100 Count. These wicks are mad from a blend of paper fibers and cotton fibers that create a flat, braided design. This design provides the wick with a hotter and cleaner burn that you are sure to enjoy! Plus, this wick’s cleaner burn is able to reduce any issues with either smoking or mushrooming. Although these wicks can be used effectively in any kind of candle wax, we would recommend these wicks for your Gel Wax or Soy Wax. HTP wick’s performance for these two types of wax is phenomenal!

Types of Candle Wicks: Guide for HTP Candle Wicks
  • HTP-31 candle wick (2.5 inch) (20mm tab, 3mm neck)- Use for votives or small containers with a diameter of approximately 1.5 inches.
  • HTP-52 candle wick (4 inch)(20mm tab, 3mm neck) – Use for containers with a diameter of approximately 2.5 inches.
  • HTP-73 candle wicks (6 inch)(20mm tab, 3mm neck) – Use for medium sized containers with a diameter of approximately 3 inches.
  • HTP-83 candle wicks (7 inch)(20mm tab, 3mm neck) – Use for medium sized containers with a diameter of approximately 3.5 inches.
  • HTP-104 candle wicks (7 inch) (20mm tab, 6mm neck)- Use for large containers with a diameter of approximately 4 inches.
  • HTP-1212 candle wicks (7 inch) (20mm tab, 6mm neck)-Use for extra large containers with a diameter of approximately 4.5 inches.

Types of Candle Wicks: Zinc Core Candle WicksTypes of Candle Wicks: Zinc Core Candle Wicks

Lastly, we have the Zinc Core Candle Wicks- 100 wicks. These wicks are the most popular for creating homemade candles. These wicks have a cotton fiber braid surrounded by a zinc core.  Also, these wicks can be used in all applications.This style of wick is great for creating container candles as the zinc core allows the wick to stand up. While you can use these wicks in vegetable waxes, you will need to go up a size on your wick. Instead of using the normal size wick for your container, just get a size bigger as these wicks don’t burn as hot as other candle wicks.

Types of Candle Wicks: Guide For Zinc Core Candle Wicks
  • 1 3/4 inch zinc core candle wick (44-20-18z)- great for tealights, and small containers with a diameter of about 1 inch.
  • 2 1/2 inch zinc core candle wick (44-28-18z)- great for votives, and containers with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  • 7 inch zinc core candle wick (44-24-18z)- great for candles with diameter of 2-2.5 inch diameter.
  • 7 inch zinc core candle wick (51-32-18z)- great for candles with a diameter of about 2.5 to 3 inches.
  • 6 inch zinc core candle wick (44-28-18z)- great for candles with a diameter of about 2-2.75 inches. Also, a nice wick for cylinder candles.
  • 7 inch Extra Large zinc Core candle wick (62-52-18z)- great for candles with a diameter of 3 inches to 4 inches.
  • 3 inch self centering zinc core candle wick (44-24-18z)- great for votives and candles with the diameter of 2-2.5 inches. These wicks self center themselves due to their 33 mm wick tabs.

Types of Candle Wicks: Spooled Candle WickingTypes of Candle Wicks: Spooled Candle Wicking

Another fun option to consider when choosing your wicks is the Spooled Candle Wicking- 8 oz. Roll. You can get about 400 feet of this spooled candle wick in either the 44-24-18 zinc core candle wicking or the 34-30 cotton wicking. According to our own candle testing, both of these types of wicks will be able to handle a diameter of between 2 inches and 3 inches. So, this wicking could be beneficial for making pillar candles, as they are taller than most of our other wicks. Further, you can cut each wick to the exact size. This means you will have less wasted wicking due to trimming.

Types of Candle Wicks: Candle Wick TabsTypes of Candle Wicks: Candle Wick Tabs

Additionally, you may want to get Candle Wick Tabs – 1/2 Pound to go along with your spool of wicking. These tabs come in a few different sizes that vary in width and neck height. The width of the tab gives your wick a base to hold the wick in place. There are 15mm, which are great for tea lights, and 20mm, which are most popular for candle making. The neck size controls how far down the wick will burn and protects the bottom of the container from getting too hot, without this the candle glass could over heat and break. This comes in either the 3mm, which is most common for candle making, or the 6mm, which is good for gel wax candles. Unless you are making tea lights or using gel wax, you will likely want to use the 20mm standard 3mm neck tabs.

Types of Candle Wicks: Votive Candle Wick PinTypes of Candle Wicks: Votive Candle Wick Pin

While the Votive Candle Wick Pin isn’t necessary a wick, it can be very useful tool for wicking! If you want to create fun candles without containers, then the wick pin is a great way to keep your wick centered. While this pin was designed to create votive candles with perfectly centered wicks, this pin is great for other fun shapes, too! We have use this pin to create cupcake candles, smores candles, and so much more! This particular pin is 2 and 5/16 inches tall, so you can use it for smaller candle designs and, of course, votive candles.

Types of Candle Wicks: History of Candles

According to the National Candle Association, candles are an ancient tool that have evolved right along side mankind. Beginning as primitive candles with reeds or beeswax, early Egyptian and Roman societies used these to light their homes and perform ceremonies. Then, the candles changed over the centuries as the ingredients were improved and changed. Overtime, they went from a source of light to a method of scenting the home, as we use them today. If you are interested in how candles have changed though time, the History of Candles article has some interesting details of what was used for all kinds of different candles from the past.

Types of Candle Wicks: Give Us a ShoutTypes of Candle Wicks: Give Us a Shout

We hope that you learned something new that you can use in future candle making. If you are interested in learning more, then you can find more detailed information on either our wicking chart or Science of Candle Wicking Class. Also, you can reach out to us at Natures Garden with any other unanswered questions. An easy way to contact us is through social media. We are available on our Facebook page. Also, you can find us on Instagram and Twitter with @ngscents. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Note: We do not accept returns on our wicks, so we advise you to purchase sample packs before committing to a larger sized bag of wicks.

Sep
12

Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil


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Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance OilStrawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil is a sweet fruit scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a great blend of fresh strawberries, tangy lemon, and sweet vanilla scents that create a perfect strawberry daiquiri concoction scent. The blend of sweet and fruit scents with an alcoholic aroma makes this a true to name fragrance that many of our customers couldn’t help but to fall in love with!

What Does Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a refreshing blend of fresh strawberries, and lemon zests with a hint of fresh vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Both potpourri and incense products can include up to 50% of this fruity fragrance oil. Also, household cleaning products, whether they’re homemade cleaning product recipes or from the store, can include up to and no more than 5% of this strawberry fragrance oil. Aroma beads can be created with this fragrance and will retain a nice, strong scent.

Moreover, wax based room scenting products, such as candles, that are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can be made with this fragrance oil. These products can include up to 10% of this fragrance oil in their formulation. Both joy wax and wow wax will both perform perfectly after this scent was added. Also, this scent can be use to make strongly scented soy candles. We would suggest using five drops of red liquid candle dye to color your candles. Alternatively, a small amount of shredded red color block will work too.

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Further, this fruity fragrance oil can be used in homemade soap recipes, as shown by our Cold Process Soap Testing Results. A batch that uses this sweet scent will have no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing. Also, the fragrance will retain a nice, strong scent in soap and have a light brown color in cured soaps. The discolorations is likely due to the 1.5% vanillin content. In order to help prevent discoloration, you can add Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  However, we do recommend testing as there are more than 40 ingredients that can contribute.

All kinds of homemade bath and body products can be created with this strawberry daiquiri fragrance oil. Bath oils, bath gels, lotions, bath bombs, perfumes, bath teas, and other related products can be created at a rate of no more than 5%. If you want to add color to bath and body products, then we recommend using some red liquid soap colorant. Whether you follow our suggestion or use a different method, you shouldn’t include candle dyes as they aren’t body safe.

We hope that you can use our Strawberry Daiquiri Fragrance Oil to perfectly scent all of your creations!

Sep
09

Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil


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Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance OilSweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil is a sweet and floral scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a blend of deliciously juicy fruit scents, sweet pea notes, fresh floral scents, coconut notes, and musky bottom notes that creates a perfect and sweet fragrance oil. This floral and sweet pea aroma has been described by some of our customers as a sweet scent that is not over whelming or too strong.

What Does Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a harmonious blend of ripe red berries, juicy bing cherries, floral sweet pea, and sweet creamy coconut drizzled with vanilla create the recipe for this decadent treat.

Top Notes: Cherry, Orange Oil, Peach, Coconut, Raspberry
Middle Notes: Sweet Pea, Muguet, Iris
Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk

How Do Our Customers Use Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers can create all kinds of bath and body products with this sweet, floral fragrance oil. Bath oils, bath gels, bath teas, and homemade sugar scrubs.  These types of products can use 5% fragrance oil.  In addition, lotions, body creams, perfumes, and similar products can include up to 5% of this fragrance.

Also, homemade lye soap recipes can be made with this floral and vanilla aroma. The ability for this fragrance in soap is demonstrated by our Cold Process Soap Testing Results. CP soap that uses this scent will have no separation, no acceleration, and no ricing. The final product had a very strong scent in soap and the bars discolored to a yellow tan. If you want to color any of your bath and body creations as we do for this scent, then we would recommend that you use red liquid soap dye in the amount that you enjoy for this creation. If you want to use another method for coloring your products, then just make sure not to use candle dyes in these products as they aren’t body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use Sweet Pea Vanilla Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Homemade room scenting products can be created with the inclusion of this delightful fragrance oil. Potpourri and incense can each use a maximum of 50% for this sweet fragrance oil. Also, homemade cleaning product recipes can include a concentration of up to 5% for this scent. Aroma beads can be perfectly made by including this fragrance oil.

Further, candles and other related room scenting products that are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can use no more than 10% of this fragrance oil. Products made of joy wax or wow wax can both use this scent perfectly. Also, scented soy wax candles can be created by this scent. When adding colorants to your candle creations you can add either one drop of red liquid candle dye. Alternatively, shred a small amount of a red color block in your melted wax. However, these recommendations are per four pounds of wax. Also, those choosing to color their candles should know, crayons will clog your wick.

Aug
26

Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil


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Sugary Lollipops Fragrance OilSugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil is a sugary sweet candy scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a blend of various fruity scents with sweet rose base notes and french vanilla scents that perfectly lead to the formation of a fragrance oil that is akin to that scrumptious scent of lollipop candies. This scent is perfect for adding a touch of sugary sweet goodness to your products!

What Does Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

An NG Original Scent!  A sugar high at its sweetest, the sticky sweet goodness of tart citrus and juicy fruits captured in this hard candy lollipop scent.

Top Notes: Candied Lime, Lemon, Orange
Middle Notes: Juicy Raspberry, Strawberry, Pear
Base Notes: Sweet Rose, French Vanilla

How Do Our Customers Use Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Our customers that create all kinds of homemade room scenting recipes with this sweet candy fragrance oil. Both potpourri and incense creations can both include up to 50% of this sweet fragrance oil. Further, household cleaning product recipes can include this hard candy scent at a rate of no more than 5% for this scent. Also, nice, strong aroma beads can be created with this sugary fragrance oil.

Further, wax based room scenting products that are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this fragrance oil. You can use our Joy wax or Wow wax incorporating this candy fragrance perfectly. If you are looking to make strongly scented soy candles, then you can use this fragrance oil as well. If you want to color your room scenting creations for this lollipop fragrance oil, then we would recommend using either one drop of red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or an ample amount of shredded red color block. Feel free to use a different method of coloring as long as you don’t use candle dyes as they will clog your wick.

How Do Our Customers Use Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Creations of the bath and body variety can be made with this sugary sweet fragrance oil. Bath oils, body scrub recipes, bath teas, bath bombs, can be scented with up to 5% of this aroma. Additionally, homemade lotion recipes, body butters, body oils, and hand creams can also use 5% Sugary Lollipops Fragrance Oil.

Additionally, your cold process soap recipes can be created with this candy scent with the previously mentioned fragrance concentration for bath and body products. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this scent is a great choice for these recipes. A batch of soap that includes this aroma will have no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing. The final products will have a very strong scent in soap and the bars will have a brown discoloration. Also, if you are looking to reduce some of this discoloration, then adding vanilla white stabilizer may prevent some of the brown hue due to the 6% vanillin content. If you want to add colorant to your various bath and body products that use this fragrance oil, then we would suggest that you use some red liquid soap colorant in an amount that you would like for this aroma.