Winter is a prime sales season for candles as people spend more time indoors and seek to create a cozy environment for their well-being during extended periods spent at home. Additionally, shipping orders becomes more convenient as candles are less prone to sweating or softening in transit. The demand for candles skyrockets, leading to a significant increase in sales for many candle makers. To cater to this market and meet the rising demand, you may need to consider investing in extra candle making supplies.
However, candle making in winter presents its own set of challenges. Temperature becomes a crucial factor in the process, requiring special attention. Your tried and tested methods may not yield the same results due to the cold weather. By using a thermometer and adjusting to accommodate the temperature change, along with maintaining detailed notes, you can adapt your candle making process.
First and foremost, ensure that the room where you make candles is climate controlled. A temperature around 25 degrees Celsius is ideal to prevent rapid cooling, which can result in issues like frosting and sinkholes. If you work in colder environments such as garages or sheds without heating, problems may arise if the temperature is not regulated.
Consider adding coconut oil to your formulation to help soften the wax. This can help with the wax cracking as well as wet-spot in winter. You can add 10-20% coconut oil to your formula.
Warming your jars before pouring can also help bridge the temperature gap between the hot wax and the cold glass. Place the jars on a tray in a preheated oven for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can use a heat gun on the glass in the temperature-controlled room. Pouring warm wax into a cold jar can cause wet spots as the hot wax reacts to the cold glass.
During pouring, place the candles on a wire cooling rack to allow proper air circulation. Avoid the temptation to speed up the cooling process by placing the candles in the freezer. Instead, use a thermometer to monitor and maintain a consistent temperature. Freezing temperatures can introduce moisture into the wick, so temperature stability is crucial.
Increasing the wax pouring temperature can help prolong the cooling time, minimizing issues like cracking and caving. Remember to record your pouring temperature for future reference.
To prevent rapid temperature drops, which can lead to cracking, place your freshly poured candles in a cardboard box overnight. This provides insulation and slows down the cooling process. Make sure all windows are closed to minimize temperature fluctuations. It’s akin to allowing a cake to cool in the oven instead of transferring it immediately to the countertop.
If your candles haven’t set as desired during winter, you can perform a small top-up pour or use a heat gun to reset the wax and repair cracks. Ensure you leave enough space at the top for the lid to fit properly.
Remember, candles can be enjoyed throughout the year, and variations in temperature shouldn’t discourage candle makers from procuring supplies and continuing production. Maintaining thorough notes will streamline the process. With these tips in mind, there’s no need to restrict your candle making to warmer months alone.