Our cosmetic grade shea butter is the perfect ingredient to combine with soy wax and essential oils for producing massage candles. Shea butter is high in vitamins A and E, as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are highly beneficial to the skin. Experiment with your own recipe and adjust ratios of shea butter, soy wax, essential oils and fragrances, for your own personalised massage candle.
Melting Point: 34℃
Ratio: 1 part shea butter to 5 parts wax
Solid Form: Soft solid
Uses: Container soy massage candles
Note that these instructions are based on our in-house testing. You should also explore the handling sheet, and conduct your own testing with fragrance loads and colouring (download the complimentary testing sheet). We recommend a 6% fragrance load using our fragrance range. Use a digital thermometer to measure the correct temperature of the shea butter/wax blend.
Step 1 – Mixing
Wax should be melted in a bain-marie and should not be exposed to direct heat.
Melt your wax slowly over a low heat to reach between 70℃ and 80℃. The wax should appear completely translucent and slightly dark-golden in colour. Take care not to heat the wax over 90℃ because this can influence its setting and performance. Overheated wax is very opaque in colour and can result in injury. It can also cause discolouration in the final product. Once the wax is melted and at the desired heat, add the shea butter in the amounts advised above. Slowly stir in the shea butter until completely melted and mixed in with the wax. You are now ready to pour.
Step 2 – Pouring
Once the wax has cooled down to between 55℃ and 57℃ it is ready to be poured. The wax will have a slight milky appearance. This will ensure a creamy, smooth finish.
Fill the container to 2cm below the maximum filling line to leave room for the top-up. Make sure to keep enough wax for the top-up, depending on the number of candles being made.
It is important to have the containers at the same temperature as the ambient room temperature.
Step 3 – Curing and Topping-Up
Allow wax to cure for 12 hours.
Warm up the remainder of the wax using a small bain-marie to between 55℃ and 57℃.
Top up the final layer of the candle to the maximum fill line of your containers. Allow to set for another 12 hours.
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