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Making Delicious Scented Soy Candles. How Do I Get Started?
First you need to consider what you want to make. The Rose candle votive kit shown on the left is a perfect example of what I mean. Are you wanting to make table decorations for your bridal shower? Perhaps bridesmaids gifts?
Do you wanting to make candles as a hobbyist just to burn around the home, on the patio, or for gifts for your friends? Are you an entrepreneurial teen starting to make a few candles just to make a little extra money? This is very popular under Teen Money Making Ideas.
Are you wanting to start your own home-based business making and selling soy candles by distribution to stores? Are you a serious business entrepreneur, who wants to start an online business reselling your candle wares?
Now you are thinking about what to do, consider what will be your unique selling propostion (USP)? What could set you apart from the rest? May I suggest keeping simple records of each individual customer, their likes, their family, their interests, even what they purchased. Perhaps you will want to make a specialty candle of the month, or make special soy candle gift baskets. Or would you love to make candles for holidays.
After your USP has been decided upon, do yourself a favor, and take the time to write out a detailed business plan. This will help make sure you have considered all of the potential obstacles you will have to overcome to achieve success.
Follow the link and to see where you can buy complete instructions on how to write your own business plan, or purchase scented soy candle rose votive kit(s).
Everybody loves rich, aromatic, delicously scented soy candles. A few things will be important for you understand before you begin attempting to start making soy candles for your home based candle business, personal hobby, or just for gifts. However, there is an art to the process, and the uneducated novice can easiliy make “expensive” mistakes. Making errors in judgment can be costly, even dangerous because you may waste the soy wax, essential oil or fragrance oils, even candle wicks, or possibly even cause a fire from improper wicking.
You need to decide before jumping into any project, exactly what you want to make. Once you have made that decision, then you need to purchase the correct wicks for your particular soy candle wax, and even candle type you intend to make. Pillars, tea lights, votive candles will all need different sizes and lengths. How much fragrance or essential oil will your particular candle wax will hold. What’s to much, what’s too little? Third, but equally important, is the type of wax you are purchasing right for the candle you desire to make?
When mixing soy candle waxes with fragrance or essential oils there are known techniques that need to be followed or problems can occur. Take a look at some of the problems I have seen frequently occuring, which I have posted on my FAQ page.
Plus everyone wants the most fragrant candes possible. So learn how to do it right, keep records of what you do, how you do it. (My book provides a test record sheet) Overtime, you will save yourself many repeats of failures, and the abiltiy to reproduce successes. When you find that “one” candle idea that gives you your own Unique Selling Proposition, don’t find out to late, you don’t remember what you did.
Have fun, and don’t forget how important candle safety is. Read the candle safety articles so you are informed, and follow all safety guidelines outlined in my books. Click Scented Soy Candles to obtain your copy of How to Make Scented Soy Candles and Tealights, Candle Makers Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.How to Start a Candle Making Business from Home, and Scenting Your Soy Wax Candles.
These guidelines are relevant in the United States, and are often reviewed by international regulation authorities and candle organizations worldwide.
Because fires resulting from candles were on the increase,during 1997 the National Candle Association got involved at the request of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to lead the way in pioneering an ASTM subcommittee for the purposeof developing improved candle fireworks safety standards.
Membership on the ASTM subcommittee on candle products includes safety organizations, fire officials, the CPSC, and members of the NCA and other interested parties.
This has resulted in the publication of six ASTM candle standards. Two standards are reference standards.
Cautionary Labeling Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2058
Effective Since: 2000 Revised October 2007
This standard sets forth specifications for the warning label that cautions consumers to always burn a candle within sight; to keep candles away from things that can catch fire; and to keep candles out of the reach of children.
Heat Strength of Glass Containers Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2179
Effective Since: 2002
This safety standard sets specific scratch test and temper specifications for the correct annealing of glass containers used for candles in addition to thermal shock differential requirements.
Candle Accessories Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2601
Effective Since: May 2007
Specifications are established in this standard for labeling and testing candle accessories for fire-safety manufacture. (Including potpourri burners, candle burners and candle rings. ) It is anticipated by 2008 the standard will be enlarged to include candle holders and other accessories.
Reference title: Standard Specification for the Fire Safety for Candle Accessories
*Please be advised these are only descriptions of the standards to give a basic idea of the material covered. They are not the actual specifications. The actual ASTM standards are copyrighted by ASTM International. As of the date of this article copies of the actual standards may be purchased for download at www.ASTM.org. The charge to purchase each standard is roughly $39 each.
For more information on how to get your own soy candle business started from home, or just to make great scented soy candles as a hobbyist, please CLICK HERE.
I found a really nice article authored by Matt Droves today. It discusses the positive qualities of making scented soy candles, a mini history on the background of soy candle wax, he even discussed melting temperatures of the soy candle wax to preserve the white color of the soy wax, which I commend him for. He then goes on to discuss the additional of scents.
You might find this article an interesting read. To see the rest of the article click here.
Ping blog This is to test a new ping submission for my soy candle website articles. If we see new results, will post further information.
Sorry I have been out of touch recently, have to move, and looking for a new spot to keep on working on the soy candle making business venture. Will keep you posted.
Can An Additive Make Soy Wax Last Longer?
Help! Is there anything natural, or any type of additive that can be mixed into candle wax to make it last longer? What about a soy blend wax, or palm wax? I do not want to buy a lot of candle wax, because it is so expensive. Will adding fabric softener, lotions, or shampoo increase the volume of the candle wax, and still burn?
Comments will be welcome, but I felt I should make a blog post in response to Shirley’s question posted under the blog comments instead of responding to her via email.
Personally, I would not consider it safe to add any additive to a candle wax product you intend to burn, unless it is approved by the National Candle Association. Read the rest of this entry »