How do I start a candle store online?

Question by Randi C: How do I start a candle store online?
I want to make soy candles out of my home and sell them online. Could anyone give me any tips on how to get it started?

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Answer by sienelia
Step#1 – The first thing you will need to do is decide how many soy wax votive candles you want to make. Each soy votive will take 2 oz of soy wax. For ease of these instructions we are going to make 8 votive candles which will require exactly 1 LB of our NatureWax P-1™ 100% pure soy wax flakes. Measure the wax carefully using a reliable digital scale.

Step#2 – One piece of equipment that you will need is something to melt your soy wax in. You can go out and buy an expensive wax melter if you want, or you can do what I did and go to Walmart and buy a Presto Kitchen Kettle for about $ 20. We melt our soy wax directly in the kitchen kettle. Another way to melt wax is to use the double boiler method. We’ve used the kitchen kettles for about 10 years to melt wax and we’ve never had an incident or problem. Without a doubt, the double boiler method is absolutely the safest way to melt wax, but it is also the slowest. However you decide to melt your soy wax just be sure that you always regulate your temperature with a reliable thermometer and NEVER leave melting wax unattended!

Step 3 – As your soy wax begins to melt this is a good time to clip your thermometer onto the side of the pot so that you can regulate your temperature accurately. (see figure 4) Once your soy wax is melted and your temperature is between 170 – 180 degrees you can add your dye. Since we are using an apple strudel fragrance in these candles we want to color the wax a nice red color. This will only take 12 drops of Cajun’s red candle dye. Be sure that you shake your dye bottle vigorously before adding the dye to the soy wax. (See figure 5 & 6). Now you’ll need to stir the soy wax so that the dye you just added will bind properly with the soy wax. For stirring, we recommend using a flat bottomed wire whisk, we have found this does a superior job of binding ingredients and/or additives with the soy wax. If your candles will be subject to UV-light, such as florescent lighting or sunlight you may want to add U-V-Inhibitor to your soy wax at this time.

Step 4 – Now it’s time to add your fragrance oil (see figure 7), you’ll also want to keep an eye on the soy wax temperature and regulate it accordingly. You want the temperature of the wax to be around 175 degrees. Soy wax will hold fragrance oil better than paraffin wax so we can use 1.5 oz of fragrance oil per LB of wax for a stronger scented candle. Stir the fragrance oil in the soy wax for 2 full minutes.

Use the wire whisk, it will help bind your fragrance oil evenly throughout the soy wax so that the fragrance is evenly distributed (see figure 8).Your soy wax temperature should be no lower than 170 degrees when you add your fragrance oil and no higher than 185 degrees. If your wax is too cool, the fragrance oil will not bind with the wax. If the wax is too hot, you will burn off most of your fragrance and your candle will not be very strong. Soy wax can scorch if the temperature gets too high. Always keep the temperature under 200 degrees.

Step 5 – You’re almost ready to pour your soy votive candles. This is one of the most important steps to ensure your soy candle making is a success. Reduce the temperature of the wax to between 150 -155 degrees. Use a reliable thermometer to gauge the proper temperature.

You will want to pour into a slightly higher than room temperature mold. If you pour into a cold mold you will see what is called drag lines along the sides of your votives once they are finished. The best way to warm your molds is to put them in your oven on “keep warm” at least 10-15 minutes before you need them. Leave them in the oven until right before you pour your soy wax into them. Be careful handling the molds out of the oven because they will be hot. One thing you can do to eliminate handling the hot molds is to line the molds up on an old cookie sheet before putting them in the oven and then when you’re ready to pour all you have to do is use an oven mitt to remove the cookie sheet with the molds ready for the pouring process. The molds can remain on the old cookie sheet until it’s time to remove your candle, as long as your cookie sheet remains flat and level.

Step 6 – If your soy wax temperature is around 150 degrees you’re now ready to pour your votive candles. Using a pour pot (a pyrex measuring cup works great also) fill each votive mold all the way to the top. (see figure 9) note: it works best if you slightly heat the pour pot before dipping it into the melted wax, this prevents the wax from hardening on a cold pour pot. You can put it in the oven on “keep warm” with the molds. FYI: If you are melting 1 LB of wax, you will make 8 soy votives. 1.5 LBS of wax will produce a dozen soy votives and so on.

When using our NatureWax™ V-1 100% soy wax for making your candles you will be happy to know that it is a one pour wax and does not require a second pour if used according to this guide!

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