Making Candles In The Winter

Winter is a wonderful season to cosy up inside and enjoy winter candle fragrances!

Make candles in winter

Embrace dull mornings and freezing nights by creating ambience with a candle in your home. Curl up with a book and a mug of hot chocolate beside your favourite candle. Relax in a hot bath by candlelight, then climb into your onesie and slippers.

People spend more time at home in winter, and pay more attention to their inside environment. This means there is a huge market for candles in winter, and many candle makers see a massive increase in sales!!

 

Candle Making in Winter

If you’re a candle maker and you need to continue making candles all year round, then candle making in winter carries some extra challenges. Temperature is one of the most important variables in candle making. There are always work-arounds. Pay extra attention in winter to the temperature you pour your candle at and the temperature of your room. Your tried and tested methods might not be working as normal because of the cold. It’s just a case of using your thermometer and making a few adjustments to accommodate for the change in temperature and keeping good notes so you can replicate your method.

 

  • First, ensure that the room you are making candles in is climate controlled. If your room is roughly 25 degrees C, the area will be just right to protect the candles from cooling too rapidly. This will protect against issues such as frosting and sinkholes. Candle makers who pour candles in garages and sheds in colder months without heating will notice issues cropping up if their environment is not climate controlled.

 

  • Try heating your jars before pouring your candles too. Simply place them on a tray in the hot oven for five minutes. This will bridge the gap between the temperature of the hot wax and the cold glass. Alternatively, if the oven is too far away you can use a heat gun on the glass in the temperature-controlled room. Pouring warm wax in a cold jar can cause wet spots, as a result of the hot wax pulling away from the cold glass in shock. 

 

  • Placing candles on a wire cooling rack during pouring will also allow the air to circulate equally around the candle. Never place your candles in the freezer to cool quicker. Use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature. Moisture can also get into the wick during freezing. Constancy of temperature is crucial.

 

  • Increasing your wax pouring temperatures can also ensure that the candle takes longer to cool, helping to avoid cracking and caving issues. Remember to document your pouring temperature so you can replicate it.

 

  • Cracking in the wax results when the candles cool too swiftly. Pop your newly poured candles into a cardboard box overnight to protect your candles from drops in temperature (if you need to turn off the heater overnight). Do this before they start setting to ensure you don't disturb the setting process. Be sure not to leave any windows open so they can cool as slowly as possible. It’s a bit like leaving a cake in the oven to cool down rather than pulling it out immediately out onto the counter.
 

Repairing Candles 

If you find your candles haven’t set exactly as you had hoped in winter, you can always do a small top up pour, or use the heat gun to reset the wax and will cracks. Be sure to leave enough space at the top to fit the lid on still.

 

Winter Candle Sales

Winter is a huge sales season for candles. The demand increases as people spend long periods cocooning at home for months and rely on creating a cozy environment for their mental health. And of course, winter is the perfect month to be shipping out orders without the headache of having them sweat or soften in the mail. 

Candles should be made and enjoyed all year round and variations in temperature shouldn’t discourage candle makers from continuing to manufacture. A good set of notes should make the process easier. With these tips in mind, there is no need to limit your candle making to only the warmer months. 

 

 

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