All Posts By

admin

Fragrance & Essential Oils

Everything you need to know about Bergamot Oil!

bergamot

Bergamot oil is a very understated and under used oil. It is a wonderful oil with fantastic healing properties!

Bergamot oil has many uses. Components of the oil are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature and thus help to inhibit the growth of germs and viruses. It is used quite a lot in soap for this reason, helping to eliminate acne, disperse oil in the skin evenly and clear up surface germs. It’s germ fighting ability is also the reason it makes a great deodorant, refreshing and inhibiting odour producing bacteria. Bergamot is cicatrisant in nature which is an essential component for the oil to be healing. This makes Bergamot oil great for reducing the appearance of small scars or pigments in the skin.

Bergamot oil can also used to reduce the feeling of pain by stimulating the body to secrete certain hormones which reduce nerve sensitivity. It is commonly used in headache remedies or where the body has sustained injury such as sprains or muscle aches.

Bergamot oil is wonderful as a relaxant and sedative. The flavonoids present in bergamot oil soothe nerves and help reduce nervous tension, anxiety and stress while stimulating hormones in the body responsible for relaxation like dopamine and serotonin.

Being a citrus, this oil must be protected from sunlight. Unless stated otherwise, Bergamot oil contains the component bergaptene which becomes poisonous when exposed to sunlight. It should be stored in dark bottles in a dark cool place. If applied topically to the skin exposure to sunlight should also be avoided.

  • Bergamot oil can be added to baths in water or bath bombs and bath salts for a relaxing, stress detox.
  • Add it to vapourizers and inhalers to relieve congestion and respiratory issues.
  • Apply it topically to soothe insect bites and reduce the appearance of scars.
  • Blend Bergamot oil with Frankincense, Jasmine, Mandarin, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Orange and Clary Sage oils
How To

How to make a soy candle

how-to-make-a-soy-wax-candle-pt-1

How Easy is Soy Candle Making? Well!!! That depends on your desired outcome. If you wish to make candles for yourself to burn at home then candle making is dead easy and great fun.

If however you wish to set up a business and sell your candles then it becomes more difficult. Before you even entertain the thought of setting up a business ask yourself are you prepared for all the hard work ahead! Yes! It is hard work and if you’re out to make a quick buck with something as ‘easy’ as soy candles then forget it.

Soy candle making isn’t ‘melt and pour’. It requires months of testing and burning and retesting and experimenting. It can be frustrating at times when you can’t seem to solve a problem but with the right attitude and some hard work you will get there. Once you are there it can be such a rewarding, satisfying and profitable ‘hobby’ or business.

Making a soy candle is quite technical and to get it right even more so. We supply free detailed information on the website to help you achieve the best possible result from your products but the rest is up to you. If you are not prepared to work hard and experiment and follow the correct procedures your outcome will reflect this. The market is very competitive and soy candles abound in the market compared to 6 years ago when there was only mine.

Before starting on your project research carefully all the information that is available to you and then make your choices. It can be a rewarding hobby and business but ‘rome wasn’t built in a day’ and neither will your experience or business.

Sandie
Co founder
Aussie Candle Supplies

How To Recipes

How to make a massage candle

massage-candle-blog

There’s nothing quite like a candle massage to soothe tired and sore muscles, and the beautiful scent they throw is an added bonus.

It’s not uncommon to pay in to the hundreds for a candle massage at beauty and health spas, so we thought why not save the pocket money and enlist a willing significant other and make our own candle to do the trick!

Because of its low melt point, soy wax is most commonly used for massage candle making – and it’s super easy.

Being a natural vegetable wax it is also safer on the skin, which is great news for those with allergies or sensitivities.

Once you’ve got a handle on the basic massage candle, you can experiment with additional ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and luxurious body oils.

I’ve included this as an option below for those a little more experienced. Try adding jojoba, apricot kernel or avocado oil for beautiful moisturising effects.

*Please test all recipes on yourself before selling to ensure allergy safeness and correct consistency of the massage oil. If you plan to sell your candles, they will also need to be correctly labeled according to Australian standards.

massage-candle

What You’ll Need:

  • 30g GW 464 soy wax (this has the lowest melting point of 46-49°C)
  • 10ml sweet almond oil
  • 2ml skin-safe essential oils or fragrance oils
  • 1 double boiler
  • Suitable container for pouring (e.g. spouted tin, for the purpose of this recipe we are using a 120gm tin)
  • 1 stainless steel stirring spoon
  • Wick (it is not too important what wick you use as you are not burning the candle for long. Start with the wick you would normally use for the container you choose and see how it performs. You don’t need a huge melt pool – just enough for this particular use)
  • Wick holder or household peg

*For a more soft, luxurious candle, substitute one part of the soy wax for shea or cocoa butter. Alternative ingredients as below:

  • 20g GW 464 soy wax
  • 10g shea or cocoa butter
  • 10ml sweet almond oil
  • 2ml skin-safe essential oils or fragrance oils

Instructions:

  1. Place the wax and oil (and butter, if using) in to your double boiler. Melt down, stirring gently with the spoon. Alternatively, you can melt in the microwave – just use short bursts of 30 seconds to prevent burning and overheating. candle-making-double-boiler-small
  2. Once melted, add your fragrance and gently stir until well combined. candle-making-stirring-small
  3. While the wax is cooling, set up your container with the wick and wick holder. candle-making-candle-holder-small
  4. Once the wax has cooled (but still melted), pour in to your container and leave overnight. Once set, trim the wick so that it sits approximately 1cm above your candle. candle-making-pouring-small

Instructions for use:

  1. Light the candle and allow a small melt pool to form – just enough for your use.
  2. Extinguish the flame and allow the melt pool to cool a little so that it is not too hot on the skin.
  3. Pour the desired amount on to your hands or directly on to the skin.
  4. Massage and enjoy!
How To

How to make a palm pillar candle

how-to-make-a-palm-wax-candle-pt-1

At Aussie Candles we are dedicated to offering the best products at the best prices, BUT NOT at the expense of any living creature or the environment. We have sourced and partnered with a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. This organization was founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and heads of government and industry involved in palm cultivation. The RSPO was founded to develop and define best practices for sustainable palm cultivation, and then help member organizations to implement and verify the procedures.
We are very proud to offer this product to our customers as a sustainable, non-genetically modified alternative to other waxes.

Palm wax is an all-natural, renewable resource that is obtained from the oil palm in well managed and regulated estates. Due to its environmentally friendly attributes, palm wax offers a whole new choice for candle makers who market sustainable or renewable resource based extensions to their candle lines. The oil palm produces fruit in bunches which are harvested and sent to palm oil mills to undergo extraction, sterilization, clarification and purification. The crude oil is then sent to palm oil refineries where it is processed further into products such as cooking oil, shortening, cocoa butter substitutes, non-dairy creamers, soaps, and of course everybody’s favorite – Palm Wax.

Palm wax is a superb material for making excellent candles. It resists melting in hot summer months, has high contraction (making de-moulding easier), takes colours easily, holds fragrance well, and best of all, can be easily manipulated to produce an infinite array of surface patterns ranging from complex crystalline designs to smooth solid colours . Palm waxes blend well with other waxes to further expand your possibilities.

Using palm wax is very similar to traditional candle making techniques except there are no additives required other than fragrance and coloring.

The crystal formations that can be achieved are greatly influenced by the pouring temperature and rate of cooling. By adjusting these variables slightly, you can create a wonderful array of crystal formations. The ideal pouring temperature is between 92° and 95° c. Going above the temperature will actually decrease the crystal formations to achieve a smooth solid colour. Pouring below these temperatures may make it harder to de-mold or cause deformations. Aluminum moulds work best for producing crystals as well as slowing the rate of cooling.

Palm candles emit fragrance quite nicely. Usually candle makers will use 5-6% fragrance loads to start for a nicely scented candle that does not “sweat”. Some scents may be used at higher levels, but it is up to the candle maker to push the levels on a case-by-case basis. Essential oils also work well, but they must be tested on an individual basis depending on strength and type of oil.

Colouring your palm candles is achieved with most oil soluble dyes. We suggest trying our dye blocks or concentrated liquid dyes. If using blue shades we recommend using dye blocks as blue based liquid shades produce reactive colour results when fragrance is added and the colour tends to shift away from the crystal structure.. Always start light and gradually go deeper with each colour, so you can master how the contrast affects the colour selection between the darker colors and the lighter candles as compared to the crystalline appearance.

Instructions:

  1. For a small round aluminium mould add 330 gms of wax to a double boiler pot on the stove.  candle-making-temperature-small
  2. When the wax has melted to around 98°C shave some colour into the wax and stirt horoughly.   Keep shaving colour from the block until the desired colour is reached.
  3.  When the wax drops to 96°C add your fragrance and again stir thoroughly.   candle-making-dye-block-small
  4. Push the wick pin up through the centre of the mould and add a little blu-tak around the bottom of the pin to create a better seal.   Warm your mould using a heat gun or place it in the oven briefly.  candle-making-candle-holder-small
  5.  Pour your wax into the mould at 95°C.   candle-making-pouring-small
  6. Place a box over the mould to slow down the cooling process.
  7. Once dry and cool turn the mould upside down and gently press on the wick pin until it pops out of the bottom of the mould.   Pull the wick pin slowly out of the mould and your candle should slide straight out.   Push your pre waxed wick up through the ready made hole in the bottom of the candle.   Make sure you place you candle on a suitable heat proof surface before burning.  candle-making-pin-small
  8.  Cure time is recommended at least 24 hours.candle-making-trim-wick-small
  9. When burning the candle should leave a very thin shell that looks gorgeous.  If your shell is too thick then your wick is too small; adversely if a hole develops in the shell your wick is too big.  Like all candle making palm pillars require individual experimentation.  Different brands of palm, different brands of wicks and also fragrances will cause your candles to perform differently

 

Trouble Shooting

Candle Making – Where to start

candlemaking

The best place to start if you want to make soy candles is with a candle making kit . We’ve done a lot of the work for you already and given you the basics to start you off to get your confidence up.
JARS
If you want to start out on your own then start with a jar. Once you have chosen a size and shape of jar, we tell you some information about that jar including what wick size to start with.  This recommendation gives you a starting place to test burn your candles from. You can then go to the wick page and select the wick we recommend to start with.  For information regarding the differences between the two wicks please read the header at the top of the wicks page.
If you want to use a jar you already have, measure the diameter of the jar at it’s widest point then find something similar on our website.  From here you can work out a wick size to use

SOY WAX
If you are a beginner we recommend starting with GW 464 soy wax as it is the easiest and in our opinion the best wax to use.  It is completely natural.  We give approximations on our jars about how much wax they take, so calculate how many jars you are getting by the amount of wax it takes, to work out roughly how much soy wax you need.  It’s always better to be over than under.

FRAGRANCES
If you would like to fragrance your candles work out if you want fragrances or essential oils.  Our fragrances are candle specific and pure and with 200 to choose from there is something for everyone.  Fragrances usually throw (smell strong while burning)  stronger than essential oils as they are made of both synthetic and essential oils so can be manipulated.  Essential oils are purely natural and may not have that strong throw.
To work out how much fragrance you are going to need per candle read our information under the help section on how to make candles. It is better to buy 10mls of fragrance just to have a smell to decide if you like it before buying larger quantities.

DYES
The easiest method of dyeing your candles is to use solid colour dye blocks.  To achieve the desired colour just shave a small amount into your melted wax and stir thoroughly.  One block will dye a lot of wax as they are very concentrated.

EQUIPMENT
To melt your soy wax either purchase a pouring pot to use as a double boiler or use 2 saucepans you have at home.  You melt the wax as you would chocolate.  Do not put the pouring pot directly on the heat as you will burn the wax.
It is also important to pour your wax at the correct temperature so get a thermometer. 

Once you have everything set up to go print off our ‘ how to make a soy candle’ sheet.

These instructions are basic and will get the process of making candles started for you.  After you have made your first batch of candles the learning really starts.  We have a wealth of information on our website under the help section to guide you with any problems you might be having.

Enjoy!!

How To Recipes

How to make egg shell tealights

egg-shell-2015_05_27-01_55_36-utc

Materials

• Sewing needle
• Eggs
• Vinegar
• Food colouring
• Empty egg carton
• Double boiler or two pots
• GW 464
• Dye blocks
• Tealight wicks
• Plastic jug

Instructions

Step 1

Make a hole in the top of each egg with the needle; enlarge the holes, and pour out the contents. Cut the shells to one-third of the way down and clean the shells with the
vinegar to remove any excess egg.

Step 2

Dye shells with food colouring (follow the directions on the food colouring box). Put the shells inside the empty carton to dry.

Step 3

In a double boiler, melt your wax and and add some dye block shavings if you are using colour.

Step 4

Put an aussie stickum on the bottom of an ACS 1.0 tealight wick and place in the bottom of the shell, pressing carefully to stick but taking care not to break the shell

Step 5

Use the plastic pouring jug which has a long thin neck to fill the shells with wax. Let the wax harden. Trim the wicks to 5mm and place the candles in ceramic eggcups
before lighting.

Trouble Shooting

What is the difference between candle wicks?

wicks

The main difference between ACS and CDN wicks is the core.

CDN have a paper core whilst the ACS range are purely cotton throughout.

Both ranges of wicks we stock are manufactured in the USA and Germany by top wick manufacturers. These companies are professional and have been manufacturing wicks for many many years. Their quality and experience is paramount in producing a wick that is of the highest quality to ensure the correct burn of your candle.

Both brands of wick work equally well in candles. Some people prefer the pure white look of the ACS brand whilst some prefer how the CDN range burn. Over the years we have used both in our candles. During the testing phase we burn the candles with both a CDN and ACS size of wick. From there we can choose which wick burns that particular fragrance better. Because the ACS range has more wicks, it’s easier to ‘fine tune’ the burn of your candle.

If you find a particular wick is not burning a particular fragrance try the other brand. Some fragrances might be better suited to a paper core wick whilst others may prefer the pure cotton braid. It all comes down to TESTING!