High-end, luxury candles feature environmentally friendly materials. To begin, you may anticipate hand-poured paraffin-free wax. The candle containers also stand out among mass-produced alternatives; the Sicily Hill containers are hand-painted and hand-dipped to achieve the magnificent matte gold rim. These elements not only add to the aesthetic appeal of the candle but they also serve an environmental purpose by reducing waste caused by metal recycling operations.
Luxury candles also tend to be more expensive than their less luxurious counterparts. However, this additional expense is worth it for those who want nothing but the best when it comes to products that will keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.
Finally, luxury candles usually have a longer burning time than their cheaper counterparts. This is because they're made with high-quality ingredients that retain their fragrance for longer periods of time.
The type of wax used to make a candle affects how long it will last. Unscented wax is most commonly used for decorative candles that aren't intended to burn for very long. Scented wax is mixed with essential oils to give the candle its own unique scent. This type of candle will usually burn for up to one year before it needs replacing. After two years, you should replace your scented candle if you plan on keeping it around the house for more than just burning for decorating purposes.
The majority of candles are created from paraffin wax, which is a byproduct of petroleum processing. Candles can also be created using microcrystalline wax, beeswax (a byproduct of honey production), gel (a polymer and mineral oil blend), or various plant waxes (generally palm, carnauba, bayberry, or soybean wax).
A candle mix is a combination of different types of waxes used to create a variety of colors and textures in one candle. The most common types of wax used in candle making include paraffin, microcrystalline, and beeswax.
Candle making involves melting the chosen wax, pouring it into molds, and allowing it to cool. Once cooled, the molded candles are removed from their molds and finished with a hot knife to remove any remaining bits of wax. The hot knife method creates a clean cut without tearing or ripping the paper wrapping that covers the candle.
There are several types of wicks used in making candles. Natural materials such as cotton, linen, and hemp are commonly used but will burn all the way through if not burned properly. Plastic wick are made from polypropylene plastic and are resistant to burning all the way through. Metal wick are usually made from aluminum or steel and will burn all the way through unless extinguished first. Hemp wick are grown specifically for use in candle making and are extremely long-lasting.
Colonial Candles are created using a range of wax compositions, ranging from food grade paraffin to vegetable waxes. To produce our candles, we exclusively utilize high-quality, food-safe waxes. All of our candles are emissions tested in accordance with industry standards. These standards are met or exceeded. When burning, these products do not pose a risk of fire or burn damage.
Food-grade paraffin is used by most other candle manufacturers as well. However, it is mixed with additives to improve its melting point (which is typically around 130 degrees F) and odorless quality. These additives include:
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) - Used to prevent the formation of smoke when the candle burns. PEG is also antibacterial and helps preserve the color of dyed wicks.
Isopropyl alcohol - A natural solvent that cleanses the wax of any residue left over from the dyeing process.
Potassium carbonate - Used as an antifungal agent to protect against mold growth.
Calcium sulfide - Used to create a cloudy appearance when the candle is first made. This step is called "sealing" the wick and prevents the wax from rising too quickly during burning.
Now that you know how Colonial Candles are made, it's time to take a look at some of their most popular designs!