How to Add Scent to a Candle

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Adding a scent to a candle is something that will require you to make sure that you're mixing your materials correctly. Add scent to a candle with help from a candle making professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jeff Schumacher, co-founder of Pure Integrity Soy Candles. I'm going to show you the proper way to add scent to a candle. In order to make a great smelling candle it is important to mix your materials correctly. I'm going to teach you how to add the right amount of fragrance at the proper time so that the wax and the fragrance will bond. What I have here is an essential oil. For this type of a scented candle, it's important to use a wax that is able to absorb or bond with the fragrance. Soy wax, paraffin wax and palm wax do a great job of bonding with fragrance. Fragrance doesn't bond as well with beeswax. Now in this case here we are using 100% natural soy wax. Now that I have melted my wax, I'm going to make sure that my wax is at a temperature of 150 degrees. If I were to add my fragrance at too high of a temperature, I will burn off or evaporate a lot of the fragrance. If the temperature is too low, the fragrance will be unable to bond with the wax. Because we are starting with a new fragrance that we haven't worked with before, we're going to start out with 5%. In this case I have 10 ounces of wax and I'm going to add half an ounce of fragrance. Once you have added your fragrance, you want to be sure to continue to mix the wax. We are removing the heat completely and we want to allow it to cool until it is about 120 degrees. Now at this point the wax is below 120 degrees and you will see it starting to get cloudy. Now you can pour your candle and set the wick so that they are vertical and straight. You can experiment with different fragrances and different wax blends. You can start trying to increase the amount of fragrance to get that perfect smelling candle. Take detailed notes as you work so that if you find something you love, you can duplicate it or even improve upon it.


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