Candle Making Certain Safety Tips
There are some things you should know if making candles is your first time. You should be careful with certain materials when making candles.
Tip 1: Use The Right Equipment.
Only use containers designed for candle production. All our Glass Containers have been certified by the manufacturer to be safe for candles.
A thermometer is necessary to measure the temperature of your wax. If your wax is too hot, it can melt the glass that you are pouring it into and create a lot of smoke which can cause respiratory problems and even lead to fire hazards.
Additionally, you will want to ensure that the vessel where you are melting your wax is safe and easy to operate. The aluminum pouring pots come with a plastic handle. This allows you to easily hold the pot with your bare hands, even if it is filled with hot wax.
Use a mold to make candles or tarts. Make sure it can withstand the heat of the melted wax. All of our pillar, votive, silicone, and clamshell molds are heat resistant, so they can be used for making tarts or candles. Note: While the clamshells will work well for making tarts and candles, it is not recommended that you pour your wax into them before it has cooled to 150 degrees.
Tip 2: Make Sure That You Are Using the Right Materials
Only use candles-making wax. Using wax that’s not intended for candle making can cause respiratory problems or pose a danger to your health. All waxes we sell are non-toxic, safe for candle making.
It is important to use candle fragrance oils or essential oils designed for candle making. You should not use perfumes. They can cause a fire hazard, and they may not have a great scent throw. Some fragrance oils may irritate the skin. The oil can be irritating to the skin so rinse it with cool water. You can make candles with nearly 400 perfume oils. Note – We also offer fragrances that are safe to use in making lotions, soaps, and other personal care products.
You should ensure you have the appropriate wick size for your candles. You could have respiratory problems if your wick is too big. The flame can become a fire hazard if it is too hot and too large. You should also make sure your customers are aware of how to trim the wire between burns. Even worse, some cases were where the wick was so hot that it caused glass containers to crack or shatter. Make sure you do a test burn before lighting the candle. Note: It is highly recommended that you include a caution label explaining how to burn candles if you plan on selling them.
Tip 3: Make Sure Your Space Is Organized & Safe
So that you don’t inhale the fragrance oils, ensure you make candles in an open and well-ventilated space. Exposure to fragrance oils for extended periods without adequate ventilation can lead to headaches, dizziness, and respiratory problems. You can keep the air moving by turning on your vent fan if you’re making candles at home. You can also open glass or a door to help the air circulate if you don’t have a vent fan in your area.
You should also take precautions to keep yourself safe from hot wax. To keep your skin safe from any wax splashes while pouring and/or stirring, it is recommended to wear shoes or long pants.
Your candles should be allowed to cool in a separate area. It is important that your candles can cool in an area where they are not disturbed for several hours. You will have a much easier time making sure your candles are safe.
While all of this sounds a bit scary, we can assure you that you will be able to make candles safely and correctly if your safety precautions are taken. Never leave candles unattended. Take your time and organize everything. Follow the instructions and have a lot of fun.