Scented Candles have been used for centuries and have become a staple household item. Indeed, you may use candles on a day to day basis…
But have you ever stopped and taken the time to find out how they can be made? Or even what the process would be to create a candle?
This blog will guide you through the normal creation process of the scented candle that we all know and love!
Typically, fragranced candles are made up of three very simple ingredients.
There is the Perfume itself, the wax that holds the fragrance and allows the slow release of the aroma, and finally the wick (made up of rope/string laced with a burning agent such as oil).
These simplistic foundations for Candles can be used in different amounts and variations to create infinite candle experiences.
How are the Scents made?
Adding the fragrance is the most important and delicate process in candle making.
Indeed, creating the perfect aroma for candles is not as simple as you may think!
The scent itself is made from many different oils and esters. These are compounds found in most materials that are used to make the fragrances.
In the past, the perfumes were made by boiling down ingredients in pressurised containers for days on end. This separates all of the elements within the ingredients.
Once the process was complete, the oily substance would have been scraped off the top of the boiled liquid.
Nowadays, manufacturers use very similar processes that are gentler and on a much larger scale.
Once the oils and esters have been collected from the boiled down ingredients which form the scent, manufacturers will now go through the process of testing the concentrations to ensure the perfect experience for their clients.
Each ingredient used within the perfume industry, is referred to as a ‘note’. The manufacturer will carefully select the amount of concentrated fragrance of each ingredients.
This is to ensure that each note is not too overpowering, and not 1 scent will overshadow another.
This practice can be seen in many of our products, such as Dawson Brown. The harmony of scents between the sweetness of Raspberries and the citrus of the Lime, proves how much testing and consideration goes into one scented candle.
It could even take hundreds of chemicals and notes to create one perfect scent!
Choosing the wax is also a very important step for making Scented Candles.
Generally, the wax is specifically chosen to complement the candle’s size and also its unique perfume. The wax also needs to have very little water in, to encourage the wick to burn properly.
The candle wax also needs to burn at a steady pace to ensure that it does not spontaneously combust whilst lit, or burn down too fast.
Each manufacturer will have spent a colossal amount of time on testing and ensuring that the wax complements the scented notes within the infused candle: an appropriate burning time, a beautiful fragrance filling the air.
Soy wax can be used, rather than the more orthodox paraffin wax. If you are eco conscious then soy wax candles are probably best for you, as they produce much less soot. They allow slow release of the Scent and also last longer than more common used waxes.
There is still one more piece of this candle puzzle left, to help create the perfect scented candle.
The wick of a candle is a key component in the perfect scented candle experience.
Most candle companies use a similar type of wick; a natural grade rope, soaked in an alcohol solution prior to being placed on the candle holder before its then submerged in the infused wax.
After these three ingredients have been combined to construct the fragranced candles, they are then beautifully presented in complimentary packaging or in a jar of some kind. Then boxed up ready for you to purchase.
From choosing the perfect selection of beautifully scented notes to choosing the best wax to complement a scent. A lot goes into the creation of the Scented Candles that we know and love!