Introducing our Rapeseed & Coconut natural wax blend
This wax is blended in Europe and is made from rapeseed oil and coconut oil and nothing else. It is completely free from paraffin, soy, palm, beeswax and synthetic additives. This is a proprietary wax blend developed to deliver premium quality container candle performance (adhesion, scent throw, smooth finish) with excellent sustainable credentials.
• Rapeseed crop UK/EU grown - from existing agricultural land
• Renewable and sustainable crop – no deforestation
• Coconut – crop grown by small holders in Asia , no deforestation
• Not from GM crops
• No Palm
• Vegan Friendly (No Beeswax)
• Manufactured in the UK
• Block format
This is an off-white blend of rapeseed and coconut wax, suitable for making container candles. The wax blend does not contain GM material, Soy or Palm and is vegan friendly.
This is a moderate viscosity, low melt point wax blend. Bulk wax can be melted and kept at around 60-80°C without significant degradation. Care should be taken to avoid scorching while the material is being melted. It is recommended that moderate stirring is carried out and that heat input is reduced just before the bulk has completely melted through. Sustained temperatures above 90°C should be avoided,
Fragrances should be tested for compatibility before being added to the bulk. Some fragrance components may have limited solubility in the wax blend and may incorporate at high temperatures but drop out on cooling. The higher the fragrance loading, the greater the likelihood that components can separate out and/or give poor burning performance. Fragrances should be added at around 65°C and poured soon after.
Wherever possible, the candles should be poured at a temperature of around 45-55°C, into pre-warmed containers. Where it is not practical to warm the container, the wax may be poured at elevated temperature, up to about 65°C. However, the time that the wax blend is at elevated temperatures should be kept short, to reduce loss of fragrance top notes, and minimize contraction and potential cracking and production of voids. Finishing After pouring, the wax should be allowed to cool slowly – rapid cooling can cause cracking and the formation of a solid skin, allowing air to be drawn under that cap, forming voids that affect burning performance. Depending on the amount of wax fill, the candles may be finished by using a small second pour of wax blend, or by flashing the surface with a heat source (usually Infrared heater or warm air blower. Congealing Point 34-38°C Curing The candle should be allowed to cool and cure for at least 24 hours before burning, to allow the crystals to completely form and give a nice smooth surface.
The optimum size of wick does depend on the dimensions of the container used – larger diameter containers require a stronger burning wick. These natural wax blends have a much higher viscosity than paraffin wax blends, so need wicks with a higher capillary power (usually meaning a higher cotton count). Note - There does come a point at which the wick strength needed to melt to the edges gives too strong a flame and smokiness occurs. It is then advisable to consider multiple wicking with some lower strength wicks.
For containers larger than ~75mm diameter, multiple wicks are usually more appropriate but these need to be relatively low-powered – typically similar to those for 25-40mm diameter candles.
Note - the burning performance can be affected by the composition of the fragrance (and colour) used.
Many variables exist in candle wax types, additives and formulations for individual candle systems. Final wick selection should always be confirmed through the customer's own testing process to determine if a particular wick is the correct choice for a particular candle system. Craftastik is not responsible for selections made by the customer. For optimal burn performance in specific candle systems, we strongly recommend that customers conduct exhaustive burn tests in their own burn lab and consider retaining samples for their future internal reference.