Why Beeswax is more expensive!

Candles for many of us are a vital necessity - they make a room smell and look incredible, but with a huge selection of candles on the market it can be difficult to know where to start, especially when trying to balance out the right scent for the right room, for the right environment, the right season, and of course for the right price.

I am often asked why beeswax candles are more expensive, to make and to buy, and so I have compiled a list of 9 good reasons why they should not be dismissed in your hunt for the perfect candle!

Beeswax is created by bees, it's 100% natural and chemical-free. [Please be careful. Australia has no regulations for disclosing candle ingredients, which means a beeswax candle could have as little as 10% beeswax in it. When buying, look for labeling that tells you the product is “all-natural” “pure” “kosher” or “100% beeswax.

Why is test burning important?

The Burn Rate is the amount of wax consumed in grams per hour by the candlewick. The higher the burn rate number the more wax will be consumed.
  1. Trim the candlewick to 2.5cm. If testing multiple candles, make sure each one is clearly labeled.
  2. Place candles on a clean, flat, heat resistant surface 100mm apart. This area should be clearly visible from your workspace, as the candles must not be left unattended while lit.
  3. Take note of the diameter of the container. NOTE: on average a candle will burn 2.5cm per hour. 
  4. Based on this diameter, establish a time limit (for example a 5.0cm container should obtain a full melt pool in 2 hours, a 7.5cm container in 3 hours etc.)
  5. Light the candle(s) and record the time. It is critical to keep an eye on the candles while they are burning especially when testing new wicks.


Why you should measure fragrance in GRAMS not MLS

Many candle makers calculate their fragrance oils in volume using milliliters. However, this can create problems, as fragrances have different viscosities (the thickness of the oil). 

If you measure in this way you can end up accidentally adding too much of the thicker fragrance oils or too little of the thinner fragrance oil and you run the risk of miscalculating the amount of fragrance oil you really need to use. 

While this may not make a difference for smaller batches, for larger batches this small difference can really add up. Your candles will be far from perfect and this cost can add up!  In smaller batches, you'll end up with a fragrance that often lacks the desired scent strength. For larger batches, a fragrance overload means some of the fragrance will not bind with the wax, so it sits in its raw form in the body of the candle. 

Glitters, the good and the bad!

Our cupcakes are aromatic, scrumptious looking, melt-in-your-mouth delights that have clients drooling in anticipation of their first bite – until they are told it’s a candle! It’s the delicious aroma and the visually enticing layer of rich frosted icing and sparkle that tricks them!

The thing is some sparkles (glitters) are unsuitable for use in/on candles, and craft glitters, are the worst, as they are generally a paper product. They have a low burn point (100 degrees), can clog your candlewick, and pose a real fire risk to the user. 

On the other hand, polyester glitters work well.


What is the science behind a burning candle?

Putting aside all bias, let's focus on the science of burning candles!

A burning candle is a classic example of a chemical reaction between three major elements: oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. The wax in a candle is composed of atoms of hydrogen and carbon. When the wick is lit, wax begins to melt and the carbon and hydrogen atoms move up the wick to react with the oxygen atoms in the flame.

Over the past decade, there has been a steady climb in the sales of soy wax candles - with many claims being made that soy candles are somehow "better" for us. Putting aside all bias and focussing on science alone, the following conclusions were made by scientists and they make for interesting reading!


Fragrance Notes & Flash Points!

Why are they important in candle-making?

Candle fragrance isn’t just an after thought – it’s the driving force among consumers in deciding which candles they will purchase. 

Scientists have proven that pleasing aromas alleviate stress, heighten mood, enhance sex drive, and even affect alertness in the office, simply by stimulating the olfactory pathways to the brain.

When consumers buy a scented candle, they often base their decision on the cold scent throw of the candle. In candle making terms cold scent throw refers the strength or intensity of the fragrance prior to the candle being lit (when the wax is solid).  Adversely, when the wick of the candle is lit, the fragrant smell released from the candle is called the hot scent throw.


Wet Spots, and how to avoid them

Do you hate wet spots? me too .... here's a little advice :)


Which soy wax do you use?

So you're ready to get started in the world of soy, but with so many different kinds, which soy wax do you choose?

The first thing to consider is what type of candle you want to make? You can make container candles, such as melts, tea lights & jar candles. Or, you might want to make freestanding candles, like these gorgeous love heart wax tarts, or maybe votive or pillar candles.


Why candles change colour!

 Have you ever had a soy candle change its aesthetics once lit?


Memories of Strawberry Jam

Surprisingly, a strawberry isn’t a “berry” at all, its actually part of the rose family, which includes apples and plums!. It’s also the only fruit with seeds that grow on the outside. Did you know strawberries are rich in vitamin C and high in Folate, are low in natural sugars and are packed with beneficial flavonoid antioxidants – all needed for a healthy heart. 


Beeswax Wood Polish

Did you know you can easily make your own beeswax wood polish?  It’s as easy as making your own candles (seriously). Add your favourite essential oil or just enjoy the sweet smelling beeswax scent as is.


Making Crayons - DIY

Gather broken forgotten crayons and transform them into colourful new treasures that will fit perfectly into little hands! 


Chandelle Galerie's Candle School has relocated!

Chandelle Galerie's shop in Hyde Park closed!  

Very regretfully, Mel & David closed the doors of their candle shop in Hyde Park on 31st January 2017.  After trading for more than 9 years, the last 3 years as Chandelle Galerie, Mel & David announced the decision to cease trading, citing financial (escalating rental costs, import costs, production costs and staffing costs) as the reasons for shutting the doors.   


The pleasure of bathing!

Anyone who knows anything about me knows I am a major bath junkie and I take a bath most nights for the sheer pleasure of it!  After getting the tap running, I put on some chill music and if I can justify it (and I usually can) I pour myself a glass of wine. I then dim the lights and light a few candles for ambiance.


Adelady Visits Chandelle Galerie

EVERY "Adelady" needs a girl’s day out!  Adelady put together the perfect day out along King William Road and we got a mention.  Coffee, dessert bars, fashion, wine, food, candle making classes + hidden gems!…/