Lye Calculator - A calculator that is used to determine the lye and water amounts in a given recipe. Use a lye calculator to cross-check a recipe you find online and aren’t sure about, or to get the oil percentages to change the size of the recipe.
Using the same wax and additives but two different types of wicks you will get different burn rates. For example an HTP62 will burn faster than a 36-24-24c.
Melt Point - The melt point is the temperature at which the wax will turn to liquid. This is NOT the same as the pour temperature (which is usually much higher).As a general rule, the lower the melt point, the softer the wax. Melt points vary but are in the 130 F range. Although two waxes can have the same melt point, they could vary substantially in performance. It is always recommended to test your waxes before buying in bulk.
Melt Pool - Usually noted in Pillar candles, the amount of wax melted when burning. Usually measured by diameter. A good burning 3" pillar could have a melt pool of 2.5".
Molten Wax - Melted wax.
Mottling - Scattered snowflake pattern on the candle. This can be done by accident or on purpose. It is the result of too much oil in the candle (by accident) or the deliberate addition of Mineral Oil. Our IGI 1286 is designed to mottle on purpose.
Trace - is when the soap has emulsified and has a pudding consistency. To check trace, you can run a fork over the top of your liquid. If you see a “trail” left by the fork then this is called trace. You can have light, medium and heavy trace. These are just different thicknesses and consistencies of the same process.
Canwax Inc. cannot be held responsible for your finished product using our supplied ingredients.
Customers are cautioned to test products in small batches before purchasing larger quantities and before selling or distributing products to the public.
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