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January 22, 2024
As the driving force behind Sweet Sixteen Candle Company, this candle-making journey is more than a profession for me; it's a personal endeavor. The dedication to excellence in crafting each candle stems from a deep-rooted passion to bring not just light but a sensorial experience into your homes. Every step, from ingredient selection to the final touches, is infused with a commitment to creating candles that elevate your ambiance and leave a lasting impression.
Step into the heart of Sweet Sixteen Candle Company's candle-making studio, where the genesis of each candle is a meticulous journey guided by precision, dedication, and a profound passion for the artistry that defines our brand. As a seasoned candle maker, I am delighted to invite you behind the scenes, revealing the meticulous steps that transform premium ingredients into the exquisite candles that grace your homes.
Selecting Ingredients: The Foundation of Excellence in Candle Making
Our vision for Sweet Sixteen Candle Company was born from the desire to infuse a touch of luxury into our customers' everyday lives through the highest quality ingredients. The pursuit of premium-grade, all-natural, and sustainable elements led us to a harmonious blend of coconut wax and apricot oil, crafting a luxuriously rich and creamy texture. This unique blend guarantees a clean and even burn for each candle, every time. The essence of our candles resides in the carefully chosen fragrance oils, akin to composing notes in a melodious masterpiece. Only the highest quality oils are selected, making our candles truly stand out.
Preparing Vessels and Candle-Making Station
In our candle-making studio, precision is not just a requirement; it's paramount. Each vessel undergoes a meticulous process to ensure its integrity and resilience against high temperatures and everyday use. Firstly, each vessel undergoes a thorough wipe-down and inspection to remove any debris. The selection of the appropriate wick for each candle becomes a crucial step in achieving a perfect burn. Investing in custom centering tools guarantees that the wick(s) are perfectly aligned for an even and safe burn, with wick stickers securely fastening the wick to the vessel's bottom, completing this essential preparation step.
Heating the Wax
With the vessels prepared, the spotlight shifts to the wax. Heated to at least 230 °F, this temperature is crucial to allow the fragrance oil to bind optimally to the wax, ensuring that the candle fragrance is released appropriately while burning.
Measurement and Mixing
While the wax is heating, we meticulously measure out the fragrance oil(s) based on each candle’s unique recipe. Once the wax reaches its desired temperature, we measure out the melted wax using a pouring pitcher. Combining the fragrance oil and wax, we stir for 30-60 seconds, adding colored dyes if necessary, stirring until well blended.
The fragrant mixture is then gently poured into a pancake batter dispenser and then into each vessel. Our custom measuring tool ensures that each candle holds the appropriate amount of wax, with our wick centering tool applied to the top to ensure the wick is perfectly centered throughout the candle.
Cooling and Curing
Each candle is allowed to set for 24 hours before moving it. We then place them on our curing shelf for at least 14 days. The curing process is imperative to crafting a great-smelling candle with a good hot and cold throw.
Once the candle has set, we delicately apply any decorations, toppings, or embeds by heating the surface of the candle with a heat gun and applying the decoration.
The culmination of our meticulous journey involves subtle yet essential details. Trimming the wick to 1/4 inch ensures your candle is ready to be lit as soon as you receive it. Finally, lids are secured, and labels are affixed, marking our candles ready for purchase.
As you explore our diverse collection, envision the journey each candle has taken – from the meticulous selection of premium ingredients to the detailed preparation, heating, pouring, cooling, curing, decorating, and the final touches. Bring the artistry of Sweet Sixteen Candle Company into your home, where each flicker tells a story of passion, expertise, and a commitment to crafting excellence in candle making.
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