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How Do You Choose A Container for Candles?

Apr. 15, 2022

Scented Candle

 Scented Candle

From wax to wicks to jars and labels, choosing the right supplies can make or break a customer's experience with a product. It is important to be thoughtful about the supplies used to make your candle products. Making the wrong decision can negatively impact your customer's confidence in your product and ultimately damage your reputation.

There are several factors to consider before pouring your first candle, including

Choosing your wax

The most popular candle wax used by professional candle manufacturers is paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is non-toxic and is approved by the FDA for use in a variety of products, including food and pharmaceuticals. Many candle manufacturers use food-grade paraffin wax in their products.

Other wax options include

Soy wax


Carnauba wax

Synthetic waxes


Quality candles burn cleanly and safely, so choosing one type of wax is not better than any other. The waxes and wax blends used to depend on the type of candle you plan to make and the specific preferences of the candle manufacturer.

Soy Wax

Soy Wax

Choosing your wick

Choosing the right wick for your candle can be one of the most confusing parts of the candle-making process. The wick is what feeds the melted wax to the candle's flame. Without a reliable wick, your candle will not burn properly.

The wick will be chosen based on the shape and size of the candle, the wax you plan to use, the color of the candle, and the scent you plan to add. You may need to try several wick types to find the best one for your product.

There are several wicks most often used in candle making, each with a different coating. These wick types include

Round Direction Wicks

This wick contains a cotton wick with a tensioned thread. It is designed for optimal burning of scented and container candles. This wick type is suitable for soy wax and paraffin wax.

High-tension Paper Wick

This type of wick contains a paper wick that provides rigidity to the wick. They are typically used for votive and votive candles.

Glass Candle

Glass Candle

LX Wicks

This wick provides a flat woven surface with a stable thread to help the wick curl as the candle burns. These wicks are most commonly used in pillar candles as well as votive and votive candles. They are a good choice for use with carnauba wax and soy.

Zinc Wicks

Zinc wicks provide stability during the hot pouring process. While they are strong and useful in paraffin container candles, they do release carbon (soot) and tend to frost during the burning process.

Some candle manufacturers use a two or three-wick system to ensure a more even burn. Depending on the candle you choose to create, you will need to consider the wicks that are compatible with each type of candle and the length of each wick to fit your candle.

Choosing your jar

There are three basic things to keep in mind when choosing the right candle jar for your container candles, including

Jars that won't break or crack

Glass candle jars should be designed for candle use to ensure they are heat resistant and can withstand high temperatures and melted wax. Breaks or cracks can cause the hot wax to spill onto a customer's table or carpet. This is especially true for gel candles that get so hot that the glass container explodes.

Candle Jar

Candle Jar

Jars that do not leak

In addition to wax messes, leaking candle jars pose a fire hazard. When wax leaks out of its container, the wick no longer has a pool of wax from which to draw fuel. This can create a huge flame that burns high enough to catch nearby curtains or plants on fire.

While you may want to purchase a jar with a unique shape or style, you must make sure that the container is thermally safe and can be used for candles. If you plan to store candles in jars, the same rules apply.

Glass candle jars should be designed to withstand high temperatures and melted wax without damage. It is also important to know that any glass container, including heat-resistant jars, can break at high temperatures. This is why it is important to provide your customers with safe candle-burning tips, such as burning only on heat-resistant surfaces and never leaving a burning candle unattended.

Scenting your candles

A popular choice for candle buyers is scented varieties. In scented candles, when the wax is drawn into the wick, water vapor and carbon dioxide are produced and a small amount of fragrance is released into the air.

The fragrances used in candles must be safe and approved for use in candle making. Whether you choose natural or synthetic additives, it is important to make sure they can burn safely. Some materials are toxic to humans, even in small amounts.

 Candle Jars

Candle Jars

Many candle makers use essential oils or fragrance oils to scent their candles. There are a variety of oil scents to choose from, and the smallest amount is needed to produce a noticeable scent. A typical measurement for essential oils is one ounce of oil per ounce of wax.

Fragrances must also be carefully measured, as adding too much fragrance can cause the candle to burn unevenly or unsafely.

Have confidence in your ingredients

By knowing the ingredients of safe, functional, pleasant-smelling candles, you can ensure a top-notch product for your consumers. Conduct research on the various popular candles on the market to understand what scents are popular among buyers.

Sourcing all your ingredients from reputable candle jar manufacturers gives you the peace of mind that your candles and candle jars are of the highest quality and safe for your candle manufacturing business.

Boye is here to serve your candle jars' wholesale needs. Get in touch today and let us know how we can help you with your next project.  

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