Take a sneak peek at the making of these triple-scented slow burn jar candles, handmade right here in Colorado!
Just recently, Myxed Up Creations was excited to launch our brand new line of Myxed Up Candles. These high quality triple-scented slow burn jar candles are handmade right here in Colorado with only the best ingredients, to make sure you have a long-lasting candle perfectly scented for the life of the product. A jar candle, or container candle, is basically a candle holder and a candle all in one unit. The candle wax fills a non-flamable container with a wick, and it's entirely self contained, so there is no drip to deal with. A jar candle can also be produced with specialized waxes that enhance the scent of the candle. Another advantage is that after the candle has burned away, the jar still remains for you to use how you like. So if you have anything at all that you might want to stash in a (mostly) air tight container, well there you have it.
The Myxed Up Candles are available in these 9 intoxicating fragrances: Orange Spice, Amber Romance, Citrus Slice - Lemons and Oranges, White Tea and Ginger, Love Spell, Mango Dragon Fruit, Nag Champa, Twilight, Berry Licious.
We wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at how these candles are produced so you have a better understanding of the process, and the finished product. Come in to Myxed Up in Denver, Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo to check these amazing candles out first-hand (and first-nose).
First we start with a slab of Parafflex wax. The Parafflex wax has a lower melting point, and provides excellent adherence to the jar. The Parafflex wax also offers a high fragrance load to maximize the scent throw in both hot and cold conditions.
Then we chunk apart the wax to get it into the boiler.
Put the lid on and heat it up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the wax reaches the correct temperature, this is when you add in the fragrance oil. Add the fragrance oil to the wax while it is hot. Stir the fragrance oil and wax to mix in the scent.
Now it’s time to add the liquid dye to give the candle it's color.
The liquid dye is concentrated and they are mixed at different ratios to achieve the desired color for the candle.
Drop the color into the hot wax and stir it around to mix it.
Once the fragrance oil and liquid dye have been mixed in properly we pour the wax into a plastic pitcher we can use to get the blend into our glass jars.
Next, we have to heat up the glass jars before the wick and wax are placed in. You need to preheat each jar to around 130 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that the wax adheres to the jar properly. Once you have heated the glass jar to the appropriate temperature, it is time to place the wick and the wax inside the jar.
Here is a look at the wick before being placed into the jar. The wick has a little metal plate at the bottom which is used to adhere the wick to the bottom of the jar. We use glue pellets and the heat from the glass jar to adhere the wick.
Once the wick is in place we have to keep it in an upright position while we pour in the wax into the jar. To achieve this, we tie the wick to something above the jar, and then cut the wick once all the wax is in place in the jar.
After the wax is in all the jars, we allow it to cool as slowly as possible. We do not try to do anything to accelerate the cooling process such as placing it in a water bath or in the fridge, as slow cooling provides the best results.
Tips and tricks to help maintain your candle and stay safe:
As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. The first time you light the candle let it burn for AWHILE. The goal is to get the melting wax to the corners of the jar. Your Myxed Up Candle should burn for 1 hour for every 1 inch in diameter. Myxed Up Candles are 4 inches in diameter, so they should burn for a minimum of 4 hours for the candles initial burn to liquefy the entire top layer of wax. If the candle doesn't burn long enough the first couple of times, then the wax will only melt right around the wick, creating a hole (or a "memory ring") in the wax that the candle will continue to tunnel down through. If this tactic is observed, and the candle burns at maximum efficiency, you should see a prolonged life of your Myxed Up Candle. The large size candles should burn for around 130 - 140 hours. The smaller size candles should be good for around 40 hours of burn life.
Keep the wick trimmed to ¼”.
Burn Myxed Up Candles on a heat resistant surface. Do no move the candle while it is burning or while there is molten wax in it. The outside of the jar will get HOT!
Keep away from children and pets. Keep away from flammable objects.
NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED.
Myxed Up Logan from the Denver store contributed to this story.