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Candle-making questions: at which temperature should you pour wax?

...well, it depends on the wax!

I've been making candles for 3 years now and I have experienced several problems myself before finding the right temperature to end up with flawless nice candles.

If you decide to make candles: take your time, use a thermometer and check the temperature of your melted wax before pouring, always!

It happened to me several times that, because I was in a rush, I poured the wax soon after I have melted it and I ended up with really ugly candles!

If you pour at too high temperature you may end up with fragrance loss (evaporation), frosting (this is a frequent problem with soy wax), massive shrinking (not good for container candles), cracking on top. If you pour at too low temperature you can have jump lines, wax can start to solidify in the container you used to melt it and so on...

Full post on FROSTING HERE.

In particular with soy wax, I have noticed that buying the one that is guaranteed/certified to be super resistant to frosting is only partially fixing the problem...

Two golden rules to avoid frosting:
1) do not overheat the wax
2) pour the wax at low temperatures

I'll tell you what works best for me in order to avoid most of the above mentioned issues,  but you really need to test, test, test with small scale experiments before going big! 👌

In my experience for soy wax the best temperature is, with no exceptions, around 52-55°C. 
For paraffin is around 65-68 °C if you want a smooth surface, 60-62 °C if I have to pour it on soy wax chunks (otherwise they melt), and stick to 55-58 °C if you want to obtain 'jump lines' (click this LINK to discover what jump lines are)

Pillar with jump lines
Pillar with smooth surface
For container candles: I'm usually very satisfied about the results obtained with the above mentioned tricks, but if I still have cracking on top or an uneven surface, my heat gun comes in handy!

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