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Choosing Wicks for Making Lavender Soy Candles

by Mahy
(Mississauga, ON, Canada)


I've been testing a few types of wicks and none of them are working for me.

My pillars are 3"x3" and my two main problems are the non-shiny look and the proper wick size.
For the non-shiny problem I bought Candle Gloss and Stearic Acid. For the wick, the most recommendation appears to be for LX24 and Square braid #4. I would appreciate your input regarding that.

The last issue is that I was planning to add lavender fragrance to my candles. I have found the lavender 40/42 type. Can you please let me know if this will mix well and have a proper scent when the candle is lit? And how much of it should I use per pound?

I appreciate your help.
Thank you,

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Candle Questions
by: Kyley

Hi Mahy,

Your wick size sounds good. I don't know anything about the non-shiny issue because I've never thought about making my candles shiny. I'm a pretty basic type of person :)

Lavender 40/20 will work very nicely in your candles. That said, you need to know that using essential oils in candles makes a VERY subtle scent. If you're looking for a strong scent throw, use a synthetic fragrance oil. It's not as healthy an option, but one of the most common questions about essential oil candles is "Why can't I smell my candle when it's burning?"

If you choose to use lavender essential oil, you would want roughly 50 drops of essential oil per candle. 50 drops is approximately 1/2 teaspoon.

Good luck, and don't hesitate to come back if you have more questions, or to let us know the results of your efforts!

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