Recycling Leftover Candle Wax


Hi my geeks! Last week I made a batch of test candles for a start-up line of products. After not having much success with other waxes, I decided to go back to a wax that I knew I had success with before, gel wax. Gel wax is a mineral oil and polymer resin compound, capable of burning nearly twice as long as paraffin. It’s a clear, jelly like substance and, in my experience, one of the easiest and most fun waxes to make candles with. This wax makes cleanup super easy, as all you have to do is peel the remnants of wax up out of your melting pot. So after my huge batch of test candles last week, I was left with a ridiculous amount of scraps to do something with.

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If I was running a business and needed plenty of candles, I’d probably just collect the scraps until I had enough to remelt and make a full candle with. But since I don’t, I decided to “recycle” the wax to create something completely different. The idea was to use the different scraps together in a single candle, to create a gradient type candle almost. So I grabbed a few cheap mason jars and extra wicking I had laying around…

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And sorted out the wax bits to decide what fragrances I wanted to put together. For example, I paired the Clean, Torrential Rain, and China Rain fragrances to (hopefully) create a fresh, clean type of combo candle. I paired the Victorian Rose, Amazingly Grace Type, and Raspberry fragrances together and the Bedtime Bath and Indian Sandalwood.

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After deciding on my fragrance combos I tore up the scraps and arranged them in the bottom of each jar, which also served to keep the wicks centered in the containers. The next step was to melt down plain, unfragranced gel wax to pour on top of the scraps. Here’s what the first layers ended up looking like:

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I then let those layers cool, and proceeded to tear up and place the other layers on top. After that was done I simply poured more clear wax on top, and repeated the layering steps until I was done. This process will take some more experimenting to get good even layers of wax, but for a test run where the only purpose was to use up leftover scraps, I think they turned out pretty well. The finished result was three 100% new and different candles. The best part? Whatever clear wax was leftover in the melting pot could just be peeled out and used again in a different candle, weather it gets colored and fragranced next time or used to layer fragrance scraps. 🙂

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I think these will be really neat to watch burn, because as each layer gradually melts away (which will take forever, I’m sure) the glowing effect will change colors too.

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So, depending on how things go these may end up being a slightly discounted type of candle I sell. Hypothetically these are the best candles to have in stock. They’ll possibly be a little cheaper, and they can serve almost as samples of the different fragrances. 🙂

till next post, Katie

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