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Granulated Candle Wax

Updated on December 30, 2010

This hub is a guide for those who are looking for basic information on granulated candle wax. First, let’s have a refresher on candles and waxes, and granulated waxes.

About granulated candle wax

The word “granulated” literally means something that is in a state which takes the form or particles or grains. A perfect example is sand and salt. Sugar, in the form that we’ve all accustomed to love to hate, is granulated.

As far as candles are concerned, leave the notion of the candle as being a solid piece of wax. Instead, think of it in smaller pieces, or grains of candle wax packed together. For this to work, one must have a container to hold it in shape.

Granulated candle wax has become more associated with scented candles. Scented candles make use of scented oils to give out pleasant smells. The oil is mixed with the candle wax during the manufacturing process, and they literally burn with the wax when it melts. However, an unlit scented candle already smells good—but not strong enough to cover smells or, for example, make a room smell good.

When used with granulated wax, scented oils are literally just spilled over the particles. This gives them more surface area to adhere to—for example, cover an entire grain with oil. This combination makes a product that lasts longer and provides scent stronger.

Granulated wax also provides good value for money in terms of volume to cost. In a traditional candle, air pockets are hidden from plain sight. If you slice a “packed” candle in half, you will notice that it has “unfilled” holes. If you use granulated wax, while air will be obviously present between the granules, you get more packed candle.

Uses

You can buy granulated wax in packs and use them to create unique shapes of candles, provided you are creative in your choice of containers.

You can also use the granules to refill old, used candles that are contained in some form of container. If you fill those up with the wax particles, they will melt and blend with the old one and in essence become one (and big once again).

Some scented granules are strong enough to stand as potpourri. Add them in an open container and leave them in a room. You will find that the unlit scent can hold its own. They can also be mixed with traditional potpourri as a sort of scent refresher. Just add them to the mix instead of scent oils, and you have instant refills.

Finally, scented granulated wax is used to form candles. Granules are easier to melt, and because some granulated wax already comes pre-scented, you save an entire step in making scented candles. Melt the granules as you would with the wax, and follow with the succeeding steps (adding a wick, cooling, forming into shape, etc.).

Granulated Candle Wax as sold from candle-making supplies

A refresher tutorial on candle-making

Some available candle-making products

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