How To Make Gel Wax Candles

Posted on 01 September 2020

Here's how to make a GEL WAX CANDLE

As we are dealing with a higher temperature wax than typical soy or coconut wax there are a few things you will need to adjust when making your Gel candles. 

  1. WicksUse the same size wick for gel wax as you would for making soy or coconut wax candles. We always recommend testing on a small scale rather than jumping straight into large batches. When you attach the candle wick we recommend using a hot glue gun to attach the base of wick to the bottom of the jar. Push the base of wick down hard to ensure great adhesion. Also be careful not to use too much glue that it oozes around the wick base as this could cause a safety issue as glue is flammable. (Wick stickums are not advised as they are likely to come away from the glass due to the higher temperature of the hot gel wax.) Use a wick holder to centre the wick.

  2. On a stove, in a pot or stainless jug, add small pieces of cut gel wax, melt on a medium heat – Watch as the gel wax melts into a clear, smooth syrup. 

  3. When the gel wax is melted and clear, use a cooking thermometer to maintain a temperature of 95 degrees. Remove from heat. A pot with a pouring spout is best or you can use a silicone pourer to an existing pot to make things easier. 

  4. Fragrance Load - Add 2 - 4% fragrance oil to melted gel wax. Stir well to ensure even distribution of fragrance.   

  5. Heat your candle jars or vessels to around 65 to 70 degrees Celsius in an oven microwave or with a hair dryer. This significantly reduces bubbles from forming in the gel wax.  

  6. EMBEDS - Dip the objects you want to embed into the hot gel wax and position them within the container. For best results, place them close to the sides for increased visibility. After you have secured the embeds place onto a level surface. 

  7. Pour the gel wax while it is still hot into the glassware to reduce and lessen the chance of bubbles. 

  8. Ensure the wick is straight and centered.

  9. Allow your gel wax candle to cool and set fully before trimming the wick.  


Note: In cooler months it is advised to preheat your glass jars and containers to reduce bubbles. You can use a hairdryer a microwave or pop your glassware into the oven to warm. 

If you pour the gel wax too cool or into cold jars it often results in lots of unattractive bubbles. Do not worry, all is not lost, they can be rectified by doing the following - 

  • Preheat your oven to 80 degrees Celsius. 
  • Once heated to 80 degrees Celsius, place the candle inside the oven on a flat tray. 
  • Leave the candle inside the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes to remove as many bubbles as possible. 
  • Turn off the oven and leave the gel candles inside until they have reset and cooled down.

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