Even perfectly made candles sometimes disappoint hot throw aficionados. Set yourself up for success by keeping these key points in mind.
Think of candle making as baking, not cooking.
- It’s fine to play around with recipes and eyeball measurements when cooking, but baking requires precision to achieve the desired outcome.
- Be as precise as possible when measuring, checking temperatures, and following directions.
- Keep a notepad and pen handy to record the weights of supplies used, pour temp, type of supplies used, and anything differences you notice.
Get to know your wax.
- Always familiarize yourself with the properties of your wax before making candles.
- Note the maximum fragrance load, be mindful of cure time requirements, and suggested wick series. In general, paraffin waxes need to cure for 3-5 days, while soy and other natural waxes should cure for at least 1-2 weeks.
Thoughtfully select supplies.
- Paraffin wax is the best option if super-strong hot throw is your ultimate goal.
- Just as artists select different materials for different goals, candle makers can use different waxes to achieve different goals. Can you achieve a strong hot throw with soy wax? Absolutely—but it may take more testing, fragrance oil, wider containers, and experience.
- Some beginners feel frustrated when their soy candles have a weaker hot throw than store-bought candles, only to realize later that many store-bought candles are made with paraffin or paraffin blends.
- Try a paraffin blend wax if 100% paraffin waxes aren’t appealing to you.
Set expectations accordingly.
- Some uncontrollable variables impact our perception of hot throw, so get scientific with your testing! Don’t get discouraged until you burn your candle in a few different settings and get opinions from a few different people.
- Environmental variables like high ceilings, humidity levels, drafty rooms, and other factors can affect the way hot throw is perceived.
- No two people have the same sense of smell. The same person’s perception of smell can even change due to certain medications, hormonal changes, illnesses (looking at you, Covid), and nose blindness. If you've been working with the same fragrance for some time, it likely smells weaker to you than others.
- Expecting a 1.5 inch diameter candle to fill a large room with strong scent will likely lead to disappointment. Likewise, expecting a soy candle to be just as strong as a paraffin candle may lead to frustration.
- Setting realistic expectations is the best way to begin your hot throw evaluation and avoid frustration.