Lesson 1, Topic 1
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A Note About Temperatures

A Note About Temperatures

While I didn’t clarify this very well during the filming of this course, there are three important temperatures that you should pay attention to:

These temperatures vary depending on the type of wax that you’re using. Usually you can get this information from the manufacturer or the seller of the wax as you are purchasing it. 

The maximum melting temperature is the temperature that you don’t want the wax to go over as you are boiling it. For example, if my soy wax would go over ~200 degrees, it would start to get yellow and cloudy.

The mixing temperature is the temperature that is ideal for mixing the wax with fragrances. For my wax, that is somewhere in the range of 160-185 degrees.

The pouring temperature is the temperature that is ideal for pouring the wax into the candle mold, so that the candle comes out nice and smooth, without the wax getting cracked or uneven. This temperature is usually a bit lower than the mixing temperature.

PRO TIP: If the container that you’re pouring the wax into is cold, and the wax is hot, it can lead to cracks and unevenness on the outside of the candle. To get the candle to come out really smooth, if you’re making the candle in a metal or glass mold or container, you can heat the container just a bit, to be slightly warm to the touch, before pouring in the wax. This will decrease the difference between the temperature of the wax and the temperature of the container, and lead to smoother candles.