Gel wax is a translucent wax with the consistency of jelly. It is made using a combination of mineral oil and polymer resin, which gives the wax a slow melting rate and a long burn time. The finished candle will have a longer burn time, making the wax good value for money even if it is more expensive than paraffin wax. Because of the clarity of the wax, it is common to find gel candles with embedded insides, such as sliced dried fruits, small glass ornaments, glitter, or anything that won’t melt at a temperature lower than the wax.
Candle gel wax can only be used in containers because it does not have the rigidity to stand on its own. If you want to color the wax, we recommend using our dye chips, but if you add too much, it may lose its transparency. Gel wax has a higher melting point than paraffin wax and must be melted in a pan over direct heat. It tends to bubble during melting, to avoid this heat the wax to a temperature above 110°C, but do not exceed 125°C as the wax may burn.
We recommend a stiff zinc or paper wick for the gel wax, such as our TCR series wick. Use the size larger than you normally would to compensate for the slow-burning properties of the gel wax. We recommend priming the wick with gel wax as this wax tends to be cast at a higher temperature than paraffin wax.
Fragrance oil: Contains up to 6% fragrance or essential oil
Appearance: Clear Gel
Softening point (°C): 70-85
Boiling point/range (°C):> 250
Set point (°C): N/A
Flash Point (ASTM D 93) (°C):> 250
Autoignition Point (°C):> 180
Density at 20 ° C (g / cm3): Approx. 0.86
Water solubility (% by weight): insoluble
Our wax can contain up to 6% fragrance oil. Please note, not all fragrances are suitable. The fragrances recommended for this wax are referred to as ‘non-polar’ and have a flash point greater than 77°C. Not using the right gel wax fragrance can be dangerous. Unscented Gelwax has a combustion bath temperature of 130°C, which is well below the general flash point of 227°C. However, adding fragrance lowers the flash point of the wax, possibly low enough for the wax to ignite, so avoid these scents and test your gel wax candles in a safe, controlled environment.