Friday, December 31, 2010
First and foremost, I wanted to reach out to each and everyone of you to say Thank You for your business and your support to help make 2010 a successful year for Southern Cross Candles.
My dreams of running a small business would not be possible without the continued support of all of you, my loyal customers. Without you, none of this would be possible.
As a token of my appreciation, I would personally like to offer each of you a "Free Gift" with your next purchase from Southern Cross Candles.
Please take the time to reference your gift code of SCC1313 with your next purchase and I will be more than happy to include this Free Gift to say "Thank You" for all your support.
To all of my loyal customers, here's to a joyful and prosperous 2011 and once again, THANK YOU for shopping with Southern Cross Candles.
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wow!! We need to clean out our stock. We have lowered the prices on our fragrance AGAIN!! Check it out HERE or go directly to our sale / clearance section on our website.
We have new fragrances coming in!! We are currently taking pre-orders. To order please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Order Pricing on Fragrance Oils:
1 x 16oz Bottle - $11.99
3 x 16oz Bottle - $30.99
10 x 16oz Bottles - 80.00
Scroll to the bottom to see our new PRE-ORDER Fragrances!!
We would also like to announce we now have Colored INCENSE CONES!! Hooray!!
We currently have RED , ORANGE, AND NATURAL 1 inch sticks available at $39.99 for 1000 CONES!! Email us to order: Southerncrosscandles@Gmail.com
If you mention this blog in the email to order we will automatically give you a FREE MYSTERY ITEM! It will be something we carry and in a sample size.
Thank you again!!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wax Melter Instruction Sheet:
This guide will provide you all the information you need to Use your Wax Melter safely.
1. Basic Candle Making safety Tips.
a. Using basic candle making safety tips is always the first priority when melting wax using any product. Wax is very flammable and WILL catch fire. Please make sure your work space is clean and clutter free. NO ANIMALS, SMALL CHILDREN, OR DISTRACTIONS.
b. Always have a damp towel nearby.
c. Always cover your workspace.
d. Ensure your presto Pot is on a raised and steady surface.
e. Work slowly and carefully
When you have reviewed and completed all the above safety basics. Please continue onto our Wax Melting Preparations.
2. Always start by placing your wax melter on a raised and sturdy surface. If you are filling molds or containers you will need your wax melter to be higher than the mold. I use a wood box that was pre made (I purchased mine from Michaels). This allows plenty of room around the Wax Melter that the heat will not interfere with anything around it. Please not this will need to be used only when making candles as you may spill wax onto it.
3. Step 3 is easy. Wipe out the inside of your Wax Melter to ensure you do not dust or residue wax inside. The Wax Melter has a Teflon surface which is really great!!! This surface protects your pot. It is nonstick and wipes clean very easily.
a. Cleaning Wax from pot: It is always best to do this when you are finished melting your wax, but if you forgot J here is what you do. Simply turn your Wax Melter on to the warm setting. Use an old dish towel (one only used for candles) and wipe the inside clean. Remember that left over wax may still be in the spout so tilt your Melter so if there is any wax in the spout it will also come out. Wipe all around and be sure to get all the leftover wax out.
b. If your pot is very Messy: If you have been neglecting your Pot and it needs a thorough cleaning follow these steps. Follow above step to get majority of waxy residue out. Then fill pot halfway up with water and turn on to a lower setting so water does not boil. This will remove any staining or wax that was left anywhere in the pot. When finished turn heat off and allow the water to cool. Take your pot OUTSIDE and DUMP the water in a safe location such as a hole or trash bin. Do not use the spout. At this point your wax will be hard and you do not want it to clog your spout or your SINK!
4. Now that you have a clean pot with no wax or left over scent in it lets start making some candles!! Now you can place your Melter in its home location safely supported and plug in. You want the temp below 200 especially for a low melt point wax such as Soy. Always remember to follow the instructions that come with your wax. Every type of wax has different melt points. Wax is very flammable and will catch fire if you exceed a certain temp. So if in doubt call your supplier and ask questions. I always use the warm setting just to be safe. Place your desired amount into the presto pot. Keep in mind you really want to know about how much wax your project will take so you do not have left over wax in your presto pot. (I use a journal and write down my wax “recipes” this also makes it easier to duplicate).
5. After you have placed your wax into the melting pot Remember to stir just as your would with a double boiler. Stirring the wax will evenly distribute everything. Please note: if you are remelting wax left over from a previous project the wax in your spout will take longer to fully melt. DON’T WORRY ITS NOT CLOGGED. Stirring also helps melt the wax in the spout.
6. When your wax is melted I turn off my heat. Your wax is now heated enough and will continue to stay melted. As there is a fire risk with melting wax I prefer Safer. You can now add your choice of color.
7. Adding Color is simple: I prefer the color Buttons or Chips. Any type of coloring agent will work with this melter including concentrated liquids. Whatever you prefer, add it to the melter and continue stirring until evenly distributed.
8. Adding Scent: This can be done in a number of ways as this is a personal preference.
a. Add while wax is in the Melter: I prefer this method as I can evenly distribute the scent. Simply add your desired amount into the wax and color mixture and stir. Immediately following pour contents into container or mold following instructions below.
b. Pour your wax into container or mold then add scent: Some people prefer this method as the wax is away from the heat source. Some prefer this method and say it creates a stronger scent.
9. When you have added your scent you are ready to pour your wax. This is what makes the wax melter GREAT! You place your container under the spout. Please make sure your wick is in place and secure as the stream may cause it to move. Now you turn the handle of the Melter. The more you turn the heavier the stream that will come out. I turn it about half way to allow myself enough time in case something goes wrong (overflow). If you have a large mold or container and feel comfortable going full speed turn the handle to the forward position.
10. Continue to Watch your Pot. This is a very important time in the candle making process DO NOT walk away while wax is pouring. At this time you need 100% attention on your project.
11. When you are reaching the top of the mold turn your nozzle to slowly stop the pouring process. Your spout may drip a couple of times to leave your container where it is for a couple of seconds.
12. If you are making more then one candle continue repeating above steps until complete
13. Once you have finished you have two options:
a. You have very little wax left over because you measured your needed wax amounts: In this case you would turn your wax melter back on and wipe clean as above in step #3a. Remember to clean out your spout.
b. You have TONS of wax leftover: This happens for various reasons and it is ok. Everyone is different with their wax melting techniques. You would simply allow your wax to cool normally. It will harden in the Pot. When you are ready to melt wax again keep in mind it will take longer for the wax in the spout to remelt and you will need to stir.
14. At this stage you are ready to use different scent and color or finish up your project completely.
Using a wax melter is easy, remember to always use extreme caution and try to maintain the lowest temperature to avoid any fire risk. Never melt with the lid on or above 250 degrees unless melting plastic.
DOS AND DONTS OF WAX MELTERS
Heat with the lid on (Ours does not come with the lid as this is a FIRE hazard)
Tip Pot on Its Side
Melt Large Quantities of Wax at a time
Select Heat Above 250
Use the Warm Setting
Use an unsteady surface to rest Pot
Only use solid raised work surface
Ask for help if you need it
Below we have outlined our most frequently asked questions regarding our melters, we hope this email as well as the melter guide will give you all the information you need to maintain and use your melter.
What is the warm setting: The temperature depends on the degrees of the surrounding room. Usually around 130 degrees.
How do I assemble the Handles and Legs? The handle and legs are not assembled to help alleviate damage during shipping, the screws are already in place simply remover the screws and attach the handle or legs and replace the screw and tighten.
Should I leave the wax in my melter when I am finished? It will not harm the melter to leave the wax inside, but keep in mind the wax in the spout will take longer to heat up than the wax directly above the heat source. You will still be able to turn the handle but the wax will not flow out immediately. Please note your melter is not damaged, the wax will flow as smoothly as your first time, in just a few minutes.
What if my flow out of my spout splashes? There is an easy fix, sometimes the tip of the spout gets out of place, simply tighten and center the valve inside the outer most brass fixture.
Can the brass fixtures be removed? The first brass fixture that is attached to the melter is not removable, if you try and turn the spout you may break the sealant and you are more likely to have a leak. The handle fixture can be moved and removed, but keep in mind to hold the first fixture tightly and do not break the seal. The spout, or the last fixture is also removable, this helps if you need to turn the spout for any reason, just keep in mind to not move the first piece and break the seal.
How much does it hold? The melter will hold 4lbs of unmelted soy wax and 8 lbs of melted soy wax.
If you have any other questions please email us at email@example.com
We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas this year. We also wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has supported us over the last year. We appreciate all the help, advice, and support provided to us from our loyal group of customers. We truly love what we do and we hope that shines through with our customer service and dedication. We have had a fantastic and exciting year and we can only hope next year will bring as many blessing.
Thank you again from our home to yours... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jennifer and Family
Southern Cross Candles
Friday, December 17, 2010
Today I am going to investigate giving my candles away to charities / auctions to raise money. I hope I can find a local case that is willing to allow us to help. I will keep you guys updated with what I find and how you and I both can help :)
I thought it would be neat to give a candle set away like this one:
Aromatherapy Candle Set With Essential Oils
Who Doesn't need a little help at the holidays to keep the peace...
Quantity: 4 - 5oz Candles
Fragrance: Serenity, Meditation, and Relaxation Blends
We will send an assortment
Break up set and give away as gifts or keep all the candles for yourself :)
Check Out the Blends under the ingredient sections below
Each Set includes:
4 Blue Cobalt Candles each candle is approx 5oz.
Our aromatherapy candles are made using 100% all natural products. They are specifically formulated to create a serene atmosphere. Believe it or not fragrance plays an important role in "setting the mood" Check out the Blends below and find the one that is right for you and your family over the holiday season.
Essential oils are the key component to allowing the candle to have such an impact on your surroundings. This oil is Natural it is not chemically produced like Fragrance oils. Each candle has a specific blend to create the desired effect.
Essential Oil Blend Composed of: Lavender, Tangerine, Rose, and Orange Oil
This oil will create a soft and well blended fragrance to allow you to fully relax. This candle will calm you while providing a burst of fragrance into the room.
Essential Oil Blend Composed of: Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Lemon, and Lime
Serenity helps you to attain a serene mind frame.
Essential Oil Blend Composed of: Patchouli, Olibanum, Pimento and Citronella.
The combination of these oils enhances the minds ability to meditate. Meditation can be used for personal development, improving mental abilities or increasing creativity and problem solving. This is also a great blend to help with Sleep.
100% all natural wax. Not only is this wax a renewable resource it is also grown by many American Farmers. We pride ourselves on using the best quality products and our wax is no different.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Please email us if you would like to purchase
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Our new fragrances are here and on Sale to welcome them in...
Get your christmas fragrances now for a new lower price :)
Limited Time offer so hurry, you can check out our fragrance Sale by Following this link: FRAGRANCE SALE HERE
Or you can copy and paste this link into your browser:
Get them now as this is limited time offer.
Some of the fragrances on sale include
Eucalyptus & Spearmint
Lavender Orange Mint
Saturday, November 27, 2010
We now have a wide range of items on our Clearance page!!
We need to clean out our wholesale fragrance so get it while its cheap
To view our Wholesale Candle Making Fragrance Click HERE
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We are excited to share the holidays with all our wonderful customers. We have a number of seasonal items available to decorate your home. You can see our available items or if you are looking for a custom made candle email us for details.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We have just set up the INCENSE page on our website. We offer a number of incense making kits as well as all the products you need to make your own incense in the comfort of your own home.
Check it out HERE
You can purchase a kit that provides everything you need or purchase the products separately to create your own Kit. You can contact us at anytime If you have any questions about our products. If your looking for a low cost way to give gifts this year you have found it. Incense Making is fun and easy, its a great gift for anyone. If you are just looking for a new craft to sell at your shows you will love incense. Our user guide will walk you through the process of making your own incense step by step. The user guide is a friendly helpful tool that will show you the process.
Candles have been a very prominent part of the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions for thousands of years.
Even before the first Christmas day, people around the world held different rituals around the time of the winter solstice to encourage the sun gods to re-light the earth. Many ceremonies and festivals during this season involved people carrying lit candles through the streets and giving candles and wreaths as gifts.
Today, the Christmas season accounts for about 65 percent of candle sales in the US. Religious and secular motifs and appliqués decorate all types of candles. Novelty shapes of every seasonal symbol are used for Christmas candles.
For many people, Christmas candles are as integral to their Christmas decorations as mistletoe. Many Christmas candles are never lit and are brought out year after year with the rest of the ornaments that deck the halls during the season. Those who plan Christmas weddings, will want wedding candles with a Christmas holiday theme.
For Jewish people, lighting the eight candles of the menorah remains a significant commemoration of the resistance of the Jews against the Greeks and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jersusalm. Candles play a significant role in many Jewish rituals and celebrations.
In the Christian tradition, advent candles are different coloured candles lit every evening throughout the month of December, beginning with the first Saturday before the feast of St. Andrew. Three purple candles represent repentance and one pink candle is lit on Rose Sunday
Secular novelty candles come in every conceivable size, shape and colour. Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen are some of the more popular. Small floating candles in the shape of gingerbread men, peppermint candies or snowflakes make a nice display on a side table.
Even seasonal scents grace Christmas candles - cider, gingerbread and peppermint scented candles fill homes and shops with sweet aroma.
Jar candles with evergreen scent and gel candles reminiscent of those little glass balls with glitters and winter scenes are a great gift for hosts and others on your holiday gift list.
Friday, November 19, 2010
You can find the sale at: http://www.southerncrosscandles.com/sale--clearance.html
Fragrance as low as $9.00 per LB!! What a great deal you can still choose your selection. Email us if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to purchase the products to make this craft please visit us online at www.southerncrosscandles.com
I'VE BEEN MAKING CANDLES FOR MORE YEARS THAN I CARE TO REMEMBER.YOU USUALLY CAN'T GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED ON A PARTICULAR CRAFT BECAUSE MOST CRAFTSPEOPLE ARE NOT ALL THAT WILLING TO SHARE THEIR SECRETS.WELL I AM.I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYONE GIVE UP A HOBBY OR A POTENTIAL BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET SOMETHING TO WORK.
FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS YOU CAN'T MAKE A TART OUT OF PURE SOY WAX.THE WAX IS TOO SOFT AND YOUR PIECE WILL BREAK INTO A MILLION PIECES EITHER WHEN TRYING TO REMOVE OR SOON AFTER.ADD EITHER 25 OR 50%PARAFIN WAX TO MAKE IT HARDER.YOU SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE THEN.NO NEED TO ADD ANY OTHER ADDITIVES AS A MATTER OF FACT,IF YOU ARE USING LATEX RUBBER MOLDS FOR YOUR TARTS YOU SHOULDN'T USE STEARIC ACID.IT WILL CAUSE YOUR CANDLE TO STICK TO THE MOLD LIKE GLUE.ADD YOUR SCENT JUST BEFORE POURING,MAKE SURE YOU WEIGH YOUR WAX BEFORE MELTING THAT WAY YOU KNOW HOW MUCH FRAGRANCE TO USE.RULE OF THUMB IS 1/2 TO 1 OZ.PER LB.OF WAX.NOW THIS IS NOT LAW BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT GRADES OF FRAGRANCE OUT THERE.USE THE MINIMUM AMOUNT THEN SMELL.IF IT DOESN'T SMELL LIKE IT HAS ENOUGH SCENT ADD MORE.DO NOT ADD MORE THAN 1 1/4 OZ. AS THIS WILL MAKE YOUR CANDLE WEEP.THE GOOD THING ABOUT CANDLE AND SOAPMAKING IS IF IT DOESN'T COME OUT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME,YOU CAN ALWAYS REMELT AND TRY AGAIN.IF YOU HAVE ADDED TOO MUCH SCENT JUST REMELT AND ADD MORE WAX.
SECOND THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS IF YOU ARE USING A METAL MOLD AND YOU CAN'T GET YOUR PIECE OUT,PUT IT IN THE FREEZER FOR 5 MIN.OR SO.DON'T LEAVE IT IN TOO LONG AS THE WAX WILL CRACK.WAIT TILL THE CANDLE IS COMPLETELY COOL THEN POP IN FREEZER.AFTER 5 MIN OR SO REMOVE AND TAP ON THE COUNTER.IT SHOULD FALL RIGHT OUT SO BE CAREFULL IF IT'S A FRAGILE PIECE.
USE FRAGRANCE OILS IN YOUR CANDLES AND ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR BODY PRODUCTS.NEVER USE CINNAMON ANYTHING IN BODY PRODUCTS,IT CAN BURN SKIN IF NOT USED PROPERLY.I AVOID IT SO THERE WON'T BE A PROBLEM.DO YOUR RESEARCH ON ESSENTIAL OILS BEFORE PURCHASING.BUY FROM A REPUTABLE COMPANY BUT CHECK PRICES.THEY VARY GREATLY.
USE ONLY COLOR CHIPS TO DYE YOUR CANDLES OR LIQUID OR POWDER COLORANT.THERE ARE SOME PLACES THAT WILL SELL YOU WHAT THEY CALL COLOR BLOCKS BUT ALL THEY ARE MADE OF IS COLORED PARAFIN.THIS IS NOT A DYE AND WILL NOT WORK LIKE A COLOR CHIP.YOU GET JUST WATERED DOWN COLOR.NOT VERY PLEASANT.DON'T BUY LARGE POTS TO MELT YOUR WAX IN.YOU WONT MELT 20 LBS OF WAX AT A TIME AND BELIEVE ME YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE LIFTING A POT WITH 20 LBS OF MELTED WAX IN IT.I USE A VERY SMALL CROCK POT FOR MY ALL DAY VENTURES,MAKE SURE YOU UNPLUG PERIODICALLY AS THE WAX WILL GET TOO HOT.CHECK TEMP.ON A REGULAR BASIS,EVERY 15 MIN. OR SO.IF TEMP IS ABOVE 170 TURN IT OFF FOR A WHILE.YOU DON'T NEED A LARGE POT WITH A SPIGOT ON IT EITHER,A LADLE WORKS MUCH BETTER.LADLE WHATEVER YOU NEED INTO A GLASS MEASURING CUP,ADD YOUR COLORING,WAIT TILL IT COOLS TO A LITTLE ABOVE POUR TEMPERATURE,THAN ADD YOUR OIL.POUR INTO MOLDS.VERY SIMPLE.ALLOW YOUR CANDLES TO SIT FOR A FEW DAYS TO REST BEFORE BURNING.
TAKE CHANCES,IF IT DOESN'T WORK YOU CAN ALWAYS REMELT.YOU CAN USE MANY THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE AS MOLDS ALSO.JUST MAKE SURE THEY ARE HEAT RESISTANT AND THE DONT HAVE A LIP ON TOP TO IMPEDE REMOVAL.PLAY WITH YOUR FRAGRANCES.ADD ALITTLE OF THIS TO A LITTLE OF THAT BUT MAKE SURE YOU WRITE IT DOWN CAUSE IF YOU LIKE IT YOU CAN MAKE MORE.YOU CAN USE THE MICROWAVE OR A DOUBLE BOILER(SMALL ONE)ALSO TO MELT WAX.USE A GLASS MEASURING CUP IN THE MICROWAVE AS THE PLASTIC ONES WILL MELT.ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN PLAYING WITH HOT WAX.USE AN OVEN MITT,MEASURING CUP WILL BE HOT.AND UNDER NO CICUMSTANCES,NEVER,NEVER,NEVERAND I REPEAT NEVER,PLAY WITH YOUR HOT WAX WHEN THERE ARE SMALL CHILDREN AROUND.ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT AND HOT WAX ON A BABIES TENDER SKIN WOULD BE DEVASTATING SO DON'T DO IT.MAKE SURE CHILDREN CANNOT ENTER THE ROOM IN WHICH YOU ARE WORKING.IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.YOU NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
FINALLY AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO BUYING MORE THAN YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOBBY.START WITH THE BARE MINIMUM THAN ADD THINGS A LITTLE AT A TIME.YOU DON'T REALLY NEED A STAINLESS STEAL POURING POT.GLASS WORKS JUST AS WELL AND IS MUCH CEAPER.PARAFIN WAX COMES IN ALL DIFFERENT SHAPES.YOU CAN BUY IT IN SLABS OR GRANULATED.I'LL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW,SLABS ARE HARD TO WORK WITH.THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO BREAK AND TAKE A LONG TIME TO MELT.GRANULES ARE BETTER IF YOU CAN FIND THEM.BEESWAX ALSO COMES IN SLABS AND GRANULES.THE SLABS ARE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CUT.THE GRANULES ARE A WHOLE LOT EASIER TO WORK WITH,ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT AS EASILY CLEANED OFF YOUR UTENSILS LIKE SOY AND PARAFIN.
I HOPE MY INFO WILL HELP YOU GET A GOOD START ON YOUR CANDLEMAKING.IT TOOK ME MANY YEARS OF TRIAL AND ERROR TO LEARN THESE THINGS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT MAKING CANDLES.IT'S VERY MUCH FUN BUT LIKE I SAID.CAN GET EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE IF YOU BUY THINGS YOU DON'T REALLY NEED.E-BAY IS FULL OF THINGS PEOPLE ARE RESELLING BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER NEED IT OR BOUGHT IT AND FOUND OUT THEY WOULD NEVER USE IT.GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK.
You can purchase and find more details at: http://www.southerncrosscandles.com/wax-melter.html
What a great buy and a serious must have if you are making candles. Here are the details.
Melting Made Easy!
This Listing is for a Premium Wax Melter. What does that mean? A Premium Wax Melter is made using top quality fixtures and adhesives providing you a long lasting investment.Our Premium Melter Listing includes: 4 quart Melting Pot with heating element,Adhesive tape, 400 degree Sealant, Steady Pour Spout, Adjustable Thermostat 130 degree(warm setting) - 400 degree, Detachable Cord, Easy Release Handle,Wax Melter User Guide, Lid, and Strainer, don't pay more with others who will not include ALL the necessities you pay for and allow you to own a durable maintenance free melter. Please review our policies below and should you have any other questions contact us at anytime.
What Makes us different: Many sellers on are not including the lid or the strainer. Both are essential to your candle and soap making needs. The lid prevents dust from entering your pot. (NEVER USE THE LID WHILE THE MELTER IS TURNED ON, ONLY APPLY LID WHEN THE MELTER HAS REACHED ROOM TEMPERATURE) The strainer is a MUST HAVE is you are using wax or soap. The strainer works great for dipping items into your Melter without the risk of burning yourself. I not only sell the melter but use it! I love making candles not just selling the supplies so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions after your purchase about using the melter.
TESTING: Each Melter undergoes a number of tests before being shipped to our Customers. Each Tests ensures you receive the a quality melter without leaks of manufacturers defects.
Assembly: The handles and support feet are made using a heat resistant plastic. These are not assembled prior to shipping as the often break. You will need to attach the handles and support feet of the melter this requires 6 screws which are provided for you. Total time to assemble 3 minutes.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
We are launching our website and working very hard to bring you quality products at an affordable price! Check back with us often as we are continuing to add and improve our site. If you need to place an order please check out our listings on eBay or etsy.