Candle making business can be initiated as small scale and part time basis. People lighten candle not only for religious purpose but also as a decor item. Apart from the traditional long white candle, there is also a very potential market for scented and decorative candles.
Candle making is a profitable, small scale business that can be initiated from home location. Also, you can start this venture fully commercial scale. Manufacturing process is simple. Decorative scented candles considered as a luxury gift item. Mainly two types of candles that you may plan to produce. One is a white colour simple long candle with different height and size. Another category is decorative candles like colourful, scented, spiral, birthday type, tapered, spiral, fluted, LED, pillar candles.
LICENSE FOR CANDLE MAKING BUSINESS
In starting a candle making commercially, register your business first. You can form an OPC, LLP or Pvt Ltd. Company. Obtain Trade License from your local authority. Open a current Bank Account to operate business transactions. You can also apply for a loan for machinery and working capital. Apply for Sales Tax Registration. You can also protect your brand name by registering Trade Mark.
RAW MATERIALS FOR CANDLE MAKING
The major raw material is the paraffin wax. You also need to have yarn, different colours, moulds, decorative items and fragrances. Pay special attention to packaging for the gift or decorative candles.
Other than raw materials you will need to have some equipment for candle making. These are melting pot, thermometer, pour pot, weighing scale, hammer and an oven to melt the wax.
CANDLE MAKING MACHINES
Several different varieties of candle making machines are available in the market. Selecting the right machinery is an important issue in initiating the business properly. Wrong selection of machines can lead the project with a less profit or loss making.
Broadly candle making machines can be segregated in 3 different types. Those are Manual, Semi-Automatic and Fully-Automatic candle making machines. All machines are different by their production capacity, production quality and costs.
MANUAL CANDLE MAKING MACHINES
Various handy, operator friendly, candle making machines, and moulds are available. According to your production output criteria, you will need to choose the right one. These machines work efficiently by solidifying the melted wax in available cavities with Wick Pre-inserted in the centre of the cavity. From these machines, you need to collect the finished candles one by one by hand. Different production output such as 300, 550, 950, 1200 and 1800 pieces per hour available in manual machines. These machines can make simple common daily lighting candle, extruded cylindrical candle.
SEMI-AUTOMATIC CANDLE MAKING MACHINES
Various semi-automatic candle making machines that are easy to operate, adjustable settings and speedy cooling system with water circulation are available in the market. These machines are user-friendly and technically advanced than manual machine and more accurate dimensions can be found. These machines provide water circulation system for quick cooling.
FULLY-AUTOMATIC CANDLE MAKING MACHINES
Fully-automatic candle making machines normally designed using the finest quality mild steel, brass pipes and CRC pipes to get longer and hassle-free operational life.
Plain, square, round, spiral, colourful, scented birthday-types, tea light candles can be made from these machines with a very high quantity production output. You will get 240 pieces production output per minute. These are also length adjustable and have water circulation system.
Apart from these three types of machines, you will find a different designer mould for creative decor candles. Various types of decorative candles such as designer birthday candles, T candles, toy candles, numeric candles can be made by these moulds.
CANDLE MAKING PROCESS
The manufacturing process is very simple. However, operating procedure of various candle making machines may differ very little. Normally you have to put the thread in the indicated places. Then you need to pour the melted paraffin wax on it. Within few minutes, the wax will be coagulated. The final step is packaging. For scented, colourful, decorative candles you will need to mix the colour and fragrance accordingly.
CANDLE MAKING SAFETY GUIDE
Never melt wax on or in anything that does not have some form of temperature control because wax does have a flash point and will burst into flames without warning once it reaches that point. Depending on the wax the flash point may vary between 290 – 380 degrees. Always be safe when you make candles.