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Buying Wholesale Candlemaking Supplies for the Home-Based Business

Candlemaking can be a profitable business, but like any home industry, the expense of materials can put you out of the running before you begin, unless you know where and how to buy. Learn how to buy wholesale candlemaking supplies.

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    Before buying candlemaking supplies wholesale, make certain that you enjoy the process.

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Candles have been known to man for well over 3,000 years and, while no longer a necessity, they remain as popular as ever. Therefore, candlemaking can be and—as proved by Dennis Murphy (MOTHER NO. 11)—is a profitable business. But, like any other home industry, the expense of materials can put you out of the running before you ever begin... unless you know where and how to buy.

In an effort to alleviate this problem, I've gotten together with Dennis and some other friends who turn various crafts into cash and we've come up with some suggestions that may help you, no matter what your craft. Because of the interest shown in Denny's candlemaking business, we've made a special effort to compile a fairly comprehensive list of candlemaking suppiers, supplies and cost.

There Are Six Items Essential to Making Salable Candles:

  • wax
  • hardening additive
  • coloring
  • candle scents
  • wicking
  • molds

The following information was gleaned from Denny's two years' experience in buying candlemaking supplies.

Wax: Your best bet is to obtain wax direct from any one of several major petroleum companies (American-Standard, Shell, Gulf, etc) Check the telephone directory for the nearest petroleum company warehouse. If no warehouses are listed, call the main office of a large petroleum company in your areas and ask the folks there for the telephone number of their warehouse.

Price and minimum quantity which must be purchased fluctuates. For instance, Dennis has to buy a minimum of six cases of wax (55 pounds to the case) before the company will deliver. You'll also find that most companies require you to buy at least four cases of wax, even if you pick it up yourself. Wax averages about 14 cents a pound direct from the refinery warehouse and Denny has paid from 13 to 15 cents a pound for the wax he uses.

Hardening Additives: Sheen-Tex can be used, but is very expensive and Dennis recommends using the more common hardening agent, stearic acid. Stearic acid is sometimes available from local chemical company warehouses but the minimum quantity such an outlet will sell is normally 25 pounds ... and that's a lot! Unfortunately, smaller quantities can only be obtained at hobby shops. The cost of stearic acid is very unstable and varies from 30¢ to $1.00 a pound.

9/3/2015 8:51:18 AM

While this article is helpful, most of the information talks about what was available in 1972... There are other options for obtaining supplies. I have found CandleScience to be helpful. They sale candle making supplies on both Amazon and their website Hope this helps.

6/30/2014 2:30:53 AM

this information is useful but what would be the exact cost to start this business ,i have been trying to start it but the wax cost is too much and they are not giving 1kg or 2kg.the suppliers gives only 50 to 100kg that too much .do have any supplier that they give 2 to 3 kg for trial....

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