When it comes to candle making, the right ingredients are always crucial to be chosen with great attention to quality. As making personalized and unique candles is the base of all successful businesses, you might want to experiment with ingredients and additives. Trying out and mixing new essential and fragrance oils or using different colouring ingredients are all great ways to create amazing and colourful scented candles. But there are some ingredients which can be a subject of discussion. One of them is mica powder. The big question: is mica powder safe to put in candles? In this post, we will share all important details in the topic. Let’s see together what you need to know!
What is mica powder?
As a new candle maker, you might not know all the possible ingredients out there. So let’s start with the basics: mica powder is a natural colouring in a form of powder made of minerals. Most often it has a slightly brown or golden shiny shade. You can find it in natural and synthetic form with slight differences. While natural mica is less smooth, the synthetic version is not only smoother but bolder in colour. Besides using it in cosmetics and soaps, it can be used in several DIY projects involving painting, epoxy, etc. So it is no wonder why more and more candle makers try to use it as part of their process as well. It can give your candles a unique touch if you keep in mind the safety aspects.
Is it safe to use?
Before getting to the safety issues, let’s see how it can be used. Originally, you can add mica powder in your wax melts, but it won’t colour it much. So you shouldn’t expect a bright colour when using mice powder as it will simply disappear after adding it. But then why bother using it? Well, it still gives your candles an amazing glittery sparkle when your candle wax is melting.
Now, the safety part: generally the problem is that this powder doesn’t dissolve well in your wax. This is the reason why it is only safe to use in wax melts and wickless candles. However, keep in mind that this fine powder can clog your wick and effect how your candle is burning. Therefore, it is best to slightly add it to the surface of your candles as decoration. This way you can add it with a small brush to end up with a colourful decoration on your candles.
All things considered, mica powder is a great ingredient for experimenting and getting creative with your candles. However, keep in mind to only use it with wickless candles or wax melts. This way you will have unique and glittery candles without and safety hazard. Make sure to purchase good quality mica powder to truly enjoy its benefits. With all this information, you can safely use it for your candles!