With the ever-increasing popularity of wax melts, we know makers are always looking for ways to make their melts stand out from the crowd.
Using mica powder is a popular way to add colour, sparkle and a pearlescent sheen to enhance the experience of burning your melts.
To get the best results from using mica, ensure the powder mixes properly and evenly through the wax, one way to do this is to mix it in with your fragrance oil before adding it to the wax. Stirring the wax prior to pouring ensures the mica powder doesn’t settle at the bottom of your vessel.
It’s best to start with a small amount of mica, as a little goes a long way, and you can always add more as desired. We generally recommend using a 5% mica powder to wax ratio, up to 5g for every 100g of wax.
It’s also possible to use a small amount of mica powder in your wax moulds prior to pouring the wax in to create a stronger shine on the finished products. Some makers go further and add mica powder to rubbing alcohol to create a ‘mica paint’ to add further details and to accentuate the shape of their wax melts.
Although mica powder can help colour your melts, it’s main function is to add a shine to them. You can use mica powder in tandem with our dye chips to create a deeper colour.
As with all our supplies, we recommend testing in small batches when experimenting with new products, and taking notes as you do so, enabling you to refer back to exactly what you’ve done to see what worked best.
For those curious about the safety and sustainability of the mica powders we stock, we source our mica from an ethical manufacturer within Europe. These powders are naturally coloured, cosmetic grade, and suitable for use in a wide range of cosmetic and non-cosmetic applications. They’re also cruelty-free, Vegan, Kosher and Halal. We’re always happy to answer any further questions you may have.
We’re excited to see how you’re using mica to enhance your wax melts and invite you to share them with us using #madewithnicandlesupplies on social media.
Important note: Mica powder is not recommended for use in wicked candles as the fine particles can clog the wick. This applies to our glitter products as well. Our dye chips are an excellent choice for adding colour to your candles.