It’s important to test your candles whether you’re making them for yourself, your friends & family, or making candles for sale. Testing takes some time and patience, but it gives you more peace of mind that your candles will work well and burn safely.
It’s sometimes hard to stay organized when you’re testing candles, which is why we put together this handy note sheet. This free candle testing sheet is a great resource for keeping track of every test candle you make.
Our printable candle testing note sheet has lines that you can use to record important things such as the fragrance, wax and wick you used, the temperature you poured at, and other factors that can affect how your candle turns out. Once your candle cures, the same sheet can also be used to keep track of four test burns.
We hope you enjoy using this free printable candle testing sheet! Simply click the link or photo below to instantly download the note sheet (Please note that the photo is compressed. For the highest quality, download the file rather than the photo itself).
The sheet will download as a PDF file. Simply open the file from your downloads folder and print as many copies as you like. Although printer setting may differ, you should be able to print the page at 100% (full size) without the margins getting cut off. If this doesn’t work for you, try selecting the “fit to page” option in your printer settings.
How to Write Good Candle Testing Notes
This candle log sheet is pretty straightforward, but if you’ve never taken candle making notes before, you might be wondering what to write down. To get the most use out of these sheets, you’ll want to fill out all the lines and be as detailed as possible. Here are a few tips you might find helpful:
- You’ll probably find it helps to have a thermometer when pouring and testing your candles. We recommend checking the temperature of the wax when you add the fragrance, as well as the temperature of the wax when you pour it. Your thermometer can also be used to gauge the ambient temperature of the room you’re working in. All of these factors can be recorded on the note sheet.
- You can simply look at a clock to note the time you start and stop burning your candles if you wish. Alternatively, you could set a timer to burn your candles for a specific amount of time. A stopwatch may also be useful to note the exact amount of time burned.
- A ruler is helpful for measuring the diameter of your containers, as well as the length you trim your wick to. You’ll want to keep your wick trimmed to about ¼” each time you conduct a test burn. Some wicks are “self-trimming” to a degree, but if the wick does not maintain the correct length on its own, you will want to trim it with a wick scissors before doing a test.
- Label each candle jar so that you can remember which ones are which. You will likely be doing multiple burn sessions for each candle, so this makes it easier to stay organized. There’s a line on the candle testing note sheet where you can enter the “name” for the candle. If you aren’t sure what to put for the name, use a simple numbering system such as “Test Candle 1,” for example.
For more candle testing tips, be sure to read our post How to Test Candles for Safety and Compatibility.