We know most candle makers are small business owners and their time is very important to them. This is why we have made the process of entering the International Candle Awards quick and easy. Entries are open to a large range of wax, wicks and candle types.
Entries are not limited to small businesses we also welcome entries from larger commercial manufacturers . With a large range of categories no matter what type of candle manufacturer you are you will find one that suites you.
Large commercial candle makers should pay close attention to the categories they are permitted to enter.
All candle makers are welcome to enter multiple categories and multiple candles.
All entries must be clearly labeled and entered in accordance to the rules of the international candle awards.
When entries are open you will find a link here.
To ship a candle safely, follow these steps:
- Select appropriate packaging materials: Choose a sturdy box that is slightly larger than the candle to allow space for cushioning materials. Use a new box or a previously unused one to ensure its strength. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or crumpled paper can be used as cushioning materials.
- Wrap the candle: Protect the candle by wrapping it in tissue paper or bubble wrap. Make sure to cover the entire candle, including any fragile parts like the wick or decorative elements.
- Place the wrapped candle in a secondary container: To provide additional protection, place the wrapped candle inside a small, sturdy container, such as a tin or plastic container, before putting it into the shipping box.
- Fill any empty spaces: Fill any empty spaces in the box with additional cushioning materials. This helps prevent the candle from shifting during transit and minimizes the risk of damage.
- Include a copy of your completed entry form.
- Clearly mark each candle with a sticky label with your name and what category you are entering the candle in.
- Seal the box: Close and seal the box securely with packing tape. Ensure all edges and seams are sealed to prevent the box from opening during shipping.
- Label the box: Clearly label the box with the recipient’s address, including the correct postal code, city, and country. Include your return address as well.
- Fill in the customs form (if needed) making items as Samples of no commercial value.
- Choose a reliable shipping method: Select a shipping method that suits your needs and budget. Consider using a reputable courier or postal service that offers tracking and insurance options for added security.
- Insure the shipment: If the candle has significant value or is particularly fragile, consider purchasing shipping insurance to cover any potential damage or loss during transit.
- Drop off or schedule a pickup: Take the packaged candle to the shipping carrier’s office or schedule a pickup if available. Obtain a receipt or tracking number for reference.
- Communicate with the recipient: Inform the recipient that the candle has been shipped and provide them with the tracking number if available. This way, they can anticipate the arrival and be prepared to receive the package.
Remember to check any specific shipping guidelines or restrictions provided by the shipping carrier, as they may have additional requirements or limitations for shipping candles.